Sergio Rodriguez mulling NBA return

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Former Trail Blazers point guard Sergio Rodriguez on Saturday said he is mulling a return to the NBA this summer and will wait “to see how the market is” after the free agent period opens July 1. Since leaving the NBA in 2010, Rodriguez has become one of the best players in Europe. Rodriguez led Real Madrid to the 2015 Euroleague championship and was the 2014 Euroleague MVP. He says he has three years left on his contract, but said his contract has a reasonable buyout.
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As Eurohoops reported Houston is waiting Llull with open arms and a three year contract. The player according to Eurohoops sources is near his final decision. With Real winning the championship title in Spain, the best season during the last 41 of the club’s glorious history will be completed. The “Whites” are on the verge of winning four trophies on the same season, counting also the Euroleague, the Spanish Copa Del Rey and the Spanish Supercopa. Llull has nothing else to prove and the next big challenge for him will be Houston, where he can evolve even to the starting point guard, since on the roster at the moment only veteran Pablo Prigioni is left and nobody knows what will be the future of Pat Beverley.
MRW: With Llull winning Euro is he more likely to jump to NBA this summer? David Pick: Here is what I’m told. Would Lull, a starting guard for the best team in Europe, take a back seat to play in the NBA? Maybe, but probably not. Would he risk 25+ minutes per game in Europe to become a backup sub to James Harden or whatever PG the Rockets land next season? No, probably not. Are Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez – both Spanish national team roommates and former NBAers – in Llull’s ear about the NBA being a waste of time? Yea, for sure. Are the Rockets seriously considering bringing over BOTH Llull and Italian scorer Alessandro Gentile while Kostas Papanikolaou isn’t even playing in the playoffs? No, probably not. The only way I see Llull going over is if he is paid a s***-load of money and gets starting PG. And he needs Pablo Prigioni out of there.
He knows how the semifinal in Madrid is shaping up. Both teams have former and future NBA players. Goudelock will find himself matched up against Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Llull. If the game is tight at the end, the ball is going to be in Goudelock’s hands. He will try to replace the mighty noise with a calming, intensifying silence. He will have to trust his instincts. He will need to believe in the teachings of Kobe. “The rules are different here, everything is so much different — the big games are almost like a stalemate where you’re beating each other up, so it comes down to who is executing down the stretch and hitting the big shots,” Goudelock says.
Real Madrid has a team option on Mejri’s contract for next season, but reports in Spain suggest they may not exercise it. The Tunisian center, who was one of the biggest sensations in the Spanish League two years ago with Obradoiro, has not received much playing time this season at star-studded Real Madrid, who’s one of the top favorites to win the Euroleague next month. While Mejri is happy with the club, he would rather leave if there are no minutes available for him.
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Me: You said a long time ago, you could see yourself finishing your coaching career back in Madrid (Karl coached European powerhouse Real Madrid for two seasons in the late ’80s and early ’90s). GK: I’m not saying that’s out of the question. Two games a week? That excites me. College doesn’t excite me, because you just deal with so many nightmares of getting grades, getting them in school, and keeping them eligible. That stuff doesn’t turn me on. Dealing with pros, having two or three days to prepare, that’s good stuff. That motivates a coach.