Anadolu Efes Rumors
With free agency approaching for Thomas Heurtel on summer, it’s natural to consider options that possibly include the jump to the NBA. However, the French point guard, that averages 13.8 points and 6.3 assists in EuroLeague with Anadolu Efes, isn’t really fond of moving to the best league of the planet just to spend his time at the bench. “If I was offered with the opportunity, I’d seriously think about it,” he said in a lengthy interview for LNB.fr, the official website of the French League. “Of course, I’d study the possibilities carefully. The NBA is still a kid’s dream. But I I won’t go there to not play. The plan is that I’d I want to play minimum 10 to 15 minutes. I will listen to what offers I’ll have and see. But yes, it remains a dream and it’s an experience that I’d dream of knowing.”
The Hawks wanted Osman, a 21-year-old 6-9 wing who is growing into one of the best prospects in Europe. He plays for Anadolu Efes, located in Istanbul, which is 12-2 in the highly-regarded Turkish league. He is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 14.8 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting .563 from the field, .413 from 3-point range.
Thomas Heurtel told SDNA that he may move to the NBA this summer. The French point guard is playing in Turkey with Anadolu Efes Istanbul where he is averaging 12.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per contest in EuroLeague. “NBA might be an opportunity this summer for me. We see this year Sergio Rodríguez doing well there. We will see”, Heurtel said.
Hey, Joe: Is Cedi Osman the only trade throw in to get someone to take Mo/Birdman? Or does McRae have any trade value? — Nathan, Richfield Hey, Nathan: I expect Osman, acquired by the Cavs during the 2015 draft and currently playing in Turkey, to be included in one of the deals the Cavs make in the coming days/weeks. McRae has totally fallen out of the rotation but may still have some trade value. I’m hearing there is interest in some corners for Osman.
Anadolu Efes guard Bryce Cotton took a leave of absence last week to go to the USA for personal reasons. And after Saturday’s bombing attacks in Istanbul… he is not really fond of returning to Istanbul. As Ebasket.gr reported and Eurohoops sources can confirm, Cotton has already informed the management of his team that it’s his desire to stay in the USA and not going back to Turkey. Thus, it seems that his tenure in Efes is coming to an end and Velimir Perasovic must look for a replacement.