Gran Canaria Rumors
Zeller’s appearance marks the second straight year that he will participate in the initiative. Last year, he participated in BWB Asia in Taipei, Taiwan. “It is an honor to have another opportunity to participate in Basketball Without Borders,” Zeller said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my experience traveling to Asia last year and I am looking forward to the chance to make lasting impressions on the campers, while also teaching the game that I love.”
The NBA and FIBA announced today that Charlotte Hornets guard Gerald Henderson and forward Cody Zeller will participate in Basketball Without Borders Europe from June 2-5. Henderson and Zeller will lead 50 campers from more than 25 European countries in the first Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Europe camp in Gran Canaria, Spain. “I am excited to represent my team and help teach the game of basketball,” Henderson said. “I always enjoy educating others about the game of basketball and I am looking forward to helping the campers develop their basketball skills through this unique opportunity.”
Hawks representatives will also plan to travel to Spain this year to watch fellow second-round pick Edy Tavares. The center is playing in the ACB League for Herbalife Gran Canaria, who will play Labor Kutxa Baskonia Sunday.
As expected, Edy Tavares will play another season in Spain’s ACB League. The 2014 second-round draft pick spoke at a press conference for Herbalife Gran Canaria Tuesday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported earlier this summer that Tavares was “very likely” to continue his development overseas this season.
Edy Tavares will “very likely” return to Spain for another ACB League season, according to a person familiar with situation. The Hawks’ second-round draft pick (No. 43 overall) will play under season for Gran Canaria to continue his development. The 7-foot-3, 260-pound Tavares averaged 6.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 20.7 minutes last season in Spain.
The team reports to Las Vegas on July 27 under Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and is scheduled to play a showcase game Aug. 1 at the Thomas and Mack Center. From there, the players venture to Chicago for more training, Aug. 14-16, with a game at the United Center against Brazil at 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Drummond and crew then head to New York where they are scheduled to play games at Madison Square Garden against the Dominican Republic on Aug. 20 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 22. Then, Aug. 24-26, the hectic schedule shifts to Gran Canaria, Spain, with a game against Slovenia.
Walter Tavares, one of the best 7-foot prospects in the world, is working on a contract buyout with his team in the Spanish ACB League and will travel soon to the United States to work out for several NBA teams, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA executives believe Tavares, who is 7-foot-3, has a strong chance to work himself into the first round of this month’s NBA draft, and several teams choosing in the range of the 20s plan to bring him in for closer inspections, sources said.
Nine NBA teams were in Badalona, Spain, scouting point guard Guillem Vives (Joventut Badalona) and center Walter Tavares (Gran Canaria). The Spurs sent general manager Rodney Buford and two scouts, Dave Telep and international scouting director Claudio Crippa. Clippers general manager Gary Sacks was there too. The other teams sending people to scout the players were the Bucks, Bobcats, Heat, Lakers, Hawks, Suns and Rockets.
Gran Canaria’s GM Himar Ojeda went on Twitter yesterday to deny reports that Rasual Butler’s contract with the Spanish team had an NBA out and reiterated that today in a conversation with HoopsHype “There’s no out clause,” Ojeda said. “In fact, there’s no mention whatsoever of the NBA in the contract. There’s no gray area for interpretation. It’s just a typical European contract.”
Aggrey Sam: Rasual Butler’s agent, Andy Miller, confirms that the free agent sharpshooter agreed to terms with Gran Canaria of the Spanish ACB league. Aggrey Sam: Deal includes NBA out clause. Butler played sparingly after being signed by Bulls last season, following buyout from Clippers