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NBA Rumor Central: Sergio Llull still on Rockets' wish list?

Real Madrid's Sergio Llull celebrates a three-pointer against the Oklahoma City Thunder that forced overtime in their exhibition game on Monday. Real Madrid won 142-137 as Lull scored 22 points. EPA/Kiko Huesca

Sergio Llull sure turned some heads Monday as his 22 points helped lead Real Madrid to an upset of the Oklahoma City Thunder in a preseason game in Madrid, Spain.

Llull's exploits aren't new in NBA circles as the Denver Nuggets drafted the 6-foot-3 guard in the second round of the 2009 draft. The 28-year-old guard has flirted with coming to play in the NBA for the Houston Rockets, including nearly coming over in 2015 when Houston offered him a $28 million deal. Llull's ability makes him an attractive target for the Rockets, and the team may try to lure him over next offseason, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Rockets bought Llull's rights from the Nuggets for $2.25 million and have tried for several years to entice him to come over to the NBA. Llull is under contract with Real Madrid until 2021, though he has a buyout clause if he would like to leave the team to go to the NBA.

-- John Silver