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FC Barcelona announced a contract extension for Ante Tomic till June 2018. The Croatian big man will remain with the Spanish powerhouse three more years.
What went wrong with Utah and Ante Tomic? Could write a whole article on this but to keep it simple: 1. Tomic lives in Barcelona (an awesome city), plays in the best league in Europe on one of the best teams, and makes way more than the NBA minimum (and it used to be way, way more before the Euro went down in value recently). 2. A different GM drafted Tomic so this new Jazz front office regime hasn’t necessarily been tracking his whole career and weren’t the original ones who thought he had a chance at the NBA. At this point, Tomic is the best center in Europe and easily one of the best players. He’s an offensive freak, a master of the mid-roll, who can hit any shot in the paint, dish, and just move to wherever he wants. His biggest improvement has been defensively where he used to be soft liability and now has become quite active and learned how to use his length. He’s easily an NBA rotation player and would be worth giving a few million to a year, just a question of if this Jazz team is the right fit.
UPDATE: There are rumors now that he might leave Barcelona this summer and maybe go to the NBA orCSKA Moscow, the club in Europe with the most money. It’s really all rumors though and tough to say what is really true. Tomic is easily a NBA rotation player, if not a starter, but he is a uniquely skilled player and the fit needsto be right. Think whatever the opposite of Gobert and Favors are as players. My guess is if Utah didn’t own his rights and he was a free agent he’d already be in the league. If he really wants to come over, maybe he could also be a trade chip if Utah doesn’t see the fit.
Ante Tomic is leaning toward signing a multi-year contract extension with FC Barcelona, according to sources. The Croatian big man had also the chance to try the NBA with the Jazz but he is more likely penning a rich new deal (4 years?) with the Catalan giants.
Andy Larsen: I’m hearing that Jazz have a greater chance at bringing over Tibor Pleiss next year than Ante Tomic, though both/neither could still happen.
Jody Genessy: Then there’s this: German center Tibor Pleiß, Ante Tomic’s backup, has interest in playing with the Utah Jazz, according to EuroHoops.
David Pick: I’m told spouse of Ante Tomic vetoed leaving Espana. “A happy wife is a happy life,” source said.
FC Barcelona center Ante Tomic wants $2.1 million to re-sign with the Spanish club. Barcelona doesn’t want to pay that much. The Utah Jazz want him but it’s not clear they will make a big offer.
I’m hearing that the Utah Jazz have informed Barcelona of their intentions to buy-out Ante Tomic this offseason. I’d like to think Tomic is headed for the NBA, like I said before – it’s now or never for him.
“He would be a good fit in Utah with such big guys,” according to the Eastern Conference scout. “Gobert is all energy and hard work, but doesn’t possess Tomic’s talent. Tomic is just the opposite of him. That’s a fantastic and complementary duo to have and I think Quin Snyder is a good coach that can get the best out of him.”
As far as talent, there’s no question that he belongs in the NBA. It’s the other things that have been suspect – most notably his attitude, competitive fire and love for the game. Euroleague powerhouse Real Madrid gave up on the Croatian big man in 2012 for those reasons… only to see him explode with arch rival FC Barcelona afterwards. “What you heard when he was with Real Madrid is that he didn’t like basketball enough, that this was just a job for him,” an Eastern Conference scout told HoopsHype. “Also that in practice he would just put in the minimum effort required, he wouldn’t do extra work there. Maybe that was not a good situation for him, but he’s adjusted better to Barcelona and I believe he’s matured a lot as a player. I think his progress has been more a matter of better attitude that actual skills development.”
Are you talking with FC Barcelona about re-signing? Tomic: Yes, but there’s also the NBA. Let’s see what happens at the end of the season.
Ante Tomic has missed the train to the NBA. Furthermore, I’m told he’s not even interested in going overseas to the league. Sources believe Tomic will renew his vows with Barcelona going forward. There is no question that he’s a legit NBA talent – he can score, rebound, and pass. I just don’t think the NBA is something Tomic is thinking about.
Jody Genessy: Seeing Ante Tomic rumors. Jazz exec Walt Perrin said team will have conversations about bringing him to NBA from Spain. Not certain yet.
Center Ante Tomic has reportedly signed a three-year contract with FC Barcelona. The 7-foot-2, 220-pound Croatian big man was drafted No. 44 overall by the Jazz in 2008, but never played a game for Utah. A message left for Jazz General Manager Kevin O’Connor on Thursday was not immediately returned.