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May 14, 2015 Updates

Some players from the Philadelphia 76ers visited you last summer when you were playing with Croatia at the World Cup in Spain. How did that feel? Dario Saric: That meant so much to me. Three top players came to Spain to support me and support my team. The coach (Brett Brown) came too. It was a big thing for me that people from the team that selected me came to support me, that they had my back like that. It made playing easier for me and didn't feel any additional pressure. HoopsHype

May 13, 2015 Updates
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A Celtics contingent that included director of scouting Dave Lewin and international scout Benas Matkevicius flew to Spain last month to check on Iverson and formally invite him to join the team's summer squad again. They watched him practice, then took him to dinner to discuss the state of the team and the role he'd be competing for moving forward. Said Iverson: "We essentially agree on everything that I need to do to make it happen." ESPN.com

May 11, 2015 Updates

Speaking in the Catalan newspaper “L’Esportiu” Marko Todorovic who is having a great season as a member of Bilbao on loan from Barcelona revealed that the Rockets are knocking his door and as Eurohoops can confirm, the interest is strong. EuroHoops.net

As he said: “The Rockets want me and in the summer I will take my decision. I believed that my style of play doesn’t fit the NBA, but the interest of the Rockets made my change my mind”. According to Eurohoops sources, Houston intends to make an offer to the player, who may be the next overseas import of the team. EuroHoops.net

May 10, 2015 Updates
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Jose Calderon tells Marca he won't play next Eurobasket. "It hurts me a lot but I have to say 'no' [to playing with Spain], I have to fully recover [from my injuries]." Marca.com

May 8, 2015 Updates
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Italian coach Sergio Scariolo will take over Spain's national basketball team for a second stint. Scariolo coached Spain to the Olympic silver medal in 2012 when it lost to the United States in the final. He also led Spain to two European championships in 2009 and 2011 in his first stint as coach from 2009-12. USA Today Sports

May 5, 2015 Updates

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is looking for a few big men who can shoot. That's why he and general manager Jeff Bowers are in Spain looking at Mario Hezonja (6-foot-8) and Kristaps Porzingis (7-1). Both have the ability to shoot from the outside. The downside is both are immature and lack NBA bodies to survive an 82-game season. But the Pistons are looking for a boost to their 3-point shooting, which ranked 17th in percentage (34.4). Van Gundy said he wanted the team to shoot at least 36 percent. Detroit News

May 4, 2015 Updates

According to Alex Gozalbo of ARA, Barcelona has a deal in place with Baskonia to sign Latvian forward Davis Bertans. Bertans is currently out with a right ACL injury and the deal will be subordinated to the physical exams for the next season. Bertans, whose NBA rights are owned by the San Antonio Spurs, has other two years left on his deal with Baskonia, so Barcelona will likely pay a buyout to sign him. The Latvian forward averaged 11 points and 2.5 rebounds per game this season. Sportando

Re: Sergio Llull whose NBA rights are held by the Houston Rockets – Here is what I’m told. Would Lull, a starting guard for one of the best teams overseas, take a back seat to play in the NBA? Maybe, but probably not. Would he risk 25+ minutes per game in Europe to become a backup to James Harden or whatever PG the Rockets land next season? No, probably not. Are Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez – both former NBAers – in Llull’s ear that the NBA is a waste of time? Yea, for sure. Are the Rockets seriously considering bringing over BOTH Llull and Italian scorer Alessandro Gentile while Kostas Papanikolaou isn’t even playing in the playoffs (and 3 minutes in 5 games isn’t really playing)? No, probably not. Basketball Insiders

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