Europe Rumors

Jay King: No surprise but Cs don’t sound like they want to use all four of their draft picks. Will look into other options. Austin Ainge: “I don’t think it’s any secret that we have four picks, and it probably wouldn’t be great for us to have four rookies on our team next year. So we are explrong options for guys who would play in the D-League, play in Europe, trades. All of these things are possible with the number of picks we have.”
Turkoglu also wished to dispel the notion that Divac’s hire was for public relations purposes, and not for basketball reasons. “First of all, he knows about basketball. He knows European players’ game, and he’ll bring some players here. Him being European doesn’t mean he’s going to bring all Europeans here. He’ll try to find the right one that knows how to play and fit in the organization. Geoff Petrie was like that, when they brought me, Peja and Vlade, and now Casspi’s here. There’s a lot of good players out there and I think Vlade will find the right one.”
Janis Timma — the Memphis Grizzlies’ second round pick in the 2013 draft — has begun to pursue a deal in the Euroleague with his NBA franchise uninterested in a deal for next season, sources told RealGM. The Grizzlies have plans to fill their 2015-16 roster without Timma, leaving the 6-foot-7 Latvian forward focused on signing with a powerhouse team in Europe. Both sides recently discussed their future status. Timma, 22, was the Grizzlies’ 60th overall draft pick and has remained on Memphis’ radar.
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A European franchise has long been mooted as the next step up the ladder for the sport as it looks to compete with football for international followers. “It is on our list as something that we continue to explore, but we do not want to get ahead of ourselves – it is something we continue to study. There is an opportunity to bring NBA basketball to Europe on a permanent basis,” he says. “It is something we ultimately want to do, but a lot of work needs to be done.”
PT: Do you see a day when there’s an NBA team in Europe? Have you had conversations where players seem in favor of that? MR: Yes and yes. I think the league has an interest in seeing the game grow, and I think the players do. Our players routinely, if things aren’t going well, or for whatever reason, end up playing in Europe and then come back here. Our women — it’s remarkable, they spend more time playing overseas than they spend playing at home. And sadly, some of the 18-year-olds who aren’t able to make money here are playing overseas. There’s more work, more opportunities to play basketball.
More likely for now is that the NBA will allow advertising on team jerseys, said Silver, who was on his second visit to China since becoming commissioner in February. Ads on uniforms will boost the NBA’s global growth, he said. “It would cause a whole host of companies to become that much more invested in the NBA,” Silver said. “Just think about it — if there was a Chinese company that was represented on an NBA jersey, and for the affinity of Chinese fans to see that familiar brand on an NBA team — that’s going to help grow the game here.”