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Bayern Munich and Serbian national team coach Sasa Djordjevic discussed Sergio Llull’s decision to reject an offer by the Houston Rockets last year and stay in Real Madrid where he is currently hailed as the ultimate leader. “I loved it. He wants to be the boss,” said Djordjevic in an interview for Spanish AS. “He wants to take charge of his club, he wants to win and be a protagonist. I see myself reflected in these. I made the same decisions in my day. That winning character is an example. We have to take advantage of this in Europe in order to take the product of basketball higher.”
Sergio Llull: “They tried to convince me, but I am where I want to be in Madrid. Houston has been very respectful of my decision. They didn’t pressure me and congratulate me on my success. I’ve never closed the door on the NBA. I live in the present.” “I have a contract with Real Madrid until 2021 and I plan on fulfilling it.”
Over the past few weeks, there is a lot of speculation going on about Sergio Llull’s possible jump to the NBA, after excessive interest from the Houston Rockets. The Real Madrid guard spoke to Mundo Deportivo and cleared things out. “Rumors like these will always be there, especially when you beat Oklahoma the way we did. It will probably take a few weeks until the speculations stop”, the player answers. “I am very calm as I’ve said many times. I am very happy here and I’m not thinking of anything else. I just think of the game against Olympiacos on Wednesday, winning titles and celebrating with the fans.”
Sources briefed on the specifics of Llull’s contract, however, tell ESPN.com that the NBA buyout to free him from his contract in Madrid is not nearly as onerous as Spanish press reports suggest. It’s “manageable” in the words of one source.
If it were up to the Rockets, Llull would have been here by now, giving Mike D’Antoni one more shooter to space the floor in his James Harden-centric offense. Yet sources insist that the national team mainstay, for all his public pronouncements about spending the rest of his career in the Spanish capital, does have legit interest in coming over to the NBA and truly testing himself against the world’s best.