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December 15, 2013 Updates

Midway through the 26-minute interview, Bogdanovic was asked specifically about his status with the Nets. He recounted last summer's flirtation, but didn't mention that Fener had forced his hand by declining tot reduce his NBA buyout. "I was drafted three years ago, before I signed a contract with Fenerbache. I was drafted by the Brooklyn Nets, but at that time, (Neven Spahija, his Croatian national team coach then Fener's coach) called me to stay in Europe for a couple of years or more. NetsDaily

"And this summer, we talk again with the Brooklyn Nets but at that time (current Fener coach Zeljko) Obradovic signed here and I saw many, many [messages of ]support from fans and they sent me a lot of messages and that was along with Obradovic the reason I stay with Fenerbahe. "This is my last year in Fenerbahce last year of the contradt, but in the summer for sure, I will talk to Fenerbahce. My wish is to win some trophies here in Fenerbahce. Especially this year because we have great coach and too many talents and too many good players and If everything goes good, I don't have a reason, maybe, to change teams because I am feeling I am very happy here in Istanbul." NetsDaily

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Besiktas is set to announce Sundiata Gaines. The American point guard spent last season in China with Fujian averaging 19.1ppg, 6.8rpg and 4.7apg. Sportando

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According to Turkish media, Galatasaray agreed to terms with Pops Mensah-Bonsu to replace temporarily Nate Jawai. The British forward has played already in Turkey for coach Ataman. Pops Mensah-Bonsu won the Turkish league in 2012 with Besiktas. Sportando

Pops Mensah-Bonsu is officially a new player of Galatasaray. The British forward returns to Turkey after his succesfull stint with Besiktas with whom he won Eurochallenge, Turkish Cup and TBL. Sportando

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Former Boston Celtics Terrence Williams penned a deal in Turkey with Turk Telekom Ankara. Williams has played 29 games with the Celtics last season averaging 4ppg. Sportando

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After 15 hours of travel, including a pit stop in Iceland, the Thunder was ecstatic to get readjusted and start working once again in the first of its two European home bases. Istanbul, one of the world’s most populous cities, will be the Thunder’s home away from home for training camp for the next two-and-a-half days before the team heads to Manchester, UK for three days to continue its preparations for the regular season. In each city, the Thunder will practice, take part in a community outreach event and play a preseason game. On Thursday, when the team landed at about noon it immediately was greeted by a representative of the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey upon arrival at its hotel. After recharging its batteries, the team took part in a light practice session to make sure it stays sharp during camp and to get everyone’s bodies in motion to make up for the long trip. NBA.com

Iverson, the 53d overall pick, said he knew that going in, and that he believed the Celtics believed in him enough that it was OK for him to go overseas for the time being. So, Iverson is in Turkey, living in Istanbul, playing out a one-year contract while the Celtics own his rights. “I look at it as a win-win situation for both of us because I get to play a lot of minutes this year and keep getting better,” Iverson said. “If I continue getting better and have a successful season, I think the probability of me being in Boston hopefully is pretty good, but you never know what the future will hold so I’ll just keep getting better every day.” Boston Globe

“We’re excited about Colton,” said Austin Ainge, the team’s director of player personnel. “We think he can be an NBA roster player. We all need big guys on the bench that can guard Dwight Howard and Nikola Pekovic and Andrew Bynum, the big, big strong dudes.’’ Boston Globe

September 30, 2013 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to Turkey as scheduled this week for its preseason opener despite the country's ongoing violence and the highly publicized crisis in neighboring Syria. Concerns over the safety of players, coaches and team and league personnel raised questions recently about whether the first leg of the Thunder's two-game European tour would be canceled. But the Thunder is scheduled to depart for Istanbul on Wednesday, with the team left to trust that the NBA-mandated trip will be as secure as any other road game. Oklahoman

Tim Frank, the NBA's senior vice president for basketball communications, could not offer clarity on what measures would be taken to keep the Thunder organization safe. Citing league policy, Frank said the NBA does not comment on security procedures. “Obviously we are aware of the situation in Syria and are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our teams and staff,” Frank said. Oklahoman

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