Homesick guard Spanoulis wants out of his Rockets contract

Updated: July 4, 2007, 5:14 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Rockets guard Vassilis Spanoulis said he does not plan to return to the team and wants to play next season in his native Greece.

"I want to stay in my country," Spanoulis told the Houston Chronicle in a story on its Web site Wednesday.

That might be a problem for Spanoulis, who averaged 2.7 points and 0.9 assists in 31 games last season as a rookie.

He signed a three-year contract with the Rockets, and general manager Daryl Morey said Tuesday the club has no plans to release him. Morey, coach Rick Adelman and Yao Ming have each called the guard and asked him to return.

Miodrag Raznatovic, Spanoulis' agent, said his client is homesick and has promised to repay the $350,000 buyout the Rockets paid to his former club.

"I prefer to be with my family than to play in the United States," Spanoulis said. "It is very difficult for me to make that step, to be away from them and live there."

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