Cavaliers center Isaiah Hartenstein is more likely to head to Barcelona of the Spanish ACB league than any other European league or return to the NBA, HoopsWire has learned.
“Zero percent possibility to Europe,” a source said. “And 100 percent possibility to Barça.”
Hartenstein, 23, is 7-foot-0 and has a player option on his contract with the Cavs for the veteran’s minimum. He is expected to opt out to become an unrestricted free agent.
Given that an overseas club may be willing to pay him more than an NBA team, he very well could find himself overseas next season.
He arrived in Cleveland after a late-season trade with the Nuggets, averaging career-highs of 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 16 games with the Cavs. He finished the season on the injured list with a concussion.
Still, Hartenstein’s showing with the Cavs is likely to garner him a pay raise
The Cavs are said to be more than open to bringing him back, given that he served as the primary backup to starter Jarrett Allen when healthy.
He played for the German national team in 2017 and took part in EuroBasket that same season.