International Wiretap

EuroLeague Cancels Remainder Of 19-20 Season

May 26, 2020 10:11 AM

EuroLeague has canceled the remainder of the 19-20 season.

The league was suspended on March 12th due to COVID-19, but they had hoped to return.

The Executive Board decided not to recognize any team as the champion for the 2019-20 EuroLeague, nor the EuroCup.

Statement from Euroleague Basketball President & CEO Jordi Bertomeu:

"Without a doubt, this is the most difficult decision we have had to take in our 20-year history. Due to reasons beyond our control, we have been forced to cut short the most successful and exciting season in European basketball history. This comes after two and a half months in which all the league's stakeholders maintained their determination and exhausted every possible avenue in trying to deliver a complete and uniquely special season to our fans, whose passion is the driving force for all our efforts. That is our commitment and our passion every single season, and so falling short due to forces beyond anyone's control is what saddens us most. Nonetheless, record-breaking data showing how much our fans enjoyed the games to date gives us more energy than ever to start planning for an even better 2020-21 season.

"I am especially proud of how the EuroLeague and EuroCup communities have remained united in incredibly tough times. Proud of our clubs and their ownership for the courage in their decisions and for their generous contributions to their communities in such difficult times. Proud of our commercial partners, who have shown their continued commitment to and belief in our brand and what it represents. Proud of our players, coaches and referees who have been supportive and understanding throughout. Proud of our fans, who have remained close to us and have constantly expressed how much they wanted the competitions to come back. This is an extraordinary community, and we are privileged to be a part of it.

"Obviously, we had many motivations to resume the 2019-20 season, but in such an exceptional situation, we have to put people’s health first and ahead of any other interest: our players, our coaches, our referees, our clubs, their staff, our league staff, our broadcasters, and all of their families. By doing so, we stay true to our beliefs and what we stand for.

"In the coming months we only have one mission: to do everything in our power to help our communities come back stronger, and to build the best version of ourselves – on and off the court – for when we can be reunited with the fans. This is not an end, but rather a new beginning.”

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Tags: Euroleague, International, International League

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Davide Moretti Leaves Texas Tech, Signs Multi-Year Deal With Olimpia Milano

May 23, 2020 10:27 PM

Davide Moretti has left Texas Tech and signed a multi-year deal with Olimpia Milano, according to Sportando.

Moretti started 68 games for Texas Tech in the last two seasons.

Moretti averaged 13.0 points and 2.3 assists as a junior last season.

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Tags: Davide Moretti, Italian Lega Basket Serie A, International, International League

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Yao Ming Presents Three Options For Chinese Basketball Association To Resume Season

May 10, 2020 12:47 PM

Yao Ming said that the Chinese Basketball Association has three options to resume the season.

The options include: playing out the full schedule, playing out a shortened season, or going straight to the playoffs.

Ming added that he hoped to play as many games as possible, and that a tournament to restart the season was being considered should the schedule be shortened.

Teams would be isolated in hotels, with fans barred from arenas. 

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Tags: Chinese CBA, International, International League

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Alex Antetokounmpo To Play Professionally In Europe

May 10, 2020 1:14 AM

Alex Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo, announced that he will play professionally in Europe as a way to prepare for the NBA Draft.

“I am examining my options, I have a few choices from the States, but I have decided to play in Europe. I want to become a pro as soon as possible. I was born and raised in Europe, I know European basketball and the best thing for me would be to sign a contract with a European club. I will have to train and compete against grown men, I will experience strong competition and pressure and I will evolve on every level," Antetokounmpo told Eurohoops.

Antetokounmpo graduated from high school in Milwaukee this year.

Three out of the four Antetokounmpo brothers play in the NBA.

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Tags: Alex Antetokounmpo, International, International Signing Rumor, International B-Ball IQ

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2005 Magic Lottery Pick Fran Vazquez Retires At 37 After Playing Entire Career In Spain

May 5, 2020 4:13 PM

Fran Vazquez is retiring from the NBA at the age of 37 after a long career in Spain.

Vazquez was the 11th overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. The Magic retained his rights throughout his career.

Vazquez joined Barcelona in 2006 and remained with the club until 2012.

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Casper Ware Opts Out Of NBL Deal With Sydney Kings

May 4, 2020 12:42 PM

Casper Ware has opted out of his NBL deal with the Sydney Kings. 

Ware was the highest paid import in the NBL this past season, but would have seen his 20-21 salary cut by 50 percent due to COVID-19 measures.

The new agreement allowed players to opt out of their respective contracts before a May 4 deadline.

Ware began his NBL career with Melbourne United in 2016.

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Tags: Casper Ware, Sydney, Australian NBL, NBA, International, International Teams, International League

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NBL MVP Bryce Cotton Opts Out Of Contract

Apr 30, 2020 1:31 AM

Bryce Cotton, the reigning NBL MVP and Grand Final MVP, opted out of his contract with the Perth Wildcats.

Cotton, whose over-$200,000 salary would have been cut in half, cited the effects of recent salary-cutting measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances that have unfolded which none of us could've predicted, it is in me and my family's best interest to opt out of my contract. Regardless, I'll always be a Wildcat at heart in my eyes and I hope you all feel the same way. "I had so much fun here and hope you all enjoyed these past 3 1/2 seasons as much as I did," released Cotton in a statement.

The 27-year-old Cotton averaged 22.9 points per game last season.

Other players earning over $200,000, including Casper Ware, are also considering opting out of their current deals.

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Tags: Bryce Cotton, Australian NBL, International, International League

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Aleksej Pokusevski Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 24, 2020 4:49 PM

Aleksej Pokusevski has submitted paperwork to make himself eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft.

Pokusevski is the No. 27 prospect in the ESPN Top 100. Pokusevski is over seven feet tall but plays on the perimeter.

Pokusevski is currently the youngest player eligible for the draft, not turning 19 until Dec. 26.

Pokusevski plays for Olympiacos, who were relegated to the second division.

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Tags: Aleksej Pokusevski, Olympiacos, NBA, International, International Teams

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EuroLeague To Decide Whether To Continue Or Cancel Season By May 24th

Apr 24, 2020 12:20 PM

The EuroLeague has announced they will make a decision on whether to resume or complete their season by May 24th.

If they decide to resume the season, they will quarantine from May 29th to June 11th if necessary. Training camp will run from June 12th until July 2nd with games being played in a central venue from July 4th to July 26th.

The EuroLeague also reached an agreement with its players association with players receiving 80 percent of their yearly salary if the season is canceled and 85 percent if the season resumes.

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Barcelona Forward Leandro Bolmaro Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 19, 2020 11:10 PM

Barcelona forward Leandro Bolmaro declared for the 2020 NBA draft.

The 19-year-old Argentine split time between Barcelona's second team and the main team this season.

Balmaro is currently ranked No. 22 in ESPN's draft projections

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Tags: Leandro Bolmaro, Spanish ACB, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft Declarations, International League

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Deni Avdija Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

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Isaiah Todd Decommits From Michigan, Will Play Professionally In 20-21

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Chinese Basketball Association Delays Restart Until July

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Italian Basketball Federation Officially Cancels 2019-20 LBA Serie A Season

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NBL Commissioner: LaMelo Ball Is One Of Many Potential Buyers Of Illawarra Hawks

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Sale Of Illawarra Hawks To LaMelo Ball Not Yet Complete

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LaMelo Ball Purchases Illawarra Hawks Of Australian NBL

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Chinese Government Delays Restart Of Chinese Basketball Association

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O.J. Mayo Close To Signing With Liaoning Flying Leopards In Chinese Basketball Association

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VTB League Cancels Remainder Of 19-20 Season

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Chinese Basketball Association Postpones Restart From April 15 To May

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Korea Basketball League Cancels Remainder Of Season

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FIBA To Decide On Future Of Basketball Champions League, Basketball Africa League

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Japanese Basketball Delayed Again After 'Chaotic Weekend' Of Games

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Jeremy Lin, Lance Stephenson Returning To Chinese Basketball Association

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The Basketball Tournament Still Scheduled To Take Place This Summer

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South Korea League Will Resume Games In Late March In Empty Arenas

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Chinese Basketball Association Expected To Complete Regular Season Behind Closed Doors

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European Basketball Leagues, Competitions Postpone Play

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Chinese Basketball Association Requests American Players Return To Play

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