Former NBA second-round pick Petr Cornelie has signed a new contract with Real Madrid, the Spanish team announced in a press release. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
The 53rd overall pick in 2016, Cornelie remained overseas for several seasons after being drafted, playing for multiple teams in his home country of France. The veteran forward/center eventually signed a two-way contract with the Nuggets during the 2021 offseason and made his NBA debut last fall.
Cornelie, who turned 27 on Tuesday, appeared in 13 games for Denver, logging just 38 total minutes. He spent most of his first NBA season with the Grand Rapids Gold in the G League, where he put up 17.8 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game on .497/.362/.688 shooting in 25 regular season appearances (33.2 MPG).
While Cornelie’s strong G League play could have earned him another look on an NBA roster at some point this season, he opted for the security of a spot on a Real Madrid team that competes in Spain’s top division (Liga ACB) and the EuroLeague. He figures to play a key role for the Spanish club, which also recently signed former NBA lottery pick Mario Hezonja.