International Wiretap

Ekpe Udoh Considering NBA Return After Successful Season In Turkey

Jun 27, 2016 11:38 AM

Ekpe Udoh is interested in a return to the NBA after a successful season with Fenerbahce in Turkey.

Udoh has set a deadline early in July free agency to decide the best offer from six NBA teams and two elite Euroleague clubs, Fenerbahce and CSKA Moscow. 

“It’s definitely a possibility to come back to the NBA,” Udoh told The Vertical. “I can see myself fitting back today. I have lowered my weight to 240, so I’m even more mobile. I protect the rim, get out in transition and I’m able to play with any team and guard one through five.

“That was a big focal point around the NBA this past season, finishing off the pick-and-roll or hitting the open man. I can fit back in the NBA with whatever decision that I make.”

Udoh was the sixth overall pick by the Golden State Warriors out of Baylor in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Udoh averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes in Euroleague. 

“Spending this season with Fenerbahce was critical,” Udoh said. “After the previous two years in the NBA, it was difficult to go through injuries and not receiving the chance to play my game. Fenerbahce allowed me to be aggressive, and I got to play for a great coach in [Zeljko] Obradovic. I got to play a lot of minutes and keep my body in shape.

“That was the best thing for my career, bringing back the love and understanding how hard I need to work to be in elite shape.”

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Ekpe Udoh, Fenerbahce Ulker, CSKA Moscow, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

Sergio Rodriguez Considering NBA Return, Could Sign With Nets

Jun 25, 2016 2:56 PM

Sergio Rodriguez is considering a return to the NBA and the Brooklyn Nets are considered the favorites.

Rodriguez was the 27th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in 2006 who traded his rights to the Portland Trail Blazers. Rodriguez spent three seasons with the Blazers before then playing for the Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.

Since 2010, Rodriguez has had a successful run with Real Madrid in the ACB.

David Pick

Tags: Sergio Rodriguez, Brooklyn Nets, Real Madrid, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

Willy Hernangomez Plans To Sign Multi-Year Deal With Knicks

Jun 23, 2016 5:59 PM

Willy Hernangomez plans to join the New York Knicks on a multiyear contract this summer, his agent Andy Miller said.

“It is my intent to reach an agreement with the Knicks and have Willy come to New York for next season and beyond,” Miller said.

The Knicks acquired the draft rights to Hernangomez last draft night after he was picked 35th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Hernangomez shares the same agent as Kristaps Porzingis.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Willy Hernangomez, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

Alessandro Gentile Hoping To Sign With Rockets

Jun 21, 2016 7:38 PM

Alessandro Gentile, one of the Euroleague’s top wing players, is determined to sign an NBA deal this summer, preferably with the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets hired Mike D'Antoni as head coach this offseason and his presence makes the team more appealing to Gentile.

The Rockets own the draft rights to Gentile, a 6-foot-7 perimeter player who was the No. 53 overall pick by Minnesota in 2014.

“My goal is to play in the NBA next year,” Gentile told The Vertical. “I really hope this can happen. For me, Mike D’Antoni is like a legend in Italian basketball, an example for everyone. For him to coach me would be very, very nice.”

Gentile wants to negotiate a deal to join the Rockets. Houston has significant interest in bringing him over this season, but is likely to preserve salary cap space for the start of July free agency before committing to a contract with Gentile, league sources said.

“I have had a chance to grow up in the last year, playing as a captain for an important team like Milan and winning two championships as a leader of the team,” Gentile told The Vertical. “That’s all helped me to improve. The moment is right for me. I’d like to have the chance to try and play in [the NBA].”

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Alessandro Gentile, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

Suns To Enter Contract Talks With Bogdan Bogdanovic

Jun 15, 2016 1:46 PM

The Phoenix Suns will enter negotiations with Bogdan Bogdanovic to bring him over to the NBA.

This is the last year that Bogdanovic would be required to sign on the NBA rookie scale as the Suns' No. 27 draft pick in 2014. That contract could pay him up to $5.7 million over four years, including two team options. The Suns are allowed to contribute as much as $650,000 toward Bogdanovic's buyout from Fenerbahce with Bogdanovic paying the remainder. 

If Bogdanovic does not sign with the Suns this year, they would retain his rights in 2017 but Bogdanovic could then negotiate a contract for any amount with the minimum being his draft year's rookie salary scale. 

Ryan McDonough said the Suns would allow Bogdanovic to have a few days after the Turkish League finals were complete before they talked to him by phone to "figure out before the draft if he's going to come over for next season." 

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

60 College, 13 International Early Entry Candidates For 2016 NBA Draft

Jun 15, 2016 11:47 AM

There are 60 collegiate and 13 international early entry candidates for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Here is the list of international players who have withdrawn their names from consideration for the NBA Draft 2016.


Marko Arapovic, Cedevita (Croatia)
Ege Arar, Galatasaray (Turkey)
Edin Atic, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)
Romaric Belemene, Clinicas Rincon (Spain)
Metecan Birsen, Istanbul BSB (Turkey)
Axel Bouteille, Chalon (France)
Ilimane Diop, Laboral Kutxa (Spain)
Youssoupha Fall, Le Mans (France)
Diego Flaccadori, Trento (Italy)
Michael Fusek, Spirou (Belgium)
Marko Guduric, Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)
Egemen Guven, Karsiyaka (Turkey)
Ludvig Hakanson, Sevilla (Spain)
Ognjen Jaramaz, Mega Leks (Serbia)
Alpha Kaba, Mega Leks (Serbia)
Vincent Kesteloot, Aalstar (Belgium)
Emircan Kosut, Efes (Turkey)
Mathias Lessort, Chalon (France)
Luc Loubaki, Orleans (France)
Blaz Mesicek, Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
Aleksej Nikolic, Brose Baskets (Germany)
Adam Pechacek, Koszalin (Poland)
Petar Rakicevic, Metalac (Serbia)
Martynas Sajus, Zalgiris (Lithuania)
Jordan Sakho, Torrelodones (Spain)
Wesley Sena, Bauru (Brazil)
Kenan Sipahi, Karsiyaka (Turkey)
Nik Slavica, Cibona (Croatia)
Rolands Smits, Fuenlabrada (Spain)
Emir Sulejmanovic, Barcelona (Spain)
Berk Ugurlu, Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Alexander Vezenkov, Barcelona (Spain)
Santiago Yusta, Obradoiro (Spain)

Following is a list of players from colleges and post-graduate institutions who remain early entry candidates for the NBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm:


Rosco Allen, Stanford
Tony Anderson, Southeast Missouri State
Brandon Austin, Northwest Florida State
Wade Baldwin, IV Vanderbilt
Anthony “Cat” Barber, North Carolina State
Malik Beasley, Florida State
DeAndre Bembry, St. Joseph’s
Ben Bentil, Providence
Jaylen Brown, California
Lamous Brown, Utah State U-Eastern (CC)
Kareem Canty, Auburn
Robert Carter Jr., Maryland
Marquese Chriss, Washington
Deyonta Davis, Michigan State
Cheick Diallo, Kansas
Kris Dunn, Providence
Henry Ellenson, Marquette
Kay Felder, Oakland
Brannen Greene, Kansas
Daniel Hamilton, Connecticut
Cedric Happi Noube, Virginia Union
Jordan Hare, Rhode Island
Brandon Ingram, Duke
Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame
Julian Jacobs, USC
Stefan Jankovic, Hawaii
Anthony January, Cal State-San Bernardino
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt
Derrick Jones Jr., UNLV
Nikola Jovanovic, USC
Skal Labissiere, Kentucky
Jermaine Lawrence, Manhattan
Thon Maker, Orangeville Prep/Athlete Institute
Emmanuel Malou, Yuba CC (CA)
Patrick McCaw, UNLV
Zak McLaughlin, Gadsden State CC (AL)
Dejounte Murray, Washington
Jamal Murray, Kentucky
Mamadou Ndiaye, UC-Irvine
Chris Obekpa, St. John’s
Goodluck Okonoboh, UNLV
Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville
Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Tim Quarterman, LSU
Jalen Reynolds, Xavier
Malachi Richardson, Syracuse
Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga
Wayne Selden Jr., Kansas
Ingrid Sewa, Arizona Western College (CC)
Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State
Ben Simmons, LSU
Diamond Stone, Maryland
Isaiah Taylor, Texas
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
Aaron Valdes, Hawaii
James Webb III, Boise State
Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall
Devin Williams, West Virginia
Troy Williams, Indiana
Stephen Zimmerman, UNLV

Following is a list of international players who remain early entry candidates for the NBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm:


Gracin Bakumanya, Antibes (France)
Dragan Bender, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Isaia Cordinier, Denain (France)
Petr Cornelie, Le Mans (France)
Juancho Hernangomez, Estudiantes (Spain)
Furkan Korkmaz, Efes (Turkey)
Timothe Luwawu, Mega Leks (Serbia)
Georgios Papagiannis, Panathinaikos (Greece)
Zhou Qi, Xinjiang (China)
Guerschon Yabusele, Rouen (France)
Rade Zagorac, Mega Leks (Serbia)
Ante Zizic, Cibona (Croatia)
Ivica Zubac, Mega Leks (Serbia)

*Country indicates where team plays, not country of player’s nationality

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Tags: NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations, NBA Draft Withdrawals

76ers Still Hopeful Of Bringing Over Dario Saric For 16-17

Jun 14, 2016 12:02 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers remain hopeful of bringing Dario Saric over for the 16-17 season.

Bryan Colangelo and Brett Brown met with Saric and his agent in Turkey on Wednesday.

“The timing of him coming to the NBA is still in question,” Colangelo told Friday while in Treviso, Italy at the addidas Eurocamp.

Colangelo tried to clarify what he told the website on Monday when he was back in Philadelphia.

“It wasn’t pessimistic. It wasn’t optimistic,” he said. "It was somewhat neutral as to whether or not I felt he would be coming over. I still feel that way. 

“I’d like to think our objectives are aligned. What we would like to do is get him in to play for us next year.”

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Dario Saric, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

Zhou Qi Reaches Buyout Agreement To Allow Him To Join NBA In 2017

Jun 10, 2016 4:04 PM

Zhou Qi has reached an agreement with his Chinese team, the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, that will allow him to buy out his contract and join the NBA in 2017, his agent Alex Saratsis confirmed.

After much back and forth, Zhou’s representation in China and the U.S. secured a buyout that will allow him out of his contract at the conclusion of next season for the maximum league mandated amount permitted, which is $650,000. With that hurdle now past him, Zhou will look to find an NBA team that will guarantee to select him in a favorable spot, likely in the first round after one more season in China.

Zhou could also decide to withdraw from this year’s draft and try to improve his standing in 2017.

Zhou is ranked 31st in the 2016 class by Draft Express.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tags: Zhou Qi, Xinjiang Guanghui, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, International Teams

Terrance Ferguson Won't Play At Arizona, Will Go Overseas

Jun 6, 2016 4:38 PM

Terrance Ferguson is expected to play overseas rather than enrolling at Arizona as a freshman.

Ferguson is a top-20 player in the incoming class of 2016.

Ferguson is also expected to sign a shoe deal with Under Armour.

Ferguson's high school, Advanced Preparatory International in Dallas, is an offshoot of the former Prime Prep Academy that Emmanuel Mudiay attended.

Jerry Meyer/247Sports

Tags: Terrance Ferguson, Arizona Wildcats, NCAA, International

Tony Parker Hopes To Become NBA GM In Retirement

Jun 1, 2016 2:07 PM

Tony Parker is majority owner and president of the ASVEL basketball club in France.

Parker once had to fire a coach and talks to the general manager daily, makes roster decisions, sends encouraging text messages to players and more. 

Parker would prefer to become an NBA general manager when he retires instead of a coach.

“The best thing was to be in the office every day during the (2011 NBA) lockout and see the everyday operations,” Parker told The Undefeated. “I looked at everything. How to manage a team, marketing, ticket sales, sponsors. It was a great learning experience for me. It’s getting me ready to work in an NBA front office.”

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

David Blatt Close To Deal With Darussafaka Of Turkey
David Blatt was not interested in remaining in the NBA as an assistant coach.


David Blatt To Coach Next Season Somewhere
David Blatt doesn't have interest in remaining in the NBA as an assistant coach but doesn't want to sit out next season.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Barcelona Has Interest In Hiring David Blatt
David Blatt was fired by the Cavaliers before the All-Star break and he would like to remain in the NBA.

Jose Ignacio Huguet/Mundo Deportivo

CSKA Wins 2016 Euroleague Final Four, Nando De Colo Named MVP
Nando De Colo was named MVP as he had 22 points and seven assists in the title game.

RealGM Staff Report

Willy Hernangomez Has Four-Year Offer From Knicks
The Knicks acquired the draft rights to Willy Hernangomez during the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Furkan Korkmaz Negotiates Buyout Into Contract With Anadolu Efes
Furkan Korkmaz is projected to be a mid-first round selection.

Jonathan Givony/The Vertical

French Prospect Jonathan Jeanne Will Not Enter 2016 NBA Draft
The 7'2" French big man was a likely first round pick had he chosen to enter the 2016 Draft.

Jonathan Givony / DraftExpress

USA Men's Basketball Team Announces Summer Schedule
Team USA will play exhibition games in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and Houston

Marc Spears / ESPN

Report: Anthony Bennett Could Sign In Australia
Anthony Bennett could be joining the Sydney Kings next season.

Boti Nagy/Adelaide Now

Juan Hernangomez Declares For NBA Draft
Juan Hernangomez is a 6'9, 20-year-old forward for Estudiantes.

Jonathan Givony/DraftExpress

Zhou Qi Declares For NBA Draft
Zhou Qi could become a first round selection as front office executives from the NBA have been closely monitoring his two seasons with Xinjiang.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Dragan Bender Declares For NBA Draft
Dragan Bender is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.

Fran Fraschilla/ESPN

Kobe Bryant Turned Down Offer To Join Barcelona For 16-17 Season
Barcelona offered to allow Kobe Bryant to exclusively play in the more high-profile Euroleague games.

Mundo Deportivo

Rockets Unsure If They'll Pursue Sergio Llull Again In Offseason
The Rockets weren't able to sign Sergio Llull and ended up trading for Ty Lawson in an attempt to upgrade the point guard position.

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Nate Robinson Signs With Hapoel Tel Aviv
Nate Robinson will earn between $50,000 and $60,000 for two months.

Jerusalem Post

Tomas Satoransky Signs Four-Year Extension With Barcelona
Tomas Satoransky was drafted by the Wizards with the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

David Pick

Dorell Wright Receiving NBA Interest After Season In China
Dorell Wright averaged 24.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 30.8 minutes per game in China.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Nando De Colo Named Euroleague MVP For February
Nando De Colo finished with averages of 19 points, 2 steals and 25 PIR, putting him among the top five players in February in all three categories.

RealGM Staff Report

Michael Beasley Receiving Interest From Multiple NBA Teams
Michael Beasley has averaged 31.9 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 36.5 minutes per game this season with Shandong.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Elliot Williams Signs With Panathinaikos
Elliot Williams was most recently in the NBA with the Grizzlies and was named to the D-League All-Star team.

Chris Reichert/Upside Motor