Mantas Kalnietis Rumors

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.
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.