FC Barcelona Rumors
Emiliano Carchia: Aleksandar Vezenkov: I will declare for the NBA draft next season but I am not going to Barcelona to stay just one season
Tony Jones: Tibor Pleiss has significant interest overseas, which could give him leverage in negotiations with the Jazz, The Tribune has learned
The following statement has been issued by Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan: “The release agreement between Mario Hezonja and FC Barcelona has been finalized and we look forward to Mario’s arrival in Orlando in the coming days. We would like to thank Mario, Arn Tellem and FC Barcelona for their cooperation and diligence.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: I’m told Mario Hezonja and Barcelona have reached a NBA buyout agreement worth $1.4 million. Orlando bound.
Emiliano Carchia: Mario Hezonja parted ways with Barcelona, according to El Mundo Deportivo sportando.com/en/europe/spai…
Jody Genessy: A big, 7-foot-2 German — center Tibor Pleiss — arrived in Salt Lake City late Saturday night, an airport source informed me. 7-foot-2 center Tibor Pleiss is in town to discuss his future with the Jazz. The fact he’s here obviously shows there’s mutual interest. Interesting tidbit about Tibor Pleiss. He was among top Europeans in free-throw shooting (85%). He’s an excellent shooter and big finisher. Tibor Pleiss could play for the German national team this summer. Nice Jazz connection, considering Alex Jensen will help coach that team. Haven’t been told if Tibor Pleiss will play with the Jazz in summer league, but he’s here so they might as well put him to work.
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz are expected to make a significant attempt to bring big man Tibor Pleiss to the team next season, the SL Tribune has learned
Josh Robbins: All indications suggest Mario Hezonja’s Barcelona buyout will be finalized as early as Monday, a league source tells the OS.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Barcelona, I’m told, reduced the NBA escape clause of Mario Hezonja to €1.5 million. Club wants his Euro rights.
Hezonja said he doesn’t anticipate any problems with his buyout with FC Barcelona. If completed, the buyout would allow him to play in the NBA in 2015-16. Asked if he expects to play for the Magic in the upcoming season, he said: “Of course. Of course.”
Hennigan said: “We’re fully confident he will be with us next season. We have no concerns over the buyout, and that’s something we’ll be able to work through over the next few days.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Barcelona GM Joan Carles Raventos scheduled practice tomorrow — keeping Mario Hezonja in Espana. Smh.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: If Barcelona suffer sweep in finals, Mario Hezonja has a U.S. visa prepared to attended the NBA draft, I’m told.
Can Pelister: Highlights of Mario Hezonja from Real Madrid game. Insane: youtube.com/watch?v=qOShi5…
FC Barcelona announced a contract extension for Ante Tomic till June 2018. The Croatian big man will remain with the Spanish powerhouse three more years.
What went wrong with Utah and Ante Tomic? Could write a whole article on this but to keep it simple: 1. Tomic lives in Barcelona (an awesome city), plays in the best league in Europe on one of the best teams, and makes way more than the NBA minimum (and it used to be way, way more before the Euro went down in value recently). 2. A different GM drafted Tomic so this new Jazz front office regime hasn’t necessarily been tracking his whole career and weren’t the original ones who thought he had a chance at the NBA. At this point, Tomic is the best center in Europe and easily one of the best players. He’s an offensive freak, a master of the mid-roll, who can hit any shot in the paint, dish, and just move to wherever he wants. His biggest improvement has been defensively where he used to be soft liability and now has become quite active and learned how to use his length. He’s easily an NBA rotation player and would be worth giving a few million to a year, just a question of if this Jazz team is the right fit.
UPDATE: There are rumors now that he might leave Barcelona this summer and maybe go to the NBA orCSKA Moscow, the club in Europe with the most money. It’s really all rumors though and tough to say what is really true. Tomic is easily a NBA rotation player, if not a starter, but he is a uniquely skilled player and the fit needsto be right. Think whatever the opposite of Gobert and Favors are as players. My guess is if Utah didn’t own his rights and he was a free agent he’d already be in the league. If he really wants to come over, maybe he could also be a trade chip if Utah doesn’t see the fit.
Ante Tomic is leaning toward signing a multi-year contract extension with FC Barcelona, according to sources. The Croatian big man had also the chance to try the NBA with the Jazz but he is more likely penning a rich new deal (4 years?) with the Catalan giants.