Mario Kasun arrived in Frankfurt this week to pass a physical test. On Wednesday, the recently signed 22-year old Croatian Center received good news from the United States. The Los Angeles Clippers picked Mario in this years NBA Draft in the Second Round at Position Number 41 overall. The Team from the Westcoast immediately traded the rights to Kasun to the Orlando Magic. Mario will play at least one Season in Frankfurt and then has to wait on the Magic's Decision whether to pick or park him in Europe.
Manager Gunnar Wöbke:
"A lot of people were saying that Mario has NBA Potential and this was confirmed last night. Now he has to work even harder to show everyone that he can really jump into the best League in the world. But nothing has changed since we signed him to a Three-Year Contract. Mario has not played for two years and therefore we will not put any pressure on him."
Mario will at least play one Season with the Opel Skyliners. If the Orlando Magic show interest after that, Mario can opt out of his contract to join the Magic or any other team in the NBA. If a player gets drafted in the Second Round, most NBA Teams decide to let the Player get some experience in other Leagues first before they pick them up. Those Teams just want to have the rights on the player first.
"That's unbelievable. I've always dreamed about playing for the Orlando Magic. Right now, I see my chances playing in the NBA at 50 Percent. This would be a dream come true, but right now I'm really focusing on playing for the OPEL SKYLINERS."