HoopsHype Mantas Kalnietis rumors

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The Nets don't normally comment on free agent questions, including who's been invited to camp, but league sources tell NetsDaily that the Nets have not invited Kalnietis, one of Europe's top point guards, to play for their entry in the Orlando summer league, which starts July 6. NetsDaily

Bulotas, who got his NBA agent license recently, is one of the reasons why NBA and Kalnietis started to get closer to each other. "We asked him: Why not? And he was interested. I don't know why such opprtunities weren't explored earlier because he's represented by other agents in Europe." Lietuvos Rytas

The Nets don't normally comment on free agent questions, including who's been invited to camp, but league sources tell NetsDaily that the Nets have not invited Kalnieis, one of Europe's top point guards, to play for their entry in the Orlando summer league, which starts July 6. One possible explanation: Kalnietis is under contract with Lokomotiv Kuban in the Russian League and although the team's president said if he'd be willing to listen to buyout offers, he has no buyout clause in his contract. Another is that the Nets will have two back-up point guards in Orlando: Marquis Teague, who has a guaranteed deal, and Jorge Gutierrez, whose contract for next season is partially guaranteed. In fact, on Tuesday, Bulotas admitted to Lithuania media, "a move to the NBA would be more realistic next year than this year," because of his continuing contract. NetsDaily

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Few players in East Rutherford Wednesday morning have NBA experience, most coming from the D-League and European circuit --or both-- after playing in college on American soil. However, it was a highly touted Lithuanian, Mantas Kalnietis, who's never played in the US, who stole the show. There were no stats to show how well Kalnietis played, but it was clear the big and very athletic point guard stood above the rest. NetsDaily

Kalnietis' team president, Andrei Vedischev said earlier today that he would listen to offers to buy Kalnietis out of his contract with Lokomotiv-Kuban. The Nets can pay $530,000 towards the buyout, but the rest must be paid by the player. Of course, the Nets haven't given any public signs that they want to sign Kalnietis, but it's something to keep in mind heading deeper into the off-season. NetsDaily

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