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Yugoslav basketball star Drazen Petrovic, considered the...

June 26, 1989

Yugoslav basketball star Drazen Petrovic, considered the best guard in Europe, said he might join the Portland Trail Blazers.

Petrovic, 25, who plays for Real Madrid, said after the European Basketball championships at Zagreb, Yugoslavia, that Portland was willing to "buy the rest" of his contract from the Spanish team.

After last year's Seoul Olympics, where Yugoslavia lost to the Soviet Union in the final, Petrovic signed a four-year contract with Real Madrid, reportedly for $1 million.

The 6-foot-5 Petrovic scored 28 points to lead Yugoslavia to a 98-77 victory over defending champion Greece in the European final.

In the third-place game, the Soviet Union, led by Sharunas Marchulenis with 23 points, defeated Italy, 104-76.

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