HoopsHype CSKA Moscow rumors

July 20, 2014 Updates

Andrei Kirilenko said that Ettore Messina leaving CSKA Moscow was the right decision for the Russian club. The Nets forward had a long interview with Sovsport. “I think that it was the right decision. A coach cannot do as Messina did during the most important game of the season saying “I am not able to coach the team, I am leaving”. You are not a player and ask for a substitution is something goes wrong. You are the mentor and you have to motivate the team. Sportando

July 11, 2014 Updates

Despite a few twists and turns in the last moment, mainly about the contract duration and the move made by CSKA Moscow, Bogdan Bogdanovic finally is a member of Fenerbahce/ Ulker with a four seasons contract which includes an one million euros NBA out clause in 2016. According to Eurohoops sources close to the situation the official press release is expected in the next hours, as Bogadanovic is already in Istanbul, as Turkish journalist Ismael Segnol reported yestereday via twitter, in order to pass the medical exams of his new team. Partizan will get one million euros as a buy out for letting the player sign with Fenerbahce/ Ulker. EuroHoops.net

July 9, 2014 Updates

Guard Nando De Colo has become our club’s first newcomer of the offseason. The French player signed 2+1 contract. De Colo played overseas past two seasons, defending the colors of the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors. Nando played 98 games for the Spurs (9 starts) averaging 4.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.6 steals in 12.5 minutes. He also participated in 6 playoff games. During the previous season De Colo was sent to the D-League several times and then traded to Toronto. He played in 21 games for Canadian club averaging 3.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.3 steals in 9.2 minutes. By returning from America Nando has become the first French player in CSKA history. cskabasket.com

Nando De Colo, CSKA guard: I’m very pleased and proud to join such a famous club as CSKA with all its history. After the discussions I had with the coach and the President, it seemed obvious to me that I had to be part of this sport project. I will do all my best to help achieving CSKA’s goals. cskabasket.com

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After winning the Euroleague, coach David Blatt is a hot commodity, and it’s not a secret that CSKA Moscow has already approached him. Still, Blatt has openly said that he doesn’t exclude staying at Tel Aviv, provided he gets the “right offer” from Maccabi. The negotiations between the two sides have started, however according to Eurohoops sources, the gap between them is pretty wide at this point. Maccabi is offering a two years extension until the summer of 2017 and 800.000 dollars per season – Blatt has a contract for next season, but also a modest buy out clause – while the coach wants a four years extension (until 2019) and a million dollars per season. EuroHoops.net

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The speculation of Utah possibly hiring Ettore Messina definitely has legs. Messina, currently the head coach of CSKA Moscow, is well respected in the coaching fraternity and, more important, has a great rapport with some Utah front office officials. Racine Journal-Times

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Kushchenko’s appearances around the team have come even as he’s in the midst of preparing for next month’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia. When asked if his role within the Nets organization would grow after the Olympics, his response was short. “Let’s wait for Sochi first,” he said. His résumé within the game is an impressive one. Kushchenko spent seven years with Ural-Great, building the club from an expansion franchise in the Russian Super League to one that claimed the league championship in 2001 and 2002 — becoming the only team besides CSKA Moscow to win the Russian Super League title in the last 22 years. New York Post

December 27, 2013 Updates

Two weeks ago, using the pretext of a Nets board meeting, Sergei Kushchenko came to New York. He was there to ask some questions and report back. The 52-year old is Prokhorov's chief sports adviser. Kushchenko knows about professional basketball. He served as GM of CSKA Moscow for seven years, winning two Euroleague titles and getting to the Finals two other times. He made the Final Four every year he ran the club. In 2006, he was Euroleague Executive of the Year and in 2008, TIME Magazine named him one of the world's top sports executives. In 2011, Prokhorov named him to the Nets board of directors. His main job now is Executive Director of the Russian Biathlon Union, which Prokhorov heads. But that job will have fewer responsibilities after the Sochi Olympics which end February 23. Don't be surprised to see him with a larger role. NetsDaily

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Now the head coach with tonight’s exhibition opponent, CSKA Moscow, Messina indicated he’d jump at the opportunity to lead a team in the NBA. He also said he thinks it will be a “long time” before he or another qualified foreign coach gets the chance. “It doesn’t depend on you,” he said. “It depends on management, if they could trust you.” Said Popovich, “”A team just has to have guts.” San Antonio Express-News

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