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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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Tags: Joel Freeland, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, CSKA Moscow, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Signing Rumor, International Teams, International Misc Rumor

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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.

David Pick/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Utah Jazz, CSKA Moscow, Russian PBL, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, National, National Euro Championship, International Teams, International League

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Andrei Kirilenko Signs With CSKA

Feb 24, 2015 10:35 AM

Andrei Kirilenko has officially signed with CSKA for the remainder of the season.

Kirilenko said in a statement that at 34, "the time has come to think about ending my career at the professional level" and that he wants to do that at CSKA.

Kirilenko spent the 11-12 season with CSKA before returning to the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kirilenko then signed with the Brooklyn Nets before the 13-14 season.

ESPN

Tags: Andrei Kirilenko, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, CSKA Moscow, Euroleague, Russian PBL, NBA, International, International Teams, International League

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Andrei Kirilenko To Sign With CSKA

Feb 22, 2015 1:09 PM

Andrei Kirilenko will sign with CSKA Moscow when he clears waivers.

Kirilenko and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed upon a buyout this weekend.

Kirilenko was traded to the 76ers by the Brooklyn Nets in December.

David Pick/Eurobasket

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Nando De Colo Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16 Round 7

Feb 14, 2015 9:13 PM

Nando De Colo has been named the Euroleague Top 16 Round 7 MVP award.

De Colo tallied 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for a performance index rating of 29, which was the highest among any player on a winning team in this week's eight games. 

RealGM Staff Report

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Nando De Colo Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16, Round 3

Jan 17, 2015 3:49 PM

Nando De Colo paced CSKA's 69-78 win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Thursday with his Euroleague career high of 22 points while making 12 of 13 free throws.

De Colo added four more Euroleague personal highs with 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 12 fouls drawn and a performance index ranking of 34, the highest for any Euroleague player in Top 16 Round 3.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Nando De Colo, CSKA Moscow, International, International Award, International Teams

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Milos Teodosic Would Seek $3M+ Annually To Come To NBA

Sep 13, 2014 3:44 PM

Milos Teodosic would seek a salary of more than $3 million annually in order to come over to the NBA from CSKA.

Teodosic has helped lead Serbia to the gold medal game of the World Cup.

Teodosic, 27, went undrafted in 2009 when he was at Olympiacos.

The Memphis Grizzlies were the most recent NBA team to pursue Teodosic with a serious offer, though that was in the 2013 offseason.

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Tags: Milos Teodosic, CSKA Moscow, Euroleague, VTB United League, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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