Monday , Jul , 25 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Top European PG heading to Pacers

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers have apparently signed
Lithuanian point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius to a three-year contract. The
Indianapolis Star reports the deal is for $12 million and could be announced
by the end of the week.

“It boiled down to the opportunity to win a championship,” Jasikevicius’
agent, Doug Neustadt, told the paper. “He has great respect for the
organization and the people involved in it. He feels this team is very deep
and talented.”

Jasikevicius, who played collegiately at Maryland, is widely considered the
best guard in Europe and averaged nearly 15 points and six assists in leading
Maccabi Tel Aviv to its second straight Euroleague title last season.

In Lithuania’s victory over the United States in last summer’s Olympics in
Greece Jasikevicius tallied 28 points.

The 29-year-old Jasikevicius chose the Pacers over Utah and Cleveland.