Sunday morning, a report indicated that the San Antonio Spurs plan to add some shooting, youth and depth to their team by offering 23-year old, 6’10” Latvian forward Davis Bertans a minimum contract offer.
Whether Bertans and the Spurs eventually come to an agreement after July 1 remains to be seen. However, another player the Spurs hold the NBA draft rights to, Greek 6’9″ forward Georgios Printezis, said Sunday he does not have any intentions of signing elsewhere for the remainder of his career.
“I have told my manager that no matter what offer arrives, Olympiacos has the first hand.” said Printezis, in an article by EuroHoops.net. “There might be an interest from other teams, but I feel very good in Olympiacos. I wish to close my career in Olympiacos. The team fills me completely and I believe that me and my teammates have much to achieve.”
Printezis, 31, currently plays for Olympiacos Piraeus, where another Spurs draftee also plays professional basketball (Nikola Milutinov). Printezis was actually drafted in the NBA back in 2007 at the 58th slot in the second round, but the Spurs didn’t get a hold of his rights until last summer, as part of a deal with the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter.
Printezis started 20 of Olympiacos’ 21 games in Euroleague play this season, where he produced averages of 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 25 minutes per game. Olympiacos had a disappointing end to their Euroleague season though, as they started hot by going 8-2 in the regular season, but struggled to make the playoffs in going 6-8 in the Top-16. Printezis was Olympiacos’ leading scorer and rebounder this past season as well.
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