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Israeli in NBA? by: Itay Shenkman, Ynetnews.com
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Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin

Will Yotam Halperin be the first Israeli basketball player in the NBA? It certainly seemed so on Monday with the arrival of his American agent, Jason Levine, to Israel.

Levine landed in Israel with a contract offer for the upcoming year from the Seattle SuperSonics. It is estimated that this contract will award USD 500,000 to the Israeli player. Levine is expected to meet with Halperin on Monday evening and present him with the details of the contract.

Halperin was chosen by the Sonics in their previous draft during the second round, in the 53rd place. Despite an unconvincing display during the summer's league in Salt Lake City, SuperSonics General Manager Rick Sund and the members of his professional crew decided to give a shot to the 22-year-old (1.93 meters) player who was recently drafted to the Israeli national team.

It is still not clear whether the contract is a sure deal. It appears that Halperin is not yet sure about the contract and is still not clear on all aspects.

"We knew it would happen, it's not surprising, they're obligated to offer a contract," said an associate of Halperin. "It appears that at least for Yotam it is an assured contract, but he has to decide whether to take it or not. It's rather exciting. It's not every day that we get a chance to play for the NBA. Now it's in Yotam's hands."

Reproduced with permission: Ynet

 



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