In 1999, the Spurs assured the agent of Andrei Kirilenko they would take the Russian forward if he were available when they picked at No. 29. He wasn't. Utah took Kirilenko 24th. The Spurs also issued a first-round guarantee to Serbian center Nenad Krstic in 2002 only to watch New Jersey pick him two slots ahead of them.
WOW. Kudos to our scouters. But I am glad we got Tony instead of AK.
I sure hope those contacts overseas continue to have high regard for Pop and the Spurs. With the infiltration by more teams, Pop needs to get his guys to learn how to evade the spies.