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    Petteri Koponen Hopes To Play In NBA By 15-16

    Sep 2, 2014 11:04 AM

    Petteri Koponen hopes to be playing in the NBA by the 2015-16 season. 

    Koponen said he intends to make the jump to the NBA after completing the final season on his contract with BC Khimki in Russia. 

    "I always said my dream is to play in the NBA," Koponen said. "Every summer we talk a little bit with Dallas to see what the situation is and what they think. I've got one more year left on my contract in Russia and then of course I would like to come over. I hope I get some options to go there and show I can play at that level."

    The Dallas Mavericks acquired Koponen's NBA rights in 2011 in a draft-night trade trade with Portland. He was selected by Philadelphia on behalf of the Blazers with the last pick of the first round in 2007.

    Team sources say that the Mavs have not ruled out importing Koponen themselves in the future, but there was no discussion of doing so for this season with four point guards already on the roster.

    Marc Stein/ESPN

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    Anthony Randolph Signs Two-Year Deal With Lokomotiv Kuban

    Aug 18, 2014 11:10 AM

    Anthony Randolph has signed a two year-deal with Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia.

    "Russian players that reached greatest heights of basketball are great diplomats of the game," said Randolph. "That's how I want to be remembered."

    Randolph was drafted in 2008 by the Golden State Warriors.

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    Spurs To Hire Ettore Messina As Assistant Coach

    Jun 10, 2014 7:52 PM

    Ettore Messina will join the coaching staff of the San Antonio Spurs next season, as first reported by Corriere di Bologna's Daniele Labanti and confirmed by Sportando.

    Messina was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers under Mike Brown during the 11-12 season and was considered last year by the Atlanta Hawks.

    Messina was most recently head coach of CSKA Moscow.

    James Herbert/CBS Sports

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    Jazz Considering Ettore Messina For Head Coaching Job

    Apr 22, 2014 2:59 PM

    Ettore Messina has emerged as a strong candidate to become the next head coach of the Utah Jazz.

    Messina is currently head coach at CSKA and spent one season as an assistant for Mike Brown with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    The Jazz announced on Monday that they would not renew the contract of Ty Corbin.

    Jim Boylen is also a candidate, but his rough stint at the University of Utah could make selling his hire on the local fans difficult.

    Marc Stein/ESPN

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