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Sonny Weems: I would like to thank the club for understanding. I want to thank Andrey Vatutin, Natalia Furaeva along with CSKA fans and my teammates for my time in Moscow. It was special. Now I want to try waters in the NBA but I don’t close the door for European basketball which I really like.
Nobody was expecting that with the American Forward Sonny Weems having a guarantee contract with CSKA until the summer of 2017. CSKA made the official announcement on Tuesday evening and the big news are here. He is leaving CSKA in order to get back to the NBA. Here you can read the official announcement of VTB Champions and what the player and Andrey Vatutin quoted. “Once Sonny Weems addressed the club his desire to try to get back to the NBA, our club decided not to prevent, taking into account how valuable Sonny was for the team past three years. The contract negotiations at NBA can start only after July 1, and CSKA was not able to wait until this time, so the parties agreed to terminate the contract now”
Like every summer the rumors about CSKA are raging. One of them is about Milos Teodosic and his departure from the team from Moscow. A lot has been heard and it has even been written that he’s a breath away from a deal with Fenerbahce. The truth is that so far nothing has happened and there is no indication at all that CSKA is going to cut off the Serbian guard and ask him to break their contract. Milos Teodosic has a contract with CSKA until the summer of 2017, there is no release clause from the side of the player, nor the side of the team, not even an NBA Out. So it seems, then, that despite the “easy” rumors, the 28 year old playmaker will continue with the club for a 5th season.
Steve Kyler: Jackson has interest from more than a handful of NBA teams is seriously weighing options. Economic environment in Russia has changed a lot. Jackson was a focal point player for CSKA, and played 65 games shooting 54.8% from the field and 42.6% from three.
UPDATE: There are rumors now that he might leave Barcelona this summer and maybe go to the NBA orCSKA Moscow, the club in Europe with the most money. It’s really all rumors though and tough to say what is really true. Tomic is easily a NBA rotation player, if not a starter, but he is a uniquely skilled player and the fit needsto be right. Think whatever the opposite of Gobert and Favors are as players. My guess is if Utah didn’t own his rights and he was a free agent he’d already be in the league. If he really wants to come over, maybe he could also be a trade chip if Utah doesn’t see the fit.
Andrei Kirilenko said he has not decided yet his future. The Russian forward spoke after the victory in VTB League. “I don’t want to speak about my retire because I don’t want anyone to speculate on me. In the summer I will make a decision” Kirilenko said.
Veteran center Kyrylo Fesenko has agreed to a one-year contract with Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB League, bypassing a workout with the Toronto Raptors, sources told RealGM. Fesenko, a five-year reserve in the NBA, will sign a lucrative deal with the Russian team. He was among the big men invited to the Raptors’ free-agent camp later this month.
Earlier this week, Team Russia released its preliminary roster and Karasev, still only 21, wasn’t on it. Did that mean there was no chance he’d play in the FIBA Eurobasket in September? Not necessarily, he told SovSport. He said he spoke with Evgeny Pashutin, the national team coach, and both agreed the best plan would be for him to continue his rehab in New Jersey … under the tutelage of Tim Walsh and his assistant, Lloyd Becket, the team’s director of physical therapy. To join the Russian team in France for training, Karasev said “makes no sense.”
Devin Kharpertian: When I interviewed AK in his first year in Brooklyn, he said he’d play out the 2 years and then think about retirement. Seemed like he knew.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Andrei Kirilenko – wasn’t invited to Russian squad at EuroBasket – is retiring. It’s a wrap.
Jack Devine, a retired CIA official and private investigator, writes in his new book, “Good Hunting” about how the NBA had him investigate Mikhail Prokhorov in 2009-10. The vetting included checking whether the Nets prospective owner had ties to the Russian mob. Devine said his team found none after “extensive research,” and informed David Stern of same.