Basketball Wiretap

Samardo Samuels Named Euroleague MVP Top 16, Round 8

Feb 28, 2015 6:10 PM

Samardo Samuels of EA7 Emporio Armani Milan has been named Euroleague MVP for Top 16, Round 8.

Samuels scored 16 first-quarter points, added 11 more in the second and didn't stop until he had paced a much-needed 76-85 road win against Nizhny Novgorod and completed one of the best performances in Top 16 history. Samuels finished with 36 points and nine rebounds.

His performance index rating of 47 was not only the best in the competition all season, but tied for the third-best in Top 16 history.

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Tags: Samardo Samuels, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, Euroleague, International, International Award, International League, International Teams

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Victor Claver Agrees To Sign With Khimki Moscow

Feb 27, 2015 1:02 PM

Victor Claver has agreed to terms with Khimki Moscow.

Claver will replace Joffrey Lauvergne who recently joined the Denver Nuggets.

Claver was waived by the Nuggets following his trade to the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Tags: Victor Claver, Khimki BC, Russian PBL, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International League, International Teams

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Gal Mekel Signs With Nizhny Novgorod, Has NBA Out In Offseason

Feb 24, 2015 12:49 PM

Gal Mekel has signed with Nizhny Novgorod of Russia.

Mekel's deal has an NBA out clause in the offseason.

Mekel played four games this season with the New Orleans Pelicans following 31 as a rookie with the Dallas Mavericks.

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Tags: Gal Mekel, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Russian PBL, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International League, International Teams

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Darius Miller Signs With Brose Baskets

Feb 24, 2015 12:46 PM

Darius Miller has signed with Brose Baskets Bamberg.

Miller played five games this season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Miller played collegiately for Kentucky.

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Tags: Darius Miller, Brose Baskets, German BBL, NBA, International, International League, International Teams

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Andrei Kirilenko Signs With CSKA

Feb 24, 2015 10:35 AM

Andrei Kirilenko has officially signed with CSKA for the remainder of the season.

Kirilenko said in a statement that at 34, "the time has come to think about ending my career at the professional level" and that he wants to do that at CSKA.

Kirilenko spent the 11-12 season with CSKA before returning to the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kirilenko then signed with the Brooklyn Nets before the 13-14 season.

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Tags: Andrei Kirilenko, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia Sixers, CSKA Moscow, Euroleague, Russian PBL, NBA, International, International League, International Teams

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Andrei Kirilenko To Sign With CSKA

Feb 22, 2015 1:09 PM

Andrei Kirilenko will sign with CSKA Moscow when he clears waivers.

Kirilenko and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed upon a buyout this weekend.

Kirilenko was traded to the 76ers by the Brooklyn Nets in December.

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Tags: Andrei Kirilenko, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia Sixers, CSKA Moscow, Euroleague, Russian PBL, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International League, International Teams

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Nando De Colo Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16 Round 7

Feb 14, 2015 9:13 PM

Nando De Colo has been named the Euroleague Top 16 Round 7 MVP award.

De Colo tallied 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for a performance index rating of 29, which was the highest among any player on a winning team in this week's eight games. 

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Tags: Nando De Colo, CSKA Moscow, Euroleague, International, International Award, International League, International Teams

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Andray Blatche Seriously Considering Deal To Re-Sign In China

Feb 14, 2015 11:17 AM

Free agent forward Andray Blatche is seriously considering a lucrative contract to re-sign in the Chinese Basketball Association, multiple sources told RealGM.

Blatche has been pursued by several teams in China, and has had progressing discussions to sign a deal there instead of a potential NBA return, sources told RealGM.

After deciding not to commit to an NBA team last offseason, Blatche joined Xinjiang in China and had a dominant season, averaging 31.1 points, 14.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 56 percent shooting from the field. The 6-foot-11 forward has fielded NBA calls since his return from the Chinese season.

Blatche, 28, has played nine NBA seasons — seven with the Washington Wizards and two with the Brooklyn Nets. He scored 11.3 points per game for the Nets last season.

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Janis Timma Pursues Major Euroleague Deal With Grizzlies Uninterested For 15-16

Feb 12, 2015 9:08 PM

Janis Timma -- the Memphis Grizzlies’ second round pick in the 2013 draft -- has begun to pursue a contract in the Euroleague with his NBA franchise uninterested in a deal for next season, sources told RealGM.

The Grizzlies have plans to fill their 2015-16 roster without Timma, leaving the 6-foot-7 Latvian forward focused on signing with a powerhouse team in Europe. Both sides recently discussed their future status.

Timma, 22, was the Grizzlies’ 60th overall draft pick and has remained on Memphis’ radar. He was named Young Player of the Month in January and has averaged 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists for BC VEF Riga in VTB league play.

Timma has played eight games for the Grizzlies’ summer league teams over the past two seasons.

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Tags: Janis Timma, Memphis Grizzlies, BC VEF Riga, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Signing Rumor, International Misc Rumor, International Teams

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Rudy Fernandez Named Euroleague MVP For Top-16, Round 6

Feb 7, 2015 3:24 PM

Rudy Fernandez has been named Euroleague MVP for Top-16 Round 6.

Fernandez had 22 points on 6-of-7 two-point shooting, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals for a performance index rating of 38. The index rating was both his career high and the highest by any player in the Top 16 this season.

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Tags: Rudy Fernandez, Real Madrid, Euroleague, International, International Award, International League, International Teams

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Nuggets Working Toward Signing Joffrey Lauvergne
Joffrey Lauvergne cut ties with Khimki of Moscow on Tuesday, which frees him to sign with the Nuggets.

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Stanko Barac Pursuing NBA Deal
The Pacers control Stanko Baracís status in the NBA and have monitored his play overseas.

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France's Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot Plans Early Entry In NBA Draft
Timothe Luwawu is projected as a second round pick in the 2016 NBA draft, but the 19-year-old will gauge his stock for this June.

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