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Report: Mike Scott considering ‘lucrative’ offer to play in Russia

Jul 29, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

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Mike Scott was drafted No. 43 in 2012 out of Virginia, but he didn’t generate much traction his rookie year with the Hawks.

Entering his second season with an unguaranteed contract, Scott faced an uncertain NBA future.

But he carved out a rotation role on an NBA team and even led Atlanta to a win over the No. 1-seeded Pacers in a playoff game. By the end of the postseason, Scott solidified a future in the league.

Yet, Scott a restricted free agent, has remained unsigned. What is he to do?

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Atlanta extended Scott a $1,115,243 qualifying offer, and though that doesn’t provide a great frame of reference, it at least offers some clue about CSKA-Moscow’s offer.

The Hawks have just 13 players under contract, and they don’t need to save a roster spot for second-round pick Walter Tavares. So they’re likely holding one ffor Scott – as they should.

This probably comes down to money. If Atlanta – or another team – comes close to the Russian offer, Scott stays in the NBA. If not, he jumps.

A key question: What would Scott’s buyout be? Three years is a long time to commit without a reasonable escape route.

But one year overseas for a higher payday if Scott can return stateside afterward? That might be pretty appealing.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Damn that Putin!

  2. beagle11 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Dunder Mifflin

  3. loubearkane - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:48 PM


    Go get that money Mike!!!

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM


      Mike Scott is a great young player. I would much prefer the Lakers start him at small forward than Nick Young.

      Go get your money man!

  4. tomtravis76 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Might not be the best time to take up residency in Russia for a few seasons.

    • mackcarrington - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Right. But I don’t think players read anything but the sports blogs.

      • spursareold - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        Players can read?

  5. jadaruler - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    I don’t know why teams didn’t offer a decent contract to Mike. If Ben Gordon can vanish for 3 years and get 4.5 mil a year, Mike can at least get 3.5.

  6. fnc111 - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Agreed tom. Some people are really dumb these days. Do they watch the news? I’ll take 1.1 mil here over three or four mil for three years in a country we might destroy financially someday. I’m sure Putin will lock up every American he can inside his country when the revenge is on his mind.

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Dude, your problem is you watch the news to get your news. Do you think there is an embargo against Russia? NATO just sold them military weaponry last week.

      If you would take $1 million here for one year over $3 or $4 million a year for three years, then I’m pretty sure you’re not a financial advisor nor do you have one. But you, of all people, desperately need one.

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