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October 17, 2014 Updates

Dubbed the “Rhino,” Smith is on a mission to resurrect his career and has no problem bullying whoever gets in his path. He was a force for Nes-Ziona earlier this week, tallying 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the floor, in addition to drawing eight fouls and grabbing six boards against reigning European champions, Maccabi Tel Aviv. “I still have NBA aspirations and know I can play at a high level,” Smith said. “Whether it be the NBA or in Israel, I’m always out to prove myself.” Basketball Insiders

October 16, 2014 Updates

The biggest obstacle for Saric coming to the NBA before the end of his two-year contract with Anadolu Efes remains financial. When Saric signed with the team prior to the NBA Draft, he signed on for two seasons. A source familiar with the contract told NJ Advance Media that there is absolutely no buyout clause in the contract whatsoever. The only way Saric could get out of the contract before the start of the 2016 NBA season would be if his team let him out. Newark Star-Ledger

Although the contract Saric signed is very black-and-white, one very big wild card in the whole situation is his father, Pedrag. The elder Saric has reached his boiling point with Anadolu Efes, a source told NJ Advance Media, and could force his way out of the contract. As he was quoted in a Croatian newspaper, Pedrag is not happy that his son has been inactive the first two games. It was Pedrag who insisted Saric sign on overseas instead of going to the NBA. Newark Star-Ledger

October 14, 2014 Updates
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The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have waived guard John Holland. Holland, who was signed by San Antonio on Sept. 25, did not appear in either of the Spurs first two preseason games. San Antonio’s roster now stands at 18. NBA.com

October 12, 2014 Updates
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The Spurs rode Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to victory Saturday in the last of two dates on the NBA’s Global Games tour, outlasting Fenerbahce Ulker 96-90 at Istanbul’s Ulker Sports Arena. San Antonio Express-News

October 9, 2014 Updates
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September 8, 2014 Updates

Enes Kanter, who was voted most valuable player of the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship while leading Turkey's junior national team to the bronze medal, stated that he has always been proud of serving the Turkish National Basketball Team, saying; “I love my county more than those who accuse me of turning my back on it.” Today's Zaman

“Many people on social media have claimed that the national team lost the games because I chose not to join the team. They created this image that I had done this arbitrarily. They even accused me of being a traitor for not playing for Turkey. But those claims are just false. I am in love with my country. I am honored to represent Turkey. I have always tried to be patient with any kind of slander and preferred to act with moderation according to the requirements of my culture. Those who know me also know that I have nothing to hide. I would never betray my country, as some claim.” Today's Zaman

September 4, 2014 Updates

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