The Utah Jazz took one step forward in adding Goran Suton, former Team Bosnia & Herzegovina/Michigan State University member, to the squad on Friday; the Jazz closed out their week announcing the front office had “completed the required tender to retain [Suton’s] rights.”
Suton parlayed a second-team All-Big Ten season of 10.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game into his selection by the Jazz at no. 50 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. He declined to play with Team Bosnia & Herzegovina in the Eurobasket Additional Qualifying Round due to prepare for the 2009-10 NBA season.
Suton is rumored to be entertaining offers from Europe as well, though nothing concrete has materialized there.
The picture isn’t quite as clear-cut with Carlos Arroyo (currently of Team Puerto Rico, last year with Maccabi Tel Aviv), though Puerto Rican news source El Nuevo Dia is reporting that Arroyo is on the verge of signing a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls for $1 million.
According to “Vuelve Arroyo a la NBA,” Arroyo opted out of his Maccabi contract after the team requested he take a pay cut from last year’s $2.5 million contract; you know, owing to financial difficulties and all.
When asked whether the Bulls signing was in fact imminent, Arroyo enigmatically told El Nuevo Dia, “Hopefully…”
The ‘paper also pointed out that Arroyo’s re-entry into the NBA would put the number of Puerto Rican citizens in the league at two, with the Dallas Mavericks’ José Juan Barea the other NBAer from the island nation.
ESPNDeportes.com and True Hoop report that Arroyo’s representation says they have been contacted by the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks as well, but this claim is mostly unsubstantiated. No new word on Unicaja’s reported interest in Arroyo has come out recently, either.