Sep 19, 2014 2:46 AM EDT
Free agent seven-footer Miroslav Raduljica has signed a one-year contract with Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association, sources told RealGM.
Raduljica had interest from several NBA teams, including the San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers, as well as discussions in Europe. With Gustavo Ayon leaning toward a deal in the European League, a lucrative offer in China formalized for Raduljica on Thursday night. Raduljica will become available in NBA free agency when his Chinese season ends in February.
In the Serbian national team’s Silver medal finish in the World Cup, Raduljica starred in averaging 13 points and 4.6 rebounds over nine games.
Raduljica had a strong rookie season in a limited role for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-14, averaging 3.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 54 percent shooting in 9.7 minutes per game. He was released by the Clippers on Aug. 31 after being traded to Los Angeles for Jared Dudley.
Raduljica, 26, played in his native Serbia and the Ukraine before signing a three-year NBA contract last offseason.
Sep 19, 2014 4:27 PM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves are making a final push to acquire Eric Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns.
The Wolves are offering Bledsoe a four-year, $63 million max contract.
Bledsoe and the Suns have been in a stalemate all summer after the team offered him a four-year, $48 million deal in July.
Fox 10 in Phoenix earlier reported the Wolves had made a maximum contract offer to Bledsoe.
Sep 19, 2014 5:40 PM EDT
Undrafted rookie forward Jarell Eddie has agreed to a non-guaranteed training camp contract with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told RealGM.
Out of Virginia Tech, Eddie reached a summer league agreement with the Washington Wizards after June's NBA draft.
Eddie mulled several training camp invitations -- including from the Wizards -- before informing the Hawks of his decision earlier in the week.
As a senior at Virginia Tech, the 6-foot-7 Eddie averaged 13.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 32.6 minutes per game.
Sep 19, 2014 11:49 AM EDT
After the Brooklyn Nets voided his free-agent deal due to a failed physical, Hamady Ndiaye will most likely sign in the Chinese Basketball Association when his injury recovers to full strength, a source told RealGM.
Several Chinese teams have been in discussions with Ndiaye before and after his decision to join the Nets for training camp.
A seven-footer out of Senegal, Ndiaye was a second-round draft acquisition in 2010 to the Washington Wizards, with whom he spent two seasons. The 27-year-old earned a spot on the Sacramento Kings out of camp last season and appeared in 14 games.
Ndiaye has played 33 NBA games in parts of three seasons — including stints in the Development League. He spent the 2012-13 season in China with Tianjin.
Ndiaye played his college basketball at the Univerity of Rutgers.
Sep 19, 2014 2:14 PM EDT
The Shanghai Sharks are making a strong push to sign Aron Baynes.
Baynes is currently a restricted free agent of the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs would retain Baynes' restricted free agent rights if he signs abroad.
Sep 19, 2014 1:36 PM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio have discussed a contract extension and the team is optimistic about a deal.
"I feel optimistic," Milt Newtons said. "Knowing Ricky the person, he wants to be here. Now we just have to deal with his agent. If we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we're not necessarily in a rush.
"There some things we agree on, some things we don't agree on."
Rubio has until Oct. 31 to sign a new deal.
Sep 19, 2014 11:53 AM EDT
Lou Amundson has signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for training camp.
Amundson recently worked out for the Cavaliers.
Amundson most recently played for the Chicago Bulls.
Sep 18, 2014 7:33 PM EDT
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Sep 18, 2014 4:31 PM EDT
The Sacramento Kings worked out free agent Mickael Pietrus this week in Sacramento, league sources tell RealGM.
Pietrus is on workout trail as he remains unsigned.
Sep 18, 2014 4:18 PM EDT
Free agent guard Lorenzo Brown has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Detroit Pistons, a league source told RealGM.
Brown averaged 2.5 points and 1.6 assists in 26 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, after the 6-foot-5 guard signed with the franchise as a released free agent.
Brown, 24, was the 52nd overall selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2013 NBA draft. He played three collegiate seasons at N.C. State.
Taj Gibson privately isn't too thrilled about the prospect of continuing to be a reserve forward, according to sources.
Gregg Popovich made sure the Spurs used their 2013 NBA Finals defeat as motiviation, but he faces the opposite problem now.
The Cavaliers have hired Jordi Fernandez as the new head coach of their exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League affiliate, the Canton Charge.
Kyrylo Fesenko has played five NBA seasons with the Jazz and Pacers.
Josh Akognon has signed a contract with Foshan of the Chinese Basketball Association, sources told RealGM.
Randy Culpepper played collegiately at UTEP.
The Heat have hired Keith Smart as assistant coach and Chris Quinn as assistant coach/player development.
Ryan Hollins most recently played for the Clippers.
J.J. Hickson signed with the Nuggets in the 2013 offseason.
In exchange for Jason Terry, the Rockets will send forward Alonzo Gee and guard Scotty Hopson to the Kings.
J.J. Hickson's suspension begins with the first game of the regular season.
Phil Jackson and the Knicks have signed Orlando Sanchez to a camp deal.
The three review the summer moves for all five teams including the ownership change for the Clippers and new coaches for the Warriors and Lakers.
Sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania that Gustavo Ayon is deciding over three formal offers.
Michael Beasley had workouts for several teams this offseason.
Brandon Jennings has gained approximately 25 extra pounds of muscle in the offseason.
Gregg Popovich and the Spurs have sent an assistant to work with Livio Jean-Charles.
Hamady N'Diaye will compete for the third center spot on the Nets' roster this season.
Dominique Wilkins has an interest in purchasing the Hawks.
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