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Kobe Bryant Turned Down Offer To Join Barcelona For 16-17 Season

Apr 1, 2016 12:20 PM

Kobe Bryant was given an offer from Barcelona last summer to extend his basketball career overseas. Bryant decided to turn it down.

Senior officials at the Catalan club ramped up their overtures toward Bryant after hearing him talk about ending his basketball career with Pau Gasol.

In July, club officials said Kobe told them he "would love to finish my career playing for Barca with Pau Gasol."

Bryant spent his childhood in Europe and has often expressed admiration for European players.

Bryant turned it down out of concerns he wouldn't be healthy enough for the season. Barcelona offered to allow Bryant to exclusively play in the more high-profile Euroleague games.

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Tyrese Rice Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16, Round 5

Jan 30, 2016 4:30 PM

Tyrese Rice has been named Euroleague MVP for Round 5 of the Top 16 after leading Khimki to a 111-80 victory over Zalgiris Kaunas on Friday with a performance index rating of 35, which was the highest among all players in the week's games.

Rice scored 20 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting plus 11 assists. He also made 5 of 6 free throws and collected 2 steals in setting a career-high in index rating and leading Khimki to a new club record for scoring.

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Elijah Millsap Signs With Maccabi Tel Aviv

Jan 24, 2016 4:01 PM

Elijah Millsap has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Millsap was waived this month by the Utah Jazz.

Millsap started the 2014-15 season in Bakersfield, and his outstanding play there (averaging 20.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.1 steals per game) led to an NBA contract.

In 67 games with the Jazz, Millsap posted averages of 4.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, and one steal in 16 minutes of playing time. 

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Ioannis Bourousis, Jan Vesely Named Euroleague Co-MVPS For Top-16, Round 4

Jan 23, 2016 7:56 PM

Ioannis Bourousis of Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz and Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce Istanbul have been named Euroleague co-MVPs for Round 4 of the Top 16.

Bourousis led his team to an 81-71 victory over CSKA Moscow with his seventh double-double of the season.

Vesely helped Fenerbahce defeat Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 100-106.

Each posted a performance index of 30, which was the highest among all players in Round 4. 

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Felipe Reyes Named Euroleague MVP For Round 4 Of Regular Season

Nov 7, 2015 12:57 PM

Felipe Reyes has been named Euroleague MVP for Round 4 of the Regular Season.

Reyes totaled 20 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block with an index rating of 30, which was highest among all players in the round, a 101-99 win by Real Madrid over Bayern Munich.

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Darius Adams Named Euroleague MVP For Regular Season, Round 3

Oct 31, 2015 10:10 AM

Darius Adams has been named Euroleague MVP for Round 3 of the Regular Season.

Adams had 18 points, plus career highs of nine assists and three steals, to lead Laboral Kutxa to a 1-7-71 win over Limoges CSP.

Adams made 5-for-8 two-point shots, 2-of-4 threes and sank both of his free throw attempts in compiling a performance index rating of 29, which was the most among all players among the 12 Round 3 games.

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Patric Young Named Euroleague MVP Regular Season Round 1

Oct 17, 2015 4:28 PM

Patric Young led Olympiacos Piraeus to a 76-61 victory over visiting Cedevita Zagreb.

Young also had the highest performance index rating of any player on a winning team in in Regular Season Round 1 to become the first weekly MVP for the 2015-16 season.

Young finished the game with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks in an impressive all-around performance.

He made 6 of 9 two-point shots and 4 of 7 from the free throw line after drawing 7 fouls. 

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Wizards Expect Tomas Satoransky To Join Team In 16-17

Sep 1, 2015 2:02 PM

Tomas Satoransky is expected to join the Washington Wizards next season.

Wizards' officials met with Satoransky, 23, this summer when his native Czech Republic played against Marcin Gortat’s Polish national team in preparation for the upcoming EuroBasket tournament.

Satoransky was the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and is entering the final season of his contract with Barcelona. Satoransky averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 assists in 20.3 minutes last season. He shot 54.2 percent from the floor, including 43.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 83.9 percent from the free throw line.

Satoransky figures to be John Wall's primary backup at point guard.

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Dario Saric Had Interest In Joining 76ers For 15-16

Jul 8, 2015 12:03 PM

Dario Saric had interest in joining the Philadelphia 76ers for the upcoming season.

Saric will have to remain with Anadolu Efes until 2016.

“Saric told people he wanted to join Philadelphia now, but couldn’t because his contract had no out-clause,” a source told Basketball Insiders.

Saric was the 12th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

“It’s really hard for me to answer that,” Saric said. “I can’t comment.”

“I think I’m ready to compete in the NBA, against the best players, but we built a great team in Efes and I want to help the club win a championship.”

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Sergio Llull, Real Madrid Agree Upon New Deal With Lower Buyout

Jul 6, 2015 3:09 PM

Sergio Llull has agreed upon an agreement with Real Madrid on a deal that runs through the 20-21 season.

Llull and the Houston Rockets were discussing a deal earlier in the offseason.

Llull's buyout, however, will be lower than the €5 million mark in his previous deal.

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Mario Hezonja, Barcelona Agree Upon $1.4M Buyout
Mario Hezonja was the fifth overall pick by the Magic and will join the team immediately.

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Nets, Spurs Interested In Acquiring Sasha Kaun's Draft Rights From Cavs
Sasha Kaun was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2008 out of Kansas, but he's since been playing in Russia for CSKA Moscow.

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Ante Tomic Remains Undecided On Joining Jazz
Ante Tomic has played for Barcelona since 2012 and is already 28 years old.

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Nick Calathes Denies Wanting To Return To Europe
Nick Calathes will be a restricted free agent this summer after two seasons with the Grizzlies.

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Nemanja Bjelica Named Euroleague MVP
Nemanja Bjelica ranked fourth in the league in average performance index rating, but his 18.3 index rating was best among players on winning teams.

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Bogdan Bogdanovic Wins Euroleague Rising Star Trophy
The Suns drafted Bogdan Bogdanovic 27th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft and own his draft rights.

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