Theo Maledon was fired in Charlotte: Oklahoma, Charlotte and now maybe Europe?

During his stay in the NBA, the French playmaker had several notable games, but too much competition took its toll

by Sededin Dedovic
Theo Maledon was fired in Charlotte: Oklahoma, Charlotte and now maybe Europe?
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Theo Maledon, a young 22-year-old Frenchman, ended his journey with the Charlotte Hornets. Arriving in October 2022 from Oklahoma, the player who played in Europe could not find his way in the new franchise. Despite encouraging recent performances with the Greensboro Swarm's development team, the young point guard's ambitions were not fulfilled and his contract was terminated.

Maledon's next career destination will most likely be Europe. During his time in the NBA, the Frenchman had some high-level games, but the fierce competition eventually took its toll. Drafted by Philadelphia and then quickly traded to Oklahoma, Maledon spent most of his American career there, a total of two seasons.

Last year he wore the colors of the Hornets, where he played 57 games. During his time in the NBA, he averaged 7.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Return to Europe

The French media mention the possible return of Maledon to his former club ASVEL, which is currently fighting in the Euroleague (the strongest European basketball competition).

This partnership could benefit both sides: Maledon would find the game time needed to establish themselves before the Olympics, while ASVEL would benefit from a significant boost to get back on track in European competition.

Despite his mixed American experience, Theo Maledon is only 22 years old, and his talent is undeniable. His return to Europe could allow him to restart his career, but it is too early to say because there is a possibility that he will still stay in the USA.

The future looks interesting for the young point guard, and his next choice will be closely watched on both sides of the Atlantic. The NBA is a tough league, and even the most talented players can struggle to find their footing.

Maledon is still young and has plenty of time to develop his game. A return to Europe could be exactly what he needs, but perhaps a change of environment in the USA would be the right move.