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.”
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.
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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’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.
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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.
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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.
“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.