Tag:Darius Songaila
Posted on: July 8, 2011 9:08 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Darius Songaila signs to play in Turkey

Posted by Royce Young

Add another player to the slowly growing list of NBAers headed overseas. Darius Songaila, most recently of the Philadelphia 76ers, has agreed to a one-year deal in Turkey with Galatasaray worth $1.5 million, according to his agent.

The contract doesn't have an NBA opt-out clause, so Songaila is there for the year.

Of course this comes a day after Deron Williams made big news by signing a deal with Besiktas in Turkey, though Williams' deal includes an NBA out clause. Songaila, unlike Williams, isn't under contract with any NBA team as he was set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

"Darius didn't play a lot of minutes last season in Philadelphia and with the uncertainty surrounding the lockout, he wanted to make sure he'd play next season," his agent, Mark Bartlestein, told ESPN.com.

Songaila is older at 33 and has played for five different teams over the last 10 seasons. He didn't play much for the Sixers though, appearing in just 10 games last season. And really, his role with any NBA team probably wouldn't amount to much more than that.

Galatasaray is one of Turkey's best teams, having lost four games to two to Fenerbahce Ulker in the Turkish League finals last month. 

Songaila, a native of Lithuania, plans to play for his national team as well this summer. 

The main thing to take from Songaila signing there is it just means there's $1.5 million less for a team to throw at another NBA player. It's not a major impact signing, but with every penny less there is in Europe -- and there's not as much money as people think -- the worse it is for mid-level NBA players.


Category: NBA
Posted on: February 25, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Friday 5 with KB: The hard cost of business



Posted by Matt Moore 


In today's Friday 5 with KB: A favorite story from Jerry Sloan, the future of Utah, the choppy waters of this year's trade deadline, and when exactly are the Spurs going to hit double-digit losses?
 


1. Well... that trade deadline was beyond all reason. What was the most stunning moment for you in the midst of all the chaos of the past 72-96 hours?

Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: Deron Williams to the Nets, hands down. Though there was some hint of trouble with our report during All-Star weekend that D-Will had begun hatching his escape-to-New York plan last summer, no one expected the Jazz to take the bold step of trading him in the next 72 hours. Stunning, and a small victory for teams and owners against the superstar power-play movement.

2. You talked a lot about the business side of the Celtics' decision to move Perkins. What does it say that a big market team with deep pockets was put into a position to be concerned about finances?

KB: It's not so much finances with the Celtics. In a no-cap system like baseball has, they never would have done this trade. They just would've kept Perk and paid him. But with all signs pointing to a hard cap, or at least a harder cap on the way, Boston couldn't afford to leave itself vulnerable to losing a 26-year-old, 6-10 center and getting nothing in return. And if you think about it, one of the players the Celtics got back, Jeff Green, was someone they drafted in 2007 and traded for Ray Allen. Getting Troy Murphy on a minimum deal after he's bought out also will help ease the pain. An underrated benefit of this deal for the Thunder is that Perk's Bird rights go with him in the trade. That is, if Bird rights survive in the new CBA.

3. Buyouts are going to be all the rage for the next two weeks. What are you hearing in terms of players who might be available for the contenders to sign?

KB: Besides Murphy, Jared Jeffries is going to the Knicks, while Darius Songaila and Jason Kapono could help a contender if they're bought out. Rip Hamilton was on the verge of getting bought out as part of a trade to the Cavs, but we know that didn't work out too well for him. I doubt Hamilton, with two years left on his deal, gets bought out now. Same for Marcus Camby for the same reason.

4. Is Mikhail Prokhorov in the top five of most entertaining owners, after this week?

KB: Top two. Prokhorov is on Cuban's level now. Between his stunning squashing of the Melo trade talks in January and his bold move to extract D-Will from Utah, Prokhorov served noticed that he's in this to go toe-to-toe with the Knicks. In a related story, spokesperson Ellen Pinchuk will not go down in the annals of disingenuous spokespeople, right there with Baghdad Bob.

5. How hard is the personal side of these trades for players? We're reading on Twitter players saying goodbye to each other, packing up their houses, their families. Is the cost of these moves high on a personal level?

KB: Harder than most people think. The common reaction is that no one should feel sorry for the players because they make so much money. But their kids don't care how much money their father makes, only that they won't see him for the rest of the season because he's been traded. Chauncey Billups is a prime example. He thought he was going home to finish his career in Colorado, only to have to tell his children he'll see them in May or June. Money is good, but nothing compares to family.
Posted on: September 23, 2010 11:09 am
Edited on: September 23, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Hornets and 76ers complete four-player swap

Posted by Royce Young

Craig Brackins' NBA career is off to a roaring start. Before he's even played a game, he's been traded twice.

Multiple outlets are reporting the 76ers are dealing Willie Green and Jason Smith to the Hornets for Darius Songaila and Brackins. So it's not exactly Carmelo Anthony getting traded, but it's something , alright?

This is one of those trades that really doesn't require a ton of breaking down, but it's a bit curious from the New Orleans end. The Hornets are trying to move salary, even if it's just a low-level rookie scale contract. They get back a third shooting guard in Willie Green who expires next summer and a seven-foot power forward in Smith who can be expiring next summer. It's not like the Hornets can't use a little reliable shooting guard depth, but as of right now, they traded a first-round pick for a third string shooting guard. Get excited NOLA!

The 76ers get a little young talent in Brackins, a player taken originally by the Oklahoma City Thunder before being traded to New Orleans as part of the Cole Aldrich draft day deal. He's a power forward/small forward combo that has range out to the 3-point line. He might be able to find a little playing time behind Andre Iguodala, but he'll have to beat out Andres Nocioni. And Songaila is nothing more than someone to plug inside behind Elton Brand and Thaddeus Young.

It's pretty clear Dell Demps is set on reworking the entire Hornet roster by putting his stamp on it. He wants to clear a little money off the table and start developing some of that flexibility GMs crave. Wojnarowski also said Demps has discussed trading Peja Stojakovic with several teams, but nothing so far on that.

This trade isn't really important in really any sense, but it definitely is an indicator that Demps isn't going to sit on his hands. He made a commitment to transform the Hornets' roster and little by little, he's working on it.

Still, Green and Smith for Brackins and Songaila. It's the anti-blockbuster. It's the complete opposite of the looming Carmelo Anthony trade. It's definitely something and somewhere inside of it there's probably something important to take from it, but it's definitely hard to see from the surface. Especially on the Hornets' end.
 
 
 
 
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