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Sergio Llull Decides To Pass On Offer From Rockets, Remain With Real Madrid

Jul 1, 2015 5:35 PM

Sergio Llull has decided not to join the Houston Rockets and will instead remain in Spain with Real Madrid.

The Rockets own the draft rights to Llull and had been negotiating with him.

Llull is considered one of the world's best guards not playing in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Sergio Llull, Houston Rockets, Real Madrid, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Mario Hezonja, Barcelona Agree Upon $1.4M Buyout

Jun 29, 2015 1:50 PM

Mario Hezonja and Barcelona have agreed upon a $1.4 million buyout.

Hezonja was the fifth overall pick by the Orlando Magic and will join the team immediately.

David Pick/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Mario Hezonja, Orlando Magic, FC Barcelona Regal, Euroleague, Spanish ACB, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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Jordan Aboudou Negotiating Possible Release From BCM Gravelines To Join NBA Summer League

Jun 26, 2015 9:08 PM

French forward Jordan Aboudou has received invitations to NBA summer league with the Memphis Grizzlies, Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks as he negotiates his release from BCM Gravelines in France, a source told RealGM.

Aboudou, a 6-foot-6 product, averaged 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds last season with Gravelines.

Aboudou went unselected in the 2013 NBA draft.

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Tags: Jordan Aboudou, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Brooklyn Nets, BCM Gravelines, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International Misc Rumor, NBA Summer League

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Nets, Spurs Interested In Acquiring Sasha Kaun's Draft Rights From Cavs

Jun 25, 2015 10:36 AM

The Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs have interest in acquiring the rights to Sasha Kaun.

Kaun was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008 out of Kansas, but he's since been playing in Russia for CSKA Moscow.

Kaun would like to finally play in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Sasha Kaun, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets, Euroleague, Russian PBL, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International League

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Dario Saric Won't Join 76ers In 15-16

Jun 22, 2015 10:45 AM

Dario Saric won't play for the Philadelphia 76ers next season.

Saric was the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and is under a three-year contract with Anadolu Efes of Turkey.

The Sixers reportedly have attempted to negotiate a buyout over the past month, but Saric's buyout is too expensive to make the move practical, according to sources.

Saric has a player option on his contract that will technically allow him to come to the NBA for the 2016-17 season. However, there will be a big incentive for him to stay in Turkey for a third year and wait until the 2017-18 season to play in the NBA.

Saric won't be bound by the rookie scale if he waits three years to come to the NBA as Nikola Mirotic did last summer with the Chicago Bulls.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: Dario Saric, Philadelphia Sixers, Anadolu Efes, Turkish TBL, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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Youssou Ndoye Willing To Sign Overseas As Draft-Stash Candidate

Jun 15, 2015 12:02 PM

Youssou Ndoye, a possible selection in the second round of the NBA Draft, has made plans as a player willing to sign overseas in order to create opportunities as a draft-and-stash pick, a league source told RealGM.

Out of Senegal, the seven-foot Ndoye has played basketball for just the last seven years of his life. In recent drafts, many American prospects have declined the request of NBA teams to be selected late in the second round only if the player accepts being stashed overseas for at least one season. Ndoye, however, is prepared to play overseas in such a scenario.

Ndoye has worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, with visits remaining to teams that include the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.

Ndoye, 23, averaged 11.8 points and 10.1 rebounds in his senior season at St. Bonaventure. He played at the Portsmouth Invitational in April.

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Tags: Youssou Ndoye, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts, International Misc Rumor

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Kyrylo Fesenko Signing One-Year Deal With Lokomotiv In VTB League

Jun 8, 2015 4:28 PM

Veteran center Kyrylo Fesenko has agreed to a one-year contract with Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB League, bypassing a workout with the Toronto Raptors, sources told RealGM.

Fesenko, a five-year reserve in the NBA, will sign a lucrative deal with the Russian team. He was among the big men invited to the Raptors’ free-agent camp later this month.

Fesenko played his NBA seasons with the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers between 2007 and 2012, averaging 2.3 points, two rebounds and 8.2 minutes per game in 135 contests.

The 7-foot-1 Fesenko went to training camp with the Minnesota Timberwolves last October and the Chicago Bulls in 2012.

Fesenko’s agency, Klutch Sports Group, also represents Levi Randolph, a guard prospect who has drawn interest in pre-draft workouts over the past few weeks. Randolph averaged 15.4 points as a senior at Alabama this past season.

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Tags: Kyrylo Fesenko, Toronto Raptors, Lokomotiv Kuban, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Signing Rumor, International Teams, International Misc Rumor

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Ante Tomic Remains Undecided On Joining Jazz

Jun 3, 2015 9:55 PM

Ante Tomic remains undecided about his NBA plans.

Tomic was drafted by the Utah Jazz in 2008 and they would like to bring him over to help their frontcourt rotation.

"It’s neither yes nor no," Tomic told the Spanish publication Gigantes when asked whether he plans to leave Barcelona for the NBA and the Utah Jazz. "It’s difficult to summarize. Sometimes I see myself there and others no. I still have time to think it over."

Tomic has played for Barcelona since 2012 and is already 28 years old.

Aaron Falk/Salt Lake Tribune

Tags: Ante Tomic, Utah Jazz, Euroleague, Spanish ACB, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International League

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Andrei Kirilenko Decides To Retire

Jun 1, 2015 11:17 PM

Andrei Kirilenko has decided to retire from professional basketball.

Kirilenko wasn't invited to join Russia's squad for EuroBasket 2015.

Kirilenko joined the Utah Jazz in 2001 and was an All-Star in 2004. Kirilenko played for CSKA during the lockout and then returned to the NBA to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets. Kirilenko was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers this season and he never reported to the team.

David Pick/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Utah Jazz, CSKA Moscow, Russian PBL, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, National, National Euro Championship, International Teams, International League

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Allen Iverson Rejects $1M Deal To Play On Chinese Tour, Planning Lawsuit Against Promoters

May 29, 2015 5:03 PM

Allen Iverson has rejected a $1 million deal to make his playing return to professional basketball on a tour in China, and has plans to file a lawsuit against Chinese promoters breaching a current coaching contract, sources told RealGM.

RealGM reported on May 21 that Iverson had been pushed so hard by promoters in Harbin, China, that officials and fans created difficulties in allowing him to leave to continue his tour. Last month, Iverson reached agreement on a coaching deal for a Chinese tour, under no obligation to perform on the court, as stated in his contract.

After an attempted breach of the first contract, which was paid in full to Iverson, the future basketball Hall of Famer had more turbulence this week: Promoters claimed to Chinese officials that they paid the $1.1 million owed to Iverson in his second round of the deal, but sources close to Iverson insist the entire sum has gone unpaid and falsely wired.

Iverson released a statement to RealGM on Friday afternoon through his representative on the tour, NBA agent and lawyer Muhammad Abdur-Rahim:

"I have visited The Peoples Republic of China on multiple occasions. Each time I visit, I am taken aback by the love, appreciation, and respect that the people in China show me. Normally, I visit larger cities like Beijing and Shanghai.  However, on this trip I had the honor and privilege to visit other parts of China for the first time.  I was personally blown away by the love that the fans had for me in Harbin, Xi’An, Jingjiang, and Hefei. In addition, having the opportunity to meet with local business owners and witness the amazing infrastructure throughout China will leave an everlasting impression on me.

"I am highly disappointed by the unethical and dishonest actions of Tianjin Qi Di Culture Co., Ltd (“QIDI”), Beijing Landmark Advertisement Co., Ltd, Mr. Li Dong and Mr. David Lee, regarding my participation in this tour. Tianjin Qi Di Culture Co., Ltd (“QIDI”), Beijing Landmark Advertisement Co., Ltd, Li Dong and David Lee have continuously lied, misled my fans and breached the contracts between their companies and myself. Despite their negative actions, I will still continue the tour for my fans. What’s more important to me than any contract or sum of money is the love that my fans have for me."

Iverson is expected to return to the States after this weekend, and Abdur-Rahim will forge a group of attorneys in Atlanta for a lawsuit against two promoters, Li Dong and David Lee.

An 11-time NBA All-Star and the 2001 Most Valuable Player, Iverson last played professionally in 2011 with a Turkish team.

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Tags: Allen Iverson, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Signing Rumor, International Misc Rumor

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Ford: Dario Saric Is One Of The Better Playmaking Fours
Dario Saric was the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and currently plays for Anadolu Efes.

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Nick Calathes Denies Wanting To Return To Europe
Nick Calathes will be a restricted free agent this summer after two seasons with the Grizzlies.

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Allen Iverson Pushed By China Promoters To Play, Delaying Tour
Allen Iverson has been pushed so hard by local promoters in Harbin, China, to play that officials held him in the city and delayed his next stop, sources told RealGM on Thursday.

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Lester Hudson Offered $2M Contract To Return To China
Lester Hudson played for the Clippers after the CBA season finished.

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Nemanja Bjelica Named Euroleague MVP
Nemanja Bjelica ranked fourth in the league in average performance index rating, but his 18.3 index rating was best among players on winning teams.

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Rasmus Larsen Passes Away At 20
Rasmus Larsen, a 7-foot Danish center, had been invited to EuroCamp at the age of 16.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Bogdan Bogdanovic Wins Euroleague Rising Star Trophy
The Suns drafted Bogdan Bogdanovic 27th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft and own his draft rights.

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Bryant Dunston Named Euroleague's Best Defender
As a shot-blocker, stealer and all-around immovable force, Bryant Dunston anchored an Olympiacos defense that proved the best of the 2014-15 season.

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Georgios Printezis Named Euroleague Player Of The Month
Georgios Printezis averaged 14.5 points on 60% two-point shooting, 5.2 rebounds and a performance index rating of 16.8 in six April games.

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Moussa Diagne Declares For 2015 NBA Draft
Moussa Diagne has declared his name for the 2015 NBA Draft as an early entry, a source told RealGM.

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Mario Hezonja Enters NBA Draft
Mario Hezonja currently plays for Barcelona and is considered a potential top-5 draft pick.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Kristaps Porzingis Named 14-15 Eurocup Rising Star
Kristaps Porzingis averaged 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and a team-best 1.2 blocks per game in Eurocup play

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Malik Newman Receiving Interest From China, Spain
Malik Newman is ranked No. 4 in the incoming college class of 2015 by ESPN.

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Cavaliers Interested In Salah Mejri
Salah Mejri hasn't received much playing time this season with Real Madrid.

Jorge Sierra/HoopsHype

Nets Receive Summer League Commitment From Darius Adams
Darius Adams is currently playing for Laboral Kutxa of the Euroleague and Liga ACB.

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Nemanja Bjelica Named Euroleague Player Of The Month For March
Nemanja Bjelica finished the month with a stream of stats - 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block per game.

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Alessandro Gentile Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16, Round 12
Alessandro Gentile had a career-high 29 points.

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Metta World Peace Signs In Italy
Metta World Peace has signed with Pallacanestro Cantu of Italy for the remainder of the season.

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Stephon Marbury Wins Third CBA Title, Awarded Finals MVP
Stephon Marbury won his third championship in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Beijing Ducks and was awarded the 2015 CBA Finals MVP.

Mark W. Sanchez/New York Post

Ante Tomic Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16, Round 10
Ante Tomic had 16 points on perfect shooting, plus 12 rebounds and 6 assists with a performance index rating of 35.

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