I tried the solution suggested here:
Using the client side edit event from the grid to populate the initial text:
This works not as expected. Now when the dropdown is clicked, the remote data is bound, but the correct item is not selected.
My second attempt was to set the kendoDropDownList.value too, but that is triggering the remote databinding, something i'm trying to prevent.
I find it a bit strange that this 'lazy loading/deffered databinding' is so hard to achieve, am i missing something?