Anadolu Efes Rumors
“You saw Nando De Colo and Thomas Heurtel tonight,” Nicolas Batum said. “I think people in the U.S. don’t really know them. Those guys can really play. I mean, De Colo was the MVP of the EuroLeague, and Heurtel was the best prospect in EuroLeague, too. And we’ve got Rudy Gobert coming, and Joffrey Lauvergne, and Evan Fournier is pretty good, too. So, we have a lot of guys that have been drafted the last two years or so on good teams in the NBA. It’s going to be a different era, of course, but it’s still going to be good.”
So can the NBA be the next step for the teammate of Dario Saric in Anadolu Efes? Speaking after the game Heurtel, who has one more year in his contract with Anadolu Efes explained that he didn’t feel that he “need to show” something special because of the oppponets, but he admitted: “Everyone is motivated when he is playing against the United States, these are global superstars. This is not necessarily a goal (ed.note: going to the NBA) but if I have the opportunity … After all it’s not like I have to go to the NBA, because I had a game like that.”
Turkish powerhouse Anadolu Efes and Russian side Khimki are interested in American point-guard Bryce Cotton, a source told Sportando. Cotton finished last season with the Grizzlies but played also 10 games in China. This would be Cotton’s first experience in Europe.
American guard Devyn Marble has agreed to a deal with Aris Thessaloniki in Greece, as reported by David Pick. Marble played last season with the Orlando Magic but then he was traded to the Clippers that waived him back in July. Marble had also received interest from Anadolu Efes, a source told Sportando.
Having played two seasons in the Turkish League for Anadolu Efes, Saric was facing a $1.1 million buyout to wipe away the final year of his contract. Since NBA rules only permit a team to contribute $650,000, that meant Saric was on the hook for the remaining $450,000. Saric’s Turkey contract would have paid him $1.66 million in 2016-17, while he’s slotted at $1.93 million with the Sixers this season. If you subtract the $450,000, he’ll actually be making less money here ($1.48 million) than he would’ve in Turkey. Because he’ll enter the league two years into his rookie deal, Saric will earn roughly $9 million over four years as a Sixer. Had he stayed in Turkey one more season, Saric wouldn’t had been bound by his rookie contract with the Sixers and could’ve pocketed at least $20 million for three years, which would’ve meant nearly tripling his annual salary.