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July 17, 2014 Updates

After a two days negotiation, Kostas Papanikolaou decided not to accept the offer of Houston Rockets and he will not make the jump from Barcelona to the NBA. As he recently said to Eurohoops, he was willing to make a financial sacrifice, however the offer of the Rockets just wasn’t enough. The NBA team informed the representatives of the player that the four million US dollars for next two seasons was the best deal they could offer and under those conditions, Papanikolaou will remain in Europe. EuroHoops.net

July 15, 2014 Updates

Free agent Joey Dorsey has agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Dorsey, a 6-foot-9, 275-pound center, will play a backup role to All-Star Dwight Howard. Yahoo! Sports

Jonathan Feigen: Guaranteed. RT @blwarren: @Jonathan_Feigen @WojYahooNBA Gotta assume the Dorsey deal is non-guaranteed, right? Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

Jonathan Feigen: Rockets also in talks with Kostas Papanikolaou. Deal not complete. Waiting for me to be able to correcly spell Papanikolaou without checking Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

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June 27, 2014 Updates

Before the Washington Wizards traded away the No. 46 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, they received word that their last second-round selection — Czech guard Tomas Satoransky, who was chosen with the 32nd pick in 2012 — will remain overseas after signing a multi-year deal with FC Barcelona of the Spanish league. After playing with the Wizards summer league in 2012, Satoransky returned to international competition and has remained there, playing in Spain for what’s believed to be a more lucrative contract than what he would earn on a rookie scale deal. Washington Post

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Kostas Papanikolaou: I will need a balanced combination between the contract I will be offered and my role in a NBA team, in order to sign there. I don’t mean of course that I will demand the same kind of money that I get from Barcelona. For sure I am ready to sacrifice some money in order to get there. You have to make sacrifices in order to make your dreams a reality. But the way I will be approached, will play a pivotal role in my decision. I play in one of the best teams in Europe. I don’t want just to sign in the NBA without having a place in a team’s rotation. I don’t want something like a guarantee, I know how things work in the States. But I want to be sure that I will get an equal chance and they will trust me in order to get there, fight and establish myself in the NBA”. EuroHoops.net

Houston Rockets have his NBA rights and during the season they tried to sign him. His answer was negative. Our question is really simple. When he will go to the NBA? Kostas Papanikolaou: “Nothing change in my thoughts about the NBA. If I get a good chance, I will go. However, I am new in this team, they have treated me with respect and I only think about Barcelona. A team that helps me evolve my game and be better. So, I don’t know what will happen, if I will end up in the NBA this summer or the next one. EuroHoops.net

April 8, 2014 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki on if college was a serious option for him, and his path to the NBA: “Yeah, it was, and I had basically two options: It was either college or stay in Europe with a big club. I visited Barcelona, Real Madrid, some of those teams, two teams in Italy and practice there and get better and better and then maybe try to jump in the NBA, and then what happened was I had that huge Hoop Summit game, kind of out of nowhere I came over, when we played the best high school guys in the U.S., and I kind of had 34 or whatever, and that changed everything, I mean, all of a sudden, I had agents calling Holger, and it was nuts just from that one game, I had scouts calling Holger, and numerous colleges—I think I had like 36 college offers. Yeah, it was kind of all in the open, but that one game, that Hoop Summit kind of changed everything, and then I ended up deciding, ‘Hey, let me try the NBA, and if it doesn’t work, I can always come back to Europe and play at a high level for a long, long time. I was a little worried about in college, since I was a seven-footer, that they might just put me in the weight room and lift weights for years straight, not even see the court, and make me strong, make me a back-to-the-basket player … And then I said, ‘Ok, I’ll try the NBA,’ and I was always really to have Nellie my first couple of years. He was perfect for my skill-set with the stretch-four and mismatches and stuff like that, and even in the NBA, it worked out perfectly, because he was the coach in the beginning in Dallas.” Dallas Morning News

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