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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

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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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It's been a rough go for Didier Drogba and Turkish giants Galatasaray in recent weeks. But nothing that dinner with NBA star Gary Payton couldn't help fix! Less than 48 hours after a disappointing scoreless draw with Gaziantepspor left Galatasaray 10 points behind Süper Lig leaders Fenerbahce in Turkey, Drogba spent some time with Payton, who was in town conducting a clinic on behalf of the NBA. "Was good to change my mind in this difficult moment," Drogba wrote via Instagram, clearly not wanting Galatasaray supporters to think he was cavorting with Payton. "Thanks to @nba for this great diner yesterday with a Legend...Mr Gary Payton aka #theglove #NBA #sonics #seattle #supersonics #lakers celtics #miamiheat #istanbul #galatasaray #soccer #basketball #istanbul" MLSsoccer.com

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Nando De Colo's agent Wassim Boutanos, denied to L'Equipe that the French player will return to Europe in the middle of the season. Boutanos added that De Colo will finish the year with the Spurs. Fenerbahce has never contacted him or his American agent so far. Sportando

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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

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