Caja Laboral Rumors
Andrea Bargnani was officially presented today by his new team, Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, and he spoke about his ambitions on personal and team level. As he said: “I wanted to be the protagonist of a major project”. This is pretty much the explanation about his decision to return to Europe, accepting the new challenge in his career: “Every season is always the most important.”
Baskonia made official a sensational signing for next season. The Basque powerhouse announced the arrival of Shane Larkin. The point guard has played 202 NBA games with Mavericks, Knicks and Nets.
So what he is waiting for? The answer is simple: “I would go to any NBA team. I just want to be there, after 14 years in Euroleague”. However he spoke also about his possible return to Greece, since any good Greek player is always on Panathinaikos and Olympiacos’ short list: “If I don’t return this summer, then I will never return. Maybe at the end of my career I would play for one season in a smaller club, outside Athens”.
The San Antonio Spurs are always having their eyes open in the European market and in this case their interest is not a secret. Davis Bertans of Laboral Kutxa may end up in Texas after all. The Latvian forward who was selected with the 42nd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers and had his rights traded to San Antonio, can make the jump to the NBA. According to Eurohoops sources, the Spurs are ready to make him an offer for a minimum contract.
A Celtics contingent that included director of scouting Dave Lewin and international scout Benas Matkevicius flew to Spain last month to check on Iverson and formally invite him to join the team’s summer squad again. They watched him practice, then took him to dinner to discuss the state of the team and the role he’d be competing for moving forward. Said Iverson: “We essentially agree on everything that I need to do to make it happen.”