April 2024 International Wiretap

Kenny Smith Named Head Of Next Stars Player Program For NBL

Apr 4, 2024 11:24 PM

Kenny Smith has been appointed as the head of Next Stars player program in North America for Australia's National Basketball League Next Stars initiative.

Smith will help recruit, develop, and mentor players in the league's Next Stars program.

"Legitimate pathways to the NBA are evolving, and the NBL has a proven track record of getting players drafted. The NBL identified a key role for me to mentor and support young talent and equip them with the tools to compete at a professional level with a view to making the leap into the NBA," said Smith.

Smith will also become a part owner of an NBL expansion team in the future.

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Tags: Australian NBL, International, International League

Rudy Fernandez To Retire After Season

Apr 4, 2024 9:58 AM

Longtime Spanish star Rudy Fernandez announced that he'll retire following this season. Fernandez is completing his 13th season with Real Madrid. The 39-year-old guard initially joined the club for part of the 2011-12 season while the NBA was a lockout.

Fernandez played for Portland Trail Blazers from 2008 through 2011, before playing with the Denver Nuggets in 2011-12, after the lockout ended. Fernandez began his professional career with Joventut, for whom he played six seasons.

The 6-foot-6 guard was also a key part of the Spain national team. Fernandez first played for the senior team for the 2004 Olympics. He was a part of silver medal teams at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, as well a bronze medal team at the 2016 Olympics.

In addition to the Olympics success, Fernandez won four gold medals, one silver and one bronze across six Eurobasket competitions.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Rudy Fernandez, Real Madrid, Spain, International, National, National Misc Rumor, International Teams, International Misc Rumor, National Teams

Kevin Porter Jr. Signs With PAOK

Apr 1, 2024 1:07 AM

Kevin Porter Jr. signed with PAOK in the Greek Basketball League for the rest of the season, sources told Shams Charania and Kelly Iko of The Athletic.

Porter, who was waived in October, reached a plea deal in a domestic assault case. 

Shams Charania & Kelly Iko/The Athletic

Tags: Kevin Porter, Jr., Greek HEBA A1, International, International League