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Nando De Colo Named Euroleague MVP For February

Feb 29, 2016 6:15 PM

Nando De Colo has been named the Euroleague MVP for the month of February.

De Colo finished with averages of 19 points, 2 steals and 25 PIR, putting him among the top five players in February in all three categories.

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Andrey Vatutin Reportedly Nets' Top Choice To Become Next GM

Jan 5, 2016 1:36 PM

Andrey Vatutin is the top choice of Mikhail Prokhorov to become general manager of the Brooklyn Nets this offseason.

The contract of Billy King expires at the end of the 15-16 season.

Vatutin is currently the president of CSKA Moscow.

Under his management CSKA Moscow won the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 Russian Superleague and the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 Russian Championships. 

Vatutin had an interview with RealGM's Erildas Budraitis in 2012.

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Cavaliers Sign Sasha Kaun

Sep 9, 2015 10:46 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed center Sasha Kaun to a contract.

Kaun (6-11, 250) spent the last six seasons with CSKA Moscow where he was a five-time Russian League champion (2009-2013), five-time VTB United League champion (2010, 2012-2015) and 2010 Russian Cup winner. Over his career with the team, he appeared in 142 games (94 starts) with averages of 7.6 points on .702 shooting from the field and 3.6 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. Last year with the club, he played in 30 games (all starts) and averaged a career-high 9.9 points on .691 shooting from the field and 4.5 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports it is a two-year, $2.6 million deal and the Cavaliers used the last $1.2 million of their taxpayer mid-level.

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Joel Freeland Signing Two-Year Deal With CSKA Moscow After Declining Mavs' Offer

Jul 11, 2015 2:54 AM

Portland Trail Blazers free agent Joel Freeland has declined multiple NBA offers — including the Dallas Mavericks’ three-year, $6 million proposal — to sign a lucrative two-year contract with Euroleague contender CSKA Moscow, sources told RealGM.

Freeland and the Mavericks had advanced negotiations this week, making ground on a possible agreement, but a final offer of over $6 million with player incentives wasn’t enough to entice the 6-foot-11 center.

Freeland had several other offers, including veteran-minimum proposals from the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs, sources said. For any NBA organization, Freeland would have been a legitimate rotation signing.

With CSKA Moscow, Freeland will receive a salary eclipsing $3 million per season with bonuses, guaranteed starting time and shots, and paid expenses. His deal contains no out clauses and had a July 10 deadline to agree upon an NBA contract. CSKA Moscow will announce the signing of Freeland on Monday.

The Blazers selected Freeland with the No. 30 overall selection in the 2006 NBA draft, and the British big man joined the franchise six years later.

Freeland brought a polished defensive mindset to the Blazers, a pro presence, and averaged 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in three seasons. He also dealt with injury setbacks, never playing over 52 games in a season.

Freeland, 28, became an unrestricted free agent after the Blazers elected not to extend a qualifying offer.

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Andrei Kirilenko Decides To Retire

Jun 1, 2015 11:17 PM

Andrei Kirilenko has decided to retire from professional basketball.

Kirilenko wasn't invited to join Russia's squad for EuroBasket 2015.

Kirilenko joined the Utah Jazz in 2001 and was an All-Star in 2004. Kirilenko played for CSKA during the lockout and then returned to the NBA to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets. Kirilenko was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers this season and he never reported to the team.

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