Though the San Antonio Spurs do not own a first round draft pick in this years NBA Draft, they could still possibly bring in an influx of talent from overseas with two players who they hold draft rights.
A new report gives the assumption that French guard Nando De Colo is only looking at the NBA as his number one option, while Erazem Lorbek might also make his way across the pond, but for now he's trying to win a championship over in Europe.
Lorbek and his team FCB Regal forced a game five to stay alive against Real Madrid on Wednesday. In the basketball league Lorbek is currently playing in, a team must win 3-out of-5 games in order to win a series. Both teams are tied at 2-2 after Lorbek was just too much for Real Madrid to handle.
Lorbek posted 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting (2/6 3PT, 2/6 FT), grabbed five rebounds, and collected four assists in Regal's 81-75 series tying win.
Tiago Splitter's Brazilain teammate Marcelinho Huertas added 11 points to Regal's win. What does this win show? It shows that Lorbek is a player his team can rely on when they are on the verge of being eliminated.
The championship game will be held this Saturday as Lorbek and FCB Regal try to end their season on a winning note. It may be the last time Lorbek wears a European jersey if he and the Spurs decide to join forces this summer.
I honestly don't want Lorbek to come over. Yeah he's big, and yeah he can score. I heard he's a decent defender and all. But the man is 28 years old!! Seriously, he's almost 30. 30 is about the age where an athlete's athleticism starts to deteriorate. I'm not saying they will be slow and unathletic at 31, but 30 is about the age guys will start losing their mojo. This a little bit more true for big men than smaller guys. Big guys (6'10 and up) who are 30+ are way more injury prone and tend to be the biggest ones affected by age. Tim Duncan was 31 when they won their 4th ring, and after that, he's been on a downward spiral in terms of production and injuries. It's inevitable. Yet, people want Lorbek to come over. I have serious doubts about that. Look at Splitter. He was a spanish league MVP before coming over and he has yet to prove himself to be a legit big man who can be dominate in the paint. Now Lorbek, who will turn 29 in february, is expected to be someone who will be a vital in the spurs post game?? Seriously? He's too old! It takes an average of 1-2 years for Foreign players to fully grasp the NBA and adapt to handling NBA players. By the time Lorbek has all that useful experience, he'll be 30-31!!! That's way too late. The spurs need a big man who is YOUNG. Under 24 is what they should be striving for now. Someone who the spurs can develop and mold and build around, not some old guy who has a solid 2 years left before his physical abilities start to drop off, that INSANE! Get someone young, someone who can bring some damn youthfulness and athletic prowess to the court NOW! I don't want Lorbek, he's not the long term solution. I'd rather the spurs trade a couple of guys (hopefully blair and Bonner or throw splitter in there if you can) and get a young big guy in the first round.
Ride on man! What about that possibility of trading Splitter for the # 10 - 14 draft?
If Lorbek is signed, what happens to the possible # 10 - 14 draft pick Will it be scuttled? Hope not. The Spurs need a young guy to man the interior. What happens to the possible trade of Splitter? It should still go regardless.
@rtesoro440 what possible trade? There hasn't been anything reported about a trade. I'm sure the FO will consider any options to make the team better.