Basketball: NBA champion in 2021, Axel Toupane will soon sign in Paris


It’s just a matter of details, of time. According to information from the newspaper L’Équipe that we can confirm, the Paris Basketball club should recruit Axel Toupane in the coming days. A great reinforcement for the promoted who is currently in 15th place in the Betclic Elite with a record of 5 successes for 9 losses.

Only a few months ago – in July -, Toupane entered the golden book of French basketball by winning the title of NBA champion alongside the Greek phenomenon Giannis Antetokounmpo with the Milwaukee Bucks franchise – becoming the only 6th Frenchie. to win a champion’s ring. Since Toups (his nickname) evolved since the start of the new season with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G-League, the antechamber of the prestigious North American championship.

The 29-year-old athletic winger also had a great campaign averaging 19 points and 7.8 rebounds in eight games. « Other European clubs who have learned that he was released from his G-League contract are interested and many NBA franchises want to offer him a short contract, but we refuse if it is for a short period », specifies his entourage.

The one who also played in the Euroleague (3rd in the final four in 2018 with Zalgiris Kaunas) and attended the Greek, Spanish and Lithuanian championships therefore seems to have been convinced by the Parisian project. He also has a pied-à-terre in the capital.

His profile perfectly matches what Paris Basketball is looking for. Jean Christophe Prat’s team is made up of many young French players packed with talent – Juhann Bégarin, drafted by the Boston Celtics last year, Ismaël Kamagaté or Milan Barbitch – but still lacking experience. A lack that the bronze medalist should make up for at the Worlds in 2019.

It would be his return to the French championship after his first steps in Strasbourg (between 2011 and 2015) and his short stint in this same club in the fall of 2020. The son of Jean-Aimé Toupane – current coach of the team of France feminine – could engage by the end of the week. The length of his contract is not yet revealed but could be long, at least two seasons. This would allow him to be present for the first matches of the Parisian club in the future Arena2 at Porte de la Chapelle, the inauguration of which is scheduled for September 2023. And to be one of the faces of the Parisian project.

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