For whatever reason, some foreign players just don’t enjoy playing in the NBA. Maybe it’s because they’re homesick. Maybe it’s because they aren’t getting the floor time they feel they deserve. Maybe they feel it’s too difficult.
Whatever the case, some players just don’t appear to enjoy their time in the league. One such player who seems to fit that mold is Nando De Colo, who recently rejected a contract offer from the Toronto Raptors. Not only that, but De Colo has decided to leave the league all together and play for CSKA Moscow in Russia.
There’s no word of the contract he received, though it’s likely to be greater than what the Toronto Raptors were offering De Colo and he’s all but certain to see more floor time as well. Given all that, it’s understandable why he decided to leave for greener pastures considering he wouldn’t have been much more than a bench product with the Raptors moving forward.
As you’ll recall, the Toronto Raptors acquired Nando De Colo close to the NBA’s February trade deadline after he had requested a trade from the San Antonio Spurs. Unhappy with his playing time there, he had hoped to see more action with the Raptors but there just wasn’t a significant amount available with the Raptors attempting to make a playoff push.