June 29, 2005 |
Confident that they can fill their more immediate needs next month in free agency, the Clippers basically bought on spec Tuesday night when they made Russian teenager Yaroslav Korolev the 12th pick in the NBA draft. Within minutes of taking him they hinted that Korolev, a 6-foot-9 small forward who turned 18 only last month, might stay overseas for another year. "His offensive skills are very wide and varied, with a very big upside," Coach Mike Dunleavy said.
October 13, 2005 |
Although pleased with the progress of Yaroslav Korolev, the Clippers plan to ease in the rookie forward. Of course, the 18-year-old Russian could alter their plans. Coach Mike Dunleavy left the door ajar for Korolev's role to increase based on his performance in the exhibition season, which began Wednesday night in a 95-80 victory at Staples Center. Korolev was 0 for 1 shooting with three rebounds and one assist.
July 7, 2007 |
Yaroslav Korolev will return to the Clippers. The former lottery pick, who became a free agent when the team declined to exercise his contract option, agreed to terms Friday on a two-year deal. "The situation with the contract is not final yet, but we're working on it and I'm still with the Clippers," Korolev said. "I'm happy I'm going to be here."
September 23, 2005 |
Contract buyout negotiations didn't interest 18-year-old Russian forward Yaroslav Korolev, whose focus remained on the court while his representative tried to free him to join the Clippers. Korolev only wanted to know when a deal had been reached with a Russian club team that held his rights, because that's when his work could begin. "I didn't know about any of that," he said. "I just wanted to know when I could come and play." The Clippers' No.
October 28, 2006 |
The Clippers declined to exercise the third-year option in the contract of former first-round draft pick Yaroslav Korolev, making him an unrestricted free agent after the season, the team said Friday. General Manager Elgin Baylor, Coach Mike Dunleavy and Andy Roeser, executive vice president, decided not to pay the 19-year-old Russian $2.7 million in the 2007-08 season. Instead, the Clippers said they would attempt to re-sign the 12th overall pick in the 2005 draft at a lower price.
October 21, 2005 |
Clipper rookie forward Yaroslav Korolev has much to learn, but his education probably won't occur in Austin, Texas. Coach Mike Dunleavy said Thursday it was unlikely the 18-year-old Russian would be sent to the team's development league affiliate in Austin. Moreover, the Clippers might not use the development league to start the season.