HoopsHype Maccabi Tel Aviv rumors

December 2, 2011 Updates

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
November 26, 2011 Updates

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

Once NBA play resumes, Farmar sees an improved Nets team after struggling in recent seasons. He sees the new arena being built in Brooklyn as a new beginning that would lure free agents. "I don't see (the Nets) struggling for too much longer. They are headed in the right direction and Avery Johnson is a hell of a coach," he said. "I have a lot of confidence the Nets will be very good in the future." YNetNews.com

November 17, 2011 Updates
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

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