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Bo McCalebb Close To Deal With European Team

European free-agent point guard Bo McCalebb is nearing agreement on a contract with a team in Europe, meaning no move to the NBA for now, sources told RealGM.

In an accomplished professional career overseas, McCalebb transformed himself into a star and an NBA-caliber player.

Several NBA teams maintained conversations with McCalebb throughout the offseason, and the 29-year-old had been more inclined than ever to enter the league, but none progressed to deliver a contract.

McCalebb averaged 11 points, three assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 56.9 percent from the field for Fenerbahçe Ülker last season – his second year with the Turkish club. He became a free agent shortly before the start of the NBA's July free agency.

Partizan in Serbia has been widely speculated internationally as a possibility for McCalebb, but the club is out of the mix as the 6-foot product finalizes his decision, sources said.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Jeremy Tyler To Sign In China After Being Waived By Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers will waive Jeremy Tyler to allow him to sign a deal in China.

Tyler spent last season with the New York Knicks and in the D-League.

Tyler was traded to the Sacramento Kings in the offseason and subsequently waived.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Daniel Orton Agrees To Sign With Shanxi

Daniel Orton has reached agreement with Shanxi of China on a $1 million-plus deal, a source tells RealGM.

Orton was released on Thursday by the Washington Wizards.

Orton played parts of last season with the Philadelphia 76ers and Maine Red Claws of the D-League.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Blatt's Best Players He Coached Before NBA Shows Jump In Talent

The jump in talent David Blatt gets to work with coming over from Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Cleveland Cavaliers is significant.

Blatt was asked to name the best player he ever coached overseas and responded with five names: Anthony Parker, Andrei Kirilenko, Nikola Vujcic, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Andrea Bargnani.

Blatt said all of those players, plus LeBron James, have a “willingness to take responsibility and a sense of purpose in everything they did on and off the court.”

Via Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

James Southerland To Be Waived By Blazers, Sign Overseas

The Portland Trail Blazers will waive James Southerland.

Southerland will sign a deal overseas, league sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski.

Southerland spent parts of last season with the then-Charlotte Bobcats and New Orleans Pelicans.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

John Holland Close To Signing With Besiktas

John Holland is close to signing with Besiktas of Turkey.

Holland was with the San Antonio Spurs in training camp.

Last season with Gravelines in France, Holland averaged 10.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

Via E. Trapani/Sportando

Mickael Gelabale Finalizing Deal With Besiktas

Mickael Gelabale has agreed in principle upon a contract with Besiktas of Turkey, sources tell RealGM.

Gelabale is finalizing details with Besiktas on an NBA out.

Gelabale last played in the NBA in 2013 with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Sportando first reported that Gelabale and Besiktas were in negotiations.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Michael Beasley To Sign With Shanghai Sharks

Michael Beasley has agreed upon a deal with the Shanghai Sharks of China.

Beasley was previously on a camp deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Victor Liz Working To Re-Sign Overseas; No NBA Camp Deal

Dominican Republic free agent Victor Liz is working to re-sign overseas, meaning no deal with the Dallas Mavericks or another NBA organization, sources told RealGM.

In the midst of averaging 6.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in the FIBA World Cup, Liz had been reported to accept a training camp invitation with the Dallas Mavericks. No such deal was consummated, a source said, and the 6-foot guard is likely to land a deal overseas.

Liz, 27, averaged 21.1 points for Gaiteros in Venezuela last season.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Zoran Dragic, Suns Agree Upon Two-Year, $4.01M Deal

Slovenian star Zoran Dragic has reached agreement with the Phoenix Suns on contract terms for a two-year, $4,012,500 million deal, league sources told RealGM.

Dragic decided last weekend to leave his European club, BC Unicaja Malaga, for the NBA, and the 6-foot-5 shooting guard had worked on negotiations with the Suns in recent days. The two sides agreed upon final terms of Dragic's new deal on Thursday afternoon.

Dragic will join his brother, Goran Dragic, in the NBA with the Suns.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Charlie Westbrook Signs Deal With Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket

Charlie Westbrook has signed a contract with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket in France, a source told RealGM.

Josh Harrellson Signs With Chongqing Flying Dragons

Josh Harrellson played for the Detroit Pistons last season.

Gustavo Ayon Signs With Real Madrid

Gustavo Ayon also had offers from the Spurs and in China.

Crvena Zvezda Signs Stefan Jovic To Three-Year Contract

Stefan Jovic spent the past two seasons with Radnicki Kragujevac.

Zoran Dragic On Verge Of Leaving Europe For NBA

Zoran Dragic is in advanced discussions to leave his European club, BC Unicaja, to sign with an NBA team, league sources told RealGM.

Denzel Bowles Close To Signing With Jilin Of China

Denzel Bowles received a training camp invitation from the Pistons.
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