Kings ready to negotiate buyout for Marinkovic

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Giannis Askounis

21/Jun/19 11:31

The GM of the Sacramento Kings, Vlade Divas, hopes to add Vanja Marinkovic to his team’s squad.

By John Askounis/

The Sacramento Kings closed out the 2019 NBA draft by selecting Vanja Marinkovic. They previously picked Justin James and Kyle Guy, but held their European taste for last place. Afterwards, GM Vlade Divac mentioned Marinkovic is among Europe’s top talents noting his side will launch talks with the 22-year-old Serbian guard’s current team, Partizan NIS, to bring him to Sacramento.

Marinkovic, who is attracting Olympiacos’ interest, is under contract with Partizan for one more season. However, his deal includes a modest buyout clause for either an NBA team or a European club. He was auto-eligible for the 2019 NBA draft, the Kings and Divac didn’t miss out on their opportunity.

The upcoming guard played in 16 7DAYS EuroCup matches during the 2018-19 season averaging 12.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He also had 12.2 points per game in the ABA League.