HoopsHype Sebastian Telfair rumors

September 27, 2013 Updates

Sebastian Telfair has received interest from a number of NBA teams this offseason, but sources close to the situation say that he’s also considering signing a deal with a team in Europe. The 28-year-old continues to weigh his options. If he signs overseas, it’s possible that he could sign with an NBA team later in the season once he has returned to the United States. Telfair spent last season with the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors. HoopsWorld

September 5, 2013 Updates

Sebastian Telfair has received interest from the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers among other teams, according to sources close to the situation. Telfair had previously been in contact with the New York Knicks, but sources say it’s unlikely that he’ll land with the Knicks. New York seems to have moved on and is now looking to add a big man. HoopsWorld

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Telfair has talked to several teams since free agency began. The New York Knicks have been in contact with the 28-year-old, and he would love to play for them since he’s from New York and currently owns a home about 30 minutes away from Madison Square Garden. Not only did the Knicks reach out to Telfair’s camp, members of the organization also spoke directly to the point guard to express their interest. HoopsWorld

Telfair would love to return home, but if that doesn’t work out then he wants to join a different contender. The Miami HEAT and Oklahoma City Thunder are among the other winning teams that have shown interest. Telfair could’ve signed a new deal already if he was willing to join a non-playoff team, but that’s not something he has considered at this point. He has yet to experience the postseason during his nine-year NBA career, and he wants that to change in the 2013-14 season. HoopsWorld

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Jared Zwerling: Source: No new news on Elton Brand. #Knicks still in play. ... On a side note, hearing that Telfair might not be in play for NY. Financial. Twitter @JaredZwerling

July 5, 2013 Updates

The Nets and Knicks have both been rumored to be courting Telfair, and Telfair made a bit of a splash on Friday afternoon when he tweeted “I’m heading home!!!!” Speculation immediately began that Telfair has agreed in principle to sign with one of New York’s NBA teams, but a source on Friday confirmed to SNY.tv that the Nets will not be signing Telfair. SNY Nets

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Alex Kennedy: The Knicks continue to pursue Sebastian Telfair, according to sources. Not only did they reach out to his camp, they spoke to him directly. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

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On the surface, Telfair’s would be an example that proves there is some merit to the insistence on a year of college. For all of his gifts with the ball, he has never developed a jump shot, connecting just 39% from the floor for his career. Accordingly, he has now bounced around the league, playing for eight different teams. “I definitely don’t regret it in any kind of way,” Telfair said. “I wish I could go back and have that experience, because I know, the older that I get, that experiences mean a lot. They define who you are at the end of the day. But I know a couple of guys who were in my same position who went to school and never got to the NBA. I’m here, and this is the ultimate goal, no matter what route you take, especially if you’ve played as long as I’ve been playing.” National Post

March 14, 2013 Updates

In 2006, the Blazers fined Telfair after he left a loaded gun on the team's plane. One year later, at the end of his season with the Celtics, he was arrested on a gun possession charge in the early morning after he was pulled over for speeding on a suspended license. Wyc Grousbeck, the Celtics' managing partner, removed Telfair's nameplate from his locker and all but promised that the team would cut ties with him. Telfair admits that he couldn't begin to understand the mistake he had made. "I was stupid," he says. "I was thinking, I'm not trying to hurt nobody, I'm not going to kill nobody, rob no bank ... you don't understand what you're doing wrong, and as a basketball player, certain things are just not accepted. Certain things society is not going to accept from a basketball player. So if you can't take that, you can't be a pro. I really haven't had any trouble with the law, and then I got in that situation. And it put me in a bad situation. It took a lot for me to dig myself out of that." Why did he have the gun? "For no particular reason or particular situation," he says. "Just having it, being dumb. ... If I was thinking about, I want to make sure I'm getting a contract and be an All-Star, [then] for no reason would I have a weapon, at no point in time." SI.com

Did the arrest have a meaningful impact on his life? "I learned a lot from it, but I could have done without it," he says. "I didn't get much out of that, other than playing for a lot less money than I should have, and ending up not getting in better situations as far as teams that would want you. "It follows me around. I kind of ruined my career with that. It was a bad move all around. But I don't beat myself up about it too much. If I was beating myself up about it too much, I wouldn't be sitting here right now." SI.com

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