Aug 01, 2014 8:02 PM EDT
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.
Jul 21, 2014 10:49 AM EDT
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.
Jul 06, 2014 12:58 PM EDT
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.
Jul 04, 2014 1:31 PM EDT
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.
Jun 23, 2014 12:08 PM EDT
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.
Jun 13, 2014 2:32 PM EDT
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.
Jun 12, 2014 12:38 PM EDT
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.
Jun 10, 2014 7:52 PM EDT
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.
Jun 09, 2014 10:47 AM EDT
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.
Jun 06, 2014 11:56 AM EDT
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.
May 19, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
David Blatt has long been mentioned as one of the best head coaches in the world not in the NBA.
Tyrese Rice scored 26 points, including 14 in overtime and was named Euroleague Final Four 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 has reached a deal with Euroleague to become their official headwear partner.
Rudy Fernandez, Keith Langford, Sergio Rodriguez, Ante Tomic and Sonny Weems have been named to the All-Euroleague First Team.
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 earned weekly MVP honors three times and led the competition with 1.3 blocks per game.
Apr 22, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Ettore Messina is currently head coach at CSKA and spent one season as an assistant for Mike Brown with the Lakers.
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 had the highest index rating of Game 1.
Justin Dentmon had 36 points along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
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 had 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block.
Rudy Fernandez scored 28 points in Real Madrid's win over CSKA.
Malcolm Delaney led FC Bayern Munich over Real Madrid on Thursday.
Zoran Dragic had 24 points, matching his Euroleague career high, while adding four steals, three assists and three rebounds.
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 set career highs in points, rebounds and index rating.
Bogdan Bogdanovic will be eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft.
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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.
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