HoopsHype FIBA rumors

January 28, 2014 Updates
January 27, 2014 Updates

The 2014 FIBA Baskebtall World Cup will mark the last time that a system of attribution of wild cards is called into play. Under its new system of competition and calendar which comes into effect in 2017, FIBA will ensure that the best teams qualify for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup over the course of a qualification phase taking place over 18 months. FIBA.com

FIBA 
January 24, 2014 Updates

Boris Diaw confirmed on Twitter that he wants to play in FIBA World Cup in Spain next summer. The Spurs forward won the gold medal at Eurobasket last September with French National Team. Sportando

January 23, 2014 Updates
January 22, 2014 Updates
January 21, 2014 Updates
January 14, 2014 Updates

Nets lead assistant Joe Prunty has agreed to a new deal to remain as the head coach of Great Britain’s national team for this summer’s EuroBasket qualification round. Team sources confirmed that approval has been granted for him to take the helm for a second campaign after guiding an inexperienced side to the brink of the second round of the finals in Slovenia in September 2013 -- without the services of Luol Deng of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Joel Freeland of the Portland Trail Blazers. ESPN.com

Kirilenko -- who confirmed he will not play for Russia in September’s FIBA World Cup in Spain -- will catch up this week with a group of friends who have flown in from his native land to see him in action. ESPN.com

Nets lead assistant Joe Prunty has agreed a new deal to remain as the head coach of Great Britain’s national team for this summer’s EuroBasket qualification round. Team sources confirmed that approval has been granted for him to take the helm for a second campaign after guiding an inexperienced side to the brink of the second round of last September’s finals in Slovenia -- without the services of Luol Deng of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Joel Freeland of the Portland Trail Blazers. British Basketball has called a press conference Wednesday to formally announce the return of Prunty, who was an assistant in Cleveland before coming to Brooklyn last summer. ESPN.com

January 7, 2014 Updates

Paul Coro: FIBA clearance is holding up the Barbosa 10-day contract signing. No medical issues. He will be in the stands for tonight's #SunsAtBulls. Twitter @paulcoro

December 20, 2013 Updates

With a taste for the unconventional, he now has his eyes fixed on an alternative summer job. In 2012, his British passport arrived in the mail, sparking a frenetic but ultimately fruitless courtship to recruit him for Great Britain’s Olympic squad. He was in, then out. Confusion reigned when he was taking part in a training game in Charlotte on the same day his no-show for London was announced. There was no misdirection, Mullens affirms. “I had a toe injury in April that year. It really messed everything up about the Olympics. It sucked not going there. But it was better for me. My son was born in August so there was no chance of me missing that.” BT.com

With his move to the Clippers in the works, he also passed on this past summer’s EuroBasket finals. 2014’s qualification campaign, he hints, may be a different tale after a recent discussion with GB coach Joe Prunty. “The question’s in the air. I talked to Joe. I’ll need to talk to my family as well.” BT.com

November 26, 2013 Updates

However, Mullens confirmed over the weekend he was still open to playing for Britain and Deng believes that goes for Gordon too. 'With any player, it’s just like any other job, the more you show them attention and show them how interested you are, the more they want to play for you,' he said. 'GB has to be in touch with these guys, and even hire somebody who can go and watch them every now and then. Daily Mail

Horford, a 27-year-old veteran center of the Atlanta Hawks who is averaging 17.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks so far in the 2013-14 NBA season, plans on being with the squad in 2014. "God willing," Horford said, "I will represent the country at the World Cup. It's only a question of me being healthy. I feel very proud to represent my country." FIBA.com

For example the dates for the qualification round of the 2019′s World Cup are: 20-28/11/17, 19-27/2/18, 25/6-3/7/18, 17/9-25/9/18, 26/11-4/12/18 and 18/2-26-2/19. Also, Fiba decided to organize four qualification rounds for the Olympic games of 2020 in Japan. EuroHoops.net

November 25, 2013 Updates

Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic, the lynchpin of Montenegro's national team, has pledged to return to the fold and silence critics who accused him of skipping EuroBasket 2013. "I had private commitments that I had to take care of. It was my top priority, in summer I completed something I've fought and worked for during my whole life in basketball," Pekovic told Voice of America in an interview, referring to the new contract he signed with the Timberwolves in August. "But from now on nothing can prevent me from rejoining the national team in future campaigns," Pekovic said. TalkBasket

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.