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IF Brooklyn Nets are interested in buying out Mantas Kalnietis, his Russian club will listen to offers

Christian Petersen

This may be putting the cart before the horse, but the president of Mantas Kalnietis' Russian team is willing to listen to buyout offers from NBA teams.  He didn't even wait to hear if any NBA team is interested!  He's ready to deal and believes Kalnietis, who's been working out for the Nets this week, wants to "try his hand" at the NBA.

R-Sport, a leading Russian website, reports that Lokomotiv-Kuban, who Kalnietis played for last season, is ready to consider offers from NBA quoting club president Andrei Vedischev.  Kalnietis reportedly has a year left on his deal. There's been no reporting on how much he earns but it's likely to be very low seven figures. The Nets can pay up to $530,000 towards a buyout. Anything beyond that must be paid by the player.

"I knew that Mantas wanted to go there and we went to meet him," said Vedischev as translated by Google Translate. "'Try your hand at the NBA' - It's probably the dream of any European basketball player, especially if you have any possibilities. If we receive an offer from the NBA buy out his contract , we will consider it."

But Vedischev seemed to indicate Kalnietis has no automatic NBA buyout, as it did former Lokomotiv player Nick Calathes, now with Memphis. In the same interview, Vedischev also expressed disappointment in Kalnietis' first season in Russia.