NBA: Doumbouya without a club!

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Wednesday 06 October 2021 at 09:07

Two weeks before the start of the NBA season, 20-year-old French winger Sekou Doumbouya has been sent from Brooklyn to Houston. But the Rockets are not going to keep it.

In two weeks, the NBA season will begin, and Sekou Doumbouya finds himself without a club! This summer, the 20-year-old French winger (or winger) was sent from Detroit, the team that drafted him in fifteenth position in 2019, to Brooklyn, in exchange for Jahlil Okafor and DeAndre Jordan. But the former Limougeaud will finally have worn only once the jersey of the Nets, favorites for the 2022 title, during the first preseason game, Sunday on the Lakers’ floor. And he had shone, scoring 11 points and taking 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. But in the night The Athletic and ESPN revealed that the young Frenchman was sent to Houston by the Nets, along with a second round of the 2024 draft, against $ 110,000. But Doumbouya will not become the second Frenchman after William Howard (13 minutes played in February 2020) to wear the Rockets jersey. It should indeed be cut, while he still has a year of contract, for 3.6 million dollars.

94 NBA games for Doumbouya

In 48 hours, the native of Conakry will become free-agent and will therefore be able to engage where he wishes. Problem: two weeks before the resumption of the NBA season, the staff of the franchises are complete or almost. The NBA career of one of the great hopes of French basketball could therefore stop at 94 games, at an average of 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 17 minutes. Present in the five major during half of his games during his rookie season, including a 24-point match in Boston in January 2020, Doumbouya had fallen in the hierarchy during his sophomore season, in a team that was yet at the bottom of the table, with only 11 starts out of 56, and a peak of 20 points in May against Charlotte. It remains to be seen whether he waits his turn on the other side of the Atlantic, via a two-way contract or via the G-League, or if he decides to return to Europe. Which would look a bit like a failure given the expectations placed on him.

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