According to a recent story, CKSA point guard Theo Papaloukas has garnered some interest- including the Clippers. He'd be a great pickup if somehow the Clippers can convince him to sign with them. The guy is a proven performer, lead the Euroleague in assists, and is a deadly outside shooter. That's him in the picture there with the tongue sticking out. But it remains to be seen if he's interested in coming to play in the NBA- here's the
Although Theo Papaloukas turns 30 Tuesday, his representatives have let it be known that "three or four" NBA teams have expressed a strong interest in the CSKA guard. The Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks are said to be on the interested list.
But a feeling prevails on this side of the Atlantic that Papaloukas' agent might be attempting to drive up his value in Europe with such a tactic and that the limited playing time being experienced by a comparable fellow Euro who made the move at a similar age -- Golden State Warriors point Sarunas Jasikevicius -- actually will convince Papaloukas not to head across the Atlantic.
"He is 30 years old and doesn't want to play 82 games a season," says one scout familiar with the situation. "If he wants to play for five or six years more, that means another 480 games in the NBA or 250 games in Europe. And, actually, you are talking about an even bigger discrepancy because of the longer [NBA] games."