HoopsHype Didier Ilunga-Mbenga rumors

February 19, 2012 Updates

Sources indicated the Bucks could be interested in a pair of big men, former Utah center Kyrylo Fesenko and 7-foot center D.J. Mbenga. Both players are out of the league this season. The 7-1, 280-pound Fesenko played in 53 games with the Jazz last season and averaged 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds. Mbenga played in 49 games for the Lakers during the 2009-'10 season and 41 games for the Hornets last season. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

February 18, 2012 Updates

The Bucks are thin at the center position with Andrew Bogut out with a fractured left ankle and Drew Gooden ailing with a sprained right wrist. Gooden missed the Bucks' 94-85 loss in Orlando on Friday night and could be out for Sunday's game at New Jersey. Rookie Jon Leuer started at center against the Magic, and Larry Sanders and Jon Brockman took turns defending Orlando all-star center Dwight Howard, who finished with 26 points and 20 rebounds. Neither Fesenko or Mbenga has played in the NBA this season. The 7-foot-1, 280-pound Fesenko played in 53 games with Utah last season and averaged 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 4, 2012 Updates

According to several reports from Greece, Olympiacos is close to landing DJ Mbenga. The Belgian big man is free agent after his experience in the NBA. Among the two parts the agreement is almost reached and is missing just the signature on the contract. Sportando

December 16, 2011 Updates
September 9, 2011 Updates

Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko — playing for Mike Fratello’s Ukrainian team at EuroBasket — was trying to body up D.J. Mbenga on the low block when his knee buckled and he fell to the ground in pain. (Follow this link to the video, if you want to see it.) It wasn’t a dirty play, just one of those things, but Fesenko went straight to the ground. Jazz blog SLC Dunk tweets it is a torn ligament and he will be out two months, we’re trying to get another report to confirm this (a report where we don’t need Google translate). This likely would involve surgery, but again we’re trying to find some more details. Fesenko was averaging just under 10 minutes a game for the Ukraine, giving them 5 points and 2 boards a game. NBCSports.com

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October 16, 2010 Updates

The Blazers have worked out one possible center candidate, DJ Mbenga, and he later signed with the New Orleans Hornets. The Blazers do not have concrete plans to evaluate any other free agent candidates, but that's an option Cho "possibly" would consider in the future. Oregonian

October 14, 2010 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets signed free agent center D.J. Mbenga Wednesday after they worked him out earlier in the day. Mbenga, 7-foot, 255 pounds, played in 49 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Mbenga registered his first career double-double on Nov. 8, 2009 against the Hornets with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He played in three games during the 2010 playoffs, averaging 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds. New Orleans Times-Picayune

October 13, 2010 Updates

Free-agent center D.J. Mbenga has arrived in New Orleans to audition for the Hornets, according to sources close to the situation. Mbenga has also drawn interest from the Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers this month, but one source said Wednesday that the Congo-born 7-footer who represents Belgium internationally is close to signing a one-year deal with the Hornets. ESPN.com

October 12, 2010 Updates

And the Blazers also worked out DJ Mbenga on Monday, which doesn’t feel like much of an answer, either. Also, there’s the possibility of free agent Erick Dampier, whose asking price according to another league executive is reportedly $2 million this season — with a player option for 2011-2012. Oregonian

September 26, 2010 Updates
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September 4, 2010 Updates

According to the Belgian media, D.J. Mbenga will continue his career in the Denver Nuggets. Both parts would have reached a one-year agreement in principle. Mbenga has played during the last two seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers, helping his team to win both titles. Last season, the 29-year-old Belgian center averaged 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 51 games. Sources: Sport Wereld thehoopsmarket.com

August 28, 2010 Updates
August 27, 2010 Updates

D.J. Mbenga will continue playing for the Los Angeles Lakers next season for the minimum salary. The NBA franchise has reached a one-year agreement with the 29-year-old Belgian center, in the team since 2008. Mbenga, who has won two NBA titles with the Lakers, averaged 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in 6.7 minutes per game last season. The Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets were also in talks to land the five-year veteran center. thehoopsmarket.com

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