Plaza rejects lucrative offer to coach Russian side

Joan Plaza.
Joan Plaza. / EFE
  • Unicaja's head coach has turned down an offer from Unics Kazan which would have made him one of the best-paid coaches in Europe

Unicaja’s head coach Joan Plaza has rejected an offer from Russian side Unics Kazan.

An offer of 1.5 million net was said to have been made to Plaza, which would have made him one of the best-paid coaches on the continent. However, despite the ambitious offer, Plaza is believed to have declined the offer for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, Unics Kazan will not be competing in next year’s EuroLeague. The Russian side did compete in last season’s tournament, but finished second last with just eight victories from thirty matches.

Unics Kazan received heavy investment last summer, but following their EuroLeague disappointment they were beaten in the quarter finals of the Russian league play-offs by Lokomotiv Kuban.

Plaza has also not warmed to the idea of going to the Russian city, a place he believes cannot compete with Malaga, nor can the Russian league match the attractiveness of the Spanish league, which is among the best on the continent.

Plaza, who held talks with Unicaja this week, has been linked to several club, including Emporio Armani Milano, although they are now said to have agreed a deal with Simone Pianigiani some months ago.