Eurocamp: Day 3

TREVISO, Italy – I came, I saw, I worked nonstop and absolutely, positively did not enjoy the food and beverage of the land or dine al fresco along a charming piazza on a perfectly breezy evening or have nightcaps of tiramisu and gelato. Although it would be OK if I did since one place was recommended by a general manager, so that counts as work.

There were productive days all around. The adidas Eurocamp that ended Monday was as successful as could be expected for the 30 teams represented at the largest annual international pre-Draft gathering, considering most of the players likely headed to the lottery June 23 declined to participate and two of the biggest names, Bismack Biyombo and Donatas Motiejunas, both had underwhelming individual workouts. But Jonas Valanciunas, Biyombo and Montiejunas at least met with teams, some in repeat visits, to allow executives to get a better sense of the players’ personalities.

Valanciunas confirmed earlier in the day, the deadline to withdraw from the draft, that he gave no consideration to pulling out, contrary to guessing that wrongly passed as guessing in some media outlets. His buyout terms are still being discussed and has become a source of concern for teams not interested in spending a top-five pick for a center who isn’t coming to the NBA for at least a year, but no one in a position to know ever expected a different outcome.

“It’s the 11th Commandment,” said one front-office official in attendance. “They just found it: Greed is undefeated.”

Meaning a difficult negotiation is expected to be completed before the draft to generate a financial windfall for Valanciunas and his team in Lithuania. He could be picked as soon as No. 4 to Cleveland.

Other news, notes and observations from the third and final day:

  • Lucas Nogueira, a possibility for the first round, was the biggest name to pull out on deadline day, agreeing with the assessment from teams he is not close to being physically ready for the NBA. Nogueira said he plans to be in the 2012 draft.
  • The top international prospects – Motiejunas, Biyombo, Valanciunas and Enes Kanter, who has stayed in the United States after a freshman year at Kentucky – all do well with English and most are engaging. There will not be any communications problems. I have not talked with Jan Vesely.
  • One executive was walking past in the gym. He stopped and turned. “Good triumphs over evil,” he said, smirking. Meaning Mavericks over Heat. Distaste for Miami and the coordinated effort to add LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Dwyane Wade isn’t just for fans and the media.
  • Opinions remain as unsettled as before the camp on the top international prospect in a draft when five players with overseas backgrounds could go in the top 10. Most picks are for Vesely or Valanciunas, with lesser support for the others, even if Kanter may be the first off the board with the Jazz known to be seriously considering him. One executive called Valanciunas “a future franchise center.”

7 Comments

  1. Im grateful for the article.Much thanks again. Cool.

  2. Andrea says:

    “Or if you want to talk about greed, why don’t you write an article about the upcoming lock-out in the league?”

    Alright..just to make things clear: Scott Howard Cooper, the one who posted this article, merely reported what an executive told him, nothing more nothing less…..can you comprehend at all?

    This means this one is not necessarily his opinion….so don’t scream at him about what he should be writing.

  3. Andrea says:

    “To conclude, I would suggest you to stop being greedy and pay whatever is proposed by Lietuvos Rytas as you might have another Nowitzki coming to the league who, if you didn’t know, was one of the main reasons why NBA had one of the best finals (and best ratings!) in recent NBA history!”

    Dirk was one of the reasons those NBA Finals were so good, as you correctly claim, but LeBron is THE main reason the ratings were so great..LeBron, hate him or love him, moves the ratings needle like nobody else..(check tv ratings for the previous rounds involving LeBron or even regular season games involving him) ..on the other hand, in previous rounds Dirk didn’t even remotely move the ratings needle the way LeBron did..so there you go.

    As far as the whole buyout thing, it has ALWAYS been like that…rules about buyouts were the same in the ’90s too..you didnt hear much about those things just because there weren’t many international players back then.

  4. defdun says:

    Let’s not mix up greed with business acumen. They raised him, they contracted him and now they want their well deserved pay-off. Thats how it works and its perfectly OK to capitalize on the buyout.
    Like that it will make sure that smaller European clubs keep investing in talents which is good for NBA and everyone…

  5. 3rd Lithuanian says:

    Greedy??? Are you kidding me? Why a team that raised Valanciunas would give him up for free? It’s not 90’s anymore and NBA is not a magical place where everyone dreams ending up. It’s all business and you know it better than I do. Or if you want to talk about greed, why don’t you write an article about the upcoming lock-out in the league?
    NBA makes huge money out of their star players. So why would a team that invested money in him give him up to another organization where, what a surprise, he would be used to generate money?
    To conclude, I would suggest you to stop being greedy and pay whatever is proposed by Lietuvos Rytas as you might have another Nowitzki coming to the league who, if you didn’t know, was one of the main reasons why NBA had one of the best finals (and best ratings!) in recent NBA history!

  6. Another lithuanian :D says:

    Well in my opinion rytas just wants to get biggest amount of money becouse they can. They even hired a sports law specialist that specializes in nba buyouts. And i just cant agree to claim that they want to keep him becouse you and i know Valanciunas its just not the kind of ther level player they could keep. As was Brandon Rush cople years back.

  7. lithuanian says:

    At least in last 10 years Lithuanian didn’t have a single simular talent, that could be compared to Valanciunas. So you should understand Lietuvos Rytas too – with 3 years contract still in place, Lietuvos Rytas doesn’t want to release Valanciunas without good buyout/percentage of this sallary. If they ask too much it’s probably because they just don’t want Valanciunas to leave, knowing noone will try to get Valanciunas at such high price. So it’s not necessarely a question of being greedy.