Turkish powerhouse Anadolu Efes has announced the signing of free agent guard Bryce Cotton. Spain’s Baskonia and Russia’s Khimki were rumored to be in the mix for the services of Cotton, who played summer league with the Atlanta Hawks last July.
“You saw Nando De Colo and Thomas Heurtel tonight,” Nicolas Batum said. “I think people in the U.S. don’t really know them. Those guys can really play. I mean, De Colo was the MVP of the EuroLeague, and Heurtel was the best prospect in EuroLeague, too. And we’ve got Rudy Gobert coming, and Joffrey Lauvergne, and Evan Fournier is pretty good, too. So, we have a lot of guys that have been drafted the last two years or so on good teams in the NBA. It’s going to be a different era, of course, but it’s still going to be good.”
So can the NBA be the next step for the teammate of Dario Saric in Anadolu Efes? Speaking after the game Heurtel, who has one more year in his contract with Anadolu Efes explained that he didn’t feel that he “need to show” something special because of the oppponets, but he admitted: “Everyone is motivated when he is playing against the United States, these are global superstars. This is not necessarily a goal (ed.note: going to the NBA) but if I have the opportunity … After all it’s not like I have to go to the NBA, because I had a game like that.”
Turkish powerhouse Anadolu Efes and Russian side Khimki are interested in American point-guard Bryce Cotton, a source told Sportando. Cotton finished last season with the Grizzlies but played also 10 games in China. This would be Cotton’s first experience in Europe.