Yesterday, RealGM reported that Miroslav Raduljica is close to finalizing a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 7-foot, 250-pound Serbian national spent time with the Milwaukee Bucks last season. In 48 appearances, Raduljica averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the foul line. He was a key cog for the Serbs' run during the FIBA World Cup this summer, averaging 13 points and 4.6 rebounds in nine games, including an 18-point performance against the United States.
Raduljica was traded to and waived by the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason. He then signed a $1.5 million dollar contract with the Shandong Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). According to this column written by Nick Bedard, Shandong paid out $1.2 million of the $1.5 million contract just before Christmas despite the fact that Raduljica appeared in only 14 games and was considered a big bust.
There are a lot of rumours around the NBA stating Raduljica might find himself a team as early as January. With all that Chinese money in the bank, don't be surprised if an NBA team gets him at a bargain price.
The Wolves PR department has yet to confirm a deal with Raduljica is, indeed, in place. Still no word from Jerry Zgoda, Jon Krawczynski or other beat writers on all of this, either. Raduljica would be a welcome addition to a roster that is 5-24 and on an eight-game losing streak. However, it is uncertain which current Wolves player would be released in order to free the necessary roster space.
Yesterday on this website I asserted Jeff Adrien would likely end up gone if the Wolves tried to acquire Raduljica.
We'll know more, later, I presume.
Is it weird that a team in the CBA paid $1.2 million dollars to someone just to make them go away? Moreover, albeit the disappointing stint with Shandong, do you think Radojica can be productive in the NBA?
In his 3rd game with the Houston Rockets, Corey Brewer scored 25 points thanks to 6-of-8 shooting from three point range. He's now 11-of-17 on three-point field goals in a Rockets' uniform. Brewer hit only 8-of-47 (!!) threes with the Timberwolves this season. Houston, though, fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 110-106.
Sorry for a lack of content in this here morning post. Look for a Knee-jerk Notes on Gorgui Dieng -- his defense, specifically -- a little later today. Eric is on vacation, so, may reckless abandon persist throughout the comment sections.
Metal Monday goes hardcore, today. Enjoy this one by Bury Your Dead.