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Semih Erden
Semih Erden
Position: None
Born: 07/28/86
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Turkish big man Semih Erden talked about his future plans and stated that his main goal is a return to the NBA. 26 year-old player said that repetitive injuries prevented him to show his best performance in the NBA . “I’m back in Turkey because i failed to perform at my best in the NBA” Erden said. “I will recover from my injuries here and reach my top form again. I will be back in the NBA better than before.”
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Agent Tolga Tugsavul refuted reports that his client Semih Erden has agreed to a deal in Turkey and said his wish is to stay in the NBA. “Everything will be more clear after the first week of July,” Tugsavul told HoopsHype. “He has some interest from teams in the NBA and then we have very good offers from Europe, from three of four teams that I don’t want to mention. We will make a decision, I believe, by mid- July. His first option is to play in the NBA, but it all depends on the contract and the coach.”
Tugsavul said there’s a chance the seven-foot center returns to Europe and then gives the NBA a try again after one of two years. It’s not likely to happen in the Spanish League, though. “I don’t know about Spain because we have a very good offer from Turkey and then we will also check the market with CSKA Moscow, see what happens with (Nenad) Krstic there. Right now it’s very hard to get a big contract in Spain, so I don’t see a big possibility for Semi there.”
NBA teams have until June 30 to tender qualifying offers to potential restricted free agents. The Cavs have three such players in center Semih Erden and forwards Alonzo Gee and Luke Harangody. They’ll definitely give Gee a qualifying offer. He said he wants to return to the Cavs. Erden didn’t sparkle last season and at times, he sat on the bench for long periods. He’s still a 7-footer with skills.
Scott said he hasn’t reached a decision on whether he wants injured center Semih Erden (ankle) to return for next season. Obviously, that’s something he must discuss with General Manager Chris Grant. The Cavs would have to extend a qualifying offer of about $1.1 million or risk losing the 7-foot Turk to unrestricted free agency. “I don’t know yet,” Scott said. “And, I’m just being honest with you.”
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In the preseason, coach Byron Scott hinted that Semih Erden could become a starter once his thumb healed and if he played well. The Turk is healthy, but hardly playing well. Scott has not played him in the past four games, including Sunday’s win in Boston. Samardo Samuels and Ryan Hollins are being used ahead of him. Scott had planned to evaluate Erden for 10 games in the rotation, starting with Jan. 10 contest in Utah. The trial lasted just seven games. “I lied,” Scott said. “I did kind of lie on that one. . . . I think I gave him a fair chance. I was a little disappointed. I’m hoping these three games he hasn’t played gets in his head and when he gets another opportunity he takes advantage of it.”
Semih Erden has become the first Cavaliers player to find work overseas during the NBA lockout. He won’t have to leave his hometown to earn a paycheck. The 7-foot forward is planning to play for Besiktas, a Turkish team that also signed New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams. The club is located in Erden’s native Istanbul. He was expected to finalize the contract either Tuesday or Wednesday.