Sullivan Looking For Work

01.03.2009

Ukrainian outfit BC Kyiv are not the only side in the EuroChallenge releasing players due to reported financial problems.

CSK VVS Samara have decided to part ways with their Great Britain international Andrew Sullivan, despite his very impressive performances.

"They have told us their budget has been cut and they can no longer afford to pay their foreigners," Sullivan said to Basketball 24/7.

"I'm a little bit disappointed because you always want the season to work out and I have also lost three months salary.

"But at the same time, the team and the organization don't really have high aspirations, guys on the team don't seem to care whether they win or lose."

Sullivan, a 2.03m small forward, has averaged 10.9 points and 5.6 points in 10 EuroChallenge games.

Samara reached the Top 16 but have failed to win in Group L and will exit the competition after this week's game against EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam.

"I felt I had a good year with them," Sullivan said. "When I was involved in games, I put up good numbers.

"I think people who know basketball can appreciate how I have played and maybe I will get another job somewhere else."

Sullivan says he will leave the club after the game in Amsterdam.

The 29-year-old was a crucial member of the British side that qualified for this summer's EuroBasket in Poland.

Last summer, he averaged 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 24 minutes per game as Britain topped a qualifying group that included Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Czech Republic.

This summer, he will be a part of the squad that goes up against world champions Spain, Serbia and Slovenia in Warsaw in Group C.

"If there is a job out there for me, great," Sullivan said. "If I don't see anything I like, I won't be too upset because at least it means I'll be fresh for GB this summer."

The fortunes of Sullivan's international teammate Pops Mensah-Bonsu have certainly improved.

Mensah-Bonsu joined the San Antonio Spurs last week and in his second game with the team on Friday against Cleveland, he played 12 minutes and had 11 points and six rebounds.


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