Two moves in Lietuvos Rytas were aligned yesterday evening, but neither of them might come through in the end, as Crvena Zvezda decided to pull the plug from an already agreed deal, which would have sent a highly rated 20-year-old Serbian prospect Nemanja Nedovic to Vilnius.
The talented guard was set to replace Aleksandar Rasic, who was already getting ready for a transfer to Olympiacos Piraeus, where he would have played under the supervision of Dusan Ivkovic the coach of the Serbian national team.
The breakdown of negotiations between Lietuvos Rytas and Crvena Zvezda has in turn put the transfer of the 27-year-old Rasic on the brink of collapse as well, as the Lithuanian side wasn’t able to get Nedovic as a replacement.
Both Nedovic and Rasic are clients of the BeoBasket agency, which has close ties with all three involved parties - Crvena Zvezda, Lietuvos Rytas and Olympiacos and the head of the agency Misko Raznatovic was orchestrating the moves.
However, the negotiations between Lietuvos Rytas and Olympiacos are still taking place about the possible transfer of Rasic, who is eagerly awaited in Piraeus by coach Ivkovic.
The Greek club has proposed a deal to Lietuvos Rytas, which would send the 23-year-old Serbian forward Marko Keselj to Vilnius, while Rasic would continue his career in Olympiacos. The talks between the sides are still ongoing.
Simonas Baranauskas is the Editor-in-chief of LithuaniaBasketball.com. You can follow him on twitter at @LithuaniaBasket.