CSKA Moscow Rumors
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”.
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.
Milos Teodosic had decided that it was time to play in the NBA and he didn’t mind the financial sacrifice in order to do so. The Serbian star had the NBA on his mind and CSKA Moscow tried its best in order to keep him in Europe. The proposed contract of 12 million euros for three years by the “Army Team”, as CSKA is nicknamed, is tax-free for the player.
In most cases around Europe the taxes are paid by the clubs and not by the players. Contracts also include perks like housing, cars and other bonuses. Practically that 12 million euros contract offer by CSKA Moscow – 11,4 to be exact – was equal to a $24 millions deal in the NBA. According to Eurohoops sources that was the deal initially offered by the Clippers and probably that was the deal Teodosic’ side also expected from Minnesota and Chicago, the two other teams that were more than interested on him.
Vincent Goodwill: Not sure about where the offer for Teodosic originated from but sources say it’s untrue. Take what you will
Chicago Bulls are set to announce 30-year old Serbian international point guard Milos Teodosic (195-89kg-87) who played last time at CSKA Moscow in Russia. Teodosic has played there for the last six years. In 29 Euroleague games he had very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 6.8apg last season. Teodosic helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team. Teodosic also played 21 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 6.0apg (top 4). He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).