One more confirmation of Eurohoops reports as Maccabi Tel Aviv announced officially the signing of Jordan Farmar! He returns to team and Isreal after his great experience on 2011-12 season during the lock out in the NBA. Farmar finished the season to Dogus Darussafaka and he was free agent. He wanted to comeback to the team and club made all the propert moves in order to persuade him.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: NBA free-agent Vitor Faverani auditioned overseas for Maccabi. Mutual interest to strike deal, I’m told. Vitor Faverani was inactive since Jan 2014. He rehabbed in Espana with Murcia. High-risk, high-reward, right?
Marc Stein: Former Mavs and Pels PG Gal Mekel has a new agent in David Bauman and is training in Florida in hopes of landing a new NBA deal this summer. Mekel has standing three-year offer from Euro power Maccabi Tel Aviv to return to his native Israel but focusing instead on his NBA options. Mekel signed with Bauman after his previous NBA agent Sam Porter left the agent-ing world to join @MLS club DC United as a top executive
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: NBA free-agent Omri Casspi and former Dallas guard Gal Mekel among guarantee EuroBasket invites for Israel.
He has dual citizenship — U.S. and Israel. His wife and family are in Tel Aviv. His son, Tamir, is in his last year of high school and is one of the best young basketball players in Israel. “I left a lot of people that I love dearly … in order to pursue a dream,” said Blatt. “That’s a big sacrifice on the part of my family and where I’m from.”
Ronnie: What do you see Maccabi doing this summer to revamp the roster? Will they go hard after Mekel? Also is Bender going to play on the senior team this year? David Pick: Maccabi are going hard after Gal Mekel – as are Hapoel Jerusalem. Not many players are safe in terms of moving forward with Maccabi next season. MarQuez Haynes, Nate Linhart, Sofo Schotsanitis are all gone. Joe Alexander is questionable, depending on whether he is awarded Israeli credentials. Alex Tyus is looking for his max deal in Europe, which is a well-deserved $1 million. Jeremy Pargo is 50-50, could go either way, will come down to if Maccabi win or lose championship. Assistant Pini Gershon is out.
“Obviously the No. 8 pick is expected to have an illustrious and longer NBA career than I’ve had, so that’s fine, but I think that Milwaukee should certainly share that [bust] label. They contributed heavily to it. Heavily. For the Bucks to pull the plug on me, I thought, was dramatically irresponsible on their part. What it did was label me as some sort of a problem player. It made everyone in the league look at me different when 12 months before any team would’ve died to have me.”
“I don’t think there is a hard definition of what a ‘draft bust’ is,” Alexander told Basketball Insiders. “Ultimately not being in the NBA is on me, but as far as ‘who is a bust?’ you have to look at Milwaukee and the management that drafted me. If you want to label anyone with the term ‘bust’ — it’s the Bucks. When Milwaukee drafted me, I was touted as a ‘project’ and someone with a lot of potential who could contribute had I learned to play the game. That’s what the Bucks told me. I needed time. I didn’t start playing basketball until I was 16 years old, but I was the most athletic guy in the entire draft. The Bucks knew that. Everyone understood this. I could’ve been drafted by any other team in the league and they would’ve given me time to develop.”
“Don’t get me wrong, considering where I was with injuries getting a 10-day contract would be beyond words to me, but I don’t think NBA teams are seriously considering D-League guys for long-term roster spots,” Alexander said. “The prospect of playing at a high level overseas and getting a longer contract is a risk I was willing to take. I wouldn’t spend a whole season not getting paid in hopes of a 10-day call-up. That’s not my ultimate goal.”
“I thought going overseas was a necessary change, especially to Israel and Maccabi which are a respected league and team,” Alexander said. “Along those same lines, I feel like the future of D-League players is unknown. One season, there might be just 10 call-ups. The next season there could be 35 call-ups, and then there is the factor of who sticks in the NBA? I worked real hard this season to put up another five-or-seven points and grab at least three more rebounds each game, but NBA executives would look at the numbers and be like, ‘Who cares?’”
His roots in Israel remain deep. He’s married to an Israeli woman, Kinneret, and raised his four children here, with the oldest two having completed their military service. He speaks fluent, albeit American-accented, Hebrew and is a popular pitchman for TV ads who has professed a desire to one day serve as an ambassador for the country. An economic newspaper recently reported Blatt just purchased a pair of high-rise Tel Aviv apartments.
And as Cleveland fans worry that Blatt isn’t using his roster properly, Israelis are proudly sticking behind him. Boston-born Blatt, 55, remains one of the country’s most beloved figures, thanks to his winning history as a coach in his adopted homeland and national pride in his making it big time. “It means a lot from two perspectives: Number one, I can do something for the people in Israel, and number two, I can do something about bringing seven million new fans to the Cavaliers,” Blatt said Monday night after a third straight win put the Cavaliers at 22-20. “I’ve been very fortunate, we had a great deal of success in Israel the last several years, so people are positive about this and about me and I’ve got Bron and Kevin and Kyrie and they love the NBA over there so it’s a natural tie-in, and it’s great.”
Mekel also attacked the reports that claimed he was asking for $2.5 million for two-and-a-half years from Maccabi, insisting that they were aimed to display him in a negative manner. Mekel’s best option to return to the NBA will likely be through a 10-day contract, which teams will be able to offer to players from next Monday. Mekel would have three games to impress in the hope of being signed to another 10-day contract and ultimately until the end of the season. It is hardly an ideal situation, but considering Mekel’s current position, it is the best he can hope for.
As far as an NBA comeback goes, out of sight and mind. Selby said no scouts or NBA personnel have contacted him thus far, but it’s not troubling him at this point in time. “I want to help my team reach the playoffs and take them as far as possible. As long as I take care of business and win here, the NBA will come find me.”
Selby, once the highest ranked high-school baller in the United States, led a class that features some of the NBA’s current-and-future stars. In a sense, he went from hero-to-zero. Selby bounced around the NBA and the respected D-League before heading overseas for stints in China, Croatia, and now Israel. It wasn’t for split second that the 23-year-old Baltimore native began to mull over retirement. “I went through a time where I was depressed with basketball. I got depressed because things weren’t going my way. I had thoughts of retiring,” Selby told Basketball Insiders following a team practice in Herzliya, a suburb city outside of the Tel Aviv.