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  Saturday, January 29, 2005

A stormy week for Fran Vázquez and Unicaja Málaga
By Luis Fernández

Spanish href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> wild href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> offer href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga's href=/profile//> stud href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Chema href=/profile//> de href=/profile//> Lucas href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> SoloBasket.com href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> reported href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> shocking href=/profile//> news, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> day href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Opel href=/profile//> Skyliners, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> soon href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> media.

It href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> wealthy href=/profile//> soccer href=/profile//> club href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> cash href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> decided href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> invest href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> section. href=/profile//> Vázquez's href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> reportedly href=/profile//> worth href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> million href=/profile//> euros, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> willing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> pay href=/profile//> that, href=/profile//> provided href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> accepted href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> six-year href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> offered href=/profile//> (reportedly href=/profile//> worth href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> million href=/profile//> euros). href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> decide href=/profile//> whether href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> January href=/profile//> ends, href=/profile//> though, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> deadline href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> change href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> teams.

As.com href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> reporting href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> wanted href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> sports href=/profile//> paper href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> known href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> affiliation, href=/profile//> Fran's href=/profile//> words href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> media href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> confusing href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> indeed href=/profile//> wanted href=/profile//> out.

But href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> fought href=/profile//> back, href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> accepting href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> transaction href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> offering href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> four-year href=/profile//> extension href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> (which href=/profile//> expires href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 2007), href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> salary href=/profile//> raise href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> offering, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> decreasing href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> escape-clause href=/profile//> (currently, href=/profile//> worthy href=/profile//> 500,000 href=/profile//> euros), href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> ACB.com href=/profile//> reports.

Finally, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> move href=/profile//> planned href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Gorka href=/profile//> Arrinda, href=/profile//> Fran's href=/profile//> agent href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> known href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> aggressive href=/profile//> style href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> dealing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> clients' href=/profile//> interests, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> player.

Otherwise, href=/profile//> why href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> wanted href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> tie href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> six-year href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> club href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> months, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> worst href=/profile//> case, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> half? href=/profile//> Even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> makes href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> 200,000 href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> sense href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> bucks href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> close.

It's href=/profile//> true href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> agreed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> low href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> case, href=/profile//> why href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> pay href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> million href=/profile//> euros href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lose href=/profile//> money href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> selling href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> player? href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> guess href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Spain's href=/profile//> capital href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> assurance href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> bolt href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> 2006. href=/profile//> Or href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> least, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> payed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> summer href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> picked href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft.

What href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> clear href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> angry href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> crucial href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> fighting href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top-16 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> left href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> played, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> King's href=/profile//> Cup href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> days, href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> talking href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> controversy href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> direct href=/profile//> attack href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> stability. href=/profile//> Vázquez's href=/profile//> departure href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> pill href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> swallow, href=/profile//> greatly href=/profile//> undermining href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> potential.

Draft-wise, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> situation href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> meant href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> change href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> stock. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> deal href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> significantly href=/profile//> modify href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> buyout, href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> affordable href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> matter href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> June's href=/profile//> draft.

 
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