Sergio Rodriguez Exits NBA, Returns to Spain
But the international market was said to be enamored by the ebullient playmaker, and Sergio became one of the first big names to sign with a big European club today when Ettore Messina's Real Madrid announced it has locked up Rodriguez on a three-year deal.
Madrid has more Euroleague titles than any other club, but hasn't won the big prize since 1995. The team was knocked out of the 2009-10 Euroleague quarterfinals by Ricky Rubio's Barcelona, and was knocked out of the semifinals of the ACB playoffs by eventual champ Baskonia.
Legendary coach Messina hopes to change those results, adding Sergio to a backcourt that features countryman (and Rockets prospect) Sergio Llull and former Jazz first-round pick Morris Almond. Madrid also features a sturdy frontcourt which includes former Raptor Jorge Garbajosa, Spanish national team staple Felipe Reyes and Croat hulk Ante Tomic. Argentine Pablo Prigioni is also on Madrid's roster, though one would figure he might become an odd man out with Llull in place for one more season and Rodriguez now on board.