Argentine star Hermann close to deal with Bobcats

Updated: August 22, 2006, 1:43 PM ET
Associated Press

SENDAI, Japan -- Argentina star Walter Herrmann is close to signing a deal with the Charlotte Bobcats.

The 6-foot-6 Herrmann, who has scored 48 points in Argentina's two victories in the FIBA World Championship, said he hopes to ink a one-year deal before the tournament ends Sept. 3.

"They'll give me a physical sometime soon, and the deal will be finalized after that," he said Tuesday before Argentina practiced.

Bobcats coach and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff said they are working on getting a physical completed in Asia.

"We have an agreement in principle," Bickerstaff said. "We are working out the logistics."

Herrmann, who plays in the Spanish league, scored 25 points as Argentina beat Venezuela 96-54 on Monday to improve to 3-0. A day earlier, he had 23 points in a 107-72 win over Lebanon.

"We knew he can score," Bickerstaff said. "He's been playing very well."

With Chicago Bulls forward Andres Nocioni seeing limited playing time because of a sore ankle, Herrmann has taken advantage of the opportunity to showcase his talent.

"It feels great and I've gained a lot of confidence here," said Herrmann. "I've had a lot of minutes in these games, being successful shooting the ball and having a hot hand has really helped."

Herrmann played for Charlotte this season in the Orlando Summer League. He said his experience there and in the Spanish leagues should prepare him for a career in the NBA.

"Every player who comes to play in Spain says it's the toughest league in Europe," said Herrmann.

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