May 24, 2013 5:25 PM EDT
Kosta Koufos will train with the Denver Nuggets' coaches and trainers this offseason rather than playing for the Greek national team.
Koufos averaged 8.0 points per game and 6.9 rebounds this season.
Greece is playing in the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 tournament in Slovenia.
May 23, 2013 8:16 PM EDT
Pablo Prigioni has no plans to return to the Spanish League.
“If I can choose, I prefer to play in the United States and stay in the NBA,’’ Prigioni said.
Prigioni will hit restricted free agency on July 1.
Prigioni is expected to seek a one-year deal worth about $2 million.
May 17, 2013 2:43 AM EDT
Ettore Messina has emerged as a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Atlanta Hawks.
Messina was born in Italy and is the current coach of CSKA Moscow. Messina is a four-time Euroleague championship coach and two-time Euroleague coach of the year.
Messina was part of the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching staff during the 11-12 NBA season.
Messina left the NBA to take a $1 million-plus a year job with CSKA.
Danny Ferry recently scouted CSKA at last weekend's Euroleague Final Four.
Stan Van Gundy and Quin Snyder are also candidates.
May 15, 2013 2:46 PM EDT
Dario Saric, a 19-year-old small forward out of Croatia, is currently in the draft, but could withdraw depending on whether he receives a promise.
Draft Express currently projects Saric being selected at No. 23.
"Dario Saric. He's not staying in the draft if he's not a lottery pick. So if he stays, someone promised him in the lottery."
May 12, 2013 8:21 PM EDT
Olympiacos has defeated Real Madrid by a final score of 100-88 to win the 2013 Euroleague championship.
Olympiacos also won the Euroleague last season, defeating CSKA in the title game in Istanbul.
Vassilis Spanoulis was named MVP of the Final Four, the third time he has won the honor.
Real Madrid started the first quarter strong, holding a 27-10 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. Olympiacos cut the lead to four at halftime and outscored Real Madrid by 12 points in the fourth quarter after tying the game after three quarters.
Spanoulis had 22 points, four assists and two rebounds in the game, while Acie Law had 20 points and five turnovers.
Rudy Fernandez led Real Madrid with 21 points.
May 12, 2013 7:05 PM EDT
Alberto Abalde of FIATC Muta Joventut has been named MVP of the 2013 Nike International Junior Tournament.
Abalde averaged 17.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists over four games.
Joining Abalde on the All-Tournament Team is Nedim Buza, Doko Salic, Agusti Sans and Marco Garcia.
May 10, 2013 8:03 PM EDT
The Brooklyn Nets expect to sign Bojan Bogdanovic this summer, multiple sources confirmed.
Bogdanovic, a 24-year old swingman from Croatia, was acquired by the Nets in a draft-day trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2011.
Bogdanovic is averaging 14.4 points and shooting 38.6 percent from the three-point line this season for Fenerbahce Ulker.
May 09, 2013 10:27 AM EDT
Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus has been named the 2012-13 Euroleague MVP.
Spanoulis averaged 14.7 points per game (4th overall) and 5.59 assists (3rd overall).
Spanoulis is a two-time MVP of the Euroleague Final Four.
May 06, 2013 2:32 PM EDT
Rudy Fernandez, Dimiris Diamantidis, Nenad Krstic, Ante Tomic and Vassilis Spanoulis headline the 2013 All-Euroleague First Team.
On the All-Euroleage Second Team are Shawn James, Juan Carlos Navarro, Milos Teodosic, Viktor Khryapa and Nikola Mirotic.
CSKA, Barcelona, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid and Maccabi were the six teams with first and second team representatives.
May 02, 2013 11:57 AM EDT
Nikola Mirotic would like to one day play for the Spanish senior national team.
A native of Montenegro, Mirotic moved to Spain as a teenager and played for the country’s U20 team at the 2011 European Championship.
"I had a great time playing with the U20," Mirotic said. "I have very fond memories. I am very happy. In Spain, I have felt like at home. We will see what the future holds."
Mirotic hopes to be selected to play for Spain's senior team at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
"One has to remember that I am a Spanish national and I want to play with them," Mirotic said. "Right now, I belong to them.”
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The 2013 NBA Draft has 77 early entry candidates, with 46 players from United States' colleges and 31 internatinoal players.
Giannis Adetokunbo is projected as a potential second-round pick in the June draft.
Mirza Teletovic is in the first season of a three-year contract with the Nets.
Amath M’Baye was a third-team All-Big 12 selection.
Petteri Koponen led BC Khimki Moscow Region to a 99-76 win over Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul with 23 points and seven assists.
Simas Jasaitis had 23 points with five rebounds in Lokomotiv's 90-65 win over KK Buducnost.
Mar 08, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Warriors will sign Malcolm Thomas to a 10-day contract.
Rudy Fernandez was punched in the face by a Lithuanian fan following Real Madrid's 105-104 win over Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday.
The depressed financial situation for several top European clubs is expected to mean fewer NBA-caliber International players in coming years.
Josh Harrellson has signed with Brujos de Guayama of the Puerto Rican basketball league.
Ante Tomic averaged 17 points, five rebounds and one block while leading Barcelona to a 4-0 record.
Nenad Krstic had 20 points, four rebounds and four assists in CSKA's 80-65 win over Alba Berlin.
USA basketball spokesman Craig Smith told Fox 29 Sports that president Jerry Colangelo will not allow potential misunderstandings to get in the way of picking the best candidate.
Dwight Howard will be 30 when the 2016 Olympics arrive.
Feb 22, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
D.J. White has been playing this season in China.
Terrence Williams averaged 17.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 29 games in China.
The Spurs have been at the forefront of acquiring top international talent over the years, but Gregg Popovich believes the rest of the NBA has caught on.
Feb 07, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Team USA officials are holding out hope that Mike Krzyzewski can be talked into one more tour as coach.
Rudy Fernandez had 20 points and 13 rebounds in Real Madrid's 86-78 victory over CSKA.
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Bobby Brown averaged 24 points, 4.75 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game for Siena.
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