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    I think this thread might be useful at times here. I'll start with few videos:

    It's a cut from succesful game in Pacers for Šaras - 22 pts. Too bad he couldn't find him self in that league. Pobably needed to be in the team that moves the ball and to come to the league way earlier to adjust his stamina and playing style. It think he could have a solid NBA career if drafted just after NCAA.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm2M9BfZUc8

    Šarūnas Marčiulionis does his job against Bulls - 22 pts. I wonder when Lithuania will have the guy like him in the NBA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fW9_JaAYJo

    Worrior Marčiulionis with 27pts in the playoffs game:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InSibYSXkCw
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    What do guys think?
    https://translate.google.com/transla...htm&edit-text=
    I do not want Mantas to spent the rest of his career in Russia,unless it is CSKA.
    Is there a realistic chance for him to get sign and then to get some playing time in NBA?
    The very fact that he will be attending this summer camp shows that he is that not partial to this idea.
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    I can see Mantas in the NBA. He's fast, mobile, can create plays and a good enough shooter for the NBA. Plus, he has a slight height advantage when playing at the point. If he ends up playing for the Nets, I don't expect him to average more than 15-20 MPG, but NBA could be useful for him.

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    Well, he might be in the summer league for the NETS. At least he got invitation.

    http://www.netsdaily.com/2014/6/4/57...-kalnietis-his
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    Well, he might be in the summer league for the NETS. At least he got invitation.

    http://www.netsdaily.com/2014/6/4/57...-kalnietis-his
    Regarding the article - the source is here - http://rsport.ru/basketball/20140604/750122734.html
    There are some mistakes in English article.
    According to Vedischev ,it is Kalnietis' second (this) season,not the first, that was quite disappointing.
    "After successful EC ,he(Kalnietis ) did fall down into functional hole"-direct quote.Right...Vow, i mean Vedischev here just hits the nail. Whatever...
    Calathes did have buy out option in his contract,unlike Kalnietis.

    Apparently,summer league and NT camp dates kind of clashes,but not by much.Hopefully Mantas will be allowed to pursue his ,what,dream,without much of the wrath from fans or Kazlauskas.
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    Guys, can you translate me please this :
    http://www.krepsinis.net/lietuva/j-k...tovykla/240551
    Kazlauskas doesn,t support Kalnietis' desire to play in summer league(because this summer league coincides with NT camp dates) or what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaslover View Post
    Guys, can you translate me please this :
    http://www.krepsinis.net/lietuva/j-k...tovykla/240551
    Kazlauskas doesn,t support Kalnietis' desire to play in summer league(because this summer league coincides with NT camp dates) or what?
    No. Kazlauskas is happy that Kalnietis was invited to NBA camp and sees no problem if he will be late for NT camp


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    http://tv.lrytas.lt/?id=14019812101401551661
    Video interview with Bulota,Kalnietis agent to NBA>
    Summer league is not priority for Mantas and is quite unnecessary - Mantas will have a chance to shine in WC,playing around 30 minutes a game vs the best players instead of some 15-20 minutes .Good point.

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    Mantas to attend Portland camp -
    https://translate.google.com/transla...htm&edit-text=
    Well,i guess he has his mind set for NBA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mindozas View Post
    No. Kazlauskas is happy that Kalnietis was invited to NBA camp and sees no problem if he will be late for NT camp
    Thanks for translation,man. It would be quite curious to see Mantas in the NBA actually. I wish him good luck in summer league.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUEPFee6YKo

    Kalnietis' season highlights. Now he's much more skilled and can make an elite player's decisions.

    As for the NBA, I see a chance after next season. When he will be free agent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUEPFee6YKo

    Kalnietis' season highlights. Now he's much more skilled and can make an elite player's decisions.

    As for the NBA, I see a chance after next season. When he will be free agent.
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    Luckily, you weren't here when he swore auris1 (and me through pm) off for being emigrants. Ironically, the hypocrite is also an emigrant. And a typical Lithuanian hater.

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    Kuzminskas gets attention from Lakers and Jazz. Confirmed by his agent. He's considering to be in summer league. Kuzminskas is 25. He should go there if he'll have a chance. Even if he will end up with a little role as Claver has in Portland, that would be good for Kuzminskas, IMO. To work with NBA physical coaches and all the stuff - he surely would be forced to work hard. That's what he's lacking now - being physical and nasty. However, Unicaja has the rights of him for the next season. NBA teams would have to pay a buy out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    To work with NBA physical coaches and all the stuff - he surely would be forced to work hard.
    Or he might be rarely used and be waived by the end of the next season. It's a gamble. Kuzminskas has a lot of weaknesses to work on, namely defense, strength and confidence, and while he can get away with playing okay defense in the NBA (still quite a bit better than his current defense), he has to be strong and confident. Coaches in the NBA expect that from every player, and those (physically and mentally) weak players get left behind. Unless he plays well in Top 16, in ACB Playoffs and in the NT this summer, I really can't see him in the NBA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macleopard13 View Post
    Or he might be rarely used and be waived by the end of the next season. It's a gamble. Kuzminskas has a lot of weaknesses to work on, namely defense, strength and confidence, and while he can get away with playing okay defense in the NBA (still quite a bit better than his current defense), he has to be strong and confident. Coaches in the NBA expect that from every player, and those (physically and mentally) weak players get left behind. Unless he plays well in Top 16, in ACB Playoffs and in the NT this summer, I really can't see him in the NBA.
    You right, but his game fits better to the NBA, IMO. He's good cutter and good in transition. Those 2 things - everyday breakfast in NBA.
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