HoopsHype Tornike Shengelia rumors
When the Nets begin play in Orlando on Monday morning, Shengelia will be the guy on the roster with the most intrigue. “He’s been one of the stars of our camp, arguably one of the top three guys of this camp,” Johnson said after the Nets finished up on Saturday. “It’ll be great to see him play against some other players. We’ve used him at some ‘three,’ we’ve used him at some small ‘four,’ he played exclusively ‘three’ today. If he can be a 6-8 3-guard with his athleticism, with the way he can shoot the ball, with the way he can come off screens and the way he can pass, that increases his stock.” ZagsBlog.com
If the Nets do decide to sign and bring over Shengelia for next season, his buyout from Charleroi is only $300,000. NBA teams are allowed to contribute up to $550,000 towards the buyout of an international player. “I think the initial thought was to draft and keep him overseas, but things could change,” Johnson said on Friday. “Depending on our roster, we’ll have five games to look at him in Orlando, but he’s playing like a man that doesn’t want to go back over there. That’s what this evaluation process is about. We know what he would like to do, but it just depends upon where we are with our roster and how fast he develops.” ZagsBlog.com
Shengelia, who has a year left on his contract with Belgacom Spirou (with a reported $300,000 buyout) has other ideas. He came over to Newark for the draft, talked his way onto the Nets’ summer league team, and has been consistent in saying he wants to try to make the team this year. It might not be a bad plan. The Nets have plenty of roster spots that are open right now, and Shengelia has already made a positive impression on Johnson that could possibly earn him one in training camp. “I think the initial thought was to draft and keep him overseas, but things could change, depending on our roster,” Johnson said. ”We’ll have five games to look at him in Orlando, but he’s playing like a man that doesn’t want to go back over there.” Newark Star-Ledger
Georgian forward Tornike (“Toko’’) Shengelia, whom the Nets took with the 54th pick in the draft, was supposed to stay in Europe for another year, according to GM Billy King. But Shengalia is in New Jersey and is on the summer league team. “I want to play here and make the team,’’ Shengelia said. ”I want to try to do everything, what it takes, to make the team.’’ Newark Star-Ledger
Shengelia and his agent, Guy Zucker, are hoping that the 20-year-old forward – and a member of the Georgian National Team – will get a chance to impress the Nets brass as a member of the Nets Summer League team in Orlando next week. New York Post
So the only players we're really looking at are the international players who are younger than 22 years old. This year 17 international players declared early for the 2012 NBA draft. As of Sunday night, only one international player, Turkey's Furkan Aldemir, was confirmed to be staying in the draft. Aldemir is a likely second-round selection. Sources say that France's Evan Fournier is also very likely to stay in the draft, as well. Fournier is projected to be a mid to late first-round pick. A few others including Tomas Satoransky, Josep Franch and Tornike Shengelia might also stay. However, at this point, they don't look like they have a serious shot at the first round. ESPN.com
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