Report: Radmanovic won't ask for trade, yet

Updated: November 12, 2005, 2:25 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Vladimir Radmanovic is willing to give the Seattle SuperSonics a few weeks to define his role.

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Should he find that role unsatisfactory, he will ask the team to trade him, hs agent, David Bauman, told the Tacoma News Tribune.

"We are not prepared to go that [trade] route yet," Bauman told the paper. "But 10 or 12 games in, I think that is where decisions have to be made by both sides.

"At the end of the day, [a trade] may be an option. We are not going to play 15 minutes a game and stay in Seattle. That was never discussed this summer. That was not what we contemplated. And if that is what Bob Weiss thinks Vlade's worth is, then he needs to tell [general manager] Rick Sund that Vlade is the odd man out."

Following the loss Tuesday night at Memphis, Radmanovic complained to reporters that Weiss wasn't playing him enough.

Weiss was bothered by the public statement.

"I don't appreciate being put in a box and having it judged," Weiss told the paper. "If I play him now, it looks like I am wilting to him. Like I told the players, once you sign your contract and once you become involved here, the most important thing is the team. I'm not going to worry about what it looks like with his minutes. I'm going to play him as I was planning on."

The 6-foot-10 forward blamed the lack of minutes -- he was averaging 16.5 minutes per game before playing 33 minutes Wednesday -- for his low scoring average. Last year, Radmanovic averaged 29.5 minutes.

"I don't think I said anything bad about Bob," Radmanovic said Wednesday. "I'm still here and trying to do my best. This is not the time to talk about minutes."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.