If any Spurs fans think forward Victor Sanikidze will ever be coming to the NBA, then they might want to stop holding their breath.
Sanikidze, who the San Antonio Spurs traded for with the Atlanta Hawks during the 2004 NBA Draft, will be a free agent at the end of Virtus Bologna's season and said he would like to continue to play in the Euroleague despite saying the NBA is still a dream for him.
"Playing in the NBA is a dream but I would like to play the Euroleague as well. If we reach the best European competition with Virtus Bologna I am ready to stay. I am sure we can find an agreement"
Victor is averaging 13.1 points, 1.5 assists, 10.7 rebounds, shooting 61.1% from the field in 31.6 minutes for Bologna.
It would seem Sanikidze will be another player stashed overseas (such as Robertas Javtokas) the Spurs will never see wearing black and silver. Let's just hope other quality players such as Nando De Colo, or Erazem Lorbek decide to make the leap to the NBA.
They may not want come to play for the Spurs for little playing time, some probably because of money. Players want to have that opportunity to show the team what they can do.
The spurs need not worry. The blazers released Turiaf and now the kings releaased JJHickson. Both or either one of them will be good for the spurs. Both are big men who can man the interior. Take your pick Mr. Buford but act with dispatch.
So why enter the draft if you do not plan to play in the NBA? I know we've gotten some good picks from the international entries, but it seems like if you are entering the draft you should be commited to play in the US. I guess I could see someone having a delay because of contract issues, but they should be able to come play within that time period, not have the choice to sign again with another team.
Erazem had similar statements last year before the Spurs obtained his draft rights; then he said he might want to play with the Spurs. So far the only overseas players I see excited about coming to the NBA is Ryan Richards and Adam Hanga.
Do these overseas players have to "enter" the draft as our collegiate stars do or are they just.. chosen?