By: Nick Gibson / @euro_adventures
This morning, Euroleague Adventures received an e-mail from Damir Klekar, KK Zagreb’s Media Director, regarding the story we—and several others—published yesterday about the team reportedly rejecting Derrick Rose once negotiations hit a snag.
According to Damir, KK Zagreb very much wanted a piece of the Chicago Bulls point guard. Since taking quotes out of context got us here in the first place, here’s the letter in its entirety:
Derrick Rose is not rejected by BC Zagreb,
BC Zagreb wanted Derrick Rose!
After some media reports with inaccurate information that the BC Zagreb refused to sign Derrick Rose were published, we are obliged to respond to such misinformation.
The truth is that the Basketball club Zagreb wanted to hire Derrick Rose for twenty games in the 2011/12 season, until the end of the NBA lockout. Therefore the club’s sports director Hrvoje Ciketić came in contact with his agents.
He began the negotiations which were brought, after months of agreeing, close to the finalization. However, BC Zagreb could not end the negotiations and the agreement has not been reached.
Before the start of the current season, BC Zagreb received bids for the involvement of 32 NBA players, but there was not a bid for Derrick Rose. The idea of bringing Derrick Rose was initiated from BC Zagreb. We are disappointed that we didn’t finish the negotiations and engagement of Derrick Rose.
We are very sad because some clumsy and freely translated quotes taken from interview of our club’s sports director Hrvoje Ciketić (published in Vecernji list) were shamelessly transformed into a lie. We apologize to Derrick Rose, his agenst and everyone who might feel hurt. We also believe, that all of those who passed this misinformation, should do the same.
KK Zagreb CO
This is a start. But this letter also opens the door to new questions, like why did the deal fall through? And is the search still ongoing for a new piece for the Croatian Euroleaguers?
ELA has returned the e-mail with those queries attached. If we hear back, we’ll be sure to pass the info along.