International Wiretap

Luka Doncic Named Euroleague MVP For 2nd Straight Game

Apr 29, 2017 11:05 AM

Real Madrid secured a Final Four berth with its second road win in less than 48 hours against Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul on Friday night.

Luka Doncic was named MVP for Game 4 of the EuroLeague Playoffs. It marked the 18-year old's second consecutive MVP of the round award, after he shared the honor 48 hours earlier in Game 3.

Doncic has won the honor four times this season, second to only reigning EuroLeague MVP Nando De Colo of CSKA Moscow, who won six.

Doncic scored 11 points to go with 7 assists and 5 rebounds. He made his only two-point shot attempt, hit 1 of 4 from downtown and went 6 for 8 from the free throw line in addition to collecting 1 steal and 6 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 21, the highest among all players in the two Game 4 contests.

Doncic is expected to be one of the top two picks in the 2018 NBA Draft.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Luka Doncic, Real Madrid, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, International Award, International Teams

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Stephon Marbury Released By Beijing Ducks

Apr 24, 2017 11:47 AM

Stephon Marbury has been released by the Beijing Ducks from the final season of his contract.

Marbury won three titles in six seasons with Beijing. Marbury declined an opportunity to coach with Beijing as he wants to continue playing in China.

Marbury expects to receive interest from rival teams.

Marbury averaged 21.4 points, 5.5 assists and 4 rebounds in 34.6 minutes per game in 36 games.

“We agreed that I would leave this season and the door is always open to coach. They had the option for me to play or coach, and they wanted me to coach. It’s understandable at my age, but my age doesn’t dictate my game. This gives me strong desire to work hard and try my best to come back to help a team win a [championship],” Marbury said.

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Tags: Stephon Marbury, Beijing Shougang, International, International Teams

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Kevin Knox Turned Down $1.4M Offer From Team In China

Apr 16, 2017 11:18 PM

Kevin Knox received a $1.4 million offer from a team in the Chinese Basketball Association to play in their league instead of attend college before entering the 2018 NBA Draft.

"I didn't put much stock into the offer," said his father, also named Kevin. "We politely said thanks but no thanks. He's going to college."

Knox is still deciding which college to attend, picking between Duke, Florida State, Kentucky, Missouri and North Carolina.

Knox has recently been on the high school All-Star Game circuit, beginning in Chicago at the McDonald's game, then the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland and in New York City for the Jordan Brand Classic.

Bob Putnam/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Kevin Knox, Chinese CBA, NCAA, NBA, International, International League

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Tyler Dorsey Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 11, 2017 10:42 AM

Tyler Dorsey has declared for the 2017 NBA draft and will hire an agent, leaving Oregon after two seasons.

Dorsey also declared for the draft in 2016 but didn't hire an agent.

Dorsey reportedly had a lucrative offer last summer from Olympiacos, which could serve as a backup plan if he doesn't make an NBA roster.

Dorsey has dual citizenship and a Greek passport.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tags: Tyler Dorsey, Oregon Ducks, Olympiacos, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations, International Teams

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Jimmer Fredette Turned Down Multiple 10-Day Contract Offers

Apr 10, 2017 1:04 PM

Jimmer Fredette received multiple 10-day contract offers when he finished his season in China.

Fredette instead decided to stay home with his wife and their new daughter.

Shanghai would like to sign Fredette for the 17-18 season though they would likely have to improve on the $1.1 million salary after taxes he made this season. 

Fredette is also on a three-year endorsement deal from a Chinese sneaker company for $345,000 and another $300,000 in bonuses.

Ken Tingley/The Post-Star

Tags: Jimmer Fredette, Shanghai Dongfang, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Livio Jean-Charles Returns To ASVEL

Mar 29, 2017 3:56 PM

Livio Jean-Charles will return to ASVEL, a French team owned by Tony Parker.

Jean-Charles came to the United States this season but was released by the San Antonio Spurs in training camp.

Jean-Charles spent the season in the D-League with the Austin Spurs, averaging 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Jeff Garcia/NBC San Antonio

Tags: Livio Jean-Charles, San Antonio Spurs, Austin Spurs, ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, NBA, D-League, International, D-League Teams, International Teams

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Clippers, Heat Interested In Carlos Boozer

Mar 18, 2017 11:56 AM

Carlos Boozer continues to play in the Chinese Basketball Association playoffs for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Boozer's performance has reportedly put him back onto the radar of NBA teams.

The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams tracking Boozer.

Boozer is eligible to play in the NBA postseason for anyone who signs him, since he hasn't been on a roster all season, but the one requirement is that he'd have to be signed back home before the NBA regular season ends April 12.

Boozer last played in the NBA in 2015 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Guangdong Southern, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Bogdan Bogdanovic Will Make Kings' Decision In Offseason

Mar 2, 2017 1:33 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic released a statement commenting about his future with Fenerbahce in light of a report that the Sacramento Kings planned to sign him for the 17-18 season.

"I wanted to comment on a recent media report regarding me and the Sacramento Kings as I am receiving many questions from fans about my future," wrote Bogdanovic. "It is humbling and an honor for Vlade Divac to speak highly of me as a basketball player. He is a Serbian basketball legend.

"To be clear though, I will not discuss the NBA or make a decision on my future until after my season with Fenerbahce is finished. I always live in the present day and love playing for Fenerbahce. I am only focused on doing everything I can to help Fenerbahce achieve the goals we set together as a team."

Bogdanovic is on an existing contract signed with the Fenerbahce for the 17-18 season. The deal contains a buyout worth more than $1 million. 

The Kings own the draft rights to Bogdanovic and Vlade Divac recently said the team expects to bring him over to the NBA for the 17-18 season.

David Pick

Tags: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings, Fenerbahce Ulker, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Kings Plan On Signing Bogdan Bogdanovic In Offseason

Feb 26, 2017 10:51 AM

The Sacramento Kings plan on signing Bogdan Bogdanovic in the offseason.

The Kings acquired the draft rights to Bogdanovic from the Phoenix Suns at the 2016 draft. Bogdanovic was the 27th overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Phoenix Suns.

Bogdanovic is a 24-year-old shooting guard presently playing with Fenerbahce.

Vlade Divac confirmed Sacramento's plans when talking about the Kings' culture.

"I want to build a culture, and he didn’t fit in my culture," said Divac. "Before we were just talking, preaching. But if we’re going to do it, you do it. The good thing about our situation now is that we have some very nice assets, a few more shooting guards, and time to take a look at Willie (Cauley-Stein), Skal (Labissiere) and Malachi (Richardson) when he gets healthy, and Georgios Papagiannis. Ty Lawson has been very good for us, and Darren (Collison) is playing well, and he will be a free agent. Kosta (Koufas) has been good. We have (Bogdan) Bogdanovic coming over next season as another asset."

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings, Fenerbahce Ulker, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Luka Doncic Signs With Bill Duffy

Feb 17, 2017 8:12 PM

Luka Doncic has signed with Bill Duffy and BDA Sports as his representation. 

Doncic currently plays for Real Madrid and is widely projected to be a top-2 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Luka Doncic, Real Madrid, NBA, International, International Teams

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Luka Doncic Receiving Buzz To Go First Overall In 2018
Luka Doncic can play point guard, shooting guard and small forward at 6'8.

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Anthony Bennett Signs With Fenerbahce
Anthony Bennett has signed in Turkey with Fenerbahce.

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Isaiah Austin Signs With FMP Belgrade
In December, Isaiah Austin announced that he had been given clearance by his doctors to return to the court.

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Melbourne United Signs Josh Boone
Ex-Net Josh Boone has signed with Melbourne United in the Australian NBL

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Cameron Bairstow Tears ACL In Left Knee
Cameron Bairstow has remained on the radar of NBA teams following his release by the Pistons in the 2016 offseason.

Fox Sports

Sergio Llull Named Euroleague MVP For November
Sergio Llull finished the month sitting third in the full-season rankings for EuroLeague scorers, with 19.4 points per game and tied for sixth in assists, at 5.8 per game.

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Josh Smith Signs $1.5M Deal With Sichuan Whales
Josh Smith split parts of last season with the Clippers and Rockets.

David Pick

Jeremy Evans, Robbie Hummer Sign With Khimki Moscow
Khimki reached the Top 16 stage of the Euroleague last season.

David Pick

Nick Johnson Signs With Bayern Munich
During the 2016 preseason, Nick Johnson played for the Orlando Magic.

David Pick

Terrance Ferguson Suspended One Game For Striking Opponent
Terrance Ferguson is playing for the Adelaide 36ers after deciding not to attend Arizona for his freshman season.

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Steve Blake Signs With Australia's Sydney Kings
Steve Blake played for the Pistons last season.

Jamie Marcuson/Sydney Morning Herald

Milos Teodosic Considered Best International Player Not In NBA By GMs
Milos Teodosic is a three-time All-Euroleague First Team selection and won MVP honors in 2010.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

Rockets Would Have To Promise Sergio Llull Significant Role To Bring Him To NBA
Sergio Llull is a widely popular player for Real Madrid and signed an extension in 2015 for six seasons.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Norris Cole Signs Deal With Shandong Golden Stars
Norris Cole played for the Pelicans last season and recently received interest from the Cavaliers.

David Pick

Rockets Hope To Sign Sergio Llull Next Offseason
Houston has had interest in signing Sergio Llull in at least each of the past two offseasons.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Jason Thompson Agrees To One-Year, $1.5M Deal With Shandong
Jason Thompson turned 30 this offseason and will now played abroad after 588 games in the NBA.

David Pick

Tibor Pleiss To Sign One-Year Deal With Galatasaray
Tibor Pleiss had received an invite to join the Nets for training camp.

David Pick

Pau Gasol Now Less Likely To Finish Career With Barcelona
Pau Gasol said the odds of him finishing his career with Barcelona have been reduced as he continues his NBA career into his late 30s.

Eurohoops.net

DeJuan Blair Signs With Jiangsu Tongxi
DeJuan Blair spent the past two seasons with the Wizards.

David Pick

Rockets Meet Face-To-Face With Zhou Qi For First Time
The Rockets picked Zhou Qi in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft.

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