San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Hanga, Lalanne sign Euroleague deals

By Rob Wolkenbrod
DAYTON, OH - MARCH 1: Cady Lalanne
DAYTON, OH - MARCH 1: Cady Lalanne
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San Antonio Spurs prospects Adam Hanga and Cady Lalanne will remain overseas for the foreseeable future.

The San Antonio Spurs own a handful of players that are established overseas. This came about in past NBA Drafts when the organization drafted and stashed these players for future use, if they ever come stateside.

Well, the Spurs may not see anything from two of their stashes for a while. Basketball reporter David Pick reported Cady Lalanne signed with Italian Serie A club Enel Brindisi.

To follow this up, Pick reported Adam Hanga being signed to a three-year deal by Barcelona. Baskonia were supposed to match the deal, but that no longer looks like the case, if true.

Source: Cady Lalanne, former Spurs draft pick, has signed with Italian SeriaA club Enel Brindisi.

— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 18, 2017

Source: Adam Hanga, Barcelona's monster €7.2M deal through 2020 includes a €1.5M NBA out if San Antonio Spurs want him stateside.

— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 18, 2017

(h/t Pounding the Rock)

Lalanne was selected by the Spurs in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft. He previously played for the franchise’s G-League affiliate, the Austin Spurs. Since then, Lalanne participated in the Summer League and played on multiple teams overseas, including in China.

In June, it looked like Hanga would finally arrive to the NBA, the player the Spurs picked in Round 2 of the 2011 NBA Draft. Something changed, of course. That could be due to a full bench, money, or reasons that will never be reported.

Will these two players ever play a regular season minute for the Spurs? It’s difficult to know. Lalanne may be a possibility if his deal is short-term. For Hanga, who’s 28-years-old, the odds look slim. He’ll be 31 when the deal expires in 2020, and the $1.5 million buyout is likely more than he would make in the NBA.

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This shouldn’t impact the long-term future for the Spurs, as there will be more NBA Drafts to come and other players that join the organization. They own the rights to other players overseas, too, so they’ll likely be okay and continue the draft-and-stash process.

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