Unicaja Malaga Rumors
Kuzminskas becomes a restricted free agent next summer as Malaga owns his rights for next season, but according to Bulotas, the Spanish power-club might opt against exercising his extension. “Kuzminskas could leave Malaga, but there is a heavy NBA buyout and a even higher Euroleague buyout,” Bulotas said. “If Malaga [does] well in the ACB and the Euroleague, it might be worth it for the club to lower the buyout and sell Mindaugas. Otherwise, Kuzminskas could leave after next season for free.”
“Kuzminskas has been very productive this season and there is NBA interest for sure. Teams have spoken with Malaga, but nothing is imminent at the moment,” Lithuanian based agent Tadas Bulotas told Basketball Insiders.
NBA scouts are asking about the length of Kuzminskas’ contract in Spain. The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz, among others, have inquired, a source shared with Basketball Insiders. Kuzminskas, who is in his second season with Malaga (the No. 1 seed in the ACB League), averages 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game in the Euroleague – and 9.6 points along with 4.1 boards per contest while shooting north of 38 percent from deep in the Spanish competition.
Shams Charania: Slovenia star Zoran Dragic has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns worth $4,012,500, league sources tell RealGM.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Zoran Dragic’s forthcoming deal w/Phoenix will be two-year guaranteed pact believed to be in excess of $2 mil. No options
Can Pelister: Zoran Dragic’s agent informed Unicaja Malaga that his player going to Phoenix Suns, per source.
Zoran Dragic’s agency informed Unicaja this morning that his client has a two-year offer from the Phoenix Suns and will soon pay his contract buyout.
Zoran Dragic will be able to leave for the NBA also after October 5, when the ACB season starts, according to La Opinion de Malaga.
Shams Charania: Slovenian star Zoran Dragic is in advanced discussions to leave his European team, BC Unicaja, for the NBA, league sources tell RealGM.
Zoran Dragic arrived in Malaga late last week to start the training camp. “I am here preparing the season with Malaga. But if I have the chance to go the NBA my desire is to go” said Zoran Dragic to La Opinion de Malaga. “I think that the best option for me is to go the NBA now because I don’t want to lose one year. I think I am ready to play in the NBA but the truth is that I don’t know anything about the NBA at the moment. My heart is with Unicaja” added Zoran Dragic.
Zoran Dragic: “I’m still a member of Unicaja Malaga and tomorrow I’m going to Spain to get ready for the season. Of course, I’m interested in playing in the NBA, but there’s no agreement yet. (…) Everything is possible, but as I said, I am going to Malaga tomorrow.”
Zoran’s presence in Phoenix would be a considerable help to the Suns’ hopes of retaining Goran next year, when he can become a free agent, but Goran already has expressed a desire to remain with the Suns. Adding Zoran would also further load up a Suns backcourt that already has Goran, Isaiah Thomas, Gerald Green, Archie Goodwin, Tyler Ennis and, it is assumed, Eric Bledsoe.
Because he was undrafted in 2011, there is no limit on what a salary for the younger Dragic could be. His salary would need to be more than $2 million to justify sacrificing $500,000 of his own money in the buyout and walking away from a Malaga contract that would pay him about $1.4 million this year, along with most of his living expenses.
The Suns could become even more of a family business. Having already teamed Markieff and Marcus Morris, the Suns are among six teams giving consideration to signing Zoran Dragic for the coming season. The Suns have expressed interest in Goran Dragic’s younger brother, along with Cleveland, Dallas, Indiana, Sacramento and San Antonio. Zoran Dragic, 25, is supposed to report this weekend for his new contract extension with Spanish club Unicaja Malaga but he does have an NBA escape clause to leave this year. It includes a $1.1 million buyout, of which an NBA team could contribute a maximum of $600,000.
Zoran Dragic talked with Kosarka.si about his future. “I am still a member of Unicaja Malaga and tomorrow (Saturday) I am going to Spain to start the training camp with the Spanish team” said Zoran Dragic to Kosarka.si. “Of course, I am interested in playing in the NBA but there is no agreement on the table yet. Everything is possible but as I’ve said, I am leaving for Malaga on Saturday” ended the Slovenian combo guard.
Dragic, the younger brother of Goran Dragic, had 16 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes against the United States national team on Tuesday. He has informed teams of the Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM.
Behind a resurgent desire to pursue the NBA culminating in a successful World Cup showing, Slovenian shooting guard Zoran Dragic has maintained discussions with the four teams interested in signing him for next season: the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, league sources told RealGM.
Marc Stein: Slovenia plays Lithuania with first place on the line today in Group D AND I’m hearing Zoran Dragic moving to NBA THIS season still possible
Zoran Dragic negotiated a new contract with Unicaja Malaga this summer. The new deal makes him one of the best paid players of Unicaja Malaga. According to La Opionion de Malaga, Zoran Dragic has a new buyout clause in the contract fixed at €750.000 and he has to tell Malaga next June 30, 2015, if he will remain with the team or he’ll leave for the NBA paying the buyout. He won’t be able to leave Malaga during next season but just next June.
Emiliano Carchia: Zoran Dragic was PERFECT from the field: 22 points, FG 8/8, 2PT 4/4, 3PT 4/4, FT 2/2, 3 rebounds and 2 assists #Spain2014
“He was awesome,” Dragic continued. “He was our best player on the court. “It means a lot to play with him. We don’t see each other so often. OK, on Skype, but it’s not the same. Now it’s a perfect situation for us to play together with the national team. “We can share the court and maybe do some damage [in Group D]. And hopefully someday we can play each other in the NBA.”
Zoran Dragic, 24, is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who plays in Spain with Unicaja Malaga. He badly wants to matriculate to the NBA, as Goran suggested, but he opted for a new deal this summer with Malaga that offers greater security. Goran Dragic, meanwhile, is the only NBAer on a Slovenian team in transition after stalwarts such as Rasho Nesterovic and Bostjan Nachbar stopped playing international ball.