HoopsHype Sergio Llull rumors

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May 19, 2015 Updates

MRW: With Llull winning Euro is he more likely to jump to NBA this summer? David Pick: Here is what I’m told. Would Lull, a starting guard for the best team in Europe, take a back seat to play in the NBA? Maybe, but probably not. Would he risk 25+ minutes per game in Europe to become a backup sub to James Harden or whatever PG the Rockets land next season? No, probably not. Are Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez – both Spanish national team roommates and former NBAers – in Llull’s ear about the NBA being a waste of time? Yea, for sure. Are the Rockets seriously considering bringing over BOTH Llull and Italian scorer Alessandro Gentile while Kostas Papanikolaou isn’t even playing in the playoffs? No, probably not. The only way I see Llull going over is if he is paid a s***-load of money and gets starting PG. And he needs Pablo Prigioni out of there. Basketball Insiders

May 18, 2015 Updates
May 14, 2015 Updates

He knows how the semifinal in Madrid is shaping up. Both teams have former and future NBA players. Goudelock will find himself matched up against Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Llull. If the game is tight at the end, the ball is going to be in Goudelock's hands. He will try to replace the mighty noise with a calming, intensifying silence. He will have to trust his instincts. He will need to believe in the teachings of Kobe. ``The rules are different here, everything is so much different -- the big games are almost like a stalemate where you're beating each other up, so it comes down to who is executing down the stretch and hitting the big shots,'' Goudelock says. NBA.com

May 4, 2015 Updates

Re: Sergio Llull whose NBA rights are held by the Houston Rockets – Here is what I’m told. Would Lull, a starting guard for one of the best teams overseas, take a back seat to play in the NBA? Maybe, but probably not. Would he risk 25+ minutes per game in Europe to become a backup to James Harden or whatever PG the Rockets land next season? No, probably not. Are Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez – both former NBAers – in Llull’s ear that the NBA is a waste of time? Yea, for sure. Are the Rockets seriously considering bringing over BOTH Llull and Italian scorer Alessandro Gentile while Kostas Papanikolaou isn’t even playing in the playoffs (and 3 minutes in 5 games isn’t really playing)? No, probably not. Basketball Insiders

April 28, 2015 Updates
March 28, 2015 Updates

Daryl Morey: "It's not true that we've had contract talks recently (with Sergio Llull) ... I can say that the recent reports about us offering a large contract right now are not true." CBS Local

March 26, 2015 Updates
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His NBA rights, however, belong to the Houston Rockets, who have been trying for years to convince Llull to make the jump. And there is some fresh talk that next season -- finally -- Llull will give strong consideration to joining the Gasol brothers and the rest of the Spanish armada playing Stateside. One well-placed source told me in Spain: There's a "pretty decent" chance Llull agrees to sample the NBA next season. ESPN.com

March 16, 2015 Updates
July 22, 2014 Updates

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said last week that the team has remained in contact with guard Sergio Llull, the most prized of the international prospects whose rights the Rockets control, but that Sergio Llull is also expected to remain with his current team. Houston Chronicle

April 5, 2014 Updates

The Rockets, of course, also continue to hold out hope that they'll someday be able to bring Real Madrid guard Sergio Llull over, having acquired the coveted Spaniard's NBA rights on draft day in 2009 once Llull was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 34th overall pick that year. Llull is a big and internationally seasoned guard whom the Rockets, I'm told, believe is a definite NBA rotation player. But negotiating an in-season buyout for Llull with Real Madrid, even had Beverley been lost for the season, was never a possibility. Impossibility is more like it. ESPN.com

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September 18, 2013 Updates

During Spain’s 90-60 blowout win over Serbia, Gasol hit teammate Sergio Llull with this incredible full-court pass, which Llull caught for an easy layup. He wows in the NBA with his passing, which is rare for a player his size, but his dominance over other players is even more pronounced in EuroBasket. Just look at the degree of difficulty of this pass: For The Win

September 7, 2013 Updates

The Rockets might be watching the play of Spain’s Sergio Llull and Greece’s Kostas Papanikolaou, players not of the roster whose rights they hold, even more closely. Papanikolao, whose rights the Rockets acquired in the trade that sent Thomas Robinson to Portland, did not do much in the tournament opener, but had 10 points in 21 minutes against the strong Russian frontcourt. Llull has already established himself as a solid prospect and has played well in Fiba events, but has gotten off to a slow start this week. He made 1 of 4 shots in the blowout of Croatia and went just 1 of 3 in the upset loss to Goran Dragic and Slovenia. A 6-4 guard, Llull’s strong play for Real Madrid has earned the sort of contract that the Rockets were not ready to offer until he is ready for a significant role, but he should make the jump in a year or two making him someone worth watching. Houston Chronicle

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November 1, 2012 Updates

Sergio Llull, who turns 25 on November 15, will be with Real Madrid for six more seasons. The player is not hiding his happiness with a contract extension that has delighted him. In fact, the Menorcan has stated that if there is another after this one then he will be very pleased: “I want to complete this contract, and when it finishes, hopefully, sign another and spend my whole life with Real Madrid”. Sergio, you arrived in 2007 and now you have extended your contract until 2018. I imagine you are very pleased… Llull: I am very happy, this was what I hoped for; it was what I wanted. The truth is that I want to complete this contract, and when it finishes, hopefully, sign another and spend my whole life with Real Madrid. Real Madrid

September 6, 2012 Updates

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