HoopsHype Kyrylo Fesenko rumors

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

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The Mavericks still have one roster spot open and are exploring the feasibility of filling it with the best free-agent big man still available: Kyrylo Fesenko. Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Saturday that the Mavericks, even after signing local high school product Sean Williams as a third center earlier this week, have extended a one-year offer to Fesenko. ESPN.com

December 23, 2011 Updates

Marc Stein: Hearing that Toronto has joined bidding for free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko. Raps join Heat and Warriors at front of the line for Jazz ex Twitter

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Former Utah center and UFA Kyrylo Fesenko is making progress while recovering from an offseason knee injury. "Simple procedure and he is feeling good," said Stu Lash, Fesenko's agent. A timetable has not been set for Fesenko's return, but he is expected to be ready when the 2011-12 season begins. Salt Lake Tribune

September 9, 2011 Updates

Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko — playing for Mike Fratello’s Ukrainian team at EuroBasket — was trying to body up D.J. Mbenga on the low block when his knee buckled and he fell to the ground in pain. (Follow this link to the video, if you want to see it.) It wasn’t a dirty play, just one of those things, but Fesenko went straight to the ground. Jazz blog SLC Dunk tweets it is a torn ligament and he will be out two months, we’re trying to get another report to confirm this (a report where we don’t need Google translate). This likely would involve surgery, but again we’re trying to find some more details. Fesenko was averaging just under 10 minutes a game for the Ukraine, giving them 5 points and 2 boards a game. NBCSports.com

July 25, 2011 Updates

Center Kyrylo Fesenko is reportedly close to signing a contract with professional Ukrainian team Dnipro. But Fesenko's agent, Stu Lash, said Monday that he is unaware of the deal. On the surface, the move would make sense for Fesenko. The 24-year-old is a native of the Ukraine, will compete in the 2011 EuroBasket tournament for his home country and still has personal ties to the region. Fesenko was recently linked to Spanish club Baskonia, though, and he has been pursued by other international teams in the past. Fesenko is also expected to receive attention from NBA teams once the lockout ends and free agency begins. Salt Lake Tribune

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