What Unrestricted Free Agent Vladimir Radmanović Brings to the NBA
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Vladimir Radmanović of Serbia was drafted in the 2001 NBA Draft lottery by the Seattle SuperSonics. Radmanović was drafted due to his shooting ability (extending out to the three-point line) for a big man. At the time, NBA teams were really looking to bring in international players through the draft that could help extend the offense.
During his four-and-a-half years with the Sonics, he became an accurate three-point shooter off the bench while averaging a career-high 12.0 points while appearing in 77 games during the 2003-04 NBA season. He helped the team during the playoffs as well as had a game in the 2004-05 regular season against the Los Angeles Lakers where he made eight three-pointers.
Rather than sign a six-year contract extension with the Sonics, Radmanović signed a one-year contract making him an unrestricted free-agent in 2006.
Radmanović was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Chris Wilcox, and as a result, saw his game improve some more during his short stint with the team. He went on to average 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists per game and 1.0 steal as well.
Radmanović wanted to be a starter even though the Clippers did make an official long-term offer to him which he eventually refused.
However, during the summer of 2006, Radmanović signed a five-year contract worth about $31M with the Los Angeles Lakers since he would be given the opportunity to start for a team that has won multiple NBA championships.
While his tenure with the Lakers lasted for two-and-a-half years, he saw his numbers fall and was once again given a bench role. With multiple years left on his contract, and having fallen out of the rotation, the Lakers dealt Radmanović for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown.
In Charlotte, Radmanović saw his scoring increase slightly while playing with a very young team. Once again, his time with the Bobcats was short, as he was traded to the Golden State Warriors on November 16, 2009 along with Raja Bell in exchange for Stephen Jackson and Acie Law IV.
As a member of the Golden State Warriors, Radmanović saw his minutes increase in his first season with the team. During the 2010-11 NBA season, he saw his minutes and scoring average drop to the lowest of his NBA career.
Now an unrestricted free agent, Vladimir Radmanović can once again choose who he wishes to sign with. After spending 10 years in the NBA and posting a 38.1 three-point shooting percentage, he should be able to find another suitor when the current NBA lockout is lifted.
He has made some bad choices during his career, and has also dealt with various injuries that caused him to fall out of the regular rotation while with the Lakers, but he is a dead-eye shooter that can help out any of the NBA teams.
He will also have to settle for less money, meaning that he should expect no more than a one- or two-year contract offer from teams depending on what the terms of the collective bargaining agreement state.
If he chooses not to further continue his NBA career, he will most likely look to play professional basketball in Europe.
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