HoopsHype Real Madrid rumors

December 16, 2013 Updates

HoopsHype.com was the first to report over the weekend that Bulls officials arranged a Saturday sit-down with Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic. Sources close to the situation later told ESPN.com that the Bulls are indeed doing everything they can on the buyout front to be able to bring Mirotic to the NBA next season after taking him in the first round of the 2011 draft. Then on Monday, Chicago unexpectedly released veteran point guard Mike James, who made the Bulls' roster out of training camp to provide coach Tom Thibodeau with an experienced hand whenever needed for spot duty behind Rose. But with Rose sidelined again and Chicago's short- and long-term aspirations in flux as a result, management has abruptly decided to release the 38-year-old to ensure that unproven youngsters Marquis Teague and newly acquired D.J. Augustin get as many minutes as possible. ESPN.com

Nikola Mirotic on Bulls: I have contact with them, my people too. They watch my games a lot, they call me, they look after me. It's good, but I try to do my job here [with Real Madrid]. I'm not worried about it, I know I have time for that. I want to finish this year in a good way and see what the options are so I can make a decision. ElMundo.es

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Jan Vesely finally made his 2013 debut Tuesday night in Dallas, recording no stats in 79 seconds of action. If this is going to be his breakout season, the breaking hasn’t quite started yet. Nevertheless, there’s at least one person extremely enthusiastic about Vesely’s potential. I’m referring, of course, to David Arcas, a writer for El Mundo Madridista.com. In Arcas’s piece about Vesely, we learn that Real Madrid will likely be losing star Nicola Mirotic to the NBA, that the club and Vesely’s agent are willing to negotiate his return to Europe to play for Real, that he’s lost playing time to Kevin Seraphin and Al Harrington, that he doesn’t have the support of his coach or his team, and that there could be competition from Turkish and Russian clubs for Vesely’s services. Washington Post

November 4, 2013 Updates

Nikola Mirotic has been named Euroleague MVP for the month of October. Mirotic helped lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 record while averaging 16.3 points per game on 71.4 percent two-point shooting, 85.7 percent from three and 91.7 percent from the free throw line. Mirotic also averaged 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1 block per game. Mirotic's per-minute index rating was 48.14, which is 30 percent higher than the full-season record average of 37.21 by Arvydas Sabonis. RealGM

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Nikola Mirotic: "I don't know if this will be my last season with Real Madrid. It's normal that a young player with ambition would think about playing in the NBA. It's not a bad thing. The NBA is there, waiting, and probably I will go there one day. Why not? But now I'm here in Madrid and I want to enjoy it." Marca.com

September 18, 2013 Updates

During Spain’s 90-60 blowout win over Serbia, Gasol hit teammate Sergio Llull with this incredible full-court pass, which Llull caught for an easy layup. He wows in the NBA with his passing, which is rare for a player his size, but his dominance over other players is even more pronounced in EuroBasket. Just look at the degree of difficulty of this pass: For The Win

September 16, 2013 Updates

Sergio Rodríguez: Looking back, (the NBA experience) wasn't that bad. I played 300 games, I had a blast and lived a dream... and I ended up in New York – starting for the Knicks. When I decided to return to Europe, it was Real Madrid no less, which was a big deal to me. I was going to be able to play at the Euroleague, shoot for championships and deal with the extreme pressure that comes with having to win all the time. When I left the NBA, I felt kind of empowered by the fact that I was joining Real Madrid. HoopsHype

September 7, 2013 Updates

The Rockets might be watching the play of Spain’s Sergio Llull and Greece’s Kostas Papanikolaou, players not of the roster whose rights they hold, even more closely. Papanikolao, whose rights the Rockets acquired in the trade that sent Thomas Robinson to Portland, did not do much in the tournament opener, but had 10 points in 21 minutes against the strong Russian frontcourt. Llull has already established himself as a solid prospect and has played well in Fiba events, but has gotten off to a slow start this week. He made 1 of 4 shots in the blowout of Croatia and went just 1 of 3 in the upset loss to Goran Dragic and Slovenia. A 6-4 guard, Llull’s strong play for Real Madrid has earned the sort of contract that the Rockets were not ready to offer until he is ready for a significant role, but he should make the jump in a year or two making him someone worth watching. Houston Chronicle

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