Report: Lorbek, FC Barcelona discussing contract buyout

According to Sportando.com, Slovenian center Erazem Lorbek and FC Barcelona are in the process of a contract buyout with Lorbek entering the final year of his contract.

Though he was originally drafted by the Indiana Pacers, Lorbek’s 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 Indiana Pacers in 2011.

In the summer of 2012, there were reports indicating the Spurs had interest in bringing Lorbek to the team, but he eventually chose to re-sign with FC Barcelona. Lorbek, now 30, averaged 8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 19 games last season with FC Barcelona per Eurobasket.net.

Though the Spurs will have two roster spaces available once Boris Diaw and Patty Mills are re-signed, there’s been no reported talks of the team being interested in Lorbek. The chances of Lorbek coming to play in the NBA seem very slim, since he hasn’t had any NBA experience and would be a 30-year old rookie.

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