Mantas Kalnietis Rumors
Candace Buckner: Roster for upcoming #Pacers rookie/free agent camp. Camp starts Wednesday, then ORL Summer League: Jarell Eddie, Solomon Hill, Mantas Kalnietis, DeVonte Lacy, Trent Lockett, James Nunnally, Jon Octeus, Arinze Onuaku, Romero Osby, Matt Stainbrook, Myles Turner, Christian Watford, Shayne Whittington, Joe Young
Nets Daily: Lithuanian media reports PG Mantas Kalnietis, who worked out for #Nets last year, close to signing deal with hometown Lithuanian team.
Tadas Bulotas, Mantas Kalnietis’ agent, told Lithuanian television Sport1 that his client has received interest from 3 NBA teams. New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers have already showed interest for Kalnietis and Pacers could be the most likely destination for him, his agent told.
They’ve already hammered likely Group D winners Slovenia by 30 points in a recent exhibition and are well aware longtime nemesis Lithuania isn’t the same threat after losing point guard Mantas Kalnietis just before the World Cup began. “We expect to win them all,” said Team USA power forward Kenneth Faried.
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.”
Lithuanian national team’s starting point guard was also invited to work out for the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, but their camps will start only at the end of June. Once the NBA season is over. “Mantas will not go there, so he doesn’t miss the fishing season in Lithuania,” his agent Tadas Bulotas jokingly said.
After having a solid workout for the Brooklyn Nets, Mantas Kalnietis moved to the Portland suburb of Tualatin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Nets will hold free agent workouts on Tuesday and there have been a few additions and subtractions. The Nets have four new free agents in Sean Evans, Mantas Kalnietis, Jamelle Hagins and Yakhouba Diawara.