Malcolm Delaney RumorsAll NBA Players
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Agent for Euro-star guard Malcolm Delaney tells me contract sheet with Russian club Kuban is signed.
Jorge Sierra: Olympiakos has offered Euroleague star Malcolm Delaney a deal with an NBA out for this summer, source tells HoopsHype.
Nikos Varlas: According to Greek website Gazzetta.gr Malcolm Delaney (@foe23 ) asked two more days from @olympiacosbc in order to give his final answer
Not only Oliver Lafayette, but also Malcolm Delaney may end up in Greece for next season. Olympiacos has presented an official contract offer to the BBL MVP and the Greeks are waiting his answer.
20 Apr 14
Q: What kind of teams? Malcolm Delaney: I think a fast-paced team. I think the best aspect of my game is transition. This is my first year ever playing just strictly as a point guard. I don’t play shooting guard here at all. I’m not the best point guard but I’m a great playmaker. Houston would had been a perfect fit for me. I know a couple of people on the team, the style of basketball they play… I could see myself playing in that system.
Q: Are you going to watch the NBA playoffs? Malcolm Delaney: Of course. NBA playoffs is the only thing I watch (during the season). I haven’t watched much (regular season) NBA basketball in the past three years. I have some friends from my city, Baltimore, like Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay… I like to follow them. However beause of the time-difference I don’t stay up to watch a lot of games. Now I’m a little bit more aware of what it’s going on. I try to watch more games see some of the teams where I think I could fit in.
Q: Would you take less money to play in the NBA? Malcolm Delaney: Yeah, I’m willing to do that kind of sacrifice. I mean, it would be a hard decision if I’m deciding between a big European offer and a league-minimum deal in the NBA where I probably won’t have the chance to show my game, ending up on the bench. But I can’t say that I wouldn’t take it. Until I have those two options and I get the feedback from the NBA on what they’d expect from me, I can’t say what I’d do. But I’m really thinking about the NBA a lot right now.
Q: Are you optimistic that you’re going to get it during the summer when free agency comes? Malcolm Delaney: Right now I’m praying that I do. I could play in Europe for 10 years and I won’t care if I’m playing in a good situation. But getting the opportunity to play in the NBA would be a big thing for my family and everybody around me. It’s still a dream for me. Right now, seeing how close I am, I’m thinking about it a little bit more.
Q: NBA teams have interest now. The Houston Rockets were mentioned as a team that was interested in your services. Was there ever any chance of signing with Houston? Malcolm Delaney: The Rockets thing was a great opportunity for me, that was official. But with how important I am to the club, how important this season is to the club, it wouldn’t had been a smart business decision for the club to let me go. I didn’t have an NBA out in the contract. The Houston Rockets thing is something nobody would have ever turned down because, you know, I’m still with a dream to play in the NBA. But FC Bayern, they couldn’t let me leave, we’re about to play the playoffs, trying to win a title. Any kid or any American basketball player wishes to play in the NBA. This time I couldn’t do it.
But sources said that Rockets officials indeed reached out to Bayern Munich point guard Malcolm Delaney to see if prying him away from the German champions at this late-in-the-season date was feasible. Delaney has yet to play in the NBA since leaving Virginia Tech in 2011 but has turned heads with a strong season in the Euroleague.
Many draft experts are predicting he’ll go undrafted, a significant distinction with the potential of a prolonged NBA lockout looming. So last week, Delaney took an unusual step towards eliminating some of that anxiety. He signed a conditional one-year contract with Elan Chalon, a team in France’s top professional league, Ligue Nationale de Basketball, based about 200 miles southeast of Paris.
Tracking the whereabouts of former Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney has been a chore in recent weeks, as he’s traveled around the country for pre-draft workouts with nine NBA teams — including the Washington Wizards. His journey came to an end Tuesday, when the Memphis Grizzlies welcomed the Baltimore native for a private evaluation. Yet there are no assurances the two-time all-ACC first-team selection will hear his name called during Thursday’s NBA draft.