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August 26, 2014 Updates

The Greek agent for Knicks draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo said he’s “amazed’’ his client chose to play in the NBA’s D-League for the $25,000 cap and turn down an offer from an A-Division team in the Italian League, calling it “a big sacrifice.’’ According to agent Tim Lotsos, the Italian club, Varese, offered Antetokounmpo a two-year deal worth $550,000 with an opt-out to join the NBA after one year. Olympiakos in Greece and Sevilla in Spain also offered him deals. “Amazing isn’t it?,’’ Lotsos told The Post in a phone call from Greece. “To my surprise, he passed on it. He’s very ambitious and determined to make the NBA. It’s a big sacrifice. It could’ve really put him ahead of schedule in his career. I didn’t try to force him. I wanted him to make his own decision.’’ New York Post

The high-energy Greek guard played on the Knicks summer league team and looked raw, committing eight fouls in the opener. However, Jackson said his name should be changed from Thanasis to “Tenacious.’’ According to a source, the communication between Thanasis and the Knicks was poor and the Greek energizer was disappointed they didn’t see him fit for the 15-man roster. In fact, after The Post’s report he would be stashed, Antetokounmpo told another news outlets it was news to him. As recently as three weeks ago, at a rookie orientation camp, Thanasis said he planned to be in Knicks’ training camp. New York Post

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Upea Capo d'Orlando seems to have turned on former Sixers Xavier Silas, source told Sportando. The Italian team considered Rodney Green as first choice for swingman/forward position, but reaching an agreement with him is quite difficult due to economical reasons. Silas was the second name on the list but now he has risen to the first position. Sportando

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Unrestricted free agent MarShon Brooks is progressing toward finalizing contract terms with Olimpia Milano Armani of the European League, a source told RealGM. Brooks had been in dialogue with NBA teams before advancing in negotiations with Olimpia Milano on Tuesday night. For Brooks, the Italian club holds great appeal for its financial stability and opportunity to play significant minutes in a supreme overseas league. RealGM

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E'Twaun Moore is signing with Olimpia Milano a one-year deal, according to sources. The American guard spent his entire career in the NBA but a short stint with Treviso in Italy during the lockout. Moore is free agent after his contract with Orlando expired in June. Sportando

July 31, 2014 Updates

After the signing of Shawn James Olimpia Milano's frontcourt is complete. The team has now to dedicate his attentions to the shooting-guard, who will replace Daniel Hackett. The team has one favourite name: former Orlando Magic E'Twaun Moore. The player is without contract in NBA and is still searching for a new one in USA, but there are reasons to belive he can consider the possibility to come back to Europe if a top team like Milan will to make him an important offer, according to sources. Sportando

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