A few sites, including our friends at TalkBasket.net, are reporting the collapse of preliminary discussions between the New York Knicks’ Nate Robinson and Olympiacos Piraeus. Olympiacos offered Robinson a two-year deal worth $9 million or $10 million, depending on which source you believe.
In the above-cited New York Post piece, Robinson’s agent Eric Goodwin boasted that “We have heard from the Greek team. They are very interested.”
Alas, it’s all over now, for as HoopsWorld.com put it, “The main reason behind Olympiacos’ withdrawal from Robinson’s case is the player’s unwillingness to come to Greece and instead him using Olympiacos to pressure New York Knicks and other NBA clubs to offer him better contracts.”
Hoops World went on to add that Robinson had received offers from the Orlando Magic and Golden State Warriors, but “neither team seemed overly interested in a deal.”
The weird bit is this: While the story is reported straight to this point on most matters, wild divergence then happens with regard to what exactly Olympiacos will be doing with that one remaining roster spot for foreign players and those millions of Euros the Angelopoulos brothers are seemingly itching to spend.
According to Talk Basket, Olympiacos is “focus[ing]” on Montepaschi Siena point guard Terrell McIntyre; “after all,” goes the reasoning, “the #1 choice for the point guard position automatically becomes Terrell McIntyre.” Hoops World, on the other hand, bizarrely claims that Olympiacos “has shifted their focus to Denver’s Linas Kleiza.”
So what gives? Anybody here have a guess?
As for this Euroleague fan, i’ve got two words for Panagiotis and Giorgos: Ay. Eye.