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February 9, 2015 Updates

Will Bynum: This 6-0 guard is the primary target among overseas talent. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, also has Bradley Beal. Bartelstein contacted the Wizards to gauge if there was any interest in Bynum when he returns from China, where he's currently playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Bynum was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Boston Celtics, who waived him, this season and hasn't played in the NBA. This is why the Wizards can wait for him and aren't confined to the March 1 deadline. Bynum has been a pro since 2005, playing two seasons in Israel after spending his first season with the Golden State Warriors when he played in just 15 games. Bynum spent 2008-14 with the Detroit Pistons where he averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 assists. There's "a lot" of interest in Bynum but this is clearly the guy the Wizards want if Allen doesn't pan out. And there's no indication at this point that Allen will. CSNWashington.com

February 7, 2015 Updates

Everybody in the NBA wants top get their hands on the next Hassan Whiteside — a late bloomer who been a force in the middle for the Miami Heat. The guy who may fit that profile is Eli Holman, formerly of the University of Detroit and now playing in China where he finished one assist shy of a triple-double in Game 1 of his team’s first-round playoff series. There are some remarkable similarities between their stories. But whether Holman jumps to the NBA after the Chinese playoffs or remains overseas remains an open question. For now, I have heard that there are three NBA teams interested, but that number should grow after Holman’s near triple-double of 15 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists in Game 1 of the Guangsha-Liaonang series. Holman is 25, like Whiteside, and other similarities are remarkably coincidental, to say the least. SheridanHoops

February 4, 2015 Updates
February 3, 2015 Updates

When Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum can't sleep on cross country flights he cues up Zhejiang Golden Bulls games on his computer and watches the Bulls' high-scoring guard light up the competition in the Chinese Basketball Association. Zhejian point guard Errick McCollum, CJ's older brother, is the leading scorer in the Chinese Basketball Association and last Friday set a CBA scoring record with 82 points in a loss to the Guangdong Tigers. Oregonian

CJ keeps close tabs on his older brother's game, following the stats online when he can't watch. "That's my guy, that's my road dog. He's my mentor," CJ McCollum said on Monday. "We always stay together when I go home. We work out together every day. He's a guy that pushes me and I push him to become as good as possible. I'd say we have a really good relationship. We probably talk every day or every other day even though he's in China. That's my guy. I love him to death." The McCollum brothers last played together when Errick was a senior and CJ a freshman at GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio. But their basketball careers have taken decidedly different paths. Oregonian

"We're the same player he's just a little bit smaller than me. That's the honest to God truth. We've been working out together forever," CJ said. "If you watched us play and you didn't see the numbers and you didn't know it was in China you'd think it was me. If you watched me play you'd think it was him." Oregonian

What is an issue for the Nets is frontcourt depth. Mirza Teletovic is out for the season with bilateral pulmonary embolus, or blood clots in his lungs, and Kevin Garnett has seen his minutes reduced as the season’s gone on. Garnett was down to 17.4 minutes per game in January and Brooklyn could use another player in its big man rotation. “Anybody he brings in,” guard Darius Morris said of general manager Billy King, “it’s because they feel who can help the team. So I’d be happy.” King spoke to the Nets’ website before Monday’s game and indicated that the team would not be making any trades before the All-Star Break. But in the few days before the trade deadline, Blatche could certainly take up one of Brooklyn’s potentially vacant roster spots. SheridanHoops

After averaging 31.1 points and 14.6 rebounds a game in his first season in China, Blatche is receiving interest from several playoff contenders including the Nets, according to a source. The Nets could have re-signed him following last season’s second-round playoff exit, but they opted against it at the time. Wall Street Journal

February 2, 2015 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets are among the teams tracking Blatche, who just became a free agent after his team in China failed to reach the Chinese Basketball Association playoffs. The Nets have one open roster spot and, according to sources, are on a list of Blatche suitors which also includes the Memphis Grizzlies. It remains to be seen, however, whether the Miami Heat will rekindle its longstanding interest in Blatche, given the recent emergence of big man Hassan Whiteside with the Heat. ESPN.com

February 1, 2015 Updates

With the conclusion of a consecutive strong season in China, guard Mike Efevberha is receiving interest from the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers to integrate his rights into their NBA system via the D-League, a league source told RealGM. Efevberha finished his season with Sichuan in the Chinese Basketball Association, scoring 42.4 points and grabbing 9.6 rebounds over the last five games. For the season, he averaged 27.8 points on 51 percent shooting from two-point range. RealGM

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