Marcelo Huertas is joining the NBA as a 32-year-old rookie after a long international career.
Huertas said he turned down more money in Europe for a chance at the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I was under contract for the last six years and never had the chance to leave Europe without paying a big buyout, so this was the year I finished contract and I had a real chance to jump to the NBA," Huertas said.
"I couldn't take an early offer in Europe just to make sure I had a job," Huertas said. "If it was for money, I would have stayed in Europe. I came here to take this chance, and maybe I have a bright future in the NBA. Hopefully I can win my space in here and show what I'm able to do, and so I can stick around for many years."