No news is bad news for PAOK Thessaloniki B.C., who less than a day after the rumor mill on a possible signing of long-time NBA point guard Tyronn Lue was in full gear, had to announce the former Los Angeles Lakers/Atlanta Hawks player would not be coming to Greece after all.
Though Lue stated he had “seriously considered” the POAK offer, the 32-year-old will stay in the NBA, though he is currently without a contract with any team. William Avery, a 10-year veteran who has spent most of his career with European teams, is said to be the next object of pursuit for the Greek team.
Lue began his professional career in 1998 with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning one championship with that team. After bouncing around in the NBA for some time, Lue was traded midseason in 2009 to rejoin the Orlando Magic, with whom he again played in the NBA Finals.
Though Lue has been linked with Pat Riley’s Miami Heat this offseason, nothing has happened with that team yet.
PAOK finished in seventh place in Greece’s national league, the A1 Ethniki, last season; the club is still mired in something of a funk this decade, not having finished above sixth since 2000 after two decades of consistent top or near-top finishes in the league.