The wait was long and Rayan Rupert can breathe a big sigh of relief. Disappointed not to be in the first choice in the draft – he was only 43rd – the 19-year-old Frenchman will finally follow his dream. According to L’Equipe, the Portland Trailblazers have decided to offer a guaranteed contract to the son of Thierry Rupert, the former player of the France team, who died in 2013 of a heart attack.
For the native of Strasbourg, who was trained at Le Mans, the NBA will become a reality for several seasons, as specified by L’Equipe. The one who also passed through the Federal Center, walks in the footsteps of Nicolas Batum who also played in this franchise between 2008 and 2011.
This season, Rayan Rupert played for the New Zealand Breakers. In Portland, he will evolve alongside Scoot Henderson, drafted in third position. He will also play with superstar Damian Lillard.
Rayan Rupert thus joins the two other Metropolitans players, Victor Wembanyama, number 1 in the draft who was recruited by the San Antonio Spurs and Bilal Coulibaly, number 7 who caught the eye of the Washington Wizards. There also remains the case of Sidy Cissoko, who was in 44th position, and who is awaiting a guaranteed contract from San Antonio.