HoopsHype Kyrylo Fesenko rumors

March 19, 2012 Updates
March 5, 2012 Updates

The Bucks’ interest in signing unrestricted free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko has waned. The Bucks, who are in the market for a backup center, have had several discussions with Fesenko’s agent, Stu Lash. Racine Journal-Times

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

February 17, 2012 Updates
February 14, 2012 Updates

Ever since starting center Andrew Bogut fractured his left ankle against the Houston on Jan. 25, the Bucks have been exploring different avenues to secure another big man. Within the next week, they are expected to take a good, hard look at Kyrylo Fesenko, a 7-1, 290-pound center who played the last four seasons with the Utah Jazz. "We've had discussions about bringing him in and working him out,'' Bucks general manager John Hammond said Monday night after the Bucks-Miami Heat game at the Bradley Center. Racine Journal-Times

February 6, 2012 Updates

The Hawks plan to sign a center and it almost certainly will be a guy on a 10-day contract rather than a permanent addition. They’ve discussed Kyrylo Fesenko, Erick Dampier and Dan Gadzuric but, as far as I know, they haven’t inquired with those guys yet to gauge their interest in a short-term gig in Atlanta. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February 5, 2012 Updates

The Hawks plan to sign a center and it almost certainly will be a guy on a 10-day contract rather than a permanent addition. They’ve discussed Kyrylo Fesenko, Erick Dampier and Dan Gadzuric but, as far as I know, they haven’t inquired with those guys yet to gauge their interest in a short-term gig in Atlanta. I’ve always thought Fesenko, the massive 7-foot Ukranian, is probably the best item in the Big Man Bargain Bin (excluding Joel Przybilla, who has eyes for the Heat or Bulls). But you figured something was up when the Warriors reportedly had an agreement with Fesenko in December but balked at signing him and then passed on him again after Kwame Brown went down last month. Word is the knee injury Fesenko suffered playing for the Ukraine last summer remains a concern; his conditioning and work ethic were suspect before he got hurt and so you have to wonder how much he can give. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February 3, 2012 Updates

The Bucks are looking at Kyrylo Fesenko and Joel Przybilla, according to sources. Fesenko is an unrestricted free agent who has three years of NBA experience. Przybilla lives in Milwaukee and started his career with the team. HoopsWorld

January 13, 2012 Updates

Golden State previously had an agreement with free agent center Kyrylo Fesenko, formerly of Utah. But after he worked out with the team, the Warriors decided to pass. One team source said Golden State would not take another look at Fesenko. Whoever the Warriors add will likely mean the departure of point guard Ish Smith. Golden State is currently at the maximum of 15 players, which means the team would need to waive someone to create a roster spot. Contra Costa Times

January 12, 2012 Updates
January 1, 2012 Updates

Marc Stein: Mavs' interest in Kyrylo Fesenko unchanged by Yi move, sources say. But adding Yi gives 'em 15-man roster so they'd have to make room first Twitter

December 31, 2011 Updates

Fesenko had committed to signing with the Warriors earlier this week, but sources told ESPN.com that Golden State and Fesenko "mutally" canceled their plans to finalize a one-year deal worth just under $1.1 million, in part because Fesenko needs an additional week or two to get into game shape after September knee surgery. Sources said Fesenko is now leaning toward accepting the Mavs' one-year minimum offer and is likely to make a decision by early next week. ESPN.com

Fesenko was injured playing for Mike Fratello-coached Ukraine during the European Championships late in the summer and is in the final stages of his recovery. The Warriors' interest in Fesenko faded, sources said, once he arrived in the Bay Area and it became clear that he wouldn't be able to play immediately. The Mavericks, meanwhile, are simply trying to fortify a frontcourt rotation still recovering from the departure of Tyson Chandler via sign-and-trade to the New York Knicks. Newly-signed Sean Williams has made a promising start since joining his hometown Mavericks last week, but sources say that Dallas remains interested in filling its final open roster spot with an additional shot-blocker or rebounder. ESPN.com

The Warriors on Friday decided not to sign free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko, leaving a roster spot open to potentially sign another guard. The fifth-year, 7-foot-1, 288-pounder and the Warriors had agreed to the terms of a one-year deal worth $1.07 million on Tuesday. He was in Oakland on Wednesday and ran through some drills, but a Warriors official said the team later "decided to go in another direction." That direction is unclear, but it might be to add guard depth since point guard Stephen Curry has right ankle issues and shooting guard Monta Ellis will be in Mississippi for the funeral of his grandmother for an unspecified amount of time. San Francisco Chronicle

December 30, 2011 Updates

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