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Darius Songaila
PF - 6'9, 248lbs - 46 years old - 8 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2015 season
  • Birthdate: 02/14/1978
  • Drafted (NBA): 50th pick, 2002
  • Pre-draft team: Wake Forest
  • Country: Lithuania
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2002 NBA DraftNBADrafted 36th overall by Boston.
July 2002RussiaSigned a one year contract with CSKA Moscow.
23rd June, 2003NBADraft rights traded by Boston to Sacramento in exchange for a 2003 second round pick (#56, Brandon Hunter) and a 2005 second round pick (#53, Orien Greene).
26th June, 2003RussiaLeft CSKA Moscow.
1st July, 2003NBASigned a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Sacramento.
23rd July, 2004NBARe-signed by Sacramento to a two year, $3,360,000 contract. Included player option for 2005/06 season.
25th June, 2005NBADeclined 2005/06 player option.
23rd September, 2005NBASigned a two year, $4,576,000 contract with Chicago. Included player option for 2006/07 season.
25th June, 2006NBADeclined 2006/07 player option.
19th July, 2006NBASigned a five year, $21.17 million contract with Washington. Included early termination option after 2009/10 season.
2009 NBA DraftNBATraded by Washington, along with Etan Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov and a 2009 first round pick (#5, Ricky Rubio) to Minnesota in exchange for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.
9th September, 2009NBATraded by Minnesota, along with Bobby Brown, to New Orleans in exchange for Antonio Daniels and a 2014 second round pick (#40, Glenn Robinson III).
23rd September, 2010NBATraded by New Orleans, along with Craig Brackins, to Philadelphia in exchange for Willie Green, Jason Smith and the right to swap 2011 second round picks (exercised; New Orleans moved from #50 and Lavoy Allen to #45 and Josh Harrellson).
9th July, 2011TurkeySigned a one year contract with Galatasaray.
27th January, 2012TurkeyReleased by Galatasaray.
13th March, 2012SpainSigned for the remainder of the season with Valladolid.
29th August, 2012UkraineSigned a one year contract with BC Donetsk.
7th October, 2013LithuaniaSigned a one year contract with Lietuvos Rytas.
22nd July, 2014LithuaniaSigned a one year contract with Zalgiris Kaunas.
Career Moves
1998 - 2002Wake Forest (NCAA)
July 2002 - June 2003CSKA Moscow (Russia)
July 2003 - June 2005Sacramento Kings (NBA)
July 2005 - June 2006Chicago Bulls (NBA)
July 2006 - June 2009Washington Wizards (NBA)
June 2009 - September 2009Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
September 2009 - September 2010New Orleans Hornets (NBA)
September 2010 - June 2011Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
July 2011 - January 2012Galatasaray (Turkey)
March 2012 - June 2012Valladolid (Spain)
August 2012 - June 2013BC Donetsk (Ukraine)
October 2013 - June 2014Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
July 2014 - June 2015Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
Articles about Darius Songaila

March 19, 2013

Evan Eschmeyer - Eschmeyer returned to Northwestern to earn his JD/MBA, graduated in 2008, founded a now-defunct online recruiting service, worked with the Environmental Law & Policy Center on the proliferation and establishment of renewable energy resources, and runs a law office in Columbus.

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June 14, 2010

The Hornets are in the process of being sold. George Shinn is selling his majority stake in the team to Gary Chouest, a current minority owner and local businessman with (supposedly) deep pockets. Shinn was never the sprendthrift owner he has recently been made out to be, but the Hornets's problem was not an unwillingness to spend. Instead, their problem has been has been an inability to spend very well. Handicapped by Peja Stojakovic's spectacular salary and the overpayment of backups such as Peterson and James Posey, the Hornets have been making their team worse in a bid to avoid the luxury tax. They just about managed this last year, but only by taking on the salary of Darius Songaila in a rousing crescendo of fail.


Filling out the remaining spots on that roster will again put the team back into tax territory. But things are manageable by then. Darius Songaila could always be pawned off for a slightly smaller expiring salary, or for a longer one of a decent player. The same is true of Peja; now that he's finally expiring, he's finally an asset and not a burden.

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