Spaniard Victor Claver is rumoured to be favouring Panathinaikos in what will be a new look roster next season, if he does join.
Claver, who spent last season at Lokomotiv Kuban is out of contract and looking for a new club. Along with Panathinaikos, Barcelona are also amongst the front-runners given that Georgios Bartzokas, who coached the Krasnodar outfit last season signed a deal with the Catalan side last week. Anadolu Efes are also reported to be in the running for Claver as well.
The Turkish team [Anadolu Efes] wants to attract the player with an amount of money close to the sum that Saric received in Efes and can easily offer even more, since they received $1 million from the 76ers, as his buy out.
But the recent political developments in Turkey is a factor that might tip the scales in favor of Panathinaikos and push Claver away from Efes.
Another team that might appear interested in Claver is Barcelona. He had an excellent cooperation last year with Giorgos Bartzokas in Lokomotiv Kuban’s quite successful season, with the Spanish forward being one of the most important players that led the Russian club to the Euroleague Final Four. The Greek coach wants to enlist Claver but the “thorn” on the side of the possible cooperation comes from Valencia, since Barcelona must pay a large amount of money to the “Bats” in order to get his rights.