Daryl Morey hopeful Sergio Llull will go the NBA at 31, as Arvydas Sabonis did: He’s sort of perfect for the modern NBA

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"We paid $2.5 million,” Morey said, “for the best player not in the NBA.”

Daryl Morey is still hopeful to bring Sergio Llull to the NBA.

The Spanish guard has three years remaining on his contract with Real Madrid and plans to fulfill his contract.

A few summers ago, Llull rejected an important proposal from the Rockets to remain with Real Madrid.

Per The Wall Stree Journal, “He’s sort of perfect for the modern NBA,” said Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

The Rockets invested the most amount of money ever spent on a second-round draft pick to make sure they secured his NBA rights from another team.

That was in 2009. They’ve been waiting for him ever since.

“We paid $2.5 million,” Morey said, “for the best player not in the NBA.”

But in a recent interview on a rainy day in Spain, Llull repeated the message he’s sent to the Rockets for years: He’s not planning to leave Madrid.

“It’s home,” said Llull, who is 30. “I came here when I was 19 years old. I was a kid. I grew up here as a player and person. I’m really happy to be here, and this is the place I want to be.”

 

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