Brazilian point guard Marcelo Huertas plans to head to the NBA this offseason after spending a long time in the Spanish ACB League, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Huertas has spent the last six years playing with FC Barcelona of the ACB League. His contracts have had significant NBA buyouts that have prohibited him from making the jump to the NBA sooner, but he’s now clear of those issues. The 31-year-old could still return to Barcelona, but he’s really hoping to make the jump to the big leagues and is expected to be “aggressively pursued” as a reserve point guard when free agency comes around in July.
Huertas, standing at 6’3, is a solid playmaker and good shooter. He’s averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 assists for Barcelona this season, and he has helped the team reach three consecutive Euroleague Final Fours. In addition to his contributions in Spain, Huertas has been a key player for the Brazilian National Team in recent years.
Huertas says Pablo Prigioni will be a popular comparison for him, but if Huertas comes over this summer, he’ll be far younger than Prigioni was when he came over to the NBA.