Barcelona said in a statement that the signing of the contract is pending the medical examination that the player must undergo. Hayes will meet again with Saronas Gaciquevicius in the Barcelona squad after meeting in Zalgiris Kaunas in the 2019-20 season.
The 26-year-old American, who is 2.03 tall, “is a strong player in defense and attack and offers versatility in the three (front) and fourth (front) positions,” according to Barcelona.
Nigel Hayes is a good three-point (44% correct in the Euroleague) and free throws (89%), a player who has the ability to help rebound. In the last Euroleague, he averaged 9.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 26 minutes on the field per game.
Hayes trained at the University of Wisconsin, played seven NBA games in the 2017-2018 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings, and played in the same season in the NBA Development League with Westchester and Westchester teams. Toronto
The 2018-2019 season jumped to Europe to play with the Turkish Galatasaray, and in the last two seasons he played with Lithuanian Zalgiris Kaunas, one of whom was with Jasekevicius on the bench.
Hayes is Barcelona’s fourth promotion after point guards Rocas Jacobites and Nico Laprovittola and center Sertak Sanli.