3 reasons the Rockets should stop pursuing Sergio Llull

Houston Rockets Sergio Llull (Photo by Sonia Canada/Getty Images)
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Following Houston Rockets’ director of global scouting Marko Radovanovic’s recent comments regarding the Rockets’ continuous interest in Sergio Llull, here are three reasons why the Rockets need to move on from Llull.

If you’ve been following the Houston Rockets for an extended amount of time, you may have heard of the name Sergio Llull. In case you haven’t heard the name, Llull is the Spanish point guard the Rockets acquired from the Denver Nuggets in a trade on the night of the 2009 NBA Draft.

The Rockets sent $2.25 million to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Llull, which was a record at the time for a second-round draft pick. For as historic of a price tag the Rockets paid for the EuroLeague point guard, Llull has resisted the temptation of playing in the NBA and has decided to stay in Spain.

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In spite of this, the Houston Rockets have continued to pursue him, which was recently discussed by Matthew Foley of Bleacher Report. Foley spoke with Rockets director of global scouting Marko Radovanovic, who discussed the Rockets’ burning desire to add Llull to the Rockets.

“Llull is a perfect fit for our system…We’ve been trying to get him to come over for almost 10 years. He speeds up the game; he sparks up the entire team. Obviously, some things have changed. But our philosophy is to never give up. He could carve out a role. He would be a great spark off the bench.”

It’s quite surprising to see the Rockets continue to chase a player who has made it clear that he has no interest in joining the team, and it’s an even bigger surprise for them to admit to getting spurned endlessly. Prior to the start of the 2019-20 season Rockets general manager Daryl Morey also tweeted about a rule he was in favor of, which would have allowed the Rockets to play Sergio Llull in the postseason.

As the Rockets have had their sights set on Llull, here are three reasons why they should stop pursuing him.

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