Jun 17, 2013 10:41 PM EDT
Before withdrawing from this month’s NBA draft, Mouhammadou Jaiteh received first round guarantees that failed to entice the 18-year-old enough to leave his development in France, agent Herman Manakyan told RealGM on Monday.
Teams were impressed with the sharp growth in Jaiteh, and the 6-foot-11 center worked out for six organizations throughout the draft process. Even with guarantees, Jaiteh made clear he wanted to be drafted into a flourishing situation – for both himself and the team.
“The guarantees were not in attractive situations for us,” Manakyan said.
With a focus on next year’s draft, Jaiteh will now sign with a team in France, where several clubs have been vying to sign him, Manakyan said. No frontrunners have emerged, but playing time and the opportunity to continue his rapid development are key factors.
Jun 10, 2013 4:07 PM EDT
Quin Snyder has been hired by the Atlanta Hawks as an assistant coach, according to sources.
Snyder was most recently an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow and previously was a head coach with the Austin Toros of the D-League and the Missouri Tigers.
Snyder is familiar with Danny Ferry from their time together at Duke.
Jun 06, 2013 7:30 PM EDT
Dario Saric is leaning toward withdrawing from the 2013 NBA Draft, according to sources.
Saric has until June 17 to make a final decision.
Saric has received interest from the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks.
Saric is likely to be a lottery pick.
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 is also a candidate.
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.
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Vassilis Spanoulis averaged 14.7 points per game (4th overall) and 5.59 assists (3rd overall).
Rudy Fernandez, Dimiris Diamantidis, Nenad Krstic, Ante Tomic and Vassilis Spanoulis headline the 2013 All-Euroleague First Team.
Nikola Mirotic is a native of Montenegro.
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.
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