Eri-international sports has learned once again that Thomas Kelati will be going back to Spain. The sharp shooting guard/Small forward was signed with the team for the rest of this season, Valencia officially announced Monday. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and one of the most beautiful cities on the west coast of Spain. Kelati last played for Unicaja, where he averaged 11.8 points in 16 Euroleague games last season. He had just signed with Olympiacos of Greece over the summer when his contract got voided. He made his move to the United Sates where he continued to stay fit by playing throughout the summer. He was signed with the Los Angeles Lakers and had a great stint during the pre-season.
City of Valencia, Spain on the west coast of Spain.
According to our reliable sources, "Coach Phil Jackson and the Laker organization were very impressed with his performance, but had to waive him simply because of Salary cap". Thomas has left a good impression on the Lakers and hopefully will be back playing in the NBA next season, more than likely with the Lakers. Meanwhile he has signed a one-year contract with Valencia where he will play in a tough Spanish League against his former team Unicaja. Last season Kelati tied the record for the most three-pointers made in a single Euroleague game where it has never been done in a decade. He scored nine times from behind the three-point line in a home win against Lottomatica Roma.
An older picture of Kelati playing against his new team Valencia
Thomas has strongly expressed his gratitude to all of his fans throughout the world for all their support. He hopes to come back strong next season and perform in the NBA. Keep an eye on the Spanish La Liga of basketball as well as the European League where he will be one of the top players to watch. Congratulations to Thomas Kelati and his family. Hope to see him in a Laker uniform next year.
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