Even though Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) might never have openly flaunted his big desire to play NBA basketball when he was in Frankfurt, it was no secret in his rookie season during the NBA lockout that the ex Fraport Skyliner American was going to be in the best league in the world at some time soon. After only 14 months in the NBA, Jon Leuer will be joining his fourth NBA team as was reported by the associated press today. After playing for the Fraport Skyliners where he played German League: 10 games: 14.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 64.9%; EuroCup: 3 games: 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0bpg, he moved to the Milwaukee Bucks who had drafted him in the summer of 2011. He finished the season for the Bucks where there was a lot of competition at his position, but still had a respectable season playing 46 games: 4.7ppg, 2.6rpg. This season he was shipped to the Houston Rockets and then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in pre season. This season, he had a difficult time cracking the Cavs rotation and also spent time with the Canton Charge (D league) playing eight games and averaging 19,5ppg, 12,3rpg and 1,8 apg. He played nine games for the Cavs averaging 2,4ppg and 1,4rpg.
Today a huge trade was announced involving the ex Fraport Skyliner as Memphis sent big man Marreese Speights, guards Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby, and a future first-round draft pick to the Cavs for forward Jon Leuer. Memphis slices more than six million from their payroll to get under the luxury tax. The first round pick is very valuable to the Cavs in 2015 or 2016, if the Grizzlies' first-rounder falls between picks 6-14, the pick goes to the Cavs. Starting in 2017, if the Grizzlies' pick falls outside the top five, the Cavs then get the selection. In 2019, the pick becomes unprotected. It is the sixth first-round pick the Cavs have traded for since 2010. This deal allows the Grizzlies to reduce their payroll, but at the same time keep their starters together. memphis owes Gay, Randolph and Gasol 50 million combined next season. Memphis. As for Jon Leuer, his merry go round ride in the NBA continues as he will get a new shot to show the Grizzles what he is capable of doing. American Larry Wright who playes for the Fraport Skyliners juniors and saw Leuer play last season is thrilled about the new opportunity for the Minnesota native. "I think its a great opportunity for Jon to prove himself and to possible have a big future in the NBA. Everybody at some point gets their opportunity to show what they can do and how they can produce on the court and i think this is his opportunity to do just thatand yes I do think he will get more playing time", stressed Larry Wright. Leuer who has a slight resemblance to movie icon Ferris Bueller now can display his mischievous on the court.
Virgil Matthews (188-PG-83, college: Montana, agency: Elevate Agency) continues to serve up top Pro A stats since years and one has to wonder when the American would get rewarded with a contract by a Beko BBL team. In an interview with eurobasket recently, Matthews had this to say about his chances reaching the BBL and the future. ". I have watched a lot of BBL this season I'm sure I can play there and help a team for sure if it happens or not I don't really worry myself with, I just want... [read more]
Virgil Matthews (188-PG-83, college: Montana, agency: Elevate Agency) continues to serve up top Pro A stats since years and one has to wonder when the American would get rewarded with a contract by a Beko BBL team. In an interview with eurobasket recently, Matthews had this to say about his chances reaching the BBL and the future. ". I have watched a lot of BBL this season I'm sure I can play there and help a team for sure if it happens or not I don't really worry myself with, I just want to go to a team who believes in what I can do.I don't know if Germany will remain my address but I'm definitely comfortable here but as you get older you value different things so I will just wait and see what comes. Preferably just playing for solid money on a high level if I could choose", stressed Virgil Matthews (188-PG-83, college: Montana, agency: Elevate Agency). In the end, the American stayed with his heart which once again felt that BV Chemnitz was the right place to stay at. His stats in the last two years have been spectacular and a huge increase from his Ehingen days. In his first season with Chemnitz, he played 30 games averaging 14.3ppg, 5.7rpg, Assists-2 (6.1apg), Steals-4 (1.8spg), FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 71.4%. Last season he played 33 games averaging 12.6ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-2 (7.6apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 75.2%. "I am glad that Virgil will come back. In my mind he was the best point guard in the Pro A last season. He will be an important leader and identity figure next season", stressed BV Chmenitz head coach Rodrigo Pastore.Last season he scored in double figures in 23 of 33 games and his best scoring games were against Vechta with 23 points and 20 points against the RheinStars and Heidelberg. He also had a triple double against Leverkusen with 11 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists.