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Shelvin Mack signs short-term deal with Panathinaikos out of Greece

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Shelvin Mack is keeping all of his basketball options open during these uncertain times.

On Saturday, it was announced by the club that the Lexington, KY native signed a short-term deal with Panathinaikos, one of the premier teams out of Greece. The contract will only last for two months with the possibility of agreeing to an extension after, but he will now have the ability to return to the NBA if a team desires his services.

The NBA is tentatively planning to start the 2020-21 season on Dec. 22, a little over six weeks from the date of this post. Considering the likelihood that COVID-19 will have an impact on the day-to-day goings of the NBA, Mack could find his way back to the league if a team is in quick need of a point guard.

The 30-year-old Mack was born and raised in Lexington, playing his high school ball at Bryan Station before a successful college career at Butler under current Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. He was a 2nd round back in the 2011 NBA Draft and has been a member of the Wizards, 76ers, Hawks, Jazz, Magic, Grizzlies, and Hornets before spending the previous season overseas in Italy and Israel.

The Panathinaikos “Greens” are widely regarded as the most successful professional basketball franchise in all of Greece and one of the most successful in all of Europe. If you remember, Rick Pitino made his return to coaching when he accepted the head position there last season before coming back to the states to take over at Iona. Former Kentucky great Tony Delk also spent a season with Panathinaikos at the tail end of his basketball career during the 2006-07 season.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR