Tornike Shengelia Seeking Return To NBA

Veteran forward Tornike Shengelia, who last played in the NBA in 2014, is looking to return to the league, sources tell Donatas Urbonas of

Shengelia was drafted 54th overall in 2012 and spent most of his two NBA seasons with the Nets before being dealt to the Bulls prior to the 2014 deadline. In total, he appeared in 45 games with Brooklyn and Chicago from 2012-14, averaging 1.3 PPG and 0.9 RPG in just 5.5 minutes per contest.

Following his underwhelming stint in the NBA, the 6’9″ Georgian forward returned to Europe, playing for Baskonia in Spain from 2014-20, CSKA Moscow in Russia from 2020-22, and Virtus Bologna in Italy since March.

During that time, Shengelia made the All-EuroLeague First Team in 2018, was named the Spanish League’s Most Spectacular Player in 2019, and won a series of titles in the Spanish League (2020), VTB United League (2021), and EuroCup (2022). He was also the Spanish League’s MVP runner-up (to Luka Doncic) in 2018.

As Urbonas details, the 30-year-old is a free agent this summer and has been linked in recent months to FC Barcelona and Virtus Bologna. However, sources tell Urbonas that any talks with EuroLeague teams are on hold for the time being, since Shengelia’s primary goal is to make an NBA comeback.

It’s unclear at this point which NBA teams might have interest in Shengelia.

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