The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed forward Royce O’Neale. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. O’Neale (6-6, 215, Baylor) played for Gran Canaria in Spain during the 2016-17 season, averaging 8.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 20.6 minutes in 52 games (32 starts). O’Neale ranked in the top five for ACB small forwards in both rebound percentage and assist percentage, and was also among the league leaders in defensive rating.
“I can confirm my presence on the list and my intention to continue to win more medals and achieve success with our national team,” Spain’s greatest-ever player said this week at the launch of his academy. “Each tournament can be the last and that is why you have to give your all and compete as though that were the case. We shall see if in two years’ time (at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) I play or what we do.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Shane Larkin has until Saturday to opt-out for the NBA or his deal with Barcelona becomes official, according to source.
As the San Antonio Spurs wait for Manu Ginobili (to retire or continue playing) and Jonathon Simmons (to sign an offer sheet in restricted free agency) to decide their futures, overseas, Spurs international prospect Adam Hanga was waiting to see if he’d make the jump to the NBA at age 28. Well, according to three different reports, Hanga will be staying in Spain until 2020. Hanga signed an offer sheet with FC Barcelona for 3-years, $7.5 million Euros, which is the equivalent to $8.5 million US dollars.
The Spurs have the NBA rights of Hanga, they are closely monitoring him for years and he is part of their plans. However after signing Rudy Gay the Spurs don’t have enough space in their salary cap in order to make an offer to Hanga that can lure him to the States. This situation has created an opening for Barcelona, which already made an offer to the player and is trying to sign him. If this happens, then Baskonia will have the right of “tanteo” on the player, who is practically a restricted free agent in Spain.