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Jevohn Shepherd Signs With Barcelona

Barcelona has signed Jevohn Shepherd.

Shepherd averaged 18.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season with Omegna.

Shepherd, a 28-year-old native of Toronto, played collegately at Michigan.

Via Sportando

MarShon Brooks Moving Toward Deal With Olimpia Milano

Unrestricted free agent MarShon Brooks is progressing toward finalizing contract terms with Olimpia Milano Armani of the European League, a source told RealGM.

Brooks had been in dialogue with NBA teams before advancing in negotiations with Olimpia Milano on Tuesday night. For Brooks, the Italian club holds great appeal for its financial stability and opportunity to play significant minutes in a supreme overseas league.

Brooks previously received interest from the Indiana Pacers this offseason.

Brooks finished this past season with the Los Angeles Lakers after previously playing for both the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors. Brooks was traded by the Brooklyn Nets to the Celtics last July.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Tibor Pleiss To Sign With Barcelona, Likely To Join Thunder In 2015

Tibor Pleiss will sign with Barcelona after attempts to get a deal done with the Oklahoma City Thunder were unsuccessful due to his buyout.

Pleiss had played for Laboral Kutxa since 2012 and was the 31st overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft when he was with Brose Baskets.

The German-born center won't turn 25 until November and the plan is still for Pleiss to come to the NBA for the 15-16 season.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Jan Vesely Expected To Sign With Fenerbahce Ulker

Jan Vesely is close to signing with Fenerbahce Ulker.

Vesely was the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards and was traded last season to the Denver Nuggets.

Vesely has played in just 2,455 minutes over three NBA seasons.

Via Emiliano Carchia/Sportando

Nets Working On Bojan Bogdanovic Deal

The Brooklyn Nets are working on signing Bojan Bogdanovic, who was drafted in 2011 by the club.

The Nets are attempting to use the taxpayer's midlevel to sign Bogdanovic, according to reports.

The Nets were close to signing Bogdanovic last offseason, but talks collapsed in negotiating his $2 million buyout with Fenerbahçe Ülker.

Via Reed Wallach/Nets Daily

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls Begin Working On Deal

Nikola Mirotic has secured a $3 million buyout with Real Madrid in order to come to the Chicago Bulls, reports HoopsHype.

Mirotic was the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and has since developed into one of Europe's best forwards.

Because he was drafted three years ago, Mirotic is not subject to the rookie salary-cap scale, and the Bulls likely will need to use some of their cap space to contribute to his buyout and sign him to a long-term contract.

The Bulls can pay up to $600,000 toward Mirotic's buyout, but anything over that amount would be considered a signing bonus and be charged to the Bulls' cap. 

Shams Charania of RealGM reports that the two sides believe they don't have significant ground to cover, but no deal is imminent.

The Bulls' decision to move forward with Mirotic at this point signals that they will be moving on without Carlos Boozer next season. Boozer can either be amnestied or traded.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Dario Saric Signs Three-Year Deal With Anadolu Efes

Dario Saric has agreed upon a three-year deal with Anadolu Efes of Turkey, according to a source.

The deal will have a player option for the third year. Saric is expected to receive and sign a contract in the next 24 hours.

Saric's contract will essentially prohibit him from playing in the NBA for at least two seasons.

Saric was receiving looks from lottery teams as high as No. 10 with the Philadelphia 76ers, No. 11 with the Denver Nuggets and No. 12 with the Orlando Magic. He may slip beyond the lottery, but he becomes an option in the mid to late teens with the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Blatt To Become Assistant With Warriors Or Head Coach Of Cavs

David Blatt will come to the NBA as either an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors or as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"It will be Golden State or Cleveland," one source said.

Blatt announced on Thursday that he was leaving Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Blatt's destination won't be known until next week at the earliest, sources said, after a face-to-face interview with the Cavs. 

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

David Blatt To Leave Maccabi For NBA Job

David Blatt will leave Maccabi Tel Aviv for an unknown position in the NBA. Maccabi is expected to appoint longtime assistant coach Guy Goodes to replace him as head coach.

Blatt has received interest in being hired as an assistant coach by the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz. The Cleveland Cavaliers are also believed to be interested in Blatt for their head coaching vacancy.

Via David Blatt/Eurobasket.com

Spurs To Hire Ettore Messina As Assistant Coach

Ettore Messina will join the coaching staff of the San Antonio Spurs next season, as first reported by Corriere di Bologna's Daniele Labanti and confirmed by Sportando.

Messina was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers under Mike Brown during the 11-12 season and was considered last year by the Atlanta Hawks.

Messina was most recently head coach of CSKA Moscow.

Via James Herbert/CBS Sports

Euroleague Archives

Blatt Confirms Talks With NBA Teams

David Blatt's contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv is up after he led them to the Euroleague championship and has been linked to an assistant job with Steve Kerr.

Blatt In Talks With Warriors To Become Top Assistant

David Blatt won the 2014 Euroleague as head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv last month and could join Steve Kerr with the Warriors.

Exec: David Blatt Belongs In The NBA

David Blatt has long been mentioned as one of the best head coaches in the world not in the NBA.

Maccabi Upsets Real Madrid To Win Euroleague Title

Tyrese Rice scored 26 points, including 14 in overtime and was named Euroleague Final Four MVP.

Sergio Rodriguez Named Euroleague MVP

Sergio Rodriguez led Madrid in both scoring (13.5 ppg.) and assists (5 apg.) despite playing the fourth-most minutes on the team.

New Era Becomes Official Headwear Partner Of Euroleague

New Era has reached a deal with Euroleague to become their official headwear partner.

Fernandez, Rodriguez, Weems, Tomic, Langford On All-Euroleague First Team

Rudy Fernandez, Keith Langford, Sergio Rodriguez, Ante Tomic and Sonny Weems have been named to the All-Euroleague First Team.

Bogdan Bogdanovic Wins Euroleague Rising Star Trophy

Bogdan Bogdanovic excelled in his first season as a Euroleague starter, ranking among the league leaders in scoring and steals while also leading his team in assists and three-pointers made.

Bryant Dunston Named Euroleague Best Defender Of The Year

Bryant Dunston earned weekly MVP honors three times and led the competition with 1.3 blocks per game.

Jazz Considering Ettore Messina For Head Coaching Job

Ettore Messina is currently head coach at CSKA and spent one season as an assistant for Mike Brown with the Lakers.

Bryant Dunston Named Euroleague MVP For Playoffs Game 3

Bryant Dunston was equally brilliant and efficient with 21 points on 9-of-10 two-point shooting, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals en route to a performance index rating of 32, the best of all players in playoffs Game 3.

Ricky Hickman Named Euroleague MVP For Playoffs Game 1

Ricky Hickman had the highest index rating of Game 1.

Justin Dentmon Named Euroleague MVP For Top-16, Round 14

Justin Dentmon had 36 points along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Ante Tomic Named Euroleague Player Of The Month For March

Ante Tomic had averages of 21 in performance rating, third-best among all Euroleague players, 14 points (ninth-best) and 8 rebounds (fourth-best).

Derrick Brown Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16, Round 12

Derrick Brown had 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block.

Rudy Fernandez Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16, Round 11

Rudy Fernandez scored 28 points in Real Madrid's win over CSKA.

Malcolm Delaney Wins Euroleague Player Of The Week Honors

Malcolm Delaney led FC Bayern Munich over Real Madrid on Thursday.

Zoran Dragic Named Euroleague Player Of The Week

Zoran Dragic had 24 points, matching his Euroleague career high, while adding four steals, three assists and three rebounds.

Ante Tomic Named Euroleague MVP For February

Ante Tomic averaged 22.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 29.5 minutes over three February games for Barcelona.

Ante Tomic Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16, Round 8

Ante Tomic set career highs in points, rebounds and index rating.
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