HoopsHype Luke Babbitt rumors

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Luke Babbitt is in Real Madrid's radar in case Nikola Mirotic decides to sign with Chicago. As

February 7, 2014 Updates

The Pelicans, for the record, were not the only NBA team interested in bringing Babbitt back to the States. The former Portland Trail Blazers first-round pick struggled in his first three pro seasons, shooting only 37.2 percent from the field in limited looks as a Blazer, but he returns to the NBA as one of Europe's hottest shooters after hitting on better than 57 percent of 3s in Russia. ESPN.com

February 5, 2014 Updates

New Orleans Pelicans announced the signing of forward Luke Babbitt, Nizhny Novgorod admitted that the Russian club’s demands were satisfied and his letter of clearance is traveling to the States. As Eurohoops reported the initial reaction of Nizhny was not constrained. However Babbitt had already left Russia and there was no turning back. As Nizhny’s general manager Sergey Panov said: “This situation was unpleasant for the club. We encountered for the first time such a behavior. We did not want his act to go unpunished just because the NBA came calling. Therefore, we firmly negotiated, there were hundreds of phone calls, emails and I met with his agent in Belgrade. As a result, the amount of the compensation that we were paid, is proportionate to his contract with the Pelicans”. The exact amount of the buy out wasn’t announced. EuroHoops.net

February 4, 2014 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed forward Luke Babbitt. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released. Babbit, who was originally drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft and traded to the Portland Trail Blazers on draft day, joins the Pelicans after spending part of the 2013-14 season in the Euroleague for Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). NBA.com

February 1, 2014 Updates

Former Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt and the New Orleans Pelicans have reached an agreement on a two-year deal, a league source informed CSNNW.com. Babbitt, 24, was playing for BC Nizhny Novgorod of the Russian Professional Basketball League before he left the team recently with the intention of signing with New Orleans. However, BC Nizhny Novgorod wasn’t facilitating that move having issued a statement saying that they will not sign his absentee letter, disallowing him to sign with any other team. The two sides reached a buyout yesterday and Babbitt is expected to report to New Orleans on Tuesday. CSNNW.com

January 30, 2014 Updates

A new kind of “cold war” has emerged, this time between American player Luke Babbitt and his Russian team Nizhny Novgorod. Babbitt was the marquee summer addition to the team which competes in Eurocup and VTB league, however he wants to leave in order to return to the NBA as he has a contract offer by New Orleans Pelicans. EuroHoops.net

In a brief interview of Sergei Panov, former Russian national team player and general manager of Nizhny, which was reproduced in the official site of the team, it’s clear that Nizhny at this point will not let Babbitt return to the NBA. As Panov said: “They made us an offer, which didn’t satisfied us. Now we will negotiate through agents, attorneys and lawyers. I learned some new English words after this incident like “spit in the face” and “shit on your soul”". At this point, if Nizhny and the Russian basketball federation refuse to send the letter of clearance of Babbitt to the States, he will not be able to sign anywhere else until the end of the season according to the FIBA-NBA agreement. EuroHoops.net

January 29, 2014 Updates

To summarize, Babbitt left Russia, he apparently has generated NBA interest, BC Nizhny Novgorod is upset that he left at the spur of the moment, and they plan to fight his ability to sign with another team. Babbitt agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Russian team back in August after the Blazers decided not to extend a fourth-year rookie option to the 2010 first-round pick. Babbitt, 24, holds NBA career averages of 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds over three seasons. Babbitt was averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for BC Nizhny Novgorod in VTB League play, according to EuroBasket.com. Blazers Edge

December 10, 2013 Updates

On March 20 in Chicago last season, Portland was practicing the day before it squared off against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center and things got a little heated. Freeland and former Trail Blazer Luke Babbitt got into a scuffle. According to some onlookers, Babbitt was repeatedly fighting through screens using his elbows. After being struck a couple of times already, Freeland warned Babbitt in a not-so-friendly way that that would be his last elbow. A play later, Babbitt did it again, resulting in a physical altercation. According to an eyewitness, a fired-up Freeland literally picked up Babbitt and threw him to the ground. The two eventually ended up on the floor exchanging blows before teammates intervened and separated them. CSNNW.com

August 30, 2013 Updates

The announcement includes a brief (rare) interview with Babbitt. Here's an excerpt thanks to Google Translator. I've tried to clean it up slightly. Why did you move from the strongest league in the world (NBA) to Nizhny Novgorod? "I wanted to play for a team that will give me the opportunity to show what I can do on the court. I will try to prove that I was able to [play a] complete game and can do more than just [shoot] a three-pointer. In this sense, the situation in Nizhny Novgorod - a great opportunity for me." Is this the first time you've played in Europe? Do you think that basketball is different from the U.S.? "This is the third time I'm going to play in Europe. [I] participated in several tournaments when I was in high school and college. I think the game is a little different in style and there are some other rules to which I will have to adapt." Blazers Edge

What do you know about Russia and how did your loved ones react to the news about your move? "I know that the weather is cold in Russia, but my family and friends were very happy for me when I told them about [my] new team. In the near future I will be very happy to meet with [my] new teammates." Blazers Edge

August 28, 2013 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers free agent forward Luke Babbitt has agreed to a one-year deal with the Europe club BC Nizhny Novgorod of Russia, a league source informed CSNNW.com. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the fact that no announcement has been made, added that the deal does not contain an NBA-out clause. CSNNW.com

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