The Houston Rockets are reportedly considering offering Spanish guard Sergio Llull a three-year deal worth $17m as they look to take him to the NBA next year.
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Reports have already surfaced this month that the Rockets are seriously considering the possibility of bringing Llull to the NBA next season, and if the latest speculation is to be believed then they have progressed to the point where they are considering a possible deal.
Llull was the No.34 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and is currently playing for Real Madrid in his native country, but a move to the NBA could appeal after developing his game further in Europe.
According to Encestando, the Rockets are willing to put a three-year deal worth $17m on the table, and general manager Daryl Morey was in Madrid two weeks ago and spoke to both the player and his agent about the possibility of moving to Houston.
Llull is under contract with Madrid until 2019, and it is reported that a buy-out could be as much as $4.5m to push the deal through.
The 27-year-old is certainly talented enough, but the numbers involved will ensure that they consider their options before committing.
Houston need to add guard depth to the roster and with the salary cap set to rise in 2016 with the new league TV deal, they could have the resources to secure the Spaniard’s signature.
It appears as though the process of recruiting in Europe is a future strategy for the organisation after they signed Kostas Papanikolaou after he developed his game across the Atlantic before moving Stateside last summer.