Real Madrid Rumors
Andy Miller, the agent for Knicks stash pick Willie Hernangomez, told The Post “there is no validity” to a report by Spanish outlet Encestando that the team had offered his client a four-year, $4.5 million deal. The 6-foot-11 center turned down two offers from Real Madrid and could end up at the Garden next year.
Serb Milos Teodosic, 28, is a deft passer and Europe’s top point guard. He has a year left on a $2.5 million deal, which doesn’t have an NBA out. Scoring combo-guard Nando de Colo, who played 97 games for the Spurs while Marks and Langdon were in San Antonio’s front office, is a free agent. On Friday CSKA Moscow plays Lokomotiv Kuban, led by All-Euroleague first-teamer Malcolm Delaney, who wants to play in the NBA. Ex-Knick Sergio Rodriguez, who makes $2.6 million at Real Madrid, bears watching as well.
According to Spanish website Encestando, Gustavo Ayon is thinking about his future in the last few weeks. Ayon is on an expiring contract with Real Madrid and will be a free-agent soon. The negotiations with Real for a new contract hasn’t gained steam so far and Ayon is thinking about a possible return to the NBA. One of his children still lives in United States and Ayon wants to spend more time with him. Also next season the new salary cap will start and Ayon could have the possibility of making much money in NBA.
Zeljko Obradovic gave an interview for the Spanish El Mundo, where, among other things, he expressed his opinion that in the age where physicality reigns in basketball, the sport needs players like Stephen Curry and Sergio Rodriguez who rely on their talent. “We need players like Curry and Rodriguez”, said the Serbian coach. “Stephen Curry is changing basketball, and as he also says, it is all through hard work. Some years ago he had said that he can score with a thousand ways more than Lebron James. Everyone, back then, was saying: “Damn! Who is that guy?” But Curry has done it. He has succeeded”.