Toronto has made a move to sign the leading scorer from Olympiacos in Greece — former Nugget Linas Kleiza.
Toronto has signed Kleiza to a four year, $20 million offer sheet, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. Denver still has the rights to Kleiza and now has seven days to match that offer or lose him.
Kleiza, to refresh your memory, is a 6’8″ forward who spent four years coming off the bench for Denver. Like a lot of European big men, he has a deft outside touch, but he can push and bang inside. He was a solid bench player for the Nuggets, but for Olympiacos was a scoring machine.
Kleiza is no replacement for Chris Bosh, but he can give them quality minutes nightly.
Kentucky held a two-day combine last season for NBA scouts.
Now, LSU and UNLV are following suit.
Rob Dauster of NBC Sports:
The Runnin’ Rebels will hold their event on October 23rd and 24th at the Mendenhall Center, UNLV’s practice facility, sources told NBCSports.com. The expectation is that all 30 NBA teams will be in attendance.
LSU has potential No. 1 pick Ben Simmons and another first-round prospect in Tim Quarterman.
UNLV features lottery prospect Stephen Zimmerman.
This won’t replace scouts attending games and watching practices, but the fact that all 30 teams plan to attend shows how seriously the pro league takes these. No college team wanted John Calipari to have that competitive advantage in recruiting, so the smart ones are leveling the field with their own combines. Soon, more college teams will follow.
As the calendar gets packed, NBA teams might have to pick and choose which they attend. At that point, we might get little clues about which prospects they’re scouting hardest.
I’m assuming Frank Kaminsky is fulfilling some type of rookie hazing ritual.
I also watched this way too many times.