Theres European U20 (born 1985) Championship going right now in Moscow and scouts are obviously there. Reporter from Lithuanian site www.basketnews.lt
(only Lith version) is there and caught Rudy D’Amico, Cavs scout, for the interview. Sorry for my poor vocabulary, grammar and mistakes. Simply its 2 a.m. here and also Im pissed enough to translate it for the 2nd time as at the very end my comp got stuck… AHHH…
So it begins with questions about U20 Champ, but scout doesnt say anything particular because he cant break some NBA rules. Later questions about Andriuskevicius, nothing new or interesting (speculations). And now Saras part… here it goes.
Question: Lets talk about Jasikevicius. Have you offered him a detailed contract?
Answer: We talked to him. He knows that we are interested. I have talked with him personally, also other scouts contacted him.
Q: About what were you talking? How does he rate his possibility to play for Cavs?
A: We talked about possibility to play in Cleveland (smiles). He said that everything depends if Ilgauskas signs with us. As you know we extended contract with him.
Q: So Jasikevicius said "if Ilgauskas plays in Cleveland…"
A: Then he would be interested in our offer, because they are good friends. Will it be surprising news in Lithuania?
Q: Not at all. What do new owners of club think about possibility of Jasikevicius playing in Cleveland?
A: They gonna listen to what we (scouts) and coaches suggest. We have resigned Ilgauskas, theres possibility that Jasikevicius will also play in Cleveland.
Q: How many percents would you give for him next season playing in Cavs?
A: Sixty. But there are other teams, which could offer more money. We'll see what will happen, but together with Ilgauskas they would make awesome tandem – like husband and wife. Like a marriage.
Q: What are other clubs heavily interested in Jasikevicius?
A: As far as I know Indiana and Seattle wants him much. Probably more teams exist.
Q: We heard that Pacers offered 3 years 15 millions to Jasikevicius…
A: You know everything (laughs).
Q: Could Cleveland offer him the same money?
A: You probably know that in NBA salary cap rule exists. We cant offer very big sum to him. After we resigned Ilgauskas and signed Hughes I dont know how much money left. We know that he wants to play with Ilgauskas, so we hope that his decision will depend not only on money.
Q: Is there a possibility you go over the cap?
A: I dont know if its possible. Club owners decide on that. I think such possibility exists, because Cavs want to have them both. I hope that next season they will play together.
Q: What positions your team lacks?
A: PG. We have SG, also LeBron James can play few positions. We need one or two players besides PG.
Q: Maybe another Lithuanian Arvydas Macijauskas would fit into this position?
A: As far as I know he has contract with Tau Vitoria (reporter confirms that NBA clause with small buyout exists). I know that hes great shooter and that he no doubt can play in NBA. But our team doesnt need him, because recently we signed his position player in Hughes