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Ekpe Udoh Agrees To Two-Year, $6.5M Deal With Jazz

Jul 13, 2017 9:51 AM

Ekpe Udoh has agreed upon a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the Utah Jazz.

Udoh is returning to the NBA after spending two seasons playing for Fenerbahce Ulker. Last season, Udoh averaged 11.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 blocks in 29.4 minutes per game.

Udoh last played in the NBA in 14-15 with the Los Angeles Clippers. Udoh was drafted in 2010 by the Golden State Warriors and eventually included in the Andrew Bogut-Monta Ellis trade with the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Maurizio Gherardini Named EuroLeague Executive Of The Year

Jul 6, 2017 2:30 PM

Fenerbahce Istanbul general manager Maurizio Gherardini has been voted as EuroLeague Executive of the Year for the 2016-17 season. The award honors the person and club whose executive decisions have best exemplified the EuroLeague's commitment to excellence during the previous season.

In the short span of three years since he joined the club, Gherardini spearheaded and completed Fenerbahce's transformation from ambitious hopeful to EuroLeague powerhouse. During his tenure, Fenerbahce has been able to recruit some of the best players in Europe to form a seamless unit that has gotten better with each season. That roster planning has gone a long way to Fenerbahce making three historic EuroLeague Final Four appearances in a row while winning it this year.

Gherardini began his career with his hometown club in Forli, Italy, where he played and served as both assistant coach and youth teams director before becoming general manager while still in his 20s. Gherardini was hired by Benetton Treviso in 1992 and over the next 14 years turned the club into a European force that collected four Italian League championships, seven Italian Cups and two Saporta Cups, the last of those with current Fenerbahce coach Zeljko Obradovic on the bench.  

Gherardini became the first European to hold a prominent role in an NBA front office when Toronto made him vice president and assistant general manager in 2006. Following seven seasons there, Gherardini spent one season with Oklahoma City before joining Fenerbahce in 2014.

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Bogdan Bogdanovic Will Make Kings' Decision In Offseason

Mar 2, 2017 1:33 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic released a statement commenting about his future with Fenerbahce in light of a report that the Sacramento Kings planned to sign him for the 17-18 season.

"I wanted to comment on a recent media report regarding me and the Sacramento Kings as I am receiving many questions from fans about my future," wrote Bogdanovic. "It is humbling and an honor for Vlade Divac to speak highly of me as a basketball player. He is a Serbian basketball legend.

"To be clear though, I will not discuss the NBA or make a decision on my future until after my season with Fenerbahce is finished. I always live in the present day and love playing for Fenerbahce. I am only focused on doing everything I can to help Fenerbahce achieve the goals we set together as a team."

Bogdanovic is on an existing contract signed with the Fenerbahce for the 17-18 season. The deal contains a buyout worth more than $1 million. 

The Kings own the draft rights to Bogdanovic and Vlade Divac recently said the team expects to bring him over to the NBA for the 17-18 season.

David Pick

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Kings Plan On Signing Bogdan Bogdanovic In Offseason

Feb 26, 2017 10:51 AM

The Sacramento Kings plan on signing Bogdan Bogdanovic in the offseason.

The Kings acquired the draft rights to Bogdanovic from the Phoenix Suns at the 2016 draft. Bogdanovic was the 27th overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Phoenix Suns.

Bogdanovic is a 24-year-old shooting guard presently playing with Fenerbahce.

Vlade Divac confirmed Sacramento's plans when talking about the Kings' culture.

"I want to build a culture, and he didn’t fit in my culture," said Divac. "Before we were just talking, preaching. But if we’re going to do it, you do it. The good thing about our situation now is that we have some very nice assets, a few more shooting guards, and time to take a look at Willie (Cauley-Stein), Skal (Labissiere) and Malachi (Richardson) when he gets healthy, and Georgios Papagiannis. Ty Lawson has been very good for us, and Darren (Collison) is playing well, and he will be a free agent. Kosta (Koufas) has been good. We have (Bogdan) Bogdanovic coming over next season as another asset."

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Anthony Bennett Signs With Fenerbahce

Jan 12, 2017 5:34 PM

Anthony Bennett has signed in Turkey with Fenerbahce. 

Bennett was waived by the Brooklyn Nets this week.

Bennett was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of UNLV.

David Pick

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