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Zalgiris Kaunas head coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius, talked to the Spanish newspaper “Mundo Deportivo” about his interview with the Toronto Raptors and Barcelona’s offer.

On the Toronto Raptors’ approach: I had a very nice experience with Toronto, they came to Lithuania to interview me. The truth is that they opened my eyes. It was my first interview with an NBA franchise and I was fascinated. A few days after the Final Four came the call of Masai Ujiri and in ten days they were there to interview me and see what ideas I have.”

On whether he enjoyed that experience: “After two weeks they decided to sign Nick Nurse but it was an unforgettable experience for me. It’s been a while since I spoke to people with such an unusual vision, it was incredible, I think I’ve improved as a person and coach just talking to them. They left me impressed. I did not expect it, I did not think the opportunity would come so soon.”

On Barcelona’s offer to him: “They did not take the next step. They have not made any offers to me, they have not made any proposal to me. We have only talked about my ideas, how I think the team and the structure should be. And evidently, they have not liked my ideas. I really do not know who makes the decisions there.”