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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

Blatt Confirms Talks With NBA Teams

The Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves have interest in David Blatt as an assistant coach.

Blatt and Steve Kerr spoke for about 45 minutes at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday.

Blatt's contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv is up after he led them to the Euroleague championship.

"It is true that I have had conversations with teams from both sides of the Atlantic because my contract is about to end and it is only natural that I will receive information before that happens," Blatt told the Jerusalem Post.

"You can't coach a big team like Maccabi Tel Aviv and achieve what we have achieved without someone noticing. I'm not as interested in everything that is being talked about as much as you think. I haven't received any offers at the moment. There have been talks but my goal at the moment is to win the Israeli championship and we'll see what happens after that."

Blatt is represented by Mike Tannenbaum, who is also the agent for Kerr.

Via Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Blatt In Talks With Warriors To Become Top Assistant

Steve Kerr met with David Blatt on Thursday to discuss the longtime coach in Europe joining him with the Golden State Warriors.

Blatt would become Kerr's top assistant with the Warriors.

Blatt was born in Boston and played at Princeton before a long career as a player in Israel.

Blatt won the 2014 Euroleague as head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv last month.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Exec: David Blatt Belongs In The NBA

Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Real Madrid in the Euroleague Final Four in a huge upset.

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

"They were outgunned at every position except coach. Blatt belongs in the NBA," said one executive.

Blatt was born in Boston and played collegiate basketball at Princeton. Blatt played professionally in Israel for more than a decade and has been a head coach at various stops since 1993 with his Maccabi tenure beginning in 2010.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Euroleague Archives

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.

Fenerbahce Denies Talks For Bogdan Bogdanovic

Bogdan Bogdanovic will be eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Ante Tomic Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16, Round 7

Ante Tomic set career highs with 24 points and a performance index rating of 36, which was the highest off any player in the competition all week.

Pierre Jackson To Sign With Fenerbahçe Ülker If No NBA Deal Emerges

Pierre Jackson's draft rights are owned by the Pelicans and he has emerged this season in the D-League.
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