Having led the Polish national team to the semi-finals of the European Championship Mateusz Ponitka can return to the Euroleague.
Earlier it was announced that the Bologna “Virtus” and Vitoria “Baskonia” teams were interested in the striker, and now “Eurohoops” reports that the Athens “Panathinaikos” club, which has two Lithuanians, would also like to see him in their team.
It is true that the Pole, who lacked the attention of Euroleague clubs, managed to sign a short-term contract with Emilia Redžo’s UnaHotels club before the championship. The two-month contract with the Italian club can be extended until the end of the season, but M.Ponitka will probably be bought out before it even ends.
If none of the teams pay the ransom, then the striker will have to wait until November 22.
The 29-year-old 198 cm tall athlete collects 15 points (32 percent of three-pointers), 6.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 20.3 utility points in 28 minutes at the European Championship. In the quarter-final against Slovenia, he scored only the fourth triple-double in the history of the championships.
In last season’s EuroLeague, M. Ponitka’s numbers were more modest – 26 minutes, 4.6 points (27 percent of three-pointers), 5.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 9.6 utility points.