Spanish basketball team Labor Kutxa has interest in Tornike Shengelia

 

A spanish basketball team has interest in luring Tornike Shengelia away from the Nets. AP Photo.

A spanish basketball team has interest in luring Tornike Shengelia away from the Nets. AP Photo.

Tornike Shengelia barely got any playing time with the Brooklyn Nets last season and isn’t likely to get much more this season so it’s only natural that other teams might look at him as a potential option. On that note, a Spanish club, the Labor Kutxa, has reportedly had interest in getting Shengelia to play for them,¬†according to Gigantes del Basket.

Shengelia, a 21-year-old Georgian native, averaged 11.6 points with 8.9 rebounds per 36 minutes in 19 games for the Nets last year. He only averaged 4.9 minutes per game though. He averaged 24.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in 10 D-League games with the Springfield Armor.

Those are promising numbers from such a young player, but don’t expect them to lead to more playing time as Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, and Alan Anderson all play his position. Even if he moved to the four, he would still have Kevin Garnett, Reggie Evans, and Mirza Teletovic blocking him.

However, the Nets are unlikely to just give Shengelia up for nothing. For one thing, it’s not like they need the financial break and it can’t hurt to have a younger guy around on such an old team. Keeping him might be most important for the future of the team though as they traded their 2014, 2016, and 2018 first round picks to the Celtics in the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce deal. They also owe the Hawks their 2017 second round pick.

Shengelia is owed $788K this season and the Nets would need to make him a qualifying offer of at least $1.115 million to keep him in 2014-15, per ShamSports.

He had offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee that will keep him out of the FIBA EuroBasket tournament. He is expected to be ready for training camp in October.


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