Sergio Llull is the talk of European basketball at the moment. His clutch shooting and overall contribution during Real Madrid’s victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night has tongues wagging about his future.
Spanish daily newspaper, Marca, report that the Spanish player’s buyout has been set at €12 million meaning his future, both long and short term, are most likely in Madrid.
The rules indicate that no NBA club can pay more than €500,000 for a buy-out clause and that the player would have to fork out the remaining €11 million plus in order to be granted a move state-side. This is highly unlikely and Llull believes he is at home in Madrid, which explains such a high clause. The rumours start and end with that figure.
Llull, now 28, is reportedly wanted by the Houston Rockets but whether they are willing to pay him enough is another question entirely.
The Rockets, I’m told, are hopeful Llull will join them next season. It’s been the Spaniard’s choice to stay home to date; Houston wants him
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 4, 2016
A current Houston Rocket, Pablo Prigioni, added fuel to the fire when he said, “He’s great. He should be playing here in this league, probably on this team.”