By Marcus Thompson
Monday, September 8th, 2008 at 11:29 pm in Uncategorized.
Warriors back-up center Kosta Perovic is headed to Spain to play for Pamesa Valencia, according to a representative of BDA Sports, his agent company.
The Warriors have agreed to let the 7-foot-2, 242-pound Serbian out of his contract, said Rade Filipovich, vice president of BDA International. He also left the door wide open for Perovic to come back to the Warriors.
“They want to continue his development,” Filipovich said. “Big guys always develop a bit later. … This is good for the Warriors, good for Kosta and good for Pamesa.”
When contacted Monday evening, a Warriors’ spokesman said Perovic, 23, was still on the Warriors’ roster and no agreement was official. According to the spokesman, the Warriors would have to waive Perovic to free him up to sign with the Spanish team. Another NBA team would be free to pick him up, but would be on the hook for the $1.6 million he’s due this season. Perovic was under contract for 2009-10 as well for approximately the same amount.
The European publication Las Provincias reported Monday that Perovic had agreed to a deal with Pamesa that would pay him three million Euro (more than $4.2 million based on the current exchange rate) over three years. The article, which quoted Pamesa’s director of sports, Johnny Rogers, said the deal was dependent upon the Warriors’ agreeing to cut Perovic lose. According to Filipovich, Golden State obliged.
The Warriors agreed to let Perovic walk away from his contract, and Perovic agreed to do so without collecting any of the $1.6 million he was due – which makes it a win-win for both parties.
The Warriors get to cut Perovic’s salary, giving them more room under the luxury tax – something they’ll need if they decide to sign another point guard. Plus, Filipovich said the Warriors would be able to “bring him back,” so it’s possible the Warriors could still get a return on their investment, which they acquired with the No. 38 overall in 2006.
Per collective bargaining agreement rules, if Perovic is bought out, the Warriors would lose their rights to him. He would be a free agent and available to sign with any team. But Perovic could choose to negotiate with the Warriors if he returns to the NBA. He could grant them the first crack at signing him or the opportunity to match or top another team’s offer. But that would be Perovic’s choice, based on his gratitude to the Warriors for setting him free, and not a contractual obligation.
For the immediate future, Perovic will be playing in the same league (the ACB) that produced NBA players Pau Gasol, Andres Nocioni, Jose Calderon, Fabricio Oberto and that Rudy Fernandez dude who put on a show against the U.S. in the gold medal game in Beijing.
Filipovich said Perovic certainly wouldn’t be riding the bench in Spain as he did with the Warriors, averaging 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 5.4 minutes as a rookie – when he wasn’t playing for the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA Development League. Not only would he be playing in what many consider to be the world’s second-best league, Perovic would also participate in international competition for Pamesa. The combination adds up to about two games per week, Filipovich said.
“He’s going to be a starter,” he said. “He’s going to play major minutes.”