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Petteri Koponen Hopes To Play In NBA By 15-16

Petteri Koponen hopes to be playing in the NBA by the 2015-16 season. 

Koponen said he intends to make the jump to the NBA after completing the final season on his contract with BC Khimki in Russia. 

"I always said my dream is to play in the NBA," Koponen said. "Every summer we talk a little bit with Dallas to see what the situation is and what they think. I've got one more year left on my contract in Russia and then of course I would like to come over. I hope I get some options to go there and show I can play at that level."

The Dallas Mavericks acquired Koponen's NBA rights in 2011 in a draft-night trade trade with Portland. He was selected by Philadelphia on behalf of the Blazers with the last pick of the first round in 2007.

Team sources say that the Mavs have not ruled out importing Koponen themselves in the future, but there was no discussion of doing so for this season with four point guards already on the roster.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

DeShaun Thomas Signs With Barcelona

Barcelona has agreed to sign DeShaun Thomas.

Thomas had previously reached agreement with Scandone Avellino, but the club delayed in signing the contract for three weeks.

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

Via Sportando

Latavious Williams Signs With Bilbao Basket

Latavious Williams has signed with Bilbao Basket.

Williams was most recently with Cajasol Sevilla in which he averaged 10.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Via Sportando

Erazem Lorbek Agrees To Buyout With Barcelona

Erazem Lorbek and Barcelona have agreed upon a contract buyout.

Lorbek was originally drafted by the Indiana Pacers, but his draft rights were dealt to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard trade in 2011.

The Spurs have just one remaining roster spot available.

Via Paul Garcia/Project Spurs

Marques Green Signs With TED Ankara

Marques Green has signed with TED Ankara of Turkey.

Green most recently played with Dinamo Sassari.

Green replaces Ben Woodside, who failed his physical.

Via Sportando

Jevohn Shepherd Signs With Barcelona

Barcelona has signed Jevohn Shepherd.

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

Shepherd, a 28-year-old native of Toronto, played collegately at Michigan.

Via Sportando

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.

Henderson was one of college basketball's best scorers, though he had a highly controversial career at Ole Miss.

Via Sportando

Toney Douglas To Sign In China

Toney Douglas will sign in China, according to a source.

Douglas was most recently with the Miami Heat.

Via David Pick/Eurobasket.com

Anthony Randolph Signs Two-Year Deal With Lokomotiv Kuban

Anthony Randolph has signed a two year-deal with Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia.

"Russian players that reached greatest heights of basketball are great diplomats of the game," said Randolph. "That's how I want to be remembered."

Randolph was drafted in 2008 by the Golden State Warriors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Marcus Denmon Signs With Enel Brindisi

Marcus Denmon has signed with Enel Brindisi of Italy.

Denmon was a second round pick for the San Antonio Spurs in 2012.

In his last two seasons, Denmon has played with Chalon (France) and Tofas Bursa (Turkey).

Via Paul Garcia/Project Spurs

Orlando Johnson Signs With Laboral Kutxa

Bucks Expected To Soon Sign Damien Inglis

Damien Inglis expected to be a first round pick before he broke his foot in a workout in Oklahoma City Thunder.

Alec Brown To Sign With Obradoiro

Alec Brown is expected to resume basketball activity in late October or November.

Josh Childress Considering Signing With Sydney Kings

Josh Childress hasn't played in the NBA since December.

DeShaun Thomas Close To Deal With Sidigas Avellino

DeShaun Thomas spent last season in French Pro A with JSF Nanterre averaging 12.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in Pro A.

World Peace Changes Name To Panda Friend

Metta World Peace is chaning his name to "Panda Friend" in honor of his decision to sign in the Chinese Basketball Association.

MarShon Brooks Moving Toward Deal With Olimpia Milano

MarShon Brooks is moving towards finalizing a deal with Olimpia Milano Armani of Italy and the Euroleague, a source tells RealGM.
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