HoopsHype Maccabi Tel Aviv rumors


September 27, 2012 Updates

Free agent power forward Malcolm Thomas, 23, is approaching a roster spot with Israel's power Maccabi Tel Aviv, league sources told Sportando on Thursday. Yesterday, Aaron Mintz, Thomas' agent and Maccabi's head coach David Blatt, held discussions that were described "very positive." Sportando

September 23, 2012 Updates

David 'Dubi' Pick: Following @Marc Stein's Shanghai Sharks & DJ White report, Maccabi TLV received word that White isn't leaning towards Israeli hoops. Twitter

September 19, 2012 Updates

Hours after announcing the release of British big man Pops Mensah-Bonsu, and moments into the team's 2012-13 official press conference at Nokia Arena, Maccabi Tel Aviv hits the free agent market. Again. Whispers in Israeli basketball circles reached Sportando revealing that Maccabi looked into the status of NBA free agent big man D.J. White. Sportando

Maccabi Tel Aviv announced that they have waived Pops Mensah-Bonsu. The British forward arrived in Israel ready to join his new team but the physicals showed that he was not healed from the knee injury suffered with the National Team during the summer. Sportando

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Michael Cunningham: Source says Larry Drew is not seeking to add Blatt to staff. At Maccabi camp to observe, learn, share ideas. Twitter

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According to Israel Today, Pops Mensah Bonsu agreed to terms with Maccabi Tel Aviv. The British forward who is playing Olympics in London spent last season in Turkey with Besiktas winning both Eurochallenge and TBL. Galatasaray and Unics Kazan were interested in Pops too. Sportando

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The Israeli’s league final will probably be the last game of Sofoklis Schortsanitis as a Maccabi Tel Aviv’s player, since the club has already inform him that it will not use the renewal option in his contract for next season. The best offer until now to him from a European elite club, according to Eurohoops.net sources, comes from Spain and Caja Laboral. There is a contract waiting for 27 years old “Sofo” in Vitoria, it’s quite attractive and it’s the first substantial offer for him in the European market. EuroHoops.net

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Having been a role player during most of his professional career, Farmar thrived in Maccabi after he became one of the team's pillars in the Euroleague. "I very much contemplate the possibility of returning to Europe one day because I learnt so much playing here, a different style of basketball," Farmar told Reuters after Maccabi's 74-71 defeat at Partizan Belgrade on Thursday. "Not having this opportunity before, I never knew what it was all about and in my mind the NBA was always the only option. "Knowing that there is such high-level basketball in Europe, where the game is a a lot faster and more physical than in the NBA, will give me more options when the time comes to make a decision to move on." Eurosport

November 28, 2011 Updates

Farmar had 15 points and 13 assists in the win over Cedevita, which raised Maccabi's record to 8-0 in the Adriatic League. He leads Maccabi in scoring and assists in both Adriatic League play (13.2 points, 6.2 assists) and Euroleague league play (14.7 points, 4.3 assists). "It's been a great experience, for me, personally, off the floor, to live somewhere away from home, and get a chance to see my family grow by just being together. No matter where we are in the world, we'll be fine. And then, basketball-wise, it was a great opportunity for me to play basketball the way I know how. I got a chance to do what I do well -- for the first time, really, in my career.'' Farmar knows when he returns to the Nets, he'll take a back seat to Deron Williams, who also played overseas during the lockout and also excelled. Williams, who played for Besiktas, in Turkey, averaged 21.8 points per game, and 6.5 assists, and scored 50 in a game against a German team last week. The Nets' third point guard, Sundiata Gaines, also played overseas, in Georgia. Newark Star-Ledger

November 27, 2011 Updates
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The departure of the New Jersey Nets guard will leave a massive void at Maccabi, with Farmar leading the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes in the Euroleague this season. “This has been an experience which changed my life,” Farmar said on Saturday. “I feel like I’m a better person and a better player for this experience.” Jerusalem Post

November 22, 2011 Updates

As a player representative for the Nets, Farmar keeps on top of the labor situation and fully supports the decision of the players' union, which last week rejected a proposal from the owners calling for a 50-50 split of basketball related income that would have provided for a 72-game season to start in mid-December. "I understand what we are going through and the points we are fighting for," Farmar said. "The ground we made over the past labor negotiations, to give them back now is a tough thing to swallow." "A lot of guys want to be out there playing and I am one of them. I am in a different situation because I have a comfortable situation here, although there is still nothing like having a job that you are familiar with." YNetNews.com

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