HoopsHype Kyrylo Fesenko rumors


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

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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

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December 24, 2011 Updates

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

December 22, 2011 Updates

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