HoopsHype Spain rumors

February 25, 2014 Updates

Luke Babbitt is in Real Madrid's radar in case Nikola Mirotic decides to sign with Chicago. As

February 23, 2014 Updates
February 22, 2014 Updates

According to most US based sources, it’s a given that Nikola Mirotic will leave Real Madrid, something we also consider a done deal if the Spaniards win the Euroleague. Bulls are ready to spend for the talented forward their mid level exception in a four years contract, which translates to a more than 20 millions USD contract for him. After three years in Europe, Mirotic is not longer restricted by the rookie salary scale and with this contract he can easily cover the monster 2,5 millions euros buy out his contract with Real Madrid includes. EuroHoops.net

February 21, 2014 Updates

Lamar Odom is seeking a second basketball chance in Spain and despite being 34 years old, he just wants to play again. On Friday he was presented to the Spanish media and he was quite frank about his motivation to leave behind him the States and play basketball in Europe. As he said: “I talked to my agent and he told me about Laboral Kutxa’s offer. I called Pau Gasol, who spoke highly of coach Scariolo. I quickly accepted the offer, it only took me three days. They have also told me that Vitoria is a city with great love for basketball. I understand that not everything revolves around me, I do not mind the difference between European and NBA basketball. The important thing is to be a humble person”. EuroHoops.net

Héctor Fernández: "People at Real Madrid know Nikola Mirotic won't play with the Spanish club next season and they are sure he will play with the Chicago Bulls. They are interested in Justin Doellman and Jan Vesely." Onda Cero

February 20, 2014 Updates
February 19, 2014 Updates

Colangelo was referring to Greece's 101-95 triumph over the USA in the Semi-Finals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. "We lost our only game, our only blemish on our record of 62-1," Colangelo said. "From that point on, we've been undefeated. We've learned. "We've shown the respect that I referred to, and I think that people have shown respect us for what we've accomplished. "The good news is that our pipeline is full. The young players all aspire to represent their country, so, so far, so good. "It's been great but the important thing is to keep it going." FIBA.com

"We're going to have a solid, strong roster," he said. "It's way too early to assume who's going to be there. "I've been told that (James) Harden and (Russell) Westbrook want to participate. "Derrick Rose may be somewhat ready to come back at that time." Rose is recovering from a serious knee injury. "But we've got a lot of good, young players - Paul George, Damian Lillard," Colangelo said. "(LaMarcus) Aldridge will be a part of our roster this year. FIBA.com

Harden was in Barcelona before the Olympics when the USA played Argentina and Spain in friendly games. "What else is more beautiful than Spain?" he said. "It's a beautiful place. I love it there." FIBA.com

Harden won the Olympic title in 2012 but has yet to feature at a World Cup. "It's always beautiful to compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup and represent my country," the Houston Rockets star said. Having the chance to go to Bilbao, where the USA will compete in Group B with New Zealand, Turkey, Ukraine, the Dominican Republic and Finland, makes Harden want to be with the United States squad even more. FIBA.com

When Baskonia president Josean Querejeta learned Odom was available, head coach Sergio Scariolo called Pau Gasol. He told them Odom had lost weight, was practicing on a daily basis for weeks and had put the big problems he went through behind him. Scariolo also asked Sasha Vujacic (about Lamar Odom), who told him he thought he was fine and looking for another chance to play. Encestando

February 18, 2014 Updates

Such deals typically contain out clauses that allow established veterans such as Odom to return to the NBA if the opportunity arises, but sources told ESPN.com on Monday that Odom's plan is to play out the rest of this season in Spain before determining whether to attempt an NBA comeback. Odom could make his debut Saturday against Valladolid. Laboral Kutxa is ninth in the 18-team Spanish league and last in its Euroleague group. ESPN.com

Rivers went so far as telling NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper at the time that he was "hoping things work out" with re-signing Odom, who averaged a career-low 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 88 NBA games last season. But the Clippers ultimately decided to sign three of Odom's veteran peers instead: Stephen Jackson, Hedo Turkoglu and Sasha Vujacic. Although only Turkoglu has stuck, sources say Odom has decided to relaunch his career far removed from the NBA spotlight in the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, where he'll team up with a familiar NBA face in Andres Nocioni. ESPN.com

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