HoopsHype Spain rumors

September 8, 2014 Updates
September 5, 2014 Updates

The U.S. and Spain, who have met in the last two Olympic gold-medal games, have been the class of the Basketball World Cup. A matchup that was an expectation coming into the tournament seems closer to a guarantee when watching them now. Both went 5-0 and were hardly challenged in group play, Spain powering past what was considered a difficult pool and the U.S. sweeping through the weakest. They look so good that it's hard to envision anyone beating one of them except the other. "They are playing well, but we can't think about games that could come in the future," Spain guard Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves said. "We have to concentrate on the game at hand." USA Today Sports

"I don't pay attention to Spain," U.S. forward Kenneth Faried said this week. But those who do see a team that easily handled medal contender Brazil and European champion France in the first round, with chemistry from playing years together and an international stalwart in Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, the MVP of Spain's 2006 world title run who is having another strong tournament. "Spain is a very, very good team. They're very good," said Ukraine coach Mike Fratello, whose team lost to the U.S. on Thursday. "They're big, they've played together for so long, the majority of the team, and they do things that you have to do. They pass well, they're skilled. To play the U.S. you have to be skilled, otherwise you have too many turnovers from not being able to pass and catch. Small things. They don't do that. USA Today Sports

September 4, 2014 Updates

After the end of the group stages, eight teams will go home and 16 (Spain, Brazil, France, Serbia, Greece, Argentina, Croatia, Senegal, USA, Turkey, Dominican R., New Zealand, Slovenia, Australia, Lithuania, Mexico) will continue to fight for the World Cup title! The half of the teams that qualified to the round of “16” are from Europe! Saturday 6th September Madrid Spain-Senegal Α3-B2 Barcelona C3-D2 USA-Mexico EuroHoops.net

Anyway Qingdao has no plan to stop here. The team entered into negotiations with Iranian center Hamed Haddadi, who's pursued also by Spanish Real Madrid. Haddadi can be signed with the Asian spot and will allow Qingdao to sign another American player. The team already signed former Zalgiris Kaunas point-guard Justin Dentmon. Sportando

Marc Stein: Slovenia plays Lithuania with first place on the line today in Group D AND I'm hearing Zoran Dragic moving to NBA THIS season still possible Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

September 2, 2014 Updates
August 31, 2014 Updates

Zoran Dragic negotiated a new contract with Unicaja Malaga this summer. The new deal makes him one of the best paid players of Unicaja Malaga. According to La Opionion de Malaga, Zoran Dragic has a new buyout clause in the contract fixed at €750.000 and he has to tell Malaga next June 30, 2015, if he will remain with the team or he’ll leave for the NBA paying the buyout. He won't be able to leave Malaga during next season but just next June. Sportando

August 30, 2014 Updates
August 29, 2014 Updates

Bilbao Basket officialy signs the American forward Latavious Williams. The ex Badalona and Bamberg played last season 10 games with Cajasol Sevilla closing the season in January with 10.9ppg and 7.7rpg. Sportando

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