Pelicans’ Willy Hernangómez named Eurobasket MVP: What is his contract situation? Salary, years left…
New Orleans Pelicans center Willy Hernangómez was named MVP of Eurobasket 2022 for his pivotal role in Spain’s victory in the quadrennial tournament.
Spain clinched the gold medal at EuroBasket 2022 after defeating France 88-75, with an outstanding performance from Hustle star and Toronto Raptors forward Juancho Hernangómez. But the real superstar of the FIBA tournament was his brother Willy Hernangómez who was named Most Valuable Player of the competition.
The New Orleans Pelicans center delivered an average of 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 63.7 FG% from the field.
The reserve will try to secure a more consequential role with New Orleans after his remarkable showing at EuroBasket. The organization’s management had already said after they were eliminated from last season’s NBA Playoffs that they do not wish to trade him.
Pelicans official David Griffin said they want him in the team because of what he contributes both off the bench and in terms of team rapport. Griffin made the statements after other franchises began showing interest in the 28-year-old.
Hernangómez is currently on a three year, $7.3 million contract with the Pelicans (an average annual salary of $2.4 million) that he signed with the franchise in November 2020. New Orleans is his fourth team with the NBA. He was selected in the 2015 draft as the 35th pick overall by the Phiadelphia 76ers, but was later traded to the New York Knicks.
The Spaniard played with the Knicks for two years, which during which he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He was then traded to the Charlotte Hornets where he stayed for another two years, after which he inked his deal with the Pelicans.