David Weiner: Any idea if Papanikolaou is scheduled to play? He’s technically under contract, although he’s likely trade bait. Jonathan Feigen: He is not. He is summering with the Greek National Team.: 9 more rumors
Chris Kaman will not play at Eurobasket with German National Team, according to Bild.: 9 more rumors
Nikola Mirotic has been included in Spain’s EuroBasket squad, ahead of Serge Ibaka. The Chicago Bulls forward has been handed the naturalised slot ahead of his Oklahoma City Thunder counterpart by returning coach Sergio Scariolo in a 17-man initial group for training camp.: 9 more rumors
Calvin Watkins: Not only was Kostas Papanikolaou’s option picked up by the Rockets, he’ll play for Greece National Team this summer.
Atlanta Hawks forward Pero Antic has told Macedonian media that he will not represent his nation at this summer’s Eurobasket. The 32-year-old former Euroleague winner, who was originally picked in FYR of Macedonia’s preliminary squad, has decided to withdraw so that he can focus on next season as he is now a free agent.
Emiliano Carchia: Atlanta Hawks forward Pero Antic named to FYR of Macedonia preliminary squad for Eurobasket Bo McCalebb in the squad as well
Marco Belinelli confirmed that he will play at Eurobasket for the Italian National Team. “I can’t wait to play for the Italian National Team this summer. We have Eurobasket. I want to be an important player for my national team.
Emiliano Carchia: Goran Dragic is not in Slovenian NT squad for Eurobasket. There are a few chances for him to play with Slovenian NT this summer
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Dennis Schroder commits to the German national-team for EuroBasket games this summer, said coach Chris Fleming.
While the 28-year-old Ilyasova is thrilled to join the Pistons, he acknowledged there were some drawbacks to the trade. His plans to play for Turkey’s national team this summer are now up in the air and he’s leaving behind some close friends. “I was going to play for the national team, but with all these changes, moving to a new city, playing for a new team, I’m not so sure now,’’ said Ilyasova, who intends to fly to Detroit Sunday night to meet with Van Gundy and be a part of a press conference tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. “It’s a whole different story now. I got to measure all those things. “And I’ll miss Milwaukee, for sure. I spent a lot of time here. I have a lot of friends here. And they (the Bucks) have a good thing going. Hopefully, it’ll work out for them. I wish them the best of luck.’’
Serge Ibaka: “If I’m 100 percent, I would like to play at the Eurobasket. If I’m not, I don’t think the Thunder would let me play.”
The Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) is very upbeat on the likelihood of having this star player in the team. So optimistic are they that if in the end he decides to give it a miss, it would be seen as a terrible blow. Scariolo met with Pau last week and both were satisfied with what was said.
Without having fully committed as yet, Pau Gasol is warming to the idea of joining Sergio Scariolo’s team and taking part in EuroBasket 2015. Before makes up his mind, certain details need to be sorted out, but his decision may well be announced this Wednesday in Madrid.: 9 more rumors
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].”
His subpar, injury-plagued season be damned, Tony Parker joins Boris Diaw and former Spur Nando De Colo among 24 players named to France’s preliminary roster for EuroBasket 2015. France is the defending champion, with Parker having earned MVP honors in leading Les Bleus to their first major title at the 2013 competition. He, Diaw and fellow NBA standouts Nicolas Batum and Rudy Gobert have all pledged their intent to participate with France among four host nations.
Miami Heat and Slovenia guard Goran Dragic is likely to skip this summer’s international duties and not play at Eurobasket. Dragic has said that he will opt out of his contract with the Heat and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Marco Belinelli: “My goal is to play Eurobasket. But I am 29 and I have to see how I physically feel after the season. I will make a final decision after the NBA Playoffs. Coach Pianigiani knows how I am, I am gritting my teeth. For the other Italians in the NBA who end the season without playoffs (Bargnani and Gallinari) will be easier to rest, recover and be back in shape. I will talk with the other Italians in the NBA. We want to bring Italy back to highest levels” said Belinelli to Riccardo Pratesi of La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Marco Belinelli on Eurobasket: “I spoke with Simone Pianigiani (head coach of the Italian National Team), the Federation knows my physical and contract situations. I’d love to play Eurobasket but I have to wait the end of the season to see how my situation evolves. I can’t say now “I will 100% play at Eurobasket.”
Nikola Mirotic: “Playing at the Eurobasket with Spain, it’s not just up to me… but right now it’s not the time to talk about it. We’ll see in the future. I’m calm and my relationship with the Spanish Basketball Federation is good.”