Jay King: No surprise but Cs don’t sound like they want to use all four of their draft picks. Will look into other options. Austin Ainge: “I don’t think it’s any secret that we have four picks, and it probably wouldn’t be great for us to have four rookies on our team next year. So we are explrong options for guys who would play in the D-League, play in Europe, trades. All of these things are possible with the number of picks we have.”
Aris Barkas: What will be the ideal situation for you? Xavier Silas: “I just want to play for a great coach in a great team, either in the NBA, or in Europe. Somewhere where I can win! Winning is the most important thing and it helps everybody. I just want to be part of something great”.
Aris Barkas: What was the thing that surprised you the most in Europe? Xavier Silas: “The first thing and the biggest thing was that I believed that basketball is the same all over the world.But now I see that European basketball is totally different. I don’t think that one style is better than the other, but they are different. And the other thing were the great players that are here and people in the States have never heard of, because they have the NBA. To see how good they really are and to watch them it was a revelation. It’s not that easy for Americans to beat the Europeans right now”.
Aris Barkas: Your end goal probably remains the NBA, but all this means you are more open than ever to Europe? Xavier Silas: “Growing up it was always only the NBA, because I am from the States and that was all I knew, but being here and understanding Euroleague and all the great players from Europe my views changes. I spend a lot of time here watching a lot of film. I am talking about Theo Papaloukas, Spanoulis, Diamantidis, Juan Carlos Navarro and Sergio Rodriguez. Now my end goal is to be one of the best players in the world. I can do that in the NBA and I can do that in Europe also. If you had asked me this four years ago, I would say to you that my end goal is the NBA. Period. Now I understand that there are great players everywhere”.
Do you see yourself ever playing in Europe? Giannis Antetokounmpo: “Maybe, when I’m forty… Seriously, I’ve thought about it! To take teams from the A2 to the A1. I’ll come and play in Greece after 40. I’ll be able to manage a good 20 minutes. I’ll sit at the low post and score 10 points, get 10 rebounds and distribute 5-6 assists.
“I always wanted to play in Europe for a long time,” World Peace said. “They move the ball and they move bodies and that’s what I like doing. I’m looking forward to playing team basketball and being smart as well as scoring. I can score but I’m excited about team basketball.”
Turkoglu also wished to dispel the notion that Divac’s hire was for public relations purposes, and not for basketball reasons. “First of all, he knows about basketball. He knows European players’ game, and he’ll bring some players here. Him being European doesn’t mean he’s going to bring all Europeans here. He’ll try to find the right one that knows how to play and fit in the organization. Geoff Petrie was like that, when they brought me, Peja and Vlade, and now Casspi’s here. There’s a lot of good players out there and I think Vlade will find the right one.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Denver Nuggets soon-to-be waived swingman Victor Claver is exploring options outside the NBA, a source said.
Janis Timma — the Memphis Grizzlies’ second round pick in the 2013 draft — has begun to pursue a deal in the Euroleague with his NBA franchise uninterested in a deal for next season, sources told RealGM. The Grizzlies have plans to fill their 2015-16 roster without Timma, leaving the 6-foot-7 Latvian forward focused on signing with a powerhouse team in Europe. Both sides recently discussed their future status. Timma, 22, was the Grizzlies’ 60th overall draft pick and has remained on Memphis’ radar.