Basketball Wiretap

Scout: Dragan Bender More Advanced At 18 Than Porzingis

May 20, 2016 11:52 AM

Dragan Bender probably has the best shot of pulling a draft upset and being selected ahead of either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram.

Bender has a recent small sample size with Maccabi Tel Aviv, but he's younger than most freshman and has been playing against players more than a decade older than him.

"Dragan is more advanced at his age than Kristaps Porzingis was when he was 18," a longtime NBA scout said. "Dragan has great length, and he can block shots. He can run the floor, and his ability to finish at the rim is exceptional. His shot is getting better all the time. On defense, he has the ability to guard the 4 or the 5. He needs to gain weight and strength, but his potential is jaw-dropping."

"Top players from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina play basketball to express beauty," said Maurizio Balducci, Bender's Italy-based agent, who is also watching the practice. "This is how [the late] Drazen Petrovic played and Toni Kukoc played. Dragan is very much from this culture. And dunking in a layup line when you are 7'1" is not an expression of beauty."

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Tags: Dragan Bender, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, International Teams

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Barcelona Has Interest In Hiring David Blatt

May 17, 2016 10:19 AM

Barcelona has interest in hiring David Blatt as head coach.

Blatt left Maccabi Tel Aviv to become head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.

Blatt was fired by the Cavaliers before the All-Star break and he would like to remain in the NBA.

The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets have interviewed Blatt.

Xavier Pascual has been head coach of Barcelona since 2008.

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Tags: FC Barcelona Lassa, Euroleague, Spanish ACB, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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CSKA Wins 2016 Euroleague Final Four, Nando De Colo Named MVP

May 15, 2016 6:24 PM

CSKA defeated Fenerbahce Ulker 101-96 to win the 2016 Euroleague Final Four.

Nando De Colo was named MVP as he had 22 points and seven assists in the title game. Kyle Hines, Cory Higgins, Andrey Vorontsevich and Viktor Khryapa also had double-figures.

Fenerbahce was led by 17 points for Ali Muhammed and 16 points apiece for Pero Antic, Ekpe Udoh and Gigi Datome.

RealGM Staff Report

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

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Willy Hernangomez Has Four-Year Offer From Knicks

May 12, 2016 1:37 PM

Willy Hernangomez has rejected two offers from Real Madrid and has a four-year deal on the table from the New York Knicks.

Hernangomez's four-year from the Knicks is worth $4.5 million.

The Knicks acquired the draft rights to Hernangomez during the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Tags: Willy Hernangomez, New York Knicks, Real Madrid, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Furkan Korkmaz Negotiates Buyout Into Contract With Anadolu Efes

May 11, 2016 1:44 PM

Furkan Korkmaz has negotiated a buyout clause into his contract with Anadolu Efes, which could allow him to come to the NBA for the 16-17 season.

Korkmaz is projected to be a mid-first round selection.

Korkmaz’s buyout will be $2 million.

If Korkmaz is unable to secure assurances he'll be selected in the lottery, he's likely to withdraw and re-enter in 2017.

An NBA team can contribute up to $650,000 this summer for a player picked in the first round with an international buyout, but league rules dictate that the difference must be paid out of the player's pocket. 

orkmaz is expected to have difficulty traveling to the United States for the workouts and interviews needed to improve his draft stock if his Turkish season runs late into June.

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Tags: Furkan Korkmaz, Anadolu Efes, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, International Teams

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