HoopsHype Christian Eyenga rumors


February 21, 2015 Updates

Former Fox Sports sideline reporter Jeff Phelps and I were chatting with Eyenga in the locker room. Eyenga said his mother, who played on Congo’s national women’s basketball team, was 6-foot-9. Astonished, I asked how tall was his father. “Normal height,” he said. “Like you.” I’m 5-9, 5-10 on a good day. The thought of marrying a woman an entire foot taller seemed hysterical to me. So Phelps and I kept pressing Eyenga on his story, but it never changed. “My mama is 6-9,” he kept insisting. So I wrote about it for the next day’s paper and Phelps used it on the air during that night’s game against the Bulls: Christian Eyenga and his 6-9 mama. Akron Beacon Journal

The next day, Christian waived me over. “Jason, did you write my mama is 6-9?” he asked, to which I of course responded yes. “My mama’s not 6-9," he said. "My mama’s 5-9!” I was flabbergasted. “Christian,” I said. “Jeff and I went over and over this with you. We asked you five times!” He just laughed. A few minutes later I shared the entire saga with Byron Scott, who just silently shook his head. “Now you know what I’ve been dealing with all year,” he said. Akron Beacon Journal

One more Eyenga story: A couple years ago, after he was traded to the Lakers, I was walking through the parking lot of the Thomas & Mack center in Las Vegas during summer league. The Lakers bus arrived for practice at least 10 minutes earlier and the players were already out on the floor warming up. As I was walking out, a beat up car that was at least 20 years old came speeding through the empty parking lot doing (by my guesstimation) at least 40 mph. Some blonde was driving and who jumps out? A barefoot Eyenga, who obviously missed the team bus and had his shoes slung over his shoulder. “Hey Jason!” he shouted. “Good to see you. Gotta go. I’m late!” That first season post-LeBron is worth a book. But I’m afraid no one would read it. Needless to say, the Cavs have come a long way since then. Talk to you Sunday from New York. Akron Beacon Journal

November 12, 2014 Updates

Openjobmetis Varese announced the signing of Christian Eyenga. The forward spent last season with Stelmet Zielona Gora in Poland. This season he signed with Turow but his experience ended soon. Eyenga has experiences also in the NBA. Sportando

August 13, 2013 Updates

On Monday, the Lakers let their final asset from the Dwight Howard trade slip away. The team's $1.2-million trade exception for Christian Eyenga, a throw-in to the Orlando Magic as part of the four-team trade, expired a full year after the initial blockbuster deal. The Lakers would have been able to acquire a player in trade, making up to $1.3 million (the Eyenga exception, plus the padding of $100,000 allowed by the league), without sending out any players to match salary. A trade exception can also be used to claim a player off waivers, provided his salary is not more than the allotted exception. Los Angeles Times

July 25, 2013 Updates
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March 17, 2013 Updates

Teams have until April 17 to sign players who will be eligible for the first round of the postseason. Here are some of the top D-League players at each position, who could be called up at some point in the next month. GUARDS: Delonte West, Dominique Jones, Lester Hudson, Kris Joseph, Josh Selby, Courtney Fortson, Jerel McNeal, Andrew Goudelock, Christian Eyenga, Lazar Hayward, Justin Dentmon, Chris Roberts, Ben Uzoh, Sean Singletary, Ron Howard, Darington Hobson. FORWARDS: D.J. Kennedy, Samardo Samuels, Demetris Nichols, Willie Reed, Rick Jackson, Arinze Onuaku, Rasual Butler, Damion James, Luke Harangody, Micah Downs, JaMychal Green, James Mays. CENTERS: Jerome Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, Vernon Macklin, Hilton Armstrong, Keith Benson, Brian Butch, Mickell Gladness, Solomon Alabi, Jarrid Famous, Augustus Gilchrist. Sulia

January 9, 2013 Updates

After playing the last five games without Marcus Williams — the previous three of which have been losses — the Shanxi Brave Dragons have officially signed a long-term replacement. Christian Eyenga, who was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009, has formally been announced as Shanxi’s newest foreign player and has already linked up with the team in Taiyuan. According to Chinese media, the league has received Eyenga’s letter of clearance and he will thus be available to play in tonight’s nationally televised game against Fujian. NiuBBall.com

January 4, 2013 Updates
October 25, 2012 Updates

The Orlando Magic recently cut former first round pick Christian Eyenga, he is guaranteed more than $1.1 million that the Magic will eat if another team does not claim him through the waiver process. Christian can play and there is a belief a few teams have interest. If another team claims Eyenga off of waivers the Magic are off the hook for his $1.1 million salary. Most teams will try to get to 14 players over the next few days, which mean a lot of fringe guys are playing for either their roster spot now, or auditioning for another team after they get cut. The NBA regular season gets under way on Tuesday the 30th. Final regular season roster must be into the league office no later than 5pm EST on Monday the 29th. HoopsWorld

October 23, 2012 Updates

The Orlando Magic waived swingman Christian Eyenga and point guard Armon Johnson this morning, team officials said. The moves, which were expected, reduced the team's roster to 18 players. All NBA teams must have no more than 15 players on their rosters by 5 p.m. Monday. The Magic originally acquired Eyenga on Aug. 10, as part of the 12-player trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. Eyenga arguably was Orlando’s most gifted athlete, but he had struggled to earn playing time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Lakers during his first two NBA seasons and his game remains unrefined. Orlando Sentinel

October 12, 2012 Updates

Any NBA star overcome with a sense of entitlement ought to listen to Christian's story. He lived in fear last season during his second season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, worried about the safety of his family, calling home every day. He said his mother and a sister recently relocated to London, but his father and various brothers are still in the Congo, unable to obtain visas. (Eyenga doesn't know all his siblings. Polygamy is legal in his homeland. "My dad, he has five wives," Eyenga said. "That's too many. Just one will be enough for me.") Orlando Sentinel

August 10, 2012 Updates
August 9, 2012 Updates

Andrew Bynum did not offer assurances to Sixers he will sign an extension, source said. He wouldn't have done that anywhere. Still, Sixers feel as if he's worth the risk, especially since they aren't exactly surrendering the future of the franchise (Andre Iguodala to Denver, Moe Harkless, Nikola Vucevic and first-rounder to Magic) to obtain him. Sulia

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