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  Monday, August 1, 2005

Vazquez signs four year contract with Girona
By Jonathan Givony

The href=/profile//> Orlando href=/profile//> Magicís href=/profile//> #11 href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> draft, href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vazquez, href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> officially href=/profile//> signed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Akasvayu href=/profile//> Girona href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain, href=/profile//> according href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> announcement href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> club, href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Malaga. href=/profile//> Magic href=/profile//> officials href=/profile//> belatedly href=/profile//> decided href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> fly href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> today href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> convince href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> otherwise, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> sealed href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> signed href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Saturday. href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> push href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> centerís href=/profile//> services, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> day href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Malaga href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> let href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> preferred href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> let href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> weaker href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> club, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> offering href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> money href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> No href=/profile//> details href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> officially href=/profile//> released, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> sources href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> indicated href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> million href=/profile//> Euros! href=/profile//> (2.4 href=/profile//> million href=/profile//> dollars). href=/profile//> Even href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> gross href=/profile//> amounts href=/profile//> (contracts href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> reported href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> net), href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> exactly href=/profile//> twice href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> amount href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Magic href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> offered href=/profile//> Vazquez. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> large href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> sum, href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> Vazquez href=/profile//> ever href=/profile//> decide href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> paycut href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> leave href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> country href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Orlando, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> place. href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> move href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> major href=/profile//> coup href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Girona, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 16th href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> Since href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> landed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> major href=/profile//> sponsorship href=/profile//> deal href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> namesakeís href=/profile//> company, href=/profile//> real href=/profile//> estate href=/profile//> company href=/profile//> Akasvayu, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> force href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> transfer href=/profile//> market, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> budget href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> turning href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> largest href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Europe. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> currently href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> option href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> signing href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Raul href=/profile//> Lopez href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> buyout href=/profile//> agreement href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> reached href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> club, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Memphis href=/profile//> Grizzles. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> injury href=/profile//> prone href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> apparently href=/profile//> landed href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 1.5 href=/profile//> million href=/profile//> Euros href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Girona. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> addition, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> landed href=/profile//> 7-3 href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> Roberto href=/profile//> Duenas, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> drafted href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Bulls href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 1997 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> round. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> explosive href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Dainius href=/profile//> Salenga href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> veteran href=/profile//> American/Slovenian href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Ariel href=/profile//> McDonald href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> joined href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> club href=/profile//> earlier href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> summer. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> transfers href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Catalonian href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> splash href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> signing href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> name href=/profile//> American href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well.

 
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