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.”
Aris Barkas: What will be the ideal situation for you? Xavier Silas: “I just want to play for a great coach in a great team, either in the NBA, or in Europe. Somewhere where I can win! Winning is the most important thing and it helps everybody. I just want to be part of something great”.
Aris Barkas: What was the thing that surprised you the most in Europe? Xavier Silas: “The first thing and the biggest thing was that I believed that basketball is the same all over the world.But now I see that European basketball is totally different. I don’t think that one style is better than the other, but they are different. And the other thing were the great players that are here and people in the States have never heard of, because they have the NBA. To see how good they really are and to watch them it was a revelation. It’s not that easy for Americans to beat the Europeans right now”.
Aris Barkas: Your end goal probably remains the NBA, but all this means you are more open than ever to Europe? Xavier Silas: “Growing up it was always only the NBA, because I am from the States and that was all I knew, but being here and understanding Euroleague and all the great players from Europe my views changes. I spend a lot of time here watching a lot of film. I am talking about Theo Papaloukas, Spanoulis, Diamantidis, Juan Carlos Navarro and Sergio Rodriguez. Now my end goal is to be one of the best players in the world. I can do that in the NBA and I can do that in Europe also. If you had asked me this four years ago, I would say to you that my end goal is the NBA. Period. Now I understand that there are great players everywhere”.
Do you see yourself ever playing in Europe? Giannis Antetokounmpo: “Maybe, when I’m forty… Seriously, I’ve thought about it! To take teams from the A2 to the A1. I’ll come and play in Greece after 40. I’ll be able to manage a good 20 minutes. I’ll sit at the low post and score 10 points, get 10 rebounds and distribute 5-6 assists.
“I always wanted to play in Europe for a long time,” World Peace said. “They move the ball and they move bodies and that’s what I like doing. I’m looking forward to playing team basketball and being smart as well as scoring. I can score but I’m excited about team basketball.”
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.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Denver Nuggets soon-to-be waived swingman Victor Claver is exploring options outside the NBA, a source said.
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.
Mark Woods: Dario Saric named FIBA Young Men’s Player of the Year ahead of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Spain’s Angela Salvadores wins Young Women’s award.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: NBA free-agent power-forward Tony Mitchell is entertaining offers from Europe, according to source.
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.”
Chris Smith, who is mulling two European offers, made the Knicks roster last season in a controversial move that was seen as being made to pacify J.R., but the fringe prospect was later cut.
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.
Diamond Leung: Nemanja Nedovic’s agent says he expects the guard will clear waivers and wind up on a Euroleague team: mondo.rs/a744337/Sport/…
The Warriors could recover some of his $1.1 million salary owed to Nedovic this season if they buy him out of the contract and he lands with one of the European teams reportedly interested in him. Nedovic, who has not appeared in a single regular season game for the Warriors this season, would need to clear waivers for such an arrangement to be worked out.
Jody Genessy: NBA commish said “no imminent plans for expansion now,” but he thinks Europe expansion is “doable” in the future.
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.”
The National Basketball Association will consider basing teams in Europe if the arenas are up to league standards, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. The NBA would have to weigh the benefits of increasing the size of the 30-team league against possible costs, such as spreading television revenue among more partners, Silver said in an interview with Bloomberg TV yesterday.
Aron Baynes hopes to re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs, but he is also exporing potential deals with European teams. Baynes is reportedly searching for a contract worth $1.5 million Euros. The Spurs extended Baynes a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The buyout could clinch Nurkic, a 7-footer, as a late lottery pick in Thursday’s draft. He’s a 19 year old native of Bosnia.