Rokas Giedraitis: Of course I want to play in the NBA. I want to try to be there. A couple of years ago I had said that I can fit well in some NBA teams. But, in basketball, there’s hard work and some part of luck. I think time will show. I have a lot of job to do right now, so I don’t think about the NBA now. Every kid who plays basketball wants to try out for the NBA.
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Have there been any NBA teams that have shown interest in you? It was reported that a couple of teams were considering you as an option on a two-way contract. Rokas Giedraitis: I don’t know. When I got this two-way contract offer, I was thinking that it’s unbelievable because it’s from NBA teams, but at the time, I was 26 and was thinking that it was better to play some more basketball in Europe.
Donatas Urbonas: Rokas Giedraitis rejected few NBA Summer League invitations. Last year few teams considered him on a two-way contract and now he is under the NBA radar, sources confirmed. Giedraitis is still under the contract with ALBA and will make his Euroleague debut next season.
You’ll be 27 this summer. Players like Dairis Bertans made the jump during this season… Are you open to trying to make it to the NBA? Rokas Giedraitis: I am right now focused on finishing the season as well as possible and hopefully win the BBL title. But yes, I am definitely open to it. Last summer there was some interest from some NBA teams in me and it’s obviously a dream of mine to one day play there.
You signed a three-year deal with Alba Berlin last summer. Are the contract terms still the same as when you signed? Rokas Giedraitis: Yes. I signed a three-year contract in the summer of 2018 and I have an opt-out clause if I get an NBA offer.
Rokas Giedraitis: There were concrete talks last season with one NBA team and I know from my agents that there are teams that are showing interest this season. If the right opportunity comes by, I would definitely be open to it.
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April 20, 2021 | 1:32 pm EDT Update
LeBron James (ankle) is believed to be weeks away from a return to the court, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports. Head coach Frank Vogel noted that James has recently progressed to “light work,” but he still isn’t all that close to gaining full clearance. The Lakers will undoubtedly take the proper steps to ensure James is at full health prior to clearing him, and at this point in time, a specific return date has not yet been identified.
Josh Lewenberg: Nurse said the front office had been talking about converting Yuta’s contract for a while. Why’d they do it now? “Because we thought he deserved it. He’s been a good pro, a good player & he’s working hard. He’s certainly under consideration to be part of this team going forward”