Rodriguez was presented to the press yesterday and the most interesting of his quotes come from his interview in the Spanish newspaper “El Mundo“. “El Chacho” explained why he didn’t returned to Madrid. As he said when asked about the Spanish fans who call him already “traitor”: “My relationship with Madrid has always been great. Being in a place for so many years, with everything I have achieved … I will always have great memories and I will be part of Madrid’s lore. I understand the circumstances. I had to expect something from the NBA that could convince me or attract me. When things did not go in the direction I would want, yes, there were talks with Madrid, but they had completed their roster and there was no open spot. They talk to my agent for the future, but they said that this summer they could not sign me. I do not understand why this is a betrayal, the best option to compete for all titles this year was CSKA Moscow”.
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A former Turkish Airlines EuroLeague MVP returned to the competition, as CSKA Moscow announced the arrival of star playmaker Sergio Rodriguez, who inked a two-year deal with an option for another season on Monday. Rodriguez (1.91 meters, 31 years old) earned EuroLeague MVP honors in the 2013-14 season, averaging 14 points and 4.9 assists in 31 games. He arrives from Philadelphia of the NBA, where he averaged 7.8 points and 5.1 assists in 68 games last season.
Jorge Sierra: Sergio Rodriguez’s contract with CSKA Moscow is for three years, two sources tell HoopsHype.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: NBA free-agent Sergio Rodriguez, former Euroleague MVP, agreed on long-term deal with CSKA Moscow till 2020.
Keith Pompey: The report about Sergio Rodriguez negotiating a 3-year deal with the #Sixers is FALSE per a team source.
While CSKA Moscow made contact with Sergio Rodriguez in order to lure him back to Europe, “El Chacho” wants to stay in the NBA and he is negotiating a new three-year deal with the Sixers.
The two sides are near a deal, Rodriguez is expected to get around $4 million per season, which is almost a raise compared to his initial $8 million contract for the 2016-17 season. Almost half of those money went to Real Madrid for the buy out of the player and now the Spanish point guard is going to get a multiyear deal without having any other financial obligiation to the Spanish powerhouse.
Last summer Sergio Rodriguez returned to the NBA and the experience was good enough to make him want to stay there, at least for the foreseeable future.
“It’s not something that I obsess over,” Rodriguez said during an event of Bridgestone, for which he serves as an ambassador. “For now I want to rest and then work on some things that I haven’t been able to do. My desire is to continue in the NBA, but there will be time to talk about the contract”
Sergio Rodriguez will keep playing in the NBA next season. At least that’s his intention right now, one source close to the Rodriguez told NBAManiacs.
Tom Moore: #Sixers Rodriguez: ‘I don’t know (if #76ers want me back). I’m excited to be a restricted free agent.’ Likes it here & would like 2 return
Tom Moore: #Sixers Rodriguez wants to come back to Philly next season. ‘It’s a good situation.’
“Let’s see how it goes,” he said of his future. “It’s going to take a long time, because [free agency] is in July. You are not going to know anything. I don’t want to rush myself. It’s been a good season for me, a great season for the team.”
Sergio Rodriguez wants to remain a 76er. “I would love to be here,” said the backup point guard, who signed a one-year deal on July 13. “It’s a good situation for me being with players that were supposed to play this year but had injuries.”
“I think playing with Ben would be great,” said Rodriguez, who becomes an unrestricted free agent in July. “The good thing is I could choose where to go and where to be. And, of course, I want to stay here and try to be better next year because I’m adjusting to a new situation.”
Serge Ibaka: Welcome back to the @NBA mi amigo!!! – RT: Sergio Rodriguez: Muchas gracias a todos por los mensajes de esta semana, no he querido decir nada hasta firmar el contrato. pic.twitter.com/aDeFVQaYWo
“We haven’t signed him yet, we are working through some details. He is at his national team’s practices while we are working on that”, clarified Colangelo before talking about Chacho’s characteristics.
“He is a smart point guard, he’s really great in the pick n’ roll situation. And when you get these big guys with him like Jahil Okafor rolling down the lane with him. You put Joel Embiid in a situation with him, he’s going to be great and crafty with the ball. When you talk about some the experience and savvy that a professional like that brings in the table, I think it’s going to add some things to us in terms of point guard play.”
Joel Embiid: SERGIOOOO…… Welcome to the squad #HalaMadrid
Euroleague star Sergio Rodriguez has reached agreement on a one-year, $8 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told The Vertical. Philadelphia is also paying toward his $3 million buyout overseas, sources said. Rodriguez, 30, has had an illustrious career in Europe, where he was the Euroleague MVP in 2014 and won the Euroleague championship in 2015 with Real Madrid. He has also played for the Spanish national team.
Tom Moore: #NBA source confirms #sixers signing 30-year-old Spanish PG Sergio Rodriguez. Played 4 years in league, with last 6 for Real Madrid.
Shams Charania: Euroleague star Sergio Rodriguez has agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources tell The Vertical.
Marc Stein: I think my pal Mr. Rabadan in Spain is trying to tell us that Sergio Rodriguez is still resisting NBA interest. – Paco Rabadan: exactly, Marc. He told me three times in the same interview he is not coming back NBA. No, no and no!
Mike Mazzeo: #Nets still trying to get Real Madrid’s Sergio Rodriguez but sources term it “unlikely” to @ESPNSteinLine and me.
A source close to (Sergio Rodriguez) told nbamaniacs on Wednesday that (his move to the NBA) is not a “sure thing” as it has been reported recently. According to Sergio Rodriguez’s inner circle, things may have been “blown out of proportion” with no clarity yet on the issue.
Former Trail Blazers point guard Sergio Rodriguez on Saturday said he is mulling a return to the NBA this summer and will wait “to see how the market is” after the free agent period opens July 1. Since leaving the NBA in 2010, Rodriguez has become one of the best players in Europe. Rodriguez led Real Madrid to the 2015 Euroleague championship and was the 2014 Euroleague MVP. He says he has three years left on his contract, but said his contract has a reasonable buyout.
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No one inside the organization suggested Saturday that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was preparing to fire the only coach who’s won a championship for this organization, and Lue will not make changes to his coaching staff. But some sort of reckoning could be coming. The 148 points allowed tied a franchise record that’s stood since 1972. Cleveland’s lost its last two games on national TV by a combined 58 points. The Cavs are nearly the NBA’s worst defensive team, and are 3-9 dating to Christmas.
One potential change James said he does not agree with is Cleveland letting go of coach Tyronn Lue in response to the team’s recent doldrums. “I would hope not,” James said. “But I really don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen with our team. I have no idea what conversations have been going on. Me personally, I’ve been trying to stay as laser-sharp as I can to keep my guys ready to go out and play. Obviously, it hasn’t resulted in wins, but I got to stay as fresh mentally as much I can with the struggles. I can’t worry about job securities and trades and things of that nature. I just stay as focused as I can every night to go out and compete and try to help us win ballgames.”
Cavs guard JR Smith said Lue and his coaching staff are not to blame. “I mean, they can’t go out there and play for us,” Smith told ESPN when asked about the staff’s effectiveness. “If they come up with the schemes and we execute those schemes to a T and we’re still losing at a certain point and time, they can make their adjustments. But we’re just not executing offensively or defensively.”
“We’re confident because we know if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do, we’re going to beat them,” Rockets center Clint Capela told ESPN. “We’ve got to keep playing. We know that they’re going to come back if we have the lead, and we’ve just got to keep that mindset. Sometimes I feel like, in the past, we were all dragging down after mistakes. But today, we were ready. I think that if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do on defense — all the switches, the weak side — and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them. “We are better than them.”
Tim MacMahon: James Harden on Houston’s hopes of catching Golden State for West’s No. 1 seed: “That’s what we’re rooting for. It’s not going to be easy. Every single game, we’re going to have to take it for ourselves and not relax. It’s not about who we’re playing. It’s about us and each and every game getting better.”
Tim MacMahon: Rockets sixth man Eric Gordon on potentially beating the Warriors in the playoffs: “We really do have that chance. Offensively, we’re just as good as them, no question. Defensively, they’re a championship team. They’re consistent, whether they win or lose. Us, we still have peaks and valleys. We just can’t have those. That’s why we’ve got to play well the next game, because we just have to sustain the same effort.”
David Hardisty: Kevin Durant on the #Rockets: “They’re very tough. I really like this team, I really like their coach. They have a good home crowd and I think the difference between them this year and last year is … they’re playing harder on the defensive side of the ball.”