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Real Madrid Exercises Option On Rockets' Draftee Llull

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by TheGreat, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. TheGreat

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    Real Madrid on Sunday exercised their option on the contract of Sergio Llull, who on Thursday was drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 34th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and then was traded to the Houston Rockets.

    The move by Madrid will keep the guard under contract for two more years.

    Llull averaged 6.9 points and 2.2 assists in 19 Euro league games and 8.6 points and 2.7 assists per game in the Spanish League.

    http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/54799/180/real-madrid-keeps-van-den-spiegel-llull
     
  2. RasaqBoi

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    what a waste of a draft pick...
     
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    OMG, I am really putting a lot of faith in Morey, because of the ARtest trade last July. I really hope he has something up his sleeve this July.
     
  4. Cannonball

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    Did you really expect him to come over this season? The Rockets took a flyer on a young Euro player. We own his rights and we don't have to waste a roster spot waiting for him to develop and mature. Low risk pick. If he becomes something, we can always bring him over. If he doesn't, no big deal. It's not like you expect big things out of 2nd rounders anyway. This is the case with most Euros drafted around that spot. Scola didn't come over until 5 years after he was drafted.
     
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    I dont get the point of doing this. The same goes for Elayouuuuu, marty leuneun etc. Why even buy the pick?
     
  6. Joshfast

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    Stop it with all the reacting appropriately to a non situation.
     
  7. The Ming Dynasty

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    Weren't we gonna keep him overseas for the next 1-2 years anyway? I really don't understand the harm? We don't have the roster spots available anyway.

    Does anyone know how long we have his rights? IIRC, SA had Scola's rights for 5 years & had to trade him to us before they lost him for nothing. Do we have him for 5 years?
     
  8. smoothie

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    for the money that les spent on the pick, i hope this guy turns out to be something for us. the fact that his team wants him is a good sign (i guess). he wasn't making the rockets roster this year anyway.
     
  9. saleem

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    He is more advanced than the usual Euro player. He is good enough to compete for the position of a 3rd PG right now.Another year or two won't hurt his development,but he would be 24 coming into the league.That's not an ideal situation to be in.
     
  10. Cannonball

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    Say that there are 2 players of equal talent and potential. One is a college player and one is a Euro player who probably isn't coming over immediately. Assume that neither player is yet at a stage where they can be expected to contribute immediately. Who's the better option? You don't have to pay the Euro player. He doesn't take up roster spot (or count against the cap) while he's developing. You own his rights indefinitely. And only if he develops into a worthy contributor do you bring him over. If he doesn't pan out then who cares? It's not like 2nd rounders have a high probability of panning out anyway.

    With the college kid, maybe he sits on the end of the bench or maybe he goes to the NBDL like Dorsey. But you have to pay his salary and when his contract is up he's a free agent.

    And in the case of Llull, we just bought is rights from the Nuggets. It's not like we chose him over somebody else. We didn't draft him so it's not a wasted pick. It could potentially be a waste of Les' money but do you really care about that?
     
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    Scola was a "rookie" at 27.
     
  12. saleem

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    I took that into consideration, but Scola is in a different league. That doesn't mean Llull might not pan out to be a decent role player for us.Some other team might want to pick up his rights,and we could end up with a 2nd rounder in return as well.
     
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    We benefit from this regardless the fact of 2.5M. This gives him time to develop while we have others. With us having his rights who knows how valuable this kid could become in 2 years as trade value or potential starter. I like this gamble, a brilliant move in disguise!
     
  14. meh

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    Not a big deal. If Llull truly blows up next year and becomes NBA ready, then the Rockets will pay him big bucks to cover his buyout. If he's not NBA ready in a year, then him staying another year in Europe is a good thing.
     
  15. roslolian

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    It is if he's already polished somewhat (see Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez). I am not familiar with the Euro leagues but I suppose they are at least equal to NCAA. Think of him as playing his junior and senior years in an NCAA-like environment. We don't have space for him right now anyway.

    Anybody else see the timing? Wouldn't AB or Lowry's contracts expire in a year or two? Llul might come in just in time when we're about to work out a new contract for these guys lol...
     
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    Exactly. Don't know why people are so surprised. It was common knowledge that Llull was a stash pick.
     
  17. saleem

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    I did notice that we don't have a place for him yet,maybe in a year or two we will. I didn't think of Aaron's or Lowry's contract positions.I don't think it's a timing issue, but more related to additional development and not having a place on the roster.
     
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    Euroleague is light years better than the NCAA. Come on now.
     
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    No big deal. He isn't expected to be able to crack our rotation now anyway.
     

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