HoopsHype Fenerbahce Ulker rumors


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Fenerbahce Ulker of Istanbul has received clearance to sign Ilkan Karaman, the Nets' 2012 second round pick, to a three-year contract, giving the Turkish League team two Nets picks at the forward spots. Bojan Bogdanovic, the Nets 2011 pick, plays small forward while Karaman, 6'10" and 255, plays PF. According to some reports, Karaman will have the right to opt out of his deal next July and sign with the Nets. Others suggest his "out" won't come until 2014. Bogdanovic has an "out" this July. Under terms of the CBA, the Nets can contribute more than a half-million dollars to each of the players' buyout packages. There's no limit on how many international contracts an NBA team can buy out. NetsDaily

Emiliano Carchia: Ilkan Karaman to Fenerbahce is now official. The youngster will be a Fener player. Via @Basketdergisi Twitter

August 17, 2012 Updates

Ilkan Karaman will join Istanbul's Fenerbahce Ulker this season, the Turkish team announced Friday. The signing means that the Nets' two "Euro-Stash", Karaman and 2011 pick Bojan Bogdanovic, will both play for the Turkish and Euroleague powerhouse. Karaman, a 6'9.5", 255-pound power forward, signed a three-year deal with Fenerbahce. Under contract terms, Karaman will not be eligible for an NBA buyout until the summer of 2014. Bogdanovic is eligible next summer. NetsDaily

August 14, 2012 Updates

David Andersen signed in the last hours his two-year contract with Fenerbahce Ulker, as reported by Ismail Senol. The Australian forward with Danish passport will be announced in the coming hours by Fenerbahce who agreed on buyout with Siena since weeks (around €800.000). The official announcement is expected soon. Sportando

August 10, 2012 Updates

In the upcoming days Fenerbahce will announce the signing of David Andersen, as reported by Fanatik.com. The Australian forward with Danish passport comes from Montepaschi Siena who will get around 800.000 euros as buyout. Sportando

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The GM of Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey confirmed to a local sports site that Bojan Bogdanovic, the Nets second round pick in 2011, will be staying with Fener next season. Kemal Dincer, Fenerbahce's GM, talked with Basketfaul about the personnel market of the Turkish team and noted, "Bojan Bogdanovic will stay with us next season." He also denied a report that Jordan Farmar would join Fener after his buyout from the Hawks, expected later this week. NetsDaily

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Ettore Messina denies any agreement with Fenerbahce Ulker. In fact, if Messina decided to return to Europe his first option would be CSKA Moscow. TuBasket.com

January 19, 2012 Updates

After debuting overseas last season with Turkish squad Fenerbahce Ulker, he inked with Zagreb back in October. Two years in to his European hoops experience, life back in the NBA looms heavy on May's mind with a second shot at a first impression. "Obviously my goal is to get back to the league," May told Ridiculous Upside. "I have a lot to prove still and I know I can still play at that level and help a team given the opportunity. " Ridiculous Upside

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Turkish champion Fenerbahce Ulker strengthened itself on the wings with the signing of Thabo Sefolosha, who is among the game's premier defensive players. Sefolosha (1.99 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Oklahoma City of the NBA, where he averaged 5.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals over 79 games as a starter last season. Euroleague.net

October 12, 2011 Updates

Starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha has agreed to play in Turkey. A Swiss television network first reported the deal Tuesday night. Sefolosha's agent, Guy Zucker, confirmed the report to The Oklahoman. Sefolosha will join the Turkish club Fenerbahce Ulker and is expected to sign as early as Wednesday. Because Sefolosha is under contract with the Thunder, his deal will contain an out clause with Fenerbahce that allows him to return to the NBA whenever the lockout is lifted. Oklahoman

Zucker said he had been in talks with Istanbul-based Fenerbahce for awhile, but Monday's announcement that the NBA regular season's first two weeks would be canceled made it an easy decision. “These lockout talks are going nowhere, and Thabo did not want to spend the whole season or most of the season sitting at home. He wanted to play,” Zucker said. “It's extremely difficult to predict if we're going to get a quick solution or if it's going to become a much more protracted battle with the owners regarding the new CBA. We waited until the last moment and then that moment passed. Now they're beginning to cancel games, and this could last for quite sometime. So Thabo wanted to play, and this was too good of an opportunity to pass up on.” Oklahoman

August 9, 2011 Updates

There is also the question of whether European clubs can afford to pay big salaries to NBA players amid the worldwide recession and the financial crisis in Greece that threatens to spread to other countries in Europe. Bertomeu warned that the biggest clubs in Europe have the wherewithal to recruit any player. "When you talk about teams such as FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Fenerbahce Ulker [of Istanbul],'' he said, "you're talking about clubs whose budgets double the Lakers' budget." While it's true that FC Barcelona, Madrid and other big clubs draw from enormous budgets, most of that money is created by -- and allocated to -- its soccer club. SI.com

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