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June 24, 2011

An unlikely Spartan's name called on draft day

Solari here. If you languished through the endless second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night -- like both Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers probably did waiting to hear their names and as I did in the office waiting for it to get over (and to see how far Darius Morris would fall) -- you heard a ton of unrecognizable names. But no Lucas. And no Summers. Then, just before it ended, the shock of the night: Erazem Lorbek was involved in a trade.

The former Spartan from Slovenia, who played in East Lansing for only the 2002-03 season before returning to Europe, learned his rights had been traded to the San Antonio Spurs from the Indiana Pacers. Indiana took the 6-foot-10 forward/center in the second round of the 2005 draft and still retained his right until moving him west.

Lorbek was one of three players whose draft rights were dealt to the Spurs for guard George Hill. And Lorbek could very well return to the U.S., if San Antonio can work out the arrangements.

Meanwhile, it's quite possible the next basketball for Lucas and Summers could be played overseas. They normally would be hoping their agents could land them a spot in the NBA Summer League. However, the usual team evaluations in Las Vegas reportedly have been scrapped this year with a pending lockout.

EDIT: Looks like Lorbek is staying with Regal F.C. Barcelona for another season.

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