Maccabi Tel Aviv has signed guard Wade Baldwin IV on a two-year deal, the club announced Thursday. Baldwin spent last season with Baskonia and has emerged as one of the most versatile guards in the EuroLeague the last two seasons.
“Wade is one of the top guards in the EuroLeague, and possesses extraordinary physical skills”, said Maccabi head coach Oded Kattash, “He plays well on both ends of the court and brings tenacity and aggressiveness”.
Baldwin was the starting guard of Baskonia last season averaging 14.1 points, 4.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 15.5 PIR in the EuroLeague, while he had had 12.3 points, 3.9 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 37.2% from 3-point rangein the ACB.
Started his career in the NBA with Memphis, the Vanderbilt product appeared in 33 games for the Grizzlies, spent some time in the G-League and then bounced around the NBA: he moved to Portland, Cleveland, Houston, Indiana and Toronto’s G-League team.
He had his first experience in the EuroLeague with Olympiacos in 2019 under head coach David Blatt, who has joined as an executive in Maccabi’s front office this offseason. Baldwin started 9 games for the Greeks and played just over 16 minutes per game.
His breakthrough came the next season in Munich. As he played under Andrea Trinchieri and became one of the leading scorers in the EuroLeague putting up 15.3 points per game, combined with 4 assists, 3 boards and 1.1 steals.