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March 27, 2014 Updates
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A talismanic figure of Turkish and European basketball, Hedo (Hidayet) Türkoglu, announced on Monday his decision to retire from international duty, thus terminating an almost two-decade long career with the national team. Türkoglu, who just turned 35 on 19 March and was once nicknamed the 'Turkish Michael Jordan', has participated in eight EuroBasket tournaments, a record among active players. "I would like to announce my retirement from the Turkish Team, of which I have been a member since 1998, in order to make way for young players as my fans would understand," Turkoglu said in a statement, as reported by news agency Anadolu. "I will always be proud to have been a Turkish basketball international and of representing my country," the Los Angeles Clippers player added. FIBA Europe

March 24, 2014 Updates

Saric hasn't officially announced anything, but multiple sources say that he has an agreement in principle with Efes Pilson that will pay him $8.27 million over the next three years. There's no word yet on what the NBA buyout looks like, but he for sure won't be able to come to the NBA next season and sources say it's highly unlikely he'll even declare for this year's draft. ESPN.com

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Dario Saric confirmed to 24Sata that he will decide his future after the season. The Croatian forward has a rich offer from Anadolu Efes Istanbul and the chance to be in the 2014 NBA Draft. “I will not decide anything until the end of the season” said Saric. “In the summer I will determine my future. For my development the best is to stay in Europe but we’ll see what happens. I don’t even have an agent right now. I will talk with my family but I will make the final decision” added the Croatian star. Sportando

His father Predrag talked with 24Sata about his son. “There is not only Efes in the game. The other options are still Barcelona and Real Madrid” said Predrag to 24Sata. “If Lorbek and Nachbar leaves Barcelona and if Mirotic leaves Real Madrid, they will make rook for Darius” added the father of the player. “I think Dario should play in Europe two more season. He has to play. If he goes to this big club without guaranteed playing time, then it is better to stay with Cibona” ended Predrag. Sportando

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Pierre Jackson is officially a new player of Fenerbahce. The American guard landed in Istanbul and he is ready to join his new team. Jackson comes from Idaho Stampede of D-League. Sportando

Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge trots around the globe as part of his international scouting duties, and he swung by Istanbul earlier this month to check in on Colton Iverson, whom the Celtics acquired in the second round of the 2013 draft. The 7-foot Iverson is playing with Besiktas of the Turkish League, and in 18 games, he’s averaging 6.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists over 17.3 minutes per game. Boston Globe

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Director of Player Personnel for the Boston Celtics Austin Ainge is in Istanbul to watch the Eurocup Last 32 game between Besiktas and Lietuvos Rytas. Austin Ainge is in Turkey to watch Celtics draft pick Colton Iverson, a Turkish source told Sportando. Iverson is averaging 6.9ppg and 5.9rpg in TBL and 8.9ppg and 5.8rpg in Eurocup. Sportando

February 9, 2014 Updates
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Messler took the lead and secured a deal for Deron Williams to write a blog for ESPN from Turkey, where he played during the NBA lockout, as well as creating a “digital hub” for him that included Twitter, Facebook and his own staff writers. Williams now has partnerships with Red Bull, American Express and MetroPCS, and is on the cover of the “NBA Baller Beats” video game. “That is a great example of repositioning him to the marketplace,” Schwartz said. “Reintroducing him to the market and going out and explaining to them why he makes sense for all these different companies to use, and Jaymee did that.” Sports Business Daily

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