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February 26, 2014 Updates

Andrew Bogut is likely to wait until the end of the NBA season before deciding whether his body can handle playing a World Cup campaign for Australia. The 29-year-old has had a horror run of injuries in recent years, including a shoulder issue that saw him miss seven games for the Golden State Warriors this month. Last November Bogut said he was "up in the air" about representing the Boomers at this August's showpiece in Spain because he was concerned about the strain on his body. ninemsn

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Australian phenom Dante Exum has decided to declare for the 2014 NBA draft, his family and agent told ESPN.com on Tuesday. Exum has agreed to hire agent Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency. Pelinka's clients include Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Andre Drummond. ESPN.com

"We are excited to be working with Landmark Sports," Cecil, Desiree and Dante Exum said in a statement to ESPN. "Our family felt The Landmark Team represented our style and manner of treating people, and in doing businesses. We also all shared a common commitment to achieving excellence in all things. The fit is just great and we are really pleased to now begin the work." Exum and his family met eight different agents in Melbourne over the past month and narrowed their decision to Pelinka on Tuesday morning. ESPN.com

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Andrej Lemanis says NBA superstar Andrew Bogut remains "100 per cent committed" to the national side despite being at long odds to play in next year's FIBA World Cup in Spain. After overcoming a horrible run of injuries, Bogut - who just signed a new $36 million, three-year deal with the Golden State Warriors - says he is "up in the air" about representing Australia between now and the 2016 Olympics. "I'm not too sure right now (about the World Cup)," Bogut told the Basketball Australia website. "The body is still a concern for me and I know how much I got out of this last off-season because of the rest and regime I put together. "My immediate goal with the national team is to definitely play in 2016 (Olympics) and anything in between is up in the air right now." FOXSports.com

November 14, 2013 Updates

Free agent Sam Young has signed a contract with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League in a deal that contains an NBA escape clause, agent Joel Bell told RealGM. “Sam had other options, but this one made the most sense and will pay him as the highest player in the league,” Bell said. RealGM

November 13, 2013 Updates

Free agent Sam Young has signed a contract with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League in a deal that contains an NBA escape clause, agent Joel Bell told RealGM. “Sam had other options, but this one made the most sense and will pay him as the highest player in the league,” Bell said. Young can opt out of his deal up until the start of Sydney’s playoffs to join an NBA team, a significant provision that swayed the 28-year-old’s decision. RealGM

October 29, 2013 Updates

France has the most international players, including the Spurs' Tony Parker, with 10. Canada has eight representatives while Australia and Spain each have five. Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Russia and Turkey each have four. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

October 24, 2013 Updates

“The NBA needs to have a game in Australia,” Bogut says with a sort of righteous indignation. “We’ve been to every other continent. Australia is the biggest international supporter of the NBA. We were No. 1 international league pass subscriptions. No. 1 in international merchandise sales. In the summer, if you go to the beach, everyone’s wearing NBA tops and NBA hats. The English Premiere League has been there,” Bogut said. “The NFL has played a preseason game there. NHL has been there. The Dodgers are coming (in 2014). Everyone but the NBA has been to Australia.” Contra Costa Times

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The Miami Heat wanted James Ennis to play in the D-League. But he has his family to worry about. Ennis, taken with the No. 50 pick by Atlanta in June's draft and then traded to Miami, will play next season for the Perth Wildcats in Australia. But Ennis said Sunday that wasn't the Heat's preference. "They wanted me to go the D-League," Ennis said by phone to FOX Sports Florida. "I basically put my family first. My family is struggling (financially), and I want to help support them. So that's why I'm going (to Australia)." FOXSports Florida

The Heat still will retain Ennis' rights. He has an opt-out clause that would allow him to leave the Wildcats for the NBA during the season and still get his full Australian salary. But it's much more likely Ennis won't join the Heat until 2014-15. "They said that I have a real good shot to be on the team next year," Ennis said. For now, Ennis will leave Thursday for Australia. Training camp starts next week and the regular season begins in early October. "I'm very excited," Ennis said. "I don't know much about Australia, but it's going to be a really good opportunity." FOXSports Florida

August 10, 2013 Updates

As teams in Germany, France and Russia pursued him with lucrative contracts, James Ennis’ agent worked with Heat management to find a club that allows him to leave for Miami next season with an opt-out clause: Australia’s Perth Wildcats. Now when the luxury tax becomes less stressful and injuries could impact the Heat, Ennis has a “good opportunity to get called up next season,” agent Scott Nichols told RealGM. Ennis went 50th in June’s NBA draft to the Atlanta Hawks, and the Heat acquired him in a trade, have been enamored with his talent and let him know all along that playing overseas never was a knock on his ability. Miami has desperately tried to maintain salary flexibility while rounding out its roster. RealGM

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