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Gustavo Ayon Signs With Real Madrid

Gustavo Ayon has signed with Real Madrid.

Ayon also had offers from the San Antonio Spurs and in China.

Ayon had an impressive World Cup after spending last season with the Atlanta Hawks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Crvena Zvezda Signs Stefan Jovic To Three-Year Contract

Crvena Zvezda has signed Stefan Jovic to a three-year contract.

Jovic spent the past two seasons with Radnicki Kragujevac, and in the last season posted 3.9 points, 3.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 13 Eurocup games, while averaging 4.3 points, 2.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in the Adriatic League campaign. 

Jovic played for Serbia in the World Cup.

Via Euroleague.net

Zoran Dragic On Verge Of Leaving Europe For NBA

Slovenia star Zoran Dragic is in advanced discussions to leave his European club, BC Unicaja, to sign with an NBA team, league sources told RealGM.

After the Slovenian national team’s elimination in the FIBA World Cup to Team USA last Tuesday, Dragic focused on reaching terms on a deal in the NBA and has made significant progress this week. As a skilled, polished player, Dragic has shown glimpses of NBA upside.

Dragic, 25, had 11 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes of action against the United States in the World Cup.

RealGM reported on Sept. 9 that Dragic was in talks on a possible deal with the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic. The Phoenix Suns have long maintained dialogue with Dragic, and they’ve been an obvious suitor due the relationship with the 6-foot-5 guard’s older brother, Goran Dragic.

Dragic holds a buyout for the NBA until Oct. 5 with Unicaja Malaga, but he’s set to make a decision much before the date.

In seven games in this year’s world championships, Dragic averaged 12.9 points, four rebounds and 1.3 assists. He scored nearly 11 points per game for Unicaja a season ago.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Denzel Bowles Close To Signing With Jilin Of China

Free agent center Denzel Bowles is closing on an agreement with Jilin of the Chinese Basketball Association, a source told RealGM.

Bowles worked out for Detroit this week, and the 6-foot-10 big man received a training camp invitation from the Pistons.

Bowles played for Jilin last season and had a workout for the Charlotte Bobcats upon his return. He averaged five points and 4.2 rebounds in the NBA Summer League in July with the Denver Nuggets.

Bowles, 25, split his college basketball at Texas A&M and James Madison, averaging 17.6 points and 8.8 rebounds as a senior in the CAA conference.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Shanghai Making Strong Push To Sign Aron Baynes

The Shanghai Sharks are making a strong push to sign Aron Baynes.

Baynes is currently a restricted free agent of the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs would retain Baynes' restricted free agent rights if he signs abroad.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Hamady Ndiaye Likely To Sign In China After Nets Void Deal

After the Brooklyn Nets voided his free-agent deal due to a failed physical, Hamady Ndiaye will most likely sign in the Chinese Basketball Association when his injury recovers to full strength, a source told RealGM.

Several Chinese teams have been in discussions with Ndiaye before and after his decision to join the Nets for training camp.

A seven-footer out of Senegal, Ndiaye was a second-round draft acquisition in 2010 to the Washington Wizards, with whom he spent two seasons. The 27-year-old earned a spot on the Sacramento Kings out of camp last season and appeared in 14 games.

Ndiaye has played 33 NBA games in parts of three seasons — including stints in the Development League. He spent the 2012-13 season in China with Tianjin.

Ndiaye played his college basketball at the Univerity of Rutgers.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Miroslav Raduljica Signs Deal With Shandong Lions In China

Free agent seven-footer Miroslav Raduljica has signed a one-year contract with Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association, sources told RealGM.

Raduljica had interest from several NBA teams, including the San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers, as well as discussions in Europe. With Gustavo Ayon leaning toward a deal in the European League, a lucrative offer in China formalized for Raduljica on Thursday night. Raduljica will become available in NBA free agency when his Chinese season ends in February.

In the Serbian national team’s Silver medal finish in the World Cup, Raduljica starred in averaging 13 points and 4.6 rebounds over nine games.

Raduljica had a strong rookie season in a limited role for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-14, averaging 3.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 54 percent shooting in 9.7 minutes per game. He was released by the Clippers on Aug. 31 after being traded to Los Angeles for Jared Dudley.

Raduljica, 26, played in his native Serbia and the Ukraine before signing a three-year NBA contract last offseason.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Josh Akognon Signs With Foshan Of China

Free agent guard Josh Akognon has signed a contract with Foshan of the Chinese Basketball Association, sources told RealGM.

Akognon had discussed training camp deals with NBA teams, but the Cal State Fullerton alum to return to China for a second consecutive season. He averaged 28 points and five assists for Qingdao in 2013-14.

Akognon, a 5-foot-11 sharpshooter, played three regular season games for the Dallas Mavericks in 2013. He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and later released.

Jilin of the CBA also signed ex-UTEP point guard Randy Culpepper, a source told RealGM. Culpepper averaged 26 points in Russia last season and is a former MVP in Europe.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Randy Culpepper Signs With Jilin

Randy Culpepper has signed with Julin of the Chinese Basketball Assocation, a source tells RealGM.

Culpepper played collegiately at UTEP.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Gustavo Ayon Receives Formal Offer From Spurs

Gustavo Ayon has received a formal offer from the San Antonio Spurs, sources tell RealGM.

Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association has also presented a formal offer to Ayon, sources confirm to RealGM.

Ayon has previously received offers in Europe, though the language of the contract concerning an NBA out held up an agreement being reached.

Ayon is now deciding between three formal offers.

Ayon spent last season with the Atlanta Hawks.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Baltic League BBL Challenge Cup Archives

Spurs More Active In Development Of Unsigned Draft Rights Players

Gregg Popovich and the Spurs have sent an assistant to work with Livio Jean-Charles.

Emmanuel Mudiay Signs Endorsement Deal With Under Armour

Emmanuel Mudiay is a projected top-5 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Joe Ingles Signs One-Year Deal With Clippers

Joe Ingles has signed a guaranteed minimum one-year deal with the Clippers.

Gustavo Ayon Being Pursued By Shandong

Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association is making a strong push for Gustavo Ayon, a source tells RealGM.

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

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

Devon Collier To Sign With Bnei Herzliya After Declining NBA Camp Deal

Devon Collier has passed on an invitation to NBA training camp to sign a deal with Bnei Herzliya in Israel, sources told RealGM.

Delonte West Agrees To One-Year Deal With Shanghai Sharks

Delonte West played for the Clippers in the NBA Summer League this July.

Dmitry Kulagin Signing One-Year Deal In Russia After Discussing NBA Move With Kings

Dmitry Kulagin will sign a one-year contract to continue his pro career in Russia, a source told RealGM.

Gustavo Ayon Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With Real Madrid

Gustavo Ayon has agreed upon a multi-year contract with Real Madrid.

Gustavo Ayon Receiving Richer Offers In Europe

Gustavo Ayon prefers to remain in the NBA, but his offers from Europe have been more lucrative to date.

Miroslav Raduljica Leaning Toward Europe Unless NBA Offers Improve

Miroslav Raduljica is leaning toward accepting a lucrative deal in Europe unless his offers from NBA teams improve, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

Petteri Koponen Hopes To Play In NBA By 15-16

The Mavericks own the draft rights to Petteri Koponen.

Jordan McRae Signs With Melbourne United

Jordan McRae has signed a contract with Melbourne United in Australia.

DeShaun Thomas Signs With Barcelona

DeShaun Thomas spent last season with JSF Nanterre and will replace Kostas Papanikolaou with Barcelona.

Latavious Williams Signs With Bilbao Basket

Latavious Williams has signed with Bilbao Basket.

Mickael Gelabale Receiving Interest From FC Barcelona

Mickael Gelabale is receiving interest on a possible deal with FC Barcelona, sources told RealGM.

Erazem Lorbek Agrees To Buyout With Barcelona

The Spurs own the draft rights to Erazem Lorbek.

Marques Green Signs With TED Ankara

Marques Green has signed with TED Ankara of Turkey.

Jevohn Shepherd Signs With Barcelona

Jevohn Shepherd averaged 18.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season with Omegna.

Marshall Henderson To Work Out For Fulgor Libertas Forli

Marshall Henderson will have a work out with Fulgor Libertas Forli of A2 Gold, according to Forlibasket.
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