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Spanish news site LaProvincia.es is reporting that initial contact between the San Antonio Spurs and ACB side Gran Canaria has been made to resolve Spurs draft pick Ryan Richards’ contract situation, which would allow the Texas based side to have him playing for their D-league team, Austin Toros, next season.
Courtesy of Google translate;
“The Gran Canaria Basketball Club and the San Antonio Spurs (NBA) have already established the first contacts to resolve the contractual status of Ryan Richards, English power forward current contract with the entity Claretian until June 2012 and in 2010 was chosen by the Texas franchise in the post 49 of the draft.
The aim of the player, who joined the Grange in 2006 and that during the past five years has also gone through the discipline of the Canary Academy Basketball, Real Madrid, Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium) and BBC Monthey (Switzerland), is to stay U.S. looking for a spot in the rotation of the Spurs or the staff of the Austin Toros, Team D-League franchise connected to San Antonio.”
The 7’0″ Richards is currently under contract with Gran Canaria until the end of the 2011/2012 season and will need a buyout from San Antonio to allow him to play for either their D-league team or NBA franchise next season.
Project Spurs suggests the negotiations reflect a willingness from the Spurs to get Richards accustomed to the Spurs system and fill their big man void-a weakness that many attributed to their first round playoff exist to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Before next season however, Richards has national team duty, joining the GB U20s this Friday 3rd June in Colchester as training camp opens.