HoopsHype Maccabi Tel Aviv rumors

November 15, 2011 Updates

"Maccabi and I have signed the contract and I'm as happy as can be to be returning home," Casspi wrote on his Facebook page. "I'm so excited to be coming back home, to my family and the best fans in the world." "I will be coming in January assuming the NBA season is canceled. The reason I will only be arriving in January is because I don't want Maccabi to suffer from having two players leaving the team at once should there eventually be an NBA season." Jerusalem Post

Early in the lockout process, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony flirted with the idea of playing overseas before squashing it because of their respective rehabs and with hopes the lockout would not cancel the season. But with yesterday’s announcement the union will disband and the players will file an anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA that could kill the season, the overseas option will reopen for both players. Stoudemire, who has said he has Jewish roots, had received an offer from Maccabi Tel Aviv in the summer. Agent Happy Walters represents three Knicks, Stoudemire, rookie first-rounder Iman Shumpert and Shawne Williams, who would become a free agent. Walters said he would soon revisit the possibilities. Melo had talked about playing in China during his visit, but Chinese teams have no opt-out clause. New York Post

November 14, 2011 Updates

Maccabi Tel Aviv denied Sunday that it has held negotiations with NBA All-Star Kevin Durant after it was reported in the US that the Oklahoma City Thunder forward is weighing several offers from Europe, including from the yellow-and-blue. Jerusalem Post

“I don’t know where he got that from or where his agent got it, but it is a big compliment that he said he would like to play for Maccabi, although it is completely unfounded,” Blatt said. “If he wants to come and play for Maccabi we will find a place for him. He is one of my favorite players, but I think this is unrealistic.” Jerusalem Post

November 13, 2011 Updates

If the labor impasse isn’t resolved, Durant said he could sign a contract next week to play overseas. He’s weighing offers from Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, Valencia in Spain and BBC Bayreuth in Germany. Any deal Durant signs would include an opt-out clause that allows him to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends. Yahoo! Sports

November 9, 2011 Updates

The World from Public Radio International sat down (well, actually stood up) and talked to Jordan Farmar about playing in Israel, where he is during the NBA lockout. Farmar is a Los Angeles boy, born and raised, who went on to win a couple of rings with the Lakers before going to the Nets. Moving to Israel is a dramatic change. NBCSports.com

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With two easy road victories under its belt, Maccabi hosts Cibona Zagreb of Croatia this evening, and thanks to the NBA lockout, Farmar will be wearing the yellow uniform for the first time in front of home fans. How long he will remain a Maccabi player is a mystery, but for now the 24-year-old is just looking forward to his home debut. "I'm really not thinking about when the strike will end," he said yesterday. "As long as I'm here, I'm a Maccabi player and that's what matters." Haaretz

September 27, 2011 Updates

Raised in Los Angeles by his Jewish mother Melinda and stepfather Yehuda Kolani, a Tel Aviv native, the 24-year-old Farmar has many memories of watching Maccabi in his visits to Israel as a child and decided to approach the reigning Israeli champion and Euroleague runner-up this past summer, offering to play for a nominal sum. “I had offers from around Europe to come and play and an offer from Israel as well, but I thought that if I would go anywhere Maccabi would be my first choice,” Farmar told me earlier this week. Jerusalem Post

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