In an interview this week, Carlos Delfino acknowledged that he has had oppotunities to play out the lockout in Argentina and Europe. He also said that he considers family and staying close to home a priority.
More importantly, he notes that recent offers to play close to home have caught his eye.
“Hoy está la chance de jugar acá, cerca de mi familia, y eso me llama la atención.”
(Roughly translated: Today there is the chance to play here, close to my family, and that gets my attention.)
Delfino’s statement has fueled speculation on which teams — presumably from Liga Nacional de Básquet (LNB), the top level of Argentinian ball — will make a play for his services.
Sebastián Svetliza, the head coach of LNB’s Juventud Sionista squad, recently said that his team would make an attempt to sign Delfino. Sionista is based in Paraná, in close proximity to Delfino’s Santa Fe home. The team sits fourth (out of eight teams) in the NBL’s North Division with a 9-7 record and features Ed Nelson (formerly of Gerogia Tech and UConn) and Pepe Sanchez.
Another possible Delfino destination, which was rumored on Argentinian sports radio, is Libertad de Sunchales, also located in Santa Fe.
In addition to waiting out the NBA lockout, Delfino has to be keeping an eye toward keeping sharp for the 2012 Olympics in London, where Argentina’s “Golden Generation” will presumably finish their international playing careers. The team won the FIBA Americas tournament this past summer.