Euroleague Wiretap

    Mario Hezonja, Barcelona Agree Upon $1.4M Buyout

    Jun 29, 2015 1:50 PM

    Mario Hezonja and Barcelona have agreed upon a $1.4 million buyout.

    Hezonja was the fifth overall pick by the Orlando Magic and will join the team immediately.

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    Nets, Spurs Interested In Acquiring Sasha Kaun's Draft Rights From Cavs

    Jun 25, 2015 10:36 AM

    The Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs have interest in acquiring the rights to Sasha Kaun.

    Kaun was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008 out of Kansas, but he's since been playing in Russia for CSKA Moscow.

    Kaun would like to finally play in the NBA.

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    Ante Tomic Remains Undecided On Joining Jazz

    Jun 3, 2015 9:55 PM

    Ante Tomic remains undecided about his NBA plans.

    Tomic was drafted by the Utah Jazz in 2008 and they would like to bring him over to help their frontcourt rotation.

    "It’s neither yes nor no," Tomic told the Spanish publication Gigantes when asked whether he plans to leave Barcelona for the NBA and the Utah Jazz. "It’s difficult to summarize. Sometimes I see myself there and others no. I still have time to think it over."

    Tomic has played for Barcelona since 2012 and is already 28 years old.

    Aaron Falk/Salt Lake Tribune

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    Nick Calathes Denies Wanting To Return To Europe

    May 26, 2015 1:01 PM

    Nick Calathes has denied a report from Spain that claimed he wants out of the NBA and has been offered to Barcelona.

    "The NBA is my first priority," Calathes said.

     

    Calathes will be a restricted free agent this summer after two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies.

    Calathes previously spent four years in Europe.

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    Tags: Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzlies, FC Barcelona Regal, Euroleague, Spanish ACB, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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    Nemanja Bjelica Named Euroleague MVP

    May 14, 2015 12:16 PM

    Nemanja Bjelica of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul has been named the 14-15 Euroleague MVP.

    Bjelica, who turned 27 last week, ranked fourth in the league in average performance index rating, but his 18.3 index rating was best among players on winning teams. It was the best season of Bjelica’s career as he helped Fenerbahce reach its first ever Final Four.

    “I want to thank everybody who chose me for this and to my family for supporting me all these years,” he said after receiving the trophy. “This is a historic moment for my club and team, Fenerbahce Ulker. I also want to thank my teammates and coaches and everybody at Fenerbahce Ulker who made this happen. It really is a big honor and means a lot to me.”

    Euroleague MVPs (since current awards format was put in place)

    2005 Anthony Parker, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
    2006 Anthony Parker, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
    2007 Theodoros Papaloukas, CSKA Moscow
    2008 Ramunas Siskauskas, CSKA Moscow
    2009 Juan Carlos Navarro, Regal FC Barcelona
    2010 Milos Teodosic, Olympiacos Piraeus
    2011 Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos Athens
    2012 Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA Moscow
    2013 Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiacos Piraeus
    2014 Sergio Rodriguez, Real Madrid
    2015 Nemanja Bjelica, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul

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    Bogdan Bogdanovic Wins Euroleague Rising Star Trophy

    May 7, 2015 12:24 PM

    Bogdan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul has been named the Euroleague Rising Star Trophy winner for the second season in a row.

    The Rising Star Trophy recognizes the best Euroleague player each season who was under the age of 22 on July 1 of the summer before the season started. Having won the award also last season, when he played for Partizan NIS Belgrade, Bogdanovic joins Nikola Mirotic, who did so in 2011 and 2012 with Real Madrid, as the only players to win the Rising Star Trophy twice.

    In addition to leading Fenerbahce in games started (25), he was second in minutes (27:50), assists (2.7 apg.) and three-pointers made (46) and third in free-throw shooting (78.2%) and defensive rebounding (2.4 drpg.). He was also among the top three in scoring (10.7 ppg., third), three-pointers made (second), assists (first), steals (0.8 spg., second) and fouls drawn (2.5, third) among all Rising Star Trophy-eligible players this season.

    The Phoenix Suns drafted Bogdanovic 27th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft and own his draft rights.

     

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    Bryant Dunston Named Euroleague's Best Defender

    May 6, 2015 12:20 PM

    For the second season in a row, Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos Piraeus has been chosen by Euroleague head coaches to win the Best Defender Trophy.

    As a shot-blocker, stealer and all-around immovable force, Dunston anchored an Olympiacos defense that proved the best of the 2014-15 season.

    The Olympiacos center becomes the only player besides six-time winner Dimitris Diamantidis to be voted the competition's best defender more than once.

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    Georgios Printezis Named Euroleague Player Of The Month

    Apr 27, 2015 12:54 PM

    Georgios Printezis of Olympiacos has been named Euroleague Player of the Month for April.

    Printezis averaged 14.5 points on 60% two-point shooting, 5.2 rebounds and a performance index rating of 16.8 in six April games. But where he most impressed were Olympiacos’s three victories in the playoffs. There his numbers jumped to 18.3 points on 70.8% shooting, 5.3 rebounds and an averaged performance index rating of 22

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    Cavaliers Interested In Salah Mejri

    Apr 9, 2015 2:20 PM

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in Salah Mejri, a 7-2 Tunisian center currently playing for Real Madrid.

    Real Madrid has a club option on Mejri's contract for the 15-16 season, though they may not exercise it.

    Mejri hasn't received much playing time this season.

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    Nets Receive Summer League Commitment From Darius Adams

    Apr 6, 2015 12:17 PM

    The Brooklyn Nets have expressed interest in Darius Adams and received a commitment for him to play on their Summer League team, sources tell RealGM.

    Adams, who played collegiately at Indianapolis, is currently playing for Laboral Kutxa of the Euroleague and Liga ACB.

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    Nemanja Bjelica Named Euroleague Player Of The Month For March
    Nemanja Bjelica finished the month with a stream of stats - 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block per game.

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    Alessandro Gentile Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16, Round 12
    Alessandro Gentile had a career-high 29 points.

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    Ante Tomic Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16, Round 10
    Ante Tomic had 16 points on perfect shooting, plus 12 rebounds and 6 assists with a performance index rating of 35.

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    Reggie Redding Named Euroleague MVP Of Top 16, Round 9
    Reggie Redding had 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

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    Rudy Fernandez Named Euroleague MVP For February
    Rudy Fernandez finished February's three games with averages of 18 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals.

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    Samardo Samuels Named Euroleague MVP Top 16, Round 8
    Samardo Sameuls' performance index rating of 47 was not only the best in the competition all season, but tied for the third-best in Top 16 history.

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    Andrei Kirilenko Signs With CSKA
    Andrei Kirilenko said "the time has come to think about ending my career at the professional level" and that he wants to do that at CSKA.

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    Andrei Kirilenko To Sign With CSKA
    Andrei Kirilenko and the 76ers agreed upon a buyout this weekend.

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    Nando De Colo Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16 Round 7
    Nando De Colo tallied 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for a performance index rating of 29.

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    Rudy Fernandez Named Euroleague MVP For Top-16, Round 6
    Rudy Fernandez had 22 points on 6-of-7 two-point shooting, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals for a performance index rating of 38.

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    Brian Randle, Felipe Reyes Named Co-MVPs For Euroleague Top-16, Round 2
    Brian Randle of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Felipe Reyes of Real Madrid have been named co-MVPs for Euroleague Top-16, Round 2.

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    Taylor Rochestie Named Euroleague MVP Of Top 16, Round 1
    Taylor Rochestie had 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

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    Devin Smith Named December's Euroleague Player Of The Month
    Devin Smith starred for Maccabi to the tune of 20.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and just 1 turnover per game in December.

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    Dusko Savanovic Named Euroleague MVP For Round 9
    Dusko Savanovic scored a career-high 31 points.

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    D'or Fischer Named Euroleague MVP For Round 8
    D'or Fischer was near perfect in scoring 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting, grabbing a club-record 15 rebounds and adding 3 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal for a performance index rating of 43, the best so far this season.

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    Dario Saric Named Euroleague MVP For November
    Dario Saric averaged 15.5 points and 7.75 rebounds while making 61 percent of his two-point shots.

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    Zoran Erceg Named Euroleague MVP For Week 6
    Zoran Erceg finished the game with 32 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 41.

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    Andrew Goudelock Named Euroleague MVP For Week 5
    Andrew Goudelock finished with 34 points scored, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal in compiling a performance index rating of 40.

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    James Anderson Named Euroleague MVP For Round 4
    James Anderson had 27 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and a block.

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    Vassilis Spanoulis Named Euroleague MVP For October
    Vassilis Spanoulis averaged 21.3 points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds in Olympiacos' three wins in October.

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