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The recent uptick in marquee bigs coming to Indianapolis coincides with the team’s free agent mini-camp that runs next Wednesday and Thursday. The Pacers will bring in unsigned 7-2 center Stanko Barac. In 2007, Barac was drafted by the Miami Heat then traded to the Pacers but has remained in Europe for the past eight years.
The Indiana Pacers will bring unsigned draft acquisition Stanko Barac to Indianapolis for mini-camp workouts in June, league sources told RealGM. Barac, a 7-foot-2 center out of Croatia, turned his attention this year toward making the leap into the NBA. He signed a deal with Cedevita in the Euroleague midway through the season, gradually improving his play.
Indiana will use the mini-camp to decide their future with Barac and whether to sign him, or potentially include him as part of a move, sources said. Barac will travel to Indianapolis for mini-camp starting on June 13.
The Indiana Pacers will bring unsigned draft acquisition Stanko Barac to Indianapolis for mini-camp workouts in June, league sources told RealGM. Barac, 7-foot-2 center out of Croatia, turned his attention this year toward making the leap into the NBA. He signed a deal with Cedevita in the Euroleague midway through the season, gradually improving his play. Barac went to the Miami Heat with the 39th overall pick in 2007 and was traded to the Pacers on draft night.
Stanko Barac’s suddent interest in moving to the NBA is kind of a head-scratcher considering the 7-foot-2 Croatian has been dealing with injuries and was a free agent till January 6, when he signed with Cedevita Zagreb. Barac, whose draft rights belong to the Indiana Pacers, has a contract till the end of the season that doesn’t include an NBA out, Cedevita sports director Matej Mamic told HoopsHype.
The Pacers control Barac’s status in the NBA, and have monitored his play overseas with nothing imminent, sources said. They had tried to sign him to a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract several years ago. At the time, Barac was under a lucrative deal with Efes of the Euroleague and elected not to leave.
Seven-foot-two center Stanko Barac, the 2007 draft acquisition of the Indiana Pacers, is pursuing an NBA deal, league sources told RealGM. Barac, 28, was traded from the Miami Heat to the Pacers with the 39th overall draft pick in 2007. He recently signed with Cedevita in his native Croatia for the remainder of the season, but hopes to move into the NBA should the possibility come to fruition.
As reported by Javno, Stanko Barac said that he is moving to Turkey where he will be playing for Anadolu Efes Istanbul. The big man had a terrific season with Caja Laboral in 2010-11 and is travelling to Istanbul for the medical examinations. “If everything will be ok, I should sign an agreement with Anadolu Efes” confirmed Barac that added that the negotiations with the TUrkish team were very long.
With the Euroleague Final Four to be hosted in Istanbul, Turkish teams are making important market movements for the coming season. Efes Istanbul, aftet Dusko Savanovic, is ready to put under contract Stanko Barac. The giant had one of his best years in Europe with Caja Laboral with whom he has a valid contract next season. But Efes is not aware to pay the buyout to the Basque team has they did with Savanovic. If Efes won’t sign Barac, the alternatives are D’Or Fischer, Kaun and N’Dong.
The timing was never right for Erazem Lorbek, a second-round pick of the Pacers in 2005 who became a star in Europe and opted to remain overseas. Will it ever be right for Barac? “There has to be timing between us and their team coming to an agreement and a time where Stanko feels like he’s ready to come,” Carr said. “I think he’s a good player. I think he could add something to our team and I’d like to see him here but at the same time there are a lot of factors that have to come together.”
As the Pacers lock in on Thursday’s draft, Barac is something of a wild card. He’s coming off a breakthrough season with Caja Laboral Baskonia (Spain), taking giant strides in his NBA readiness. The Pacers have a potential dearth of capable bodies in the frontcourt as Jeff Foster, Josh McRoberts and Solomon Jones all are free agents. But a couple of factors complicate the process. For one, Barac signed a contract extension last November that ties him to his Spanish team through 2015, meaning the Pacers would have to execute a buyout to bring him to the NBA. For another, even if all parties involved considered this the right time to make the move, the looming uncertainty with the league’s labor situation is a deterrent. “Certainly whenever the market opens, I think it’s a conversation we’re going to entertain and discuss not only with him but his team over in Spain,” said General Manager David Morway. “No question about it, he’s ready to come over to the NBA. He had a very good year. He’s one of the better big men in Europe. “He’s a skilled (center), he’s 7-foot-2, he can shoot the ball or score on the block and he knows how to play. It’s going to take a period of adjustment but he certainly can become a quality backup in this league and hopefully more.”
Barac has an opt-out clause every summer to play in the NBA if he pays an amount close to $1.5 million.
Sources close to the Spanish club consider “a real option” that Barac could jump to the best league in the world next season.