Basketball Wiretap

Ekpe Udoh Considering NBA Return After Successful Season In Turkey

Jun 27, 2016 11:38 AM

Ekpe Udoh is interested in a return to the NBA after a successful season with Fenerbahce in Turkey.

Udoh has set a deadline early in July free agency to decide the best offer from six NBA teams and two elite Euroleague clubs, Fenerbahce and CSKA Moscow. 

“It’s definitely a possibility to come back to the NBA,” Udoh told The Vertical. “I can see myself fitting back today. I have lowered my weight to 240, so I’m even more mobile. I protect the rim, get out in transition and I’m able to play with any team and guard one through five.

“That was a big focal point around the NBA this past season, finishing off the pick-and-roll or hitting the open man. I can fit back in the NBA with whatever decision that I make.”

Udoh was the sixth overall pick by the Golden State Warriors out of Baylor in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Udoh averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes in Euroleague. 

“Spending this season with Fenerbahce was critical,” Udoh said. “After the previous two years in the NBA, it was difficult to go through injuries and not receiving the chance to play my game. Fenerbahce allowed me to be aggressive, and I got to play for a great coach in [Zeljko] Obradovic. I got to play a lot of minutes and keep my body in shape.

“That was the best thing for my career, bringing back the love and understanding how hard I need to work to be in elite shape.”

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Sergio Rodriguez Considering NBA Return, Could Sign With Nets

Jun 25, 2016 2:56 PM

Sergio Rodriguez is considering a return to the NBA and the Brooklyn Nets are considered the favorites.

Rodriguez was the 27th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in 2006 who traded his rights to the Portland Trail Blazers. Rodriguez spent three seasons with the Blazers before then playing for the Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.

Since 2010, Rodriguez has had a successful run with Real Madrid in the ACB.

David Pick

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Zhou Qi Reaches Buyout Agreement To Allow Him To Join NBA In 2017

Jun 10, 2016 4:04 PM

Zhou Qi has reached an agreement with his Chinese team, the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, that will allow him to buy out his contract and join the NBA in 2017, his agent Alex Saratsis confirmed.

After much back and forth, Zhou’s representation in China and the U.S. secured a buyout that will allow him out of his contract at the conclusion of next season for the maximum league mandated amount permitted, which is $650,000. With that hurdle now past him, Zhou will look to find an NBA team that will guarantee to select him in a favorable spot, likely in the first round after one more season in China.

Zhou could also decide to withdraw from this year’s draft and try to improve his standing in 2017.

Zhou is ranked 31st in the 2016 class by Draft Express.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

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Tony Parker Hopes To Become NBA GM In Retirement

Jun 1, 2016 2:07 PM

Tony Parker is majority owner and president of the ASVEL basketball club in France.

Parker once had to fire a coach and talks to the general manager daily, makes roster decisions, sends encouraging text messages to players and more. 

Parker would prefer to become an NBA general manager when he retires instead of a coach.

“The best thing was to be in the office every day during the (2011 NBA) lockout and see the everyday operations,” Parker told The Undefeated. “I looked at everything. How to manage a team, marketing, ticket sales, sponsors. It was a great learning experience for me. It’s getting me ready to work in an NBA front office.”

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