Garbajosa will be a good adition to play 20 minutes and no more. He is undersize and could be too weak and slow for NBA. Not a good defender neither.
It will depends how the rators will play next season. Suns style will fit.
MALAGA, Spain (Ticker) - Spain international Jorge Garbajosa has confirmed he is heading to the NBA next season.
The Unicaja Malaga forward is set to join the Toronto Raptors where he will play alongside Spain teammate Jose Manuel Calderon.
"I haven't signed the contract yet because it cannot be done until July 1st," Garbajosa said in a press conference. "This is a new challenge for me, I am going to compete in the best league in the world and I cannot turn down this opportunity.
"This train only comes once and I have to take it. I hope the Unicaja fans understand my position and that they accept my decision."
Garbajosa, who averaged 19.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in 18 Euroleague games this past season, is under contract with the Liga ACB for a further two seasons but announced that he will pay his buyout clause of an estimated at $2.25 million.
The 28-year-old is now planning to fly to Canada to negotiate his contract.
"In the next few days, I will travel to Toronto to meet the club, get to know the city, speak to them and try to begin my adventure there."
Garbajosa's arrival is another sign of the influence of Maurizio Gherardini, the new assistant general manager of Toronto who spent the previous 14 years with Benetton Treviso in Italy.
The 6-8 Garbajosa spent four years with Benetton, collecting the MVP award in the Coppa Italia before moving to Unicaja in the summer of the 2004.
Toronto is expected to select Benetton's forward Andrea Bargnani with the first pick in Wednesday's NBA draft.
Unicaja had hoped that Garbajosa would reconsider his decision after having played a pivotal role for the club to clinch the Spanish league title this season.
The Spanish international, who earlier this week was selected for Pepu Hernandez's FIBA World Championship squad, was voted the MVP in the ACB final playoffs.
"I thank the club for their effort they have made to try to keep me," he said. "I don't rule out in the future returning to this club."
Garbajosa will add to the growing Spanish influence in the NBA. In addition to the Raptors' Calderon, Pau Gasol has established himself as the Memphis Grizzlies' most recognizable face. Last year, the Orlando Magic drafted forward Fran Vazquez in the first round.
Barcelona's Juan Carlos Navarro is also eager to head to North America, but has been told he must pay his own release clause if he wants to leave.
if i was the raps, i'd be interested in navarro aswell, isnt he a 2guard? hes be good back up for mo pete then, imagine, we could have the spanish national starting lineup as our back ups lol!
Hopefully this plays out well for the Raps. The guy will have a good amount of experiance, though he will be a NBA rookie so will need some time to adjust to they NBA game. Not to mention, he prob isn't used to playing as many games in a season like they do in the NBA.