VITORIA, Spain -- Forward-center Peja Drobnjak, who
began his professional career in Europe before joining the NBA,
signed a three-year contract with Spanish powerhouse Tau
Ceramica on Wednesday.
Drobnjak, 29, averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 rebounds last season
with the Atlanta Hawks before becoming a free agent. In four
seasons with Seattle, the Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta, the
native of Serbia Montenegro has averaged 7.9 points and 3.5
rebounds in 278 games.
The 6-11 Drobnjak is expected to play for his homeland in 2005
Eurobasket in September, where countries will be trying to
qualify for the 2006 World Championships. He helped the
erstwhile Yugoslavia win the 2002 World Championships and played
for Serbia Montenegro in the 2004 Olympics.
With Tau, Drobnjak will be part of a frontcourt rotation that
includes NBA draft pick Luis Scola, future NBA draft pick Tiago
Splitter and former NBA player Kornel David, who recently agreed
a new deal to stay in Vitoria.
Drobnjak is the second new arrival at Tau, which lost in the
final of both the Spanish ACB and the Euroleague last season.
The team also signed Croatian international point guard Roko
Leni Ukic of KK Split.
Ukic was a second-round pick of Toronto in the June draft but is
expected to remain in Europe at least one more season.
"My aim after playing for Split is to play for another one or
two years in Europe and then move to the NBA," Ukic said. "I
didn't doubt for an instant when I knew Tau were interested in
me. You don't have to go to the NBA at whatever price and it
will be good for me to play in Spain."