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  Sunday, May 15, 2005

Splitter's buyout figure still being discussed
By Jonathan Givony

On href=/profile//> Friday, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> quoted href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Brazilian href=/profile//> writer href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> reported href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> according href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter's href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> agent href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Interperformances, href=/profile//> Luis href=/profile//> Martin, href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> million href=/profile//> dollar href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> clause href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> require href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> order href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> satisfy. href=/profile//> Martin href=/profile//> reportedly href=/profile//> stated href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> quoted href=/profile//> article href=/profile//> (written href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Portuguese) href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> indeed href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> million href=/profile//> dollars. href=/profile//>

Apparently href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> information href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> either href=/profile//> outdated href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> incorrect. href=/profile//> Splitter's href=/profile//> agent href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> States, href=/profile//> Herb href=/profile//> Rudoy, href=/profile//> repeated href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fixed href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> contact href=/profile//> yet, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> negotiations href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> ongoing. href=/profile//> Last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> States href=/profile//> (for href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> workout href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Chicago) href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> hand, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> something href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> renegotiated href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain, href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> figure href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> discussed, href=/profile//> according href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Rudoy. href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> foremost href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> agree href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> let href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> go, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> begin href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> negotiate href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> sum href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> satisfy href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> buying href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rights href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> ago href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> age href=/profile//> 15, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> developing href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> now. href=/profile//>

One href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> complication href=/profile//> (and href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> speculation href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> now) href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> collective href=/profile//> bargaining href=/profile//> agreement href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> point. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> amount href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> contribute href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> 350 href=/profile//> thousand href=/profile//> dollars, href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> (and href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> should) href=/profile//> rise, href=/profile//> fall href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> stay href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> agreement href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> reached. href=/profile//>

In href=/profile//> addition href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> that, href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> knows href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> exact href=/profile//> sum href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> length href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> rookie href=/profile//> contracts href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> trying href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> calculations href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> contribute href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> via href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> rookie href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> 25% href=/profile//> signing href=/profile//> bonus href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> futile href=/profile//> exercise.

The href=/profile//> status href=/profile//> quo href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> moment, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> allowed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> contribute href=/profile//> 350 href=/profile//> thousand href=/profile//> (beyond href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rookie's href=/profile//> signing href=/profile//> bonus href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> negotiated href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> team) href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> buying href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Dirk href=/profile//> Nowitzki href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Peja href=/profile//> Stojakovic href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> highway href=/profile//> robbery href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA's href=/profile//> part. href=/profile//>

It href=/profile//> makes href=/profile//> absolutely href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> sense href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> money href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> developing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> promising href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> talent href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> compensated href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> paltry href=/profile//> amount, href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> ready href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> contribute href=/profile//> substantially href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//>

Giorgios href=/profile//> Vassilakopoulos, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> president href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Europe, href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> quoted href=/profile//> here href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> January href=/profile//> saying:

A href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> agreement href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> necessary. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> unilateral href=/profile//> (by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> obsolete href=/profile//> (it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> signed href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 1991). href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> wants href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> turn href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA, href=/profile//> feeding href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> developed href=/profile//> here. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> unacceptable, href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> opinion href=/profile//> shared href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> majority href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> federations, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> try href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> agreement href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> soon href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> possible.

Unfortunately, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> union href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> willing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> negotiating href=/profile//> process, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> hardships href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> can't href=/profile//> pronounce href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> side href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ocean href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> isn't href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> concern href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> moment. href=/profile//>

We href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> months href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> sympathetic href=/profile//> David href=/profile//> Stern href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> owners href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> letting href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> voice href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> table href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> case href=/profile//> heard.

Keith href=/profile//> Kreiter, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> sports href=/profile//> agent href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> president href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Edge href=/profile//> Sports href=/profile//> International, href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> quoted href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Jorge href=/profile//> Sierra href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Hoopshype href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Friday href=/profile//> expressing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> changes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> area: href=/profile//> "a href=/profile//> sleeper href=/profile//> issue href=/profile//> [in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> CBA href=/profile//> negotiations] href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> figure href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> increased href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> max href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> $350,000. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> appropriate href=/profile//> number href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> $750,000 href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> higher. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> figure href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> low, href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> kids href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> 25% href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> entire href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> deal href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> advance, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> passed href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> club href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> pay href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> percentage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> debt href=/profile//> load. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> advance href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> prorated href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> deducted href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> gross href=/profile//> salary href=/profile//> covering href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> deal. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> reduces href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> take-home href=/profile//> sum href=/profile//> significantly. href=/profile//> Any href=/profile//> relief href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> respect href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> issue href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> wonderful href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> players."

 
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