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    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/585124.html

    Any team wanting to sign Maccabi Tel Aviv's Lithuanian point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius will have to pay big time, the player's agent said yesterday. "We are going to ask for $10 million for a three-year contract. Sarunas is in his prime and now is the perfect time to sign him," Jasikevicius' American agent Doug Neustadt said yesterday.

    Approximately 10 NBA teams are said to be interested in retaining Jasikevicius' services, and Neustadt will start the negotiations on July 1. The Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers are among the teams reportedly in the hunt for the Maccabi player.

    "Money is an important factor for Sarunas, but there are other factors as well, such as the quality of the team, the amount of court time he will get and the coach," Neustadt said. "Teams don't usually promise players how many minutes they will play, but obviously big money goes hand in hand with court time."

    Neustadt added that it was very important to Jasikevicius to sign with a team where he has an opportunity to be a clutch player. "Being a starter is less critical, as today you can be sixth on the roster and play 30 minutes," Neustadt said.

    The agent said he was very optimistic about Jasikevicius's chances of succeeding in the NBA. "I saw him play five times in the Euroleague this season, and no one can persuade me that there is a better free-agent guard around. He has already won everything there is to win in Europe, and that makes the NBA a new challenge for him. I can promise you that he will have a lot of options, but he is the one who holds the cards and he will be the one who has to pull the trigger.

    Maccabi Tel Aviv has already accepted that it will be parting with its star player and second assistant coach Dan Shamir left for the United States yesterday to begin looking for a replacement.

    Meanwhile, the club signed a new two-year contract with center Maceo Baston yesterday.
    Well, the money's manageable. Isn't making a playing time demand that's impossible. The competition is, well, weak. I would imagine that if Larry wanted him, he could have him.

    Oh, and a line from nbadraft.net:

    Expect to see over a half-dozen teams go after Jasikevicius, including the Pacers, Celtics, Blazers, Rockets, Heat, Cavs, Kings, and any other team who needs a consumate floor general who can hit an open three.
    Yes, please.

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    Default Re: Sarunas Jasikevicius update

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    This is a rumor that has been floating around for a long time now. When you add in how many times Larry Bird has went on scouting trips to Europe I think he's going to try to sign him. I've been saying it for weeks now.

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    Sarunas Jasikevicus. He is a 29 year old Lithuanian, he is 6'4, and weighs 190 pounds, and just led Maccabi to it's second consecutive Euroleague championship, being the MVP.
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    That would address the point guard position. Then he could trade Jackson and Foster, or Jackson and Pollard for Redd or Allen. Joe Johnson comes to mind too.

    I think the tip off to Bird's thinking will be the draft. If he goes big, he's looking to enclude a big man, either Foster, Pollard, Croshere, or Bender, in a trade, and he's looking to replace whoever he loses.

    So, I look for Bird to draft one of the big power forwards that's going to be available in the draft. (May, Taft, Simian)

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    That's my first post here.

    I must say that I love your scenario.
    It would be great to sign Sarunas because I've seen him play a lot of times and he would be great running the team alternatively with Jamaal
    and it would be great to get a better shooter than Jackson, but I don't see Seattle giving up Allen for Jackson & Foster/Pollard.
    But with the bunch of PF available in the draft, we can easily trade away one of our big men.

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    Welcome aboard !!!


    I would rather be the hammer than the nail

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    Welcome aboard !!!



    What he said!

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    I believe giving up Foster, Jackson and Pollard for Allen would be quite a hit for the Pacers. I like Foster. He is unique in his abilities and the Pacers have
    no one to replace him, nor is there anyone in the draft like him at least where the Pacers are drafting.


    owl

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    I believe giving up Foster, Jackson and Pollard for Allen would be quite a hit for the Pacers. I like Foster. He is unique in his abilities and the Pacers have
    no one to replace him, nor is there anyone in the draft like him at least where the Pacers are drafting.


    owl

    I don't think the Pacer's would trade two centers for anybody!

    At least not unless they got one back.

    I don't think anyone has advocated that in this thread either.

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