The news is confirmed and the farce ends. Facundo Campazzo begins his adventure to the NBA. The news, advanced by most of the US media, ends months of speculation and makes an open secret official: the arrival of the Argentine base to the best league in the world. The star of Real Madrid, a team in which he has played since 2014 (he was on loan at Murcia from 2015 to 2017), will play his last game with the white jersey, if we pay attention to the recent statements of Pablo Laso, this Sunday against Manresa, before heading to the other side of the Atlantic to join the dynamic of the Denver Nuggets, a franchise with which he has signed for the next two seasons.
Real Madrid guard Facundo Campazzo has agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets, his agent Alex Saratsis tells ESPN.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 20, 2020
Campazzo is an icon for Real Madrid, which he leaves without a base of his quality for the remainder of the season. Rightfully considered one of the best point guards in the Euroleague, the Argentine led his national team to the final of the World Cup in China a year ago, falling against Spain. With Madrid he has won three ACB Leagues, two Euroleague Leagues, two King’s Cups and four Spanish Super Cups. In addition, he has been the most outstanding player in the last competitions won by the whites, being awarded the MVP of the ACB final in 2019 and winning the same award in the last Copa del Rey and in the last two Super Cups.
The Argentine agreed to his departure with Real Madrid a few months ago. His wish was to go to the NBA after establishing himself as the last great white reference, and his age (29 years old) was perfect to take a leap that has finally been taken. With doubts at the beginning, the club and the player reached the agreement: Campazzo infects Madrid before making the jump to the NBA. In fact, Last night he played his last Euroleague game against Fenerbahçe, a commitment in which he distributed 12 assists. His farewell will, in theory, against Manresa on Sunday, although the fact that the news has been made public so soon could change those plans. After this, he will fly to Denver, Colorado, with his new team. The terms in which the agreement was reached were friendly and Campazzo leaves Real Madrid as one of the most outstanding players of the last five years and the best of the entire white squad, who is left with an irreplaceable loss in the base position and with Nicolás Laprovittola and Carlos Alocén as immediate substitutes, in the absence of a transfer.
The still Real Madrid player will go to a team that last year sneaked in as unexpectedly as it deserved in the Western Conference finals. There he will share a dressing room with Nikola Jokic and will share the base position with Jamal Murray, accepting a substitute role that was already presupposed. Murray is a playmaker consolidated that comes from curdling some playoffs that have raised him to another level. Campazzo will have to fight from below for a position in a team he gave a few months ago an unexpected step towards consolidating a promising project well trained by Mike Malone, who likes to play with several bases on the court and who will be the new Argentine coach. The NBA adventure begins for Campazzo. His stage at Real Madrid is over. And a new era begins, both for the Argentine and for the white team. For better or worse.