15min Sources inform that Marius Grigonis, the manager of Kaunas “Žalgiris”, was in the spotlight of three NBA clubs – “Los Angeles Lakers”, “Memphis Grizzlies” and “Phoenix Suns” – in the heat of the recently ended season.
The 27-year-old Kaunas, who drowned the Bavarian and Valencian teams in the Euroleague with deadly last-minute stabs and established himself as one of the best European defenders, also received a call from Robo Pelinka, Vice President of Lakers Basketball Operations.
The idea was to land a Lithuanian on the California team next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis without waiting for anything, halfway through last season, but as warned 15min sources, M.Grigonis does not break into the NBA, but had a contract with “Žalgiris” and a desire to complete work in Kaunas.
As he claims 15min The Grizzlies, represented by Jonas Valančiūnas, and the Suns contract, which is still continuing the NBA championship, could possibly have offered the basketball player a contract in August, when the free agent market will open.
However, there was no clarity or guarantees in the situation, and the financial issue was not even reached.
Last season, four Lithuanians played in the NBA: Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers), Jonas Valančiūnas (Memphis Grizzlies), David Sirvydis (Detroit Pistons) and Ignas Brazdeikis (New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers) and Orlando Magic ”).
15min According to sources, M. Grigonis does not break into the NBA, and in Europe the offer was submitted only by Moscow’s CSKA.
Although the names of Real Madrid and Barcelona were heard behind the scenes, neither the Royal Club nor the team of Šarūnas Jasikevičius started dialogues.
On Saturday, M. Grigonis officially became the first purchase of the Moscow CSKA club, which has not competed in the Euroleague final four only once since 2003.
15min the first to report that the basketball player had a guaranteed three-year contract of € 4 million. During the first two seasons, one of the leaders of the Lithuanian national team will receive 1.3 million euros each, in the third season he will add another 1.4 million euros to his account.
M. Grigonis became the most expensive Lithuanian in Europe. Last year, such was the Arten Gudaitis Zenit Center in St. Petersburg, which earned 1 million euros.
In the global context, only Jonas Valančiūnas ($ 15 million) from Memphis Grizzlies and Domantas Sabonis ($ 18.5 million), who has been the face of Indiana Pacers, will earn more for Kaunas next season.
Donatas Motiejūnas, who competed in China, earned about 2-2.5 million in the season that ended two months ago. USD. But he has no contract for next season.
Last season in the Euroleague, M.Grigonis scored 13.4 points (50.6 percent double, 45.6 percent trit, 94.4 percent penalty), 2.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists 13 .7 utility score.