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Ford: Dario Saric Is One Of The Better Playmaking Fours

May 27, 2015 5:32 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers own the draft rights to Dario Saric and Chad Ford was asked during his chat how he would rank in this year's class.

"Probably Top 10. But maybe higher based on the NBA's infatuation at the moment with playmaking fours," writes Ford. "Everyone wants a Draymond Green right now and Saric is one of the best playmaking fours I've seen in the draft for a while. Zach Lowe did a great story on this yesterday worth reading. But given that criteria, Saric would be very intriguing to teams. I think given the way the NBA is playing right now, he could be a very valuable piece for the Sixers when he decides to come."

Saric was the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and currently plays for Anadolu Efes.

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Tags: Dario Saric, Philadelphia Sixers, Anadolu Efes, NBA, International, International Teams, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Nick Calathes Denies Wanting To Return To Europe

May 26, 2015 1:01 PM

Nick Calathes has denied a report from Spain that claimed he wants out of the NBA and has been offered to Barcelona.

"The NBA is my first priority," Calathes said.


Calathes will be a restricted free agent this summer after two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Calathes previously spent four years in Europe.

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Tags: Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzlies, FC Barcelona Regal, Euroleague, Spanish ACB, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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Lester Hudson Offered $2M Contract To Return To China

May 21, 2015 1:01 PM

The Liaoning Leopards have offered Lester Hudson a $2 million contract to return to the club next season, according to the Shenyang Daily.

Hudson led Lianing to second place in the regular season and lost to the Beijing Ducks in the CBA finals.

Hudson played for the Los Angeles Clippers after the CBA season finished.

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Tags: Lester Hudson, Los Angeles Clippers, Liaoning, Chinese CBA, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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Nemanja Bjelica Named Euroleague MVP

May 14, 2015 12:16 PM

Nemanja Bjelica of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul has been named the 14-15 Euroleague MVP.

Bjelica, who turned 27 last week, ranked fourth in the league in average performance index rating, but his 18.3 index rating was best among players on winning teams. It was the best season of Bjelica’s career as he helped Fenerbahce reach its first ever Final Four.

“I want to thank everybody who chose me for this and to my family for supporting me all these years,” he said after receiving the trophy. “This is a historic moment for my club and team, Fenerbahce Ulker. I also want to thank my teammates and coaches and everybody at Fenerbahce Ulker who made this happen. It really is a big honor and means a lot to me.”

Euroleague MVPs (since current awards format was put in place)

2005 Anthony Parker, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2006 Anthony Parker, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2007 Theodoros Papaloukas, CSKA Moscow
2008 Ramunas Siskauskas, CSKA Moscow
2009 Juan Carlos Navarro, Regal FC Barcelona
2010 Milos Teodosic, Olympiacos Piraeus
2011 Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos Athens
2012 Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA Moscow
2013 Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiacos Piraeus
2014 Sergio Rodriguez, Real Madrid
2015 Nemanja Bjelica, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul

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Tags: Nemanja Bjelica, Fenerbahce Ulker, Euroleague, International, International Award, International Teams, International League

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Rasmus Larsen Passes Away At 20

May 13, 2015 12:28 PM

Rasmus Larsen was found dead in Belgium on Wednesday at the age of 20.

"We have no idea the cause," his agent Doug Neustadt said.

Larsen, a 7-foot Danish center, had been invited to EuroCamp at the age of 16.

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Tags: Rasmus Larsen, Belgacom Spirou Basket, Belgium-Scooore League, International, International Teams, International League

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Bogdan Bogdanovic Wins Euroleague Rising Star Trophy

May 7, 2015 12:24 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul has been named the Euroleague Rising Star Trophy winner for the second season in a row.

The Rising Star Trophy recognizes the best Euroleague player each season who was under the age of 22 on July 1 of the summer before the season started. Having won the award also last season, when he played for Partizan NIS Belgrade, Bogdanovic joins Nikola Mirotic, who did so in 2011 and 2012 with Real Madrid, as the only players to win the Rising Star Trophy twice.

In addition to leading Fenerbahce in games started (25), he was second in minutes (27:50), assists (2.7 apg.) and three-pointers made (46) and third in free-throw shooting (78.2%) and defensive rebounding (2.4 drpg.). He was also among the top three in scoring (10.7 ppg., third), three-pointers made (second), assists (first), steals (0.8 spg., second) and fouls drawn (2.5, third) among all Rising Star Trophy-eligible players this season.

The Phoenix Suns drafted Bogdanovic 27th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft and own his draft rights.


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Tags: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Phoenix Suns, Fenerbahce Ulker, Euroleague, NBA, International, International Award, International Teams, International League

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Bryant Dunston Named Euroleague's Best Defender

May 6, 2015 12:20 PM

For the second season in a row, Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos Piraeus has been chosen by Euroleague head coaches to win the Best Defender Trophy.

As a shot-blocker, stealer and all-around immovable force, Dunston anchored an Olympiacos defense that proved the best of the 2014-15 season.

The Olympiacos center becomes the only player besides six-time winner Dimitris Diamantidis to be voted the competition's best defender more than once.

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Tags: Bryant Dunston, Olympiacos, Euroleague, International, International Award, International Teams, International League

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Mam Jaiteh Declines Invite To NBA Draft Combine For French League Play

May 2, 2015 11:02 AM

France's Mam Jaiteh has been invited to the NBA Draft combine in Chicago, but will decline due to the continuation of his French league, a source told RealGM. 
Jaiteh, 20, has had a standout season for one of France's best teams, JSF Nanterre, averaging 11.3 points and and 6.3 rebounds. Over his last 10 season games, Jaiteh has scored 12.7 points and grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game. 
A 6-foot-11 prospect, Jaiteh entered the NBA radar after his participation in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, where he, Joel Embiid and Karl Anthony Towns helped lead the international team to a win over the Team USA.
If he remains in the June draft as an early entry, Jaiteh is expected to be ranked between the sixth to twelfth big man selected.
Jaiteh's agent, Herman Manakyan, will also represent two other French prospects, Yannis Morin and Kevin Dinal who are auto-eligible for the draft and have received interest as late second-round possibilities.

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Tags: Mouhammadou Jaiteh, JSF Nanterre, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts, International Teams

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