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