Back in early July, word from overseas came out that Slovenian forward Erazem Lorbek and the Spanish club FC Barcelona were in negotiations for a contract buyout.
Wednesday, a buyout agreement was reached between the two sides, as Barcelona released a statement stating Lorbek had been released from the team.
Though he was originally drafted by the Indiana Pacers, Lorbek’s NBA draft rights are held by the San Antonio Spurs, as they acquired Lorbek’s rights in the draft night trade for Kawhi Leonard, when the Spurs sent George Hill to the Pacers in 2011.
Though the Spurs have one remaining roster spot left open, the chances they’d offer the spot to Lorbek seem very slim considering he’s already 30 years old, has a history with injuries, and the team has already signed Bryce Cotton, JaMychal Green, and Josh Davis reportedly to training camp deals, as each player will be battling to earn that final roster spot.
Throw in the fact that there’s still a qualifying offer on the table to restricted free agent Aron Baynes, and Lorbek’s chances at making the jump to the states seem even more unlikely. Last season with Barcelona, Lorbek averaged eight points and 2.7 rebounds in 19 games.