Emiliano Carchia: Aleksandar Vezenkov: I will declare for the NBA draft next season but I am not going to Barcelona to stay just one season
Raul Barrigon: Sergio Llull didn’t get the reported 21 million euros offer from HOU, according to a source. Don’t know the exact amount, but less money. That and his hefty $5.6 million buyout would explain the financial reasons for staying in Spain with Real Madrid. Also, he’s a leader there.: 5 more rumors
Marc J. Spears: The Hawks have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with 7-3 center Walter Tavares, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Guard Sergio Llull has decided against joining the Rockets in the NBA and will stay with Real Madrid, league source tells Yahoo Sports.: 5 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rockets have rights for Llull — one of Europe’s top guards — and had been negotiating a deal with him. Llull staying with Real Madrid.
David Aldridge: Marc Gasol, Grizzlies owner Robert Pera working out details on new contract today in Barcelona, per source.: 10 more rumors
Tony Jones: As free agency opens, another NBA source repeats the Utah Jazz’ interest in having Raul Neto join the team next season
Tony Jones: Tibor Pleiss has significant interest overseas, which could give him leverage in negotiations with the Jazz, The Tribune has learned
The following statement has been issued by Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan: “The release agreement between Mario Hezonja and FC Barcelona has been finalized and we look forward to Mario’s arrival in Orlando in the coming days. We would like to thank Mario, Arn Tellem and FC Barcelona for their cooperation and diligence.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: I’m told Mario Hezonja and Barcelona have reached a NBA buyout agreement worth $1.4 million. Orlando bound.
Emiliano Carchia: Mario Hezonja parted ways with Barcelona, according to El Mundo Deportivo sportando.com/en/europe/spai…
Jody Genessy: A big, 7-foot-2 German — center Tibor Pleiss — arrived in Salt Lake City late Saturday night, an airport source informed me. 7-foot-2 center Tibor Pleiss is in town to discuss his future with the Jazz. The fact he’s here obviously shows there’s mutual interest. Interesting tidbit about Tibor Pleiss. He was among top Europeans in free-throw shooting (85%). He’s an excellent shooter and big finisher. Tibor Pleiss could play for the German national team this summer. Nice Jazz connection, considering Alex Jensen will help coach that team. Haven’t been told if Tibor Pleiss will play with the Jazz in summer league, but he’s here so they might as well put him to work.
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz are expected to make a significant attempt to bring big man Tibor Pleiss to the team next season, the SL Tribune has learned
Hernangomez’s buyout is too hefty so he will stay one more season. Porzingis said they communicate often and was excited to hear of the selection.
Josh Robbins: All indications suggest Mario Hezonja’s Barcelona buyout will be finalized as early as Monday, a league source tells the OS.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Barcelona, I’m told, reduced the NBA escape clause of Mario Hezonja to €1.5 million. Club wants his Euro rights.
Chad Ford: Willy Hernangomez was teammates with Kris Porzingis. Scouts got lots of looks looking at Zinger. Reminds me of Zaza Pachulia.
Hezonja said he doesn’t anticipate any problems with his buyout with FC Barcelona. If completed, the buyout would allow him to play in the NBA in 2015-16. Asked if he expects to play for the Magic in the upcoming season, he said: “Of course. Of course.”