Malcolm Hakeem Delaney will play for Barça for one season through to 30 June 2020, with the option to stay until 2021, provided he passes his medical. The 30-year-old guard, born in Baltimore, was at the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China last year and at the Palau Blaugrana will be back under Svetislav Pesic, for whom he played at Bayern Munich in 2013/14.
At 6 foot 3 inches, the new Barça signing comes from a basketball family and was at Virginia Tech for four years (2007-11). From there he embarked upon a European career, which took him first to Elan Chalon (15 points a game) and then Budivelnyk in Ukraine. His excellent displays in the team’s march to the EuroCup semi-finals (16.1 points) earned him a place in the 2013 All-EuroCup First Team.
It was in 2013/14 that Delaney crossed paths with Pesic at Bayern, where he gained his first Euroleague experience (13.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists), also winning the German championship and being named tournament MVP.
He followed that with two years in Krasnodar, Russia playing for Lokomotiv Kuban, where he played one year in the EuroCup and one in the Euroleague, reaching the Final Four alongside Víctor Claver. His 16.3 points and 5.5 assists earned him a place in the All-EuroLeague Team.
In the summer of 2016, Delaney went back to his home country to join the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. His role in Georgia was more discrete than he had been used to in Europe, but he still played 127 games averaging 5.7 points.
After two years in the States, he spent 2018/19 at the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China, playing 37 games with 19.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists.