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David Pick: Insiders confirm: Free agent Lior Eliyahu whose NBA rights are held by Timberwolves has signed a multi-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem.
Timberwolves Derrick Williams, Wes Johnson and Malcolm Lee are expected to play in Las Vegas. The Wolves will bring 15 to 20 players — including international prospects Paulao Prestes and Lior Eliyahu and Ohio State guard William Buford — to minicamp and 11 or 12 will make the Vegas team.
Joseph Gayer—Eliyahu’s agent in Israel—told JNS.org that although it’s “too early to say what affect this [trade] would have on Lior’s chances to make the NBA,” the development was “good for Lior.” “I think since Lior was drafted at 2006 we always thought once a good situation comes, he would get his chance,” Gayer wrote in an email to JNS.org. “Unfortunately this hasn’t come yet. Hopefully with his rights traded to Minnesota, we hope it can change things in a positive way.”
“On paper if Minnesota wants to sign Lior and pay the buyout, they should have no problem doing it, but of course it is for them to decide,” Gayer wrote. “I can’t say who would be responsible for the buyout. First we have to wait and see whether Minnesota would make an offer to sign him.”