Fran Vázquez Staying In Spain

Per Hoops Hype, Fran Vazquez’s agent is attempting to finish working out a contract extension that would keep Vazquez with F.C. Barcelona.

HoopsHype reports that Spanish journalist Jesus Ramos Perez twitted ” Tomorrow agent Jose Cobelo travels to Barcelona to meet with Joan Creus, GM of @FCBbasket and finish the re-signing of Fran Vazquez”

The Magic had hopes the 28-year old power forward would finally head over to America, especially with teammate Ricky Rubio joining the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, it looks like Vazquez may be staying in Spain for the remainder of his career. This is unfortunate for the Magic, not only because Vazquez possesses some skill and they’ve literally wasted a lottery pick, but because the addition of Vazquez would have made it easier to justify trading one or both of their two young power forwards, Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass. Vazquez also had the potential to be at least decent backup center with his fantastic shot-blocking ability.

Vazquez was the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft.

Update: The official website of the Euro League is reporting Vazquez has signed a two-year deal.

Spanish champ Regal FC Barcelona made sure that one of its key inside players will stick around for a few more years by re-signing big man Fran Vazquez, for the next two seasons. Vazquez (2.09 meters, 28 years old) averaged 8.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 block per game last season in 20 Euroleague appearances. This season will be his sixth with Barcelona, with whom he won the 2010 Euroleague plus two Spanish League crowns and three Spanish King’s Cups.

Update #2: Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports Vazquez will consider signing with the Magic in two years:

But Vázquez’s Spain-based agent, José Cobelo, said in a phone interview with the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday that his client would be interested in joining the Magic after his contract with Barçelona ends — assuming the NBA’s labor woes are cleared up by that time.

“Of course Fran would give serious consideration to the Magic,” Cobelo said. “That has been his intention all of these years. He signed with Barçelona for a year to keep that door open. Once we get a tangible offer we will evaluate it. Unfortunately, we can’t do that now with the potential of a lockout lurking.”

Turns out Vázquez’s contract run through the 2011-12 season.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN 1080’s Magic Insider ( and is the co-host of the Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).

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