The Houston Rockets are reportedly looking to bring Sergio Llull to the NBA next season after he has spent the last six years playing in Spain.
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The Real Madrid guard was selected with the 34th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, but he had his rights traded to the Rockets for cash considerations.
However, he has spent the last six years playing in his native country while also shining at international events including the FIBA World Cup last summer, and he may well be heading to the USA next season.
“His NBA rights, however, belong to the Houston Rockets, who have been trying for years to convince Llull to make the jump. And there is some fresh talk that next season — finally — Llull will give strong consideration to joining the Gasol brothers and the rest of the Spanish armada playing Stateside,” Marc Stein of ESPN reported.
“One well-placed source told me in Spain: There’s a “pretty decent” chance Llull agrees to sample the NBA next season.”
Llull has proven to be a valuable star for both club and country over the years, and he is a combo guard that loves to shoot the basketball.
The 27-year-old has obtained a wealth of experience in huge games in Europe, and although he would naturally play a reserve role behind James Harden, he would certainly be an interesting piece on the roster to have come off the bench.
Given his affection for Madrid, it remains to be seen whether or not he is finally willing to make the jump to Stateside, but Rockets fans will undoubtedly be happy to have him having consistently demonstrated his ability over the past few years.
His arrival would be another landmark for Spain who already have the likes of the Gasol brothers, Ricky Rubio and Jose Calderon representing them in the NBA.