Khimki Moscow Rumors

Former world champion Jorge Garbajosa of Unicaja announced on Wednesday that is retiring as a player at age 34. Garbajosa played for four different Euroleague teams in a 17-year career: Tau Ceramica, Benetton Treviso, Unicaja and Real Madrid, as well as Khimki Moscow Region in the Eurocup and Toronto in the NBA. Garbajosa reached the Euroleague title game in 2003 with Benetton, the same year that he was named to the All-Euroleague First Team. He was subsequently a second-team selection with Unicaja in 2006, just before he won the World Championships as a member of the Spanish national team.
BC Khimki signed a three-year deal with the player of Finland National team, 24-yer-old point guard Petteri Koponen, who played the last four years in Virtus Bologna (Italy). Victor Bychkov, BC Khimki General Manager: — Koponen brilliantly played for several years in Italy, and during this season had a lot of proposals from well-known clubs, so we are doubly pleased that he preferred our club. The contract was signed for 3 years, but there is an option that after his first or second season Petteri can move to the NBA, cause as we know some NBA clubs are interested in him. Now we can say that the main task of staffing has been resolved. Four players left our club — and four other came instead. All these acquisitions were meaningful and point. It only coincided by chance that the signing of the contracts occurred during past few days, although the work was carried out over a long time. Now we understand the contours of our future team. But the biggest achievement of this off-season is the preserving of the backbone from the last year.
So your contract is only for two months. If the NBA season is canceled, will you stay there? Austin Daye: I’m not sure. It’s up in the air. We need to see if the team would want to extend, if not it would be my choice to come home. I’m kind of eager to come home and work out with my trainer in Los Angeles. It all depends on playing time as well. I came to help a team with a player that was hurt and now that he’s coming back, I’m getting less minutes, which I understand. I knew that was part of the process.
That was three years ago, when Delfino signed with Khimki Moscow at a time where Russian clubs where dominating the European market and attracting big names from the NBA. What he went through in Russia wasn’t an NBA-type experience, though. “I didn’t feel comfortable. The toughest part is when you have to think about things other than basketball. You think about whether you’re going to get paid or not, how the trips are going to be… In the NBA, you don’t have to think about it. In Europe, there are clubs where those things are not taken care of. In Khimki, I was with a big team with a big budget, but you didn’t know if they were going to pay you. That’s a distraction and it makes you uncomfortable. In the NBA, you get used to not having to think about stuff like that. That’s why I decided to go to Milwaukee and sign for a smaller amount of money compared to what I was making in Europe. “I never took basketball as a job until I played in Russia. It didn’t feel right, so I decided to go where I felt the most comfortable… And that’s the NBA.”