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Old 07-13-06, 12:47 AM
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"Robertas was very disappointed," Rudoy said. "He expected to have serious negotiations, and they didn't want to make him a serious offer.

"It's a shame because we thought this was the summer (for him to come to the NBA)."

As evidenced by their negotiations with Argentine forward Luis Scola, the Spurs don't want to spend heavily on an international player until they are sure his skills translate to the NBA. Manu Ginobili signed a two-year, $2.9 million contract when he joined the Spurs four years ago, but his success has prompted the next crop of international players to seek more lucrative deals.

Indiana's Sarunas Jasikevicius, the Spurs' Fabricio Oberto and New Orleans' Arvydas Macijauskas all contributed only modestly to their teams after signing last summer.
I think the problem is his agent is trying to get the Spurs to pay more that they originally talked about. We can talk that 3 to 5 mil a year is not much but with Spurs close to the lux tax, it might end up costing more that just the contract.

Its hard to say "give up 3 mil a year and come to the NBA for less" but if thats what Scola and Jak really want, they should accept the little less and prove themselves. Then they could possibly get a bigger contract like Manu.
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