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August 31, 2014 Updates

The news about Dario Saric playing after loosing six teeth after being hit during the game of Croatia against Argentina were somehow lost in translation. As the Croatian media reported earlier, Saric lost six artificial dental implants, because he had already lost his natural teeth and he is expected to be ready to play in the rest of the tournament, after visiting a local dentist in Seville. EuroHoops.net

August 30, 2014 Updates

Emphasizing one's own agency to make decisions is a curious thing to say at a celebratory PR event, especially for a budding superstar. And while it's unclear to what or whom exactly Saric was referring, almost every article briefly notes that his €550,000 transfer fee was paid not by the club, but by a third party, Josip Klemm of Klemm Security, who is a visible presence with Saric and the club president at the podium. VICE

However, on April 1, 2014, it was reported that the Croatian state attorney was investigating the loan from Klemm to Cibona. Specifically, the investigation seemed to focus on a strange series of events in 2013 in which Cibona threw out the management of a longtime nightclub in Zagreb, claiming they didn't pay rent. Cibona put a new company in the space and posted Klemm Security out front during the "transition." It was suspected that the new company received discounted rent to somehow help repay Klemm for the Saric loan. When Saric then withdrew his name from the 2013 NBA Draft, it renewed speculation on who was actually behind his decision making. VICE

In June of this year, Cibona sold Saric to the wealthy Turkish club Anadou Efes for the price of €900,000, which presumably squared Cibona's account with Klemm. And with Saric already having appeared to make peace with his father, hiring a new agent, entering the 2014 NBA Draft, being drafted in the lottery, and laying out his plan to come to the NBA after two seasons with Efes, the move away from Cibona would appear to signal that all of the strange circumstances around him over the last two years are now completely in the past. It's something of a happy ending, and hopefully a new beginning that could start as soon as this weekend, when Saric leads Croatia into the FIBA World Cup. If the entire two-year history outlined above seems murky, that's because it is. The story has been well-covered in Croatia by talented journalists--some of whom specialize in investigating organized crime--so the fact that there are still so many questions is reason for concern. VICE

August 25, 2014 Updates

Madrid will announce EuroBasket 2015 hosts on September 8. Croatia, France, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Israel and Turkey are on the list of possible host countries. The Board of FIBA Europe decided to relocate 2015 EuroBasket from Ukraine. The decision has been officially announced earlier. The situation in Ukraine has not changed drastically in the last months so the decision seemed inevitable. TalkBasket

July 10, 2014 Updates

KK Cedevita: Jusuf Nurkić @nurkic23 is from today @denvernuggets player. @KKCedevita wish him luck and good year in @NBA! #kkcdv Twitter

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The Heat's summer roster could soon be shaken up, with rookie center Justin Hamilton, the lone player on the summer roster who spent part of 2013-14 with the Heat, mulling a guaranteed two-year contract from a team in Zagreb, according to a source familiar with the situation. Hamilton's Croatian ancestry would allow him to play there without counting against the limit on imported players. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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DJ Strawberry is suing Cibona Zagreb to FIBA BAT to due lack of payments, according to a source with the knowledge of the situation. The Croatian team still owes Strawberry money (rumors say more than 100.000 USD). The American guard has played with Cibona from September 2012 till December 2012 when he left for France. Sportando

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Josh Selby will continue his career in Croatia with Cedevita Zagreb. The American player ex NBA signed a deal for the season with an option for the team to terminate the contract after one month. Sportando

December 23, 2013 Updates

Jonathan Givony: Depressing situation Dario Saric is in. Club is broke, not paying anyone. Big men quit. Everyone playing selfishly. Hard not to look bad... Twitter @DraftExpress

August 18, 2013 Updates

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