Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Sarunas Jasikevicius Retires

Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) has retired at age 38, after a long career in the NBA and Europe. He will now continue his career as a coach in his native Lithuania.

Fansided: Sarunas Jasikevicius Retires
Sarunas Jasikevicius, an international basketball legend and former Pacer, is retiring from playing at 38 years old, according to @LithuaniaBasket. He will continue to be around basketball, however, joining the coaching staff for Zalgiris, a professional team in his home nation, Lithuania, that has won the past four league titles. [...]

He won three straight Euroleague championships from 2003 to 2005, the first two with Spain’s FC Barcelona and the third with Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv.

This came just a few years after he led the Lithuania national team to a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.[...]

Though he couldn’t make anything of himself in the NBA, he further proved that his early-career success wasn’t a fluke when he led Greece’s Panathinaikos to another Euroleauge championship and three Greek league titles. He is the only player in history to win a title with three different teams, and Jasikevicius seems like he may be headed to the Hall of Fame in Springfield.

Jasikevicius was always one of my favorite players to cover on this blog, and because of covering him here, I have the special skill of being able to spell his name without looking it up. Good luck coaching, Sarunas!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Blake, Vasquez, and Len Updates

Clearly, I lost steam and I'm not posting much on this blog anymore. But I am still occasionally posting news on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook. Click the links (or the big buttons on the right) to follow there.

If you like reading Where Are They Now stories, you can help! You can also use those social media sites to send me stories about former Terps to repost.

I do want to mention three big news updates from the past week though:

Trail Blazers sign Steve Blake (ESPN)
Steve Blake is coming back to the Trail Blazers, as the free-agent point guard has signed a two-year deal with Portland, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday.[...]

The contract is worth a reported $4.2 million with a player option for the second year.

Blake has had two previous stints with the Blazers, most recently from 2007-09, becoming a fan favorite before going on to play for the Lakers, Clippers and Golden State Warriors.

Raptors, Greivis Vasquez agree to 2-year, $13 million deal (CBS Sports)
Restricted free agent Greivis Vasquez has agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors, as first reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and confirmed to CBSSports.com's Ken Berger.

It was reported late last week by Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun that the two sides were close to a deal. The Milwaukee Bucks were also reportedly interested in going after Vasquez, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Vasquez had a strong finish to the season in Toronto. As well as the creative passing and playmaking you'd expect from him, he made 45 percent of his 3-point attempts after the All-Star break and played a major role in the playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets.

Acquired from the Sacramento Kings along with Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes and John Salmons in the December trade that sent away Rudy Gay, Vasquez provided solid backup point guard production behind Kyle Lowry.

Phoenix Suns have big plans for Alex Len, starting with durable and available (SB Nation: Bright Side of the Sun)
is is a big summer for Alex Len, the former #5 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Phoenix Suns say he was at the top of their Draft Board, and were lucky that he fell to #5 due to injury concerns and lack of production in college. [...]

Len is ready to participate in his first Summer League, beginning Saturday in Las Vegas, after missing last year due to the ankle surgeries. [...]

Could Alex Len and Miles Plumlee form a twin towers lineup for the Phoenix Suns? In this scenario, Len would be the "mini-stretch" power forward because he's got a very smooth 18-foot shooting stroke.

Playing with Miles Plumlee? Ugh. Oh well. You gotta do what you gotta do.