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Gani Lawal has signed a one-year contract with Italian club Olimpia Milano of the European League, agent Errol Bennett of Three Eye Sports told RealGM. Lawal’s representatives had been finalizing his agreement in recent days, and the two sides signed Saturday afternoon. Lawal also received strong interest from a Turkish team. With Olimpia Milano, he joins former Cleveland Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels. Lawal inked a multi-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers early last month, but he played six preseason games, would be given only a limited role in the regular season, and was ultimately released on Oct. 26.
Newly acquired Sixer Gani Lawal did not attend the team’s practice here at the Bizkala Arena at the Biblao Exhibition Center. But the post player was a hot topic. “Gani is another young athletic player who we hope to put in our pipeline,” general manager Sam Hinkie said, “and a guy that has a chance to develop and sees opportunity here, which is why he did what he did and is willing to come here and compete for a spot.” The 6-foot-9, 234-pounder signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Sixers on Friday. The team was forced to waive Solomon Alabi to make room on the 20-man preseason roster.
The 76ers have signed post player Gani Lawal on Friday, according to a league source. The team waived Solomon Alabi to make room for him on their 20-man preseason roster. Lawal will join the team in Spain Saturday. The 6-foot-9, 234-pounder was a second-round pick by the Phoenix Suns in 2010. The Georgia Tech product played in one game for the Suns during the 2010-11 season before suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear. The Nigeria spent the next two seasons playing overseas.
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Gani Lawal has signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on a multi-year contract worth partial salary guarantees, league sources told RealGM. A physical, athletic forward at 6-foot-9, Lawal had a breakout professional season with Virtus Roma and received substantial interest from NBA teams entering the offseason. Ultimately, Lawal signed with a Latvian team but was pried out of the deal with the 76ers showing an increasing interest, and the 24-year-old’s representatives negotiated a release in Lithuania this week.
At this point, Lawal has three workouts confirmed — with the Magic, Pacers and Raptors — and he’s expecting about five more, including the Knicks. The team’s director of European scouting, Kevin Wilson, has watched Lawal play in person, Curtin said. Wilson, who is well respected throughout the NBA, helped discover Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland.
Bryan Colangelo was yesterday in Rome to see the practice of Virtus. The president and GM of the Toronto Raptors talked with the three NBA prospects of Virtus at the end of practice: Gigi Datome, Gani Lawal and Jordan Taylor. Gigi Datome was the main reason of Colangelo’s trip in the Italian capital. The captain of Virtus Roma could move to the NBA next season, despite one year remaining on his contract with Virtus.
The Spurs waived forward Gani Lawal on Thursday, dropping their roster to the maximum 15 well in advance of the Christmas Eve deadline for roster cuts. It doesn’t necessarily mean the Spurs are finished trimming, however. Lawal, a 6-foot-9 former Phoenix Suns draft pick attempting a comeback from a knee injury, played 20 minutes in Wednesday’s preseason finale against Houston and was active, but also shot just 1-of-6 from the field. Lawal’s departure after a 10-day audition leaves undrafted rookies Frank Hassell and Luke Zeller vying for the fifth big man role.
Lawal leaves Tuesday to join his new club after signing a contract that includes an out allowing him to return to the NBA when and if there is a lockout settlement. He is the first Suns player to sign an overseas deal during the lockout. “It’s a good opportunity for me to get good minutes,” said Lawal, who has been training at Georgia Tech and started playing pickup games two weeks ago. “That’s the biggest thing — to get in playing form. I haven’t competed in so long. I’m hungry. I’m young in this game and thankful to have a situation to get in game rhythm. “The NBA is where I want to be but I’m very thankful for Poland and this organization to give me the opportunity. I’m waiting on the NBA, just like the rest of the 450 players.”
Lawal said he has Suns teammate Marcin Gortat, Poland’s only NBA player, on speed dial to find out information about where he is headed. Lawal said he had other offers but his agent, Andy Miller, said this one was a good match based on the playing opportunity he will get and a “respectable” salary. “They were looking for a forward to go next to (former Cornell center) Jeff Foote,” Miller said. “It’s a good opportunity to gain some experience and stay in shape. He’s been training and rehabbing for seven and a half months. It’s time for him to compete at a high level. “It’s replacing what would usually be under the auspices of the Phoenix Suns right now. In essence, it’s a professional simulation of what he’d get in Phoenix.”
Lawal has been the most frequent Suns resident at US Airways Center since the season ended in mid-April. The 2010 second-round pick will complete the final month of his knee rehabilitation elsewhere in the Valley now that the lockout prohibits players from receiving treatment from team personnel. The Suns might have bigger hopes for this year’s power forward draft pick, Markieff Morris, but Lawal has big plans for himself with the team. “I think I’ll really be able to help us next year,” Lawal said after one of his weekday workouts. “I really do believe that in my heart. I’m looking forward to getting out there.”
Suns rookie power forward Gani Lawal will need season-ending surgery on his right knee after an injury he suffered in practice Thursday. Lawal said he hurt the knee when he was planted and getting ready to jump during practice. He left the arena on crutches and a MRI exam later revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a partially torn medial collateral ligament. Lawal, 22, said he had never suffered a knee injury previously.