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Miroslav Raduljica Signs Deal With Shandong Lions In China

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.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Josh Akognon Signs With Foshan Of China

Free agent guard Josh Akognon has signed a contract with Foshan of the Chinese Basketball Association, sources told RealGM.

Akognon had discussed training camp deals with NBA teams, but the Cal State Fullerton alum to return to China for a second consecutive season. He averaged 28 points and five assists for Qingdao in 2013-14.

Akognon, a 5-foot-11 sharpshooter, played three regular season games for the Dallas Mavericks in 2013. He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and later released.

Jilin of the CBA also signed ex-UTEP point guard Randy Culpepper, a source told RealGM. Culpepper averaged 26 points in Russia last season and is a former MVP in Europe.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Randy Culpepper Signs With Jilin

Randy Culpepper has signed with Julin of the Chinese Basketball Assocation, a source tells RealGM.

Culpepper played collegiately at UTEP.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Spurs More Active In Development Of Unsigned Draft Rights Players

The San Antonio Spurs are taking a more active involvement in the development of unsigned players whom they own the draft rights for in the NBA.

The Spurs have sent an assistant to work with Livio Jean-Charles.

"David was sent by the Spurs, and he will be present throughout the year," said Jean-Charles in an interview with BeBasket. "He is here to witness but also be involved with my season here. But I want to be clear, Peter Vincent is in charge of my evolution at ASVEL."

Tony Parker partially owns ASVEL.

The Spurs also played a role in setting a timetable for Davis Betrans' return from injury. Betrans was a 2011 draft pick of the Spurs, but he has no contractual obligations to the team.

Via J. Gomes/Pounding The Rock

Emmanuel Mudiay Signs Endorsement Deal With Under Armour

Under Armour Basketball has signed Emmanuel Mudiay to an endorsement deal.

Mudiay is set to travel to China this month to begin preparing for his debut professional season in the Chinese Basketball Association. Many draft experts project Mudiay to be a top five NBA Draft pick in 2015 because of his combination of size, speed and natural feel for the game.

"With Emmanuel joining our roster, Under Armour Basketball has added one of the game's best young players to our team," said Matt Mirchin, EVP, Global Marketing, Under Armour. "For such a young player, Emmanuel has a complete game, is a leader and plays with a toughness that stands out the moment you see him step on the court. When you combine that with his commitment to training and his positive attitude, he has the potential to be a special player for a long time. We're proud to now be a part of his journey."  
 
Born in Congo, Mudiay began playing basketball in middle school in the Dallas area. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Gustavo Ayon Being Pursued By Shandong

Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association is making a strong push for Gustavo Ayon, a source tells RealGM.

Ayon had reached a deal with Real Madrd, but his buyout clause had become an issue.

Ayon spent last season with the Atlanta Hawks and had an impressive World Cup.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Milos Teodosic Would Seek $3M+ Annually To Come To NBA

Milos Teodosic would seek a salary of more than $3 million annually in order to come over to the NBA from CSKA.

Teodosic has helped lead Serbia to the gold medal game of the World Cup.

Teodosic, 27, went undrafted in 2009 when he was at Olympiacos.

The Memphis Grizzlies were the most recent NBA team to pursue Teodosic with a serious offer, though that was in the 2013 offseason.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Devon Collier To Sign With Bnei Herzliya After Declining NBA Camp Deal

Devon Collier, an undrafted forward out of Oregon State, has passed on an invitation to NBA training camp to sign a deal with Bnei Herzliya in Israel, sources told RealGM.

Collier had received interest as a draft-and-stash prospect in June’s NBA Draft, and he was in discussions with the Philadelphia 76ers before his agent Charles Briscoe and manager Tzvi Grossman decided upon a contract in Israel's top basketball league.

Collier will now play alongside former NBA players Devin Ebanks and Josh Selby.

Collier was a standout all-around player in four collegiate seasons, averaging 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in his senior year.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Delonte West Agrees To One-Year Deal With Shanghai Sharks

Delonte West has agreed to a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to a source.

West spent the 2013-14 season in the CBA as well.

West played for the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Summer League this July.

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dmitry Kulagin Signing One-Year Deal In Russia After Discussing NBA Move With Kings

After discussing a move to the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, Russian guard Dmitry Kulagin will sign a one-year contract to continue his pro career in Russia with Zenit Saint Petersburg, a source told RealGM.

Kulagin had been in discussions with the Kings over the past few weeks on a possible deal, but Sacramento has rounded its roster with training camp players in the last seven days.

Kulagin had declined an invitation to Summer League with the Kings in July. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard went undrafted in the June NBA Draft.

Kulagin averaged 7.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season with Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Gustavo Ayon Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With Real Madrid

Gustavo Ayon has agreed upon a multi-year contract with Real Madrid.

Zoran Dragic Could Sign With NBA Team For 14-15 Season

Zoran Dragic is currently under contract in Spain with Unicaja Malaga, but his buyout that would allow him to move to the NBA is not prohibitive.

Petteri Koponen Hopes To Play In NBA By 15-16

The Mavericks own the draft rights to Petteri Koponen.

Jordan McRae Signs With Melbourne United

Jordan McRae has signed a contract with Melbourne United in Australia.

DeShaun Thomas Signs With Barcelona

DeShaun Thomas spent last season with JSF Nanterre and will replace Kostas Papanikolaou with Barcelona.

Latavious Williams Signs With Bilbao Basket

Latavious Williams has signed with Bilbao Basket.

Mickael Gelabale Receiving Interest From FC Barcelona

Mickael Gelabale is receiving interest on a possible deal with FC Barcelona, sources told RealGM.

Erazem Lorbek Agrees To Buyout With Barcelona

The Spurs own the draft rights to Erazem Lorbek.

Marques Green Signs With TED Ankara

Marques Green has signed with TED Ankara of Turkey.

Jevohn Shepherd Signs With Barcelona

Jevohn Shepherd averaged 18.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season with Omegna.

Marshall Henderson To Work Out For Fulgor Libertas Forli

Marshall Henderson will have a work out with Fulgor Libertas Forli of A2 Gold, according to Forlibasket.
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