Five weeks after he lifted the Turkish Airlines Euroleague trophy as team captain, veteran big man Felipe Reyes and Real Madrid have agreed to a new two-year contract.
Reyes (2.04 meters, 35 years old) was named to the All-Euroleague First Team last season after posting 10.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 19 minutes on average over 30 Euroleague games.
He ranked third among all Euroleague players in offensive rebounds, with 2.5 per game, and sixth in per-minute production, prorated to a performance index rating of 27.85 over 40 minutes. Reyes also became the Euroleague’s all-time leader in total rebounds midway through last season. He is Real Madrid’s longest-serving player, with 11 seasons on the club, after having played the first six of his career with another Madrid club, Estudiantes.
Reyes also won the 2007 Eurocup title with Real Madrid. As team captain, Reyes lifted trophies this year, those of the Euroleague, the Spanish Supercup, the Spanish King’s Cup and the Spanish League, making Madrid the first team to sweep all four.
“I have always said that my dream is to retire here,” Reyes said upon re-signing. “This has been the best year of my life. To know that in the year my daughter was born I won four titles and my first Euroleague, which I hope is not the last, I will remember forever. For these two more years of contract, I only ask that we repeat this season, although I know that’s very difficult. We will have a team to try it, though, and we will keep fighting as every year to get those titles. We all want more and we won’t relax.”