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Larry Brown Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Fiat Torino

Jun 12, 2018 10:19 AM

Larry Brown has agreed to become head coach of Fiat Torino in the Italian Serie A.

Brown most recently coached SMU.

Brown left the NBA in 2010 after coaching Charlotte.

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Raptors Interview Sarunas Jasikevicius For Head Coaching Vacancy

Jun 5, 2018 12:15 PM

The Toronto Raptors have interviewed Sarunas Jasikevicius for their head coaching vacancy.

Jasikevicius interviewed with Masai Ujiri.

Jasikevicius currently coaches Zalgris in Lithuania. 

Toronto is searching for a replacement for Dwane Casey.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Toronto Raptors, Zalgiris, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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NBA Scouts Encouraged By O.J. Mayo's Progress

Jun 2, 2018 10:58 AM

O.J. Mayo is currently playing in Puerto Rico as he attempts a comeback to the NBA.

Mayo received a two-year suspension by the NBA during the 2016 offseason.

"Worth a look for someone later this summer," said one scout.

Mayo is described by NBA scouts who have seen him play as getting back into shape and that they expect him to make it back.

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Tags: O.J. Mayo, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

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NBA Announces 40 Players To Attend Global Camp 2018

May 30, 2018 1:07 PM

The NBA announced the 40 players who are expected to attend the NBA Global Camp 2018, a pre-Draft showcase from June 2-5 at La Ghirada Sports Center in Treviso, Italy, for top Draft-eligible prospects from outside the U.S.

The camp will include team interview sessions, five-on-five games, shooting drills, and strength and agility testing in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams, all under the direction of NBA personnel.

The camp will also feature a series of scrimmages among prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S., along with a team from Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence and top international prospects. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; Mexico City, Mexico; and Thies, Senegal.

Berke Atar, Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey)
Trae Bell-Haynes, Vermont (Canada)
Etienne Ca, Chalon (France)
*Emanuel Cate, Prat (Spain)
*Vasileios Charalampopoulos, PAOK (Greece)
*Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot, Paris Levallois (France)
Diego Flaccadori, Aquila Basket Trento (Italy)
*Gabriel Galvanini, Bauru (Brazil)
*Marc Garcia, FC Barcelona 2 (Spain)
*Stephane Gombauld, Lille Metropole (France)
Melvyn Govindy, Cholet (France)
Aleksa Ilic, KK Buducnost (Montenegro)
Karim Jallow, Bayern Munich (Germany)
Matas Jogela, Zalgiris II (Lithuania)
Kenan Karahodzic, Oviedo CB (Spain)
*Leon Kratzer, Wuerzburg (Germany)
*Arnoldas Kulboka, Capo d’Orlando (Italy)
*Aleksandar Lazic, KK Mega Bemax (Serbia)
*Xabier Lopez-Arostegui, Joventut Badalona (Spain)
*Matur Maker, CIBA (Canada)
*Vanja Marinkovic, Partizan (Serbia)
*William McDowell-White, Baunach (Germany)
MiKyle McIntosh, Oregon (Canada)
*Blaz Mesicek, Brindisi (Italy)
Adam Mokoka, Gravelines (France)
*Shekinah Munanga, Monaco (France)
Dzanan Musa, Cedevita (Croatia)
*Zoran Nikolic, KK Buducnost (Montenegro)
Andreas Obst, Gotha (Germany)
Viny Okouo, Unicaja (Spain)
Louis Olinde, Brose Baskets (Germany)
Erxhan Osmani, Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey)
Jean-Marc Pansa, Nanterre (France)
Darel Poirier, Charleville (France)
*Marcel Ponitka, Asseco (Poland)
*Dusan Ristic, Arizona (Serbia)
Issuf Sanon, Olimpija (Slovenia)
Leonardo Tote, Verona (Italy)
*Michael Uchendu, Bauru (Brazil)
Yuta Watanabe, George Washington (Japan)

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Tags: NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

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Luka Doncic Named Euroleague MVP

May 19, 2018 9:56 PM

Luka Doncic has been named MVP of the Euroleague for the 17-18 season.

Doncic averaged 16.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in Euroleague.

Doncic is expected to be one of the top selections in this June's draft.

RealGM Staff Report

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Luka Doncic Could Be Drafted Anywhere From First To Fifth

May 18, 2018 6:36 PM

Luka Doncic had 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists in Real Madrid's 92-83 win in the semifinals of the Euroleague Final Four.

Amongst the NBA decision-makers in attendance to watch Doncic were Vlade Divac of the Kings, Robert Sarver and James Jones of the Kings, as well as Donnie Nelson and Tony Ronzone of the Mavericks.

More NBA executives are expected to arrive in Belgrade for the final on Sunday.

Executives said Doncic has a fairly wide potential draft range from No. 1 to as far as No. 5. The Suns will draft first, followed by the Kings at No. 2 and Hawks at No. 3. The Grizzlies will select No. 4 while the Mavericks own the fifth pick.

Because Doncic could remain with Real Madrid, he has an unique amount of leverage to potentially influence which team drafts him.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Tags: Luka Doncic, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Real Madrid, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, International Teams

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Luka Doncic Undecided On Joining NBA Next Season

May 17, 2018 4:25 PM

Luka Doncic revealed to reporters that he remains unsure if he'll go to the NBA next season.

Doncic already has a lucrative contract playing for Real Madrid.

"Ι'm not sure if these are the last two games [in Europe]," Doncic said at a news conference for the EuroLeague Final Four. "We have yet to make this decision. Perhaps after the season."

The Suns, Kings, Hawks, Grizzlies and Mavericks comprise the top-5.

Doncic is widely considered one of the top-3 prospects in the draft.

ESPN

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NBA Announces List Of 69 Players Attending 2018 Draft Combine

May 7, 2018 5:32 PM

The NBA has announced the list of 69 players who are expected to attend the 2018 NBA Draft Combine.

The NBA Draft Combine is the first step in the Draft process for NBA hopefuls and features five-on-five games as well as strength and agility drills at Chicago’s Quest Multisport on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18 with ESPN 2 providing coverage both days from 3-7 p.m. ET. 

Below is a list of expected attendees at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine.

Player (College/Club) 

Rawle Alkins (Arizona) 

Grayson Allen (Duke) 

Kostas Antetokounmpo (Dayton) 

Udoka Azubuike (Kansas) 

Marvin Bagley III (Duke) 

Mohamed Bamba (Texas) 

Jaylen Barford (Arkansas) 

Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State) 

Tyus Battle (Syracuse) 

Brian Bowen II (South Carolina) 

Mikal Bridges (Villanova) 

Miles Bridges (Michigan State) 

Bruce Brown Jr. (Miami) 

Troy Brown Jr. (Oregon) 

Jalen Brunson (Villanova) 

Tony Carr (Penn State) 

Jevon Carter (West Virginia) 

Wendell Carter (Duke) 

Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky) 

Donte DiVincenzo (Villanova) 

Trevon Duval (Duke) 

Jacob Evans (Cincinnati) 

Bruno Fernando (Maryland) 

Melvin Frazier Jr. (Tulane) 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky) 

Devonte Graham (Kansas) 

Devon Hall (Virginia) 

Jaylen Hands (UCLA) 

Kevin Hervey (Texas-Arlington) 

Aaron Holiday (UCLA) 

Kevin Huerter (Maryland) 

Chandler Hutchison (Boise State) 

Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State) 

Justin Jackson (Maryland) 

Alize Johnson (Missouri State) 

George King (Colorado) 

Kevin Knox (Kentucky) 

Sagaba Konate (West Virginia) 

Caleb Martin (Nevada) 

Cody Martin (Nevada) 

Yante Maten (Georgia) 

Brandon McCoy (UNLV) 

De’Anthony Melton (USC) 

Chimezie Metu (USC) 

Shake Milton (SMU) 

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Kansas) 

Malik Newman (Kansas) 

Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech) 

Jontay Porter (Missouri) 

Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri) 

Billy Preston (Kansas) 

Jerome Robinson (Boston College) 

Mitchell Robinson (Western Kentucky) 

Collin Sexton (Alabama) 

Landry Shamet (Wichita State) 

Anfernee Simons (IMG Academy) 

Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech) 

Omari Spellman (Villanova) 

Khyri Thomas (Creighton) 

Gary Trent Jr. (Duke) 

Allonzo Trier (Arizona) 

Jarred Vanderbilt (Kentucky) 

Moritz Wagner (Michigan) 

Lonnie Walker (Miami) 

PJ Washington (Kentucky) 

Austin Wiley (Auburn) 

Kris Wilkes (UCLA) 

Kenrich Williams (TCU) 

Trae Young (Oklahoma) 

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Luka Doncic Won't Have Individual Workouts With Teams

May 2, 2018 10:57 AM

Luka Doncic won't have a workout for any teams leading to the 2018 NBA Draft.

Doncic's commitment to Real Madrid will keep him with the club through the draft due to the Spanish League playoffs.

“I don’t think that will be an issue,” Bill Duffy, Doncic’s agent, told Sporting News on Tuesday. “Playing in the Euroleague speaks for itself. What he has been able to do, it speaks to both the talent and preparedness for Luka. He has had a different level of experience than most of his peers. Euroleague is the next step to playing in the NBA.”

Doncic is expected to be a top-3 pick.

“He is committed to Real Madrid, all the way through,” Duffy said. 

As one general manager told Sporting News, “With the video we have these days, I know what I need to know from looking at (Doncic) against other top players. Anyone who wants to pick him is going to want to talk to him, but the workout is not something that is going to keep you from picking him. I am not sure I need reels and reels more tape here.”

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Tags: Luka Doncic, Real Madrid, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts, International Teams

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LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball Leave Lithuanian Team

Apr 25, 2018 8:17 PM

LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball have ended their tenure in Lithuania playing for BC Vytautas citing injuries.

There are only two games remaining in the season, but head coach Virginijus Seskus said he was shocked at the departure.

"It's just another proof they came here to make a show, not for basketball. It's sad they didn't understand what we gave them. We understand how they helped us, but they don't," Seskus told Lithuanian outlet 15min.let.

LaVar Ball, the brothers' father, told 15min.let that LaMelo would not return to the team next season.

"You really ask me this? Coach ruined everything, and he'll have to pay the price that Melo is not coming back," he said.

LiAngelo Ball will work towards preparing for workouts for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball, Vytautas Prienu, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, International Teams

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Andrew Bogut Signs With Sydney Kings
Andrew Bogut spent part of this season with the Lakers.

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Rodions Kurucs Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Rodions Kurucs is a probable first round pick as a 6'10 combo forward.

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Luka Doncic Officially Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Luka Doncic is averaging 14.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists this season for Real Madrid.

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Vasilis Charalampopoulos Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Vasilis Charalampopoulos is a 21-year-old 6-foot-9 power forward.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

O.J. Mayo Signs Deal With San German Of Puerto Rican League
O.J. Mayo received a two-year suspension from the NBA in 2016 for violating their anti-drug program.

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LiAngelo Ball Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
LiAngelo Ball has played professionally with Lithuanian team Vytautas Prienu since parting with UCLA in December.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Georgios Kalaitzakis Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Georgios Kalaitzakis is viewed as a potential second round pick as a 6'6 combo guard.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Australian NBL Creates Rule To Attract U.S. One-And-Dones
Terrance Ferguson spent one season in Australia before he was a first round pick.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Boris Diaw Receiving Interest From Several Teams
Boris Diaw has an NBA out in his deal with Paris-Levallois.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Billy Preston Signs With BC Igokea
Billy Preston was a top-20 recruit in the incoming 2017 class.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Rockets To Sign Bobby Brown Later In Season
Bobby Brown in talks with teams in China.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Derrick Williams Signs Contract In China
Derrick Williams played for the Cavaliers and Heat last season.

ESPN

LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball Agree To One-Year Deals With Vytautas Prienai
LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball will report in January.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

LaMelo Ball, LiAngelo Ball Considering Pro Deal Overseas
Agent Harrison Gaines started initial contact with overseas teams this week.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Lavoy Allen Agrees To Sign With Zhejiang Bulls
The Pacers declined their $3.5 million option on Lavoy Allen in June.

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Boris Diaw Agrees To Deal With Paris-Levallois
Boris Diaw played professionally in France with Pau-Orthez before joining the Hawks in 2003.

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Jared Sullinger Signs With Shenzhen Leopards
Jared Sullinger recently had a workout with the Nets but they signed Tyler Zeller.

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Ryan Kelly Signs With Real Betis
Ryan Kelly played 16 games last season with the Hawks.

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Brazil Removes Bruno Caboclo From Team After He Refuses To Enter Game
Bruno Caboclo had played 9 minutes and 21 seconds in the first quarter.

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Norris Cole Receive $700k Offer From Maccabi Tel Aviv
Norris Cole played 13 games last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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