The reasoning behind the 21-year-old’s sudden absence is due to the Pacers declining that he be taken away from club duties in the off-season. The Pacers’ trainers will work with Sabonis to prepare him for the new season ahead.
Henare was hopeful the Rotorua native would be available for New Zealand at next month’s Asia Cup in Lebanon where the Tall Blacks will make their debut in the new look FIBA Asia zone. However, Henare opted to go with youth for the tournament, deciding not to select any American based player for the tournament and go with young talent playing in New Zealand. As Adams was not selected, the seven-footer’s next chance to don the black singlet for the first time will have to wait until next year’s June-July international window. “I sat down with him (Steven) a few weeks back and he had a look at the program over the next few years,” Henare told Newshub.
Meanwhile, Adams is currently in the Philippines to help promote the NBA 3v3 tournament this weekend and told Philippines website the Rappler that the time has to be right to represent his country. “Yeah, definitely. When the time is right, I may be suiting up,” he told reporters in Manila on Tuesday “We’re just talking about when’s a good time because they understand my commitments with the NBA. Obviously, that comes first.”
Fred Katz: Ekpe Udoh hasn’t yet signed his contract with the Jazz because he’s still waiting for FIBA clearance, he tells The Transcript.
Furkan Korkmaz will play for Turkey in the U-20 European Championship, after all. The 76ers rookie will board an 11-hour flight to Germany on Saturday. From there, he’ll take a four-hour flight to Greece to join his Turkish teammates. The tournament, which will begin Saturday, runs through July 23. After that, Korkmaz will play for the Turkish senior team in Eurobasket 2017 from Aug. 31 to Sept. 17, if he’s selected.