HoopsHype CSKA Moscow rumors


April 23, 2013 Updates
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International basketball source says we should anticipate the stream of NBA-caliber talent coming from overseas to dip in coming years because the economy has shrunk the pool of talent foreign clubs are capable of supporting. The biggest clubs -- the Real Madrids and Barcelonas and CSKA Moscows -- will continue to find and work with the best of the best, but the price of training and developing young players and the dwindling number of companies with discretionary funds to serve as sponsors is thinning the herd. Sulia

December 25, 2012 Updates

“For sure, he’s made everything easier,” Shved said of having Kirilenko has his teammate. “We’ve played together for a long time – last summer with CSKA Moscow and then all summer on the Russian team. We understand each other. I know what he likes to do, when he likes to cut and where he likes his passes. He knows the same with me. We play well together, but we need to play better with the whole team. We need to do what’s best for the team.” HoopsWorld

November 23, 2012 Updates

Q: Was the plan always to come back to the NBA? Andrei Kirilenko: Yes. There was a real possibility for me to stay in Russia, but the reason I came back to Russia (to play for CSKA Moscow last season) was because of the lockout. That was the only reason. I never really thought about staying in Russia, even though I felt great because it was home. Everything was so comfortable. But the NBA is a different stage. You always want to play against the best guys in the world. Q: Where does the bronze medal from last summer's Olympics rank for you in your career? A: This was an unbelievable experience. My previous two Olympics, Sydney and Beijing, (were) unsuccessful. So I was really looking forward to this one. It might be my last Olympics, so I'm very happy that we got a bronze medal. ESPN.com

November 11, 2012 Updates

Langdon said playing in Europe allowed him to experience new cultures, especially during his six years in Moscow. Like most of us, all he knew were stereotypes of the city, but he learned to understand and enjoy Russian culture. “It’s 15 million people there, you can get anything you need there, the language is difficult, but in terms of getting what you want, it’s like New York,” he said. “The people there are harsh at the beginning. They are just not going to embrace you immediately, especially if you are new. “For me, with the players, it wasn’t about being a person of color at all, it was more about being an American than anything.” Boston Globe

August 26, 2012 Updates
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Alex Kennedy: Free agent Sonny Weems has signed a three-year deal with CSKA Moscow in Russia, sources close to the situation confirm. Twitter

Forward Sonny Weems (26 y.o., 198 cm) joined CSKA Moscow. The contract with the American player is signed for three years. Sportando

July 25, 2012 Updates
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The Brooklyn Nets are making a hard to push to bring Andrei Kirilenko back to the NBA despite their limited salary-cap flexibility, according to sources close to the situation. After spending well over $300 million in guaranteed contracts this offseason, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is trying to convince his countryman to join the Nets now that Kirilenko has announced in Russia that he wants to return to the NBA after a successful season with CSKA Moscow. ESPN.com

July 23, 2012 Updates
July 22, 2012 Updates

Former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, currently playing at CSKA Moscow, may have a way back to the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets, the Nets' manager told local radio Saturday. Kirilenko, who was named Euroleague MVP this season and will be one of the leaders of the Russia team at the coming London Olympics, has been heavily linked a move back overseas in recent weeks. "We're talking to Kirilenko," Billy King told Fox Sports Radio. "I saw him in the Euroleague Final Four. Yes, he still can play. He'd be a great piece to add to us. He'd give us more depth at the forward spot." RIA Novosti

July 21, 2012 Updates

The biggest thing working against the Nets is what they are able to pay him. Because they are now well over the salary cap and have used their “mini” mid-level exception to sign Bosnian power forward Mirza Teletovic, the Nets can only offer Kirilenko the veteran’s minimum. Kirilenko’s contract with CSKA reportedly is worth $4 million a year, with the option to leave for the NBA each summer if he chooses to do so. New York Post

July 20, 2012 Updates

According to multiple sources from Russia, Kirilenko has already decided to stay with the Moscow team. He remains cryptic, though, and in the big question answered to gazeta.ru: “I haven’t decided yet where I will play. Maybe Brooklyn Nets, maybe CSKA”. EuroHoops.net

Is it really possible that Andrei Kirilenko could join the Nets at this late stage of free agency? He says it is! During a break in Olympic training Thursday, the 6'9" forward was asked by a Russian reporter about his professional future. - One can not ask about your club career? When will you make a final decision? - I do not know. Before me is a very serious dilemma. There are several scenarios. - Is one of them - "Brooklyn Nets"? - Maybe "Brooklyn Nets", and perhaps with CSKA Moscow ... NetsDaily

July 16, 2012 Updates
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- The other 20% are Memphis and Cleveland? Alexey Shved: Not necessarily. Right now I’m a CSKA player. Though, of course, I want to try what I can do in the States. I had several offers from NBA teams, but together with my agent Obrad Fimic we decided to go to Minnesota. Right now Obrad is in Vegas, where the Summer League games are taking place – he’s there to continue the talks. Rush'n Hoops

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