Their is an update about Guo Ailun and Panathinaikos.
Guo Ailun has said that his father never said that it wasn't time to move to Greece. The Chinese media came up with this rumor to give the impression that his father didn't wanted his son to leave China. Guo Ailun has confirmed that Panathinaikos agrees with the fact that he would have to play for the Chinese NT when he is called up.
Director of Liaoning Basketball Management Center, WangFang, has confirmed that they are negotiating with Panathinaikos. They have received documents from Panathinaikos, but in order for Ailun to leave Liaoning must give their consent. Liaoning will have a boardmeeting and then they will talk to the coach before make a decision about letting Guo Ailun go to Greece.
But Liaoning also have others wishes before making a decision. The executives of Liaoning want that executives from Panathinaikos come to China. Because Liaoning want to hold a meeting where executives of Liaoning and Panathinaikos can talk face to face. Guo Ailun would also be at this meeting
And if an agreement is reached to let Guo Ailun go to play in Greece than PAO need to pay a transfer fee because Guo Ailun has signed a 5+3 year deal last season. This wouldn't be a problem because Guo Ailun makes less than 20.000 dollars a year.
The positive thing for Guo Ailun is the fact that his uncle, ex China NT coach Guo Shiqiang, and his father are negotiating wiht PAO. But their is one thing that could prevent the deal from happing. Laioning wants to make sure that Guo Ailun gets enough playingtime at Panathinaikos. That is why the executives of PAO have to come to China to talk about this. If PAO can't ensure playingtime the deal is off.
Guo Ailun himself said that he wants to go to a higher level league. He also said that PAO showed sincerity about getting him to Europe to develop him in a better player. Guo Ailun said that he will keep playing for the NT even when he leaves to Greece. He also said that he would respect every decision made by the his club: "I have been in contact with Panathinaikos who have expressed their interest, but I will also have to listen to the decision of the Liaoning Dinosaurs. I will have to respect any decision the board makes, after all they were the ones that trained me. My father never said the time was not right for me to move to Europe. My family supports me"
Stay tuned for an update on Guo Ailun and PAO
In the meantime other PAO news:
Hilton Armstrong has announced on his twitterpage that he'll be playing for PAO next year. He wanted to return to the NBA but he couldn't refuse the offer of PAO. If he plays well at PAO, he could get another chance in the NBA
This post has been edited by Kenneth23: 30 August 2012 - 02:58 PM