HoopsHype Linas Kleiza rumors

July 28, 2011 Updates

Kleiza doesn't say no to Lietuvos Rytas and Zalgiris "When everything is alright, we'll see in which Lithuanian team I will play. Of course, if they need me. If not, I would have to go to Toronto. Maybe they will let me join them because they own me a lot of money," Kleiza laughs. BasketNews.lt

July 26, 2011 Updates

26-year-old Toronto Raptors forward Linas Kleiza, who cannot play basketball at the moment due to leg injury, will play himself in the new Lithuanian TV series about teenagers’ social problems, Lithuanian media reports. “It is a pleasure to be with partners and producers like Rolandas Skaisgirys and TV3. We have prepared a lot of great social projects. There is a lot of problems with children; people are running away from this country because there is a lack of leaders. What we have to do? We have to be proud that we are Lithuanians, and not only if we talk about basketball.” Kleiza said. Mirosport News

July 20, 2011 Updates

Greece? You’ll find legitimate NBA players considering Somalia before they entertain offers from the only two teams in Greece that can be players in the game: Olympiakos and Panathinaikos. Those two teams were a combined 57-5 in league play last season. The third place team was 16-10. “It’s ironic,’’ says agent Marc Cornstein of Pinnacle Hoops, who has extensive experience placing players in Europe. “(Olympiakos and Panathinaikos) were in the forefront with Childress and Kleiza. They were very aggressive in the past. But they are lagging because of the economic climate over there. It’s very quiet.” HoopsHype

February 6, 2011 Updates
February 5, 2011 Updates

Some pretty damning words are getting hurled the Toronto Raptors’ way from here on The Continent regarding Linas Kleiza’s devastating and prolonged injury. Talk Basket today maintains, through a couple of sources well-placed with the Raps, that Kleiza’s extended time on the disabled list is due almost entirely to the incompetence of the team’s medical staff who reportedly did not listen to their Lithuanian star as he complained of injury. Ball In Europe

Local news media Sport24 of Greece, last season’s home for Kleiza as he played for Olympiacos, broke the story which Talk Basket later translated in part, explaining: “[Kleiza] had been complaining to Raptors’ medical team for the past two months about excruciating pain in his right knee. The team’s doctors ignored his pleas and insisted that it was nothing to worry about and that he should continue training at 100% and just go through some routine therapies until the pain is gone. Ball In Europe

Toronto Raptors forward Linas Kleiza said he will be in Colorado for about another week after having microfracture surgery on his right knee that will keep him sidelined for up to a year. Kleiza said he initially suffered the knee injury during training camp and kept playing until it became too painful. “I will come back better and stronger from this,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind.” Yahoo! Sports

February 3, 2011 Updates

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday forward Linas Kleiza (LYNN-as CLAY-za) underwent arthroscopic surgery yesterday to address both a meniscal tear and chondral defect of his right knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. J. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colorado. Due to the nature of the microfracture procedure performed, the recovery time is expected to be nine to 12 months. Kleiza appeared in 39 games with 23 starts, averaging 11.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 26.5 minutes. He had six games of 20 or more points, including a season-best 26 December 10 versus Denver and December 19 versus the Los Angeles Lakers. NBA.com

October 20, 2010 Updates

Holly McKenzie: Linas Kleiza can speak English, Lithuanian, Russian and German. Makes me want to brush up on my Spanish again and break out some French. Twitter

October 16, 2010 Updates

Enter Linas Kleiza, who the Raptors signed to a four-year contract this summer. A year ago, after four seasons playing behind Carmelo Anthony in Denver and never averaging more than 24 minutes or eight shots per game, Kleiza was looking for a bigger role. He found it with Greek power Olympiakos. "It wasn't an easy decision, but it was the right decision at that time," Kleiza said. "I was looking an opportunity to grow on a team. They gave me that and I'm happy I did it." NBA.com

September 28, 2010 Updates
September 12, 2010 Updates

Stars from Argentina, Lithuania, Serbia, Turkey and the USA have been recognised for their outstanding tournaments with the All Star Five for the 2010 FIBA World Championship announced following Sunday's final between Turkey and the USA. The All Star Five is made up of Luis Scola at centre, Linas Kleiza and Kevin Durant as forwards, and Hedo Turkoglu and Milos Teodosic in the guard positions. FIBA.com

September 7, 2010 Updates

There were always questions about Kleiza's playing time in Denver at small forward because the starter there is Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets felt pretty good in July that Anthony would get around to signing a three-year, $65 million contract extension that has been on the table since June. But now they don't feel as good. If Anthony ends up getting traded or bolts next summer as a free agent, Kleiza could have come in quite handy as a replacement. "I don't know, but we'll see," Kleiza said Tuesday when asked the Nuggets might regret not matching the offer sheet on him. FanHouse.com

"I'm very happy to be in Toronto," Kleiza said. "Right now, it's a great opportunity for me. But it's on me if I'm going to take advantage of it." One will see if Kleiza will have shaved by the time he dons a Raptors uniform. He said he began to wear a beard while playing Greece and, with Lithuania 6-0 at the Worlds, isn't planning on any trims until after the tournament. "I lived in Greece for a year so a close shave doesn't do it,'' Kleiza said. "You got to grow it out a little bit." FanHouse.com

Kleiza never comes right out and says he was unhappy in Denver, but that is the impression he leaves in a 15-minute interview at the Polat Renaissance Hotel here in Istanbul. It is the hotel of choice for 14 of the 16 teams that qualified for the knockout portion of the tournament. Only the American and Turkish teams are not housed here. “I just felt it was a good move by me to improve my career and improve as a player,” Kleiza said of the move to Greece. “I had a big role on a very big team, a very good team. That kind of helped improve all my skills and allow me to show what I wasn’t able to do in Denver. Toronto Sun

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