France national team coordinator Thomas Hertel has signed with the Russian team Zenit Petersburg coached by Xavi Pascual.
Apparently, this was the end of the career of the French coordinator in the national team.
Hertel, who won the EuroBasket silver medal with France, negotiated with the Russian team even before the European Championship, but then the federation required him to sign a document prohibiting players, who belong or will belong to Russian teams, from playing in the national team.
Now, three days after the end of the European Championship, Hertel signed the document and following his joining the Russian team, he probably ended the chapter in the national uniform.
As you remember, France will play next summer in the World Championship and in two years in the Olympics in Paris.
The Russian groups are suspended from the European factories following the war in Ukraine.
In the previous three seasons, Zenit was a Euroleague team.
Two seasons ago it reached the playoffs.
Last season she was close to repeating the feat, but then came the expulsion of the Russian teams.
The 33-year-old Hertel signed for one season with an option for one more and for the first time since 2012 he will not play in the Euroleague.
Last season he played for Real Madrid, but at the beginning of April he was suspended together with Trey Tompkins.
The same Tompkins (together with Joe Thomason ex Gilboa) will meet Hertel in St. Petersburg.
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