Khem Birch RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Birch sees the positives in taking part in the FIBA World Cup. And unlike most other NBA types he has no one offering up advice, wanted or not. ““I don’t have an agent as of right now, so no,” he said when asked if anyone tried to dissuade him from coming. “Like I said Khem Birch decides Khem Birch’s career. If I get hurt it’s because Khem Birch got hurt and if Khem Birch wants to do something Khem Birch is going to do it.”
“As you can see I’m doing things I have never done in the NBA that I’m getting to do right now,” he said referring to handling the ball and stepping outside to shoot. “That’s what a lot of guys don’t understand. Coach Nurse gives you the confidence and freedom to do whatever you want. Basically everything you want in the system you have here so I’m lucky.”
Mike Ganter: Khem Birch on his decision to play for Canada: “I don’t let anyone dictate my career or anything. I let Khem Birch dictate what he wants to do and Khem Birch decided to play for his country because I want to go to the Olympics.”
Canada’s hopes of advancing at the FIBA World Cup died with a 92-69 loss to Lithuania on Tuesday in Dongguan, China. Kyle Wiltjer had 24 points, while Cory Joseph had 15, but the seventh-ranked Lithuanians — who’d routed Senegal by 54 points two nights earlier — were too much for the undermanned Canadians, who are missing all but two of their NBA players in Joseph and Khem Birch.
Khem Birch’s turning point came as midnight brought in the year 2016. The Montreal-born basketball player was suiting up to play with a Turkish team, Usak Sportif, and was pondering his career moments before an away game in Gaziantep, Turkey, a war-torn city less than an hour away from the Syrian border, 8,500 kilometres away from his hometown. “Is this going to be my whole life?” he said. “Ever since then, I just took it seriously. I’ve been 100 per cent in.”
Once Birch took the game of basketball more seriously, he got a contract with the Orlando Magic in 2017. Now, he’s using his newfound opportunity to give back to his local community and take after another fellow Montreal and NBA player who has held basketball camps in his home city, former Miami Heat star Joel Anthony. “Very big inspiration,” Birch said. “He’s my idol and I still look up to him.”
He is focusing his attention on qualifying for the Olympics and seeking revenge on the Raptors, who eliminated his team, the Magic, in the opening round of this year’s playoffs. “I like it for the country,” Birch said. “But the fact that they beat us. I still am envious of that. I really want to beat them next year.”
On Tuesday, the Magic took several steps to ensure that three key players could be back with the team next season. The actions taken on Tuesday – picking up the third-year option on Wes Iwundu’s contract and making qualifying contract offers to center Khem Birch and forward Amile Jefferson – could shed some light on the Magic’s aggressive approach in trying to retain future unrestricted free agents Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross. Again, the goal is to try and keep the entire team together as much as possible going forward.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have issued qualifying offers to Khem Birch and Amile Jefferson, making both of them restricted free agents on June 30.
The Magic will attempt to re-sign Birch and will almost assuredly make him a restricted free agent by extending him a qualifying offer, but Philadelphia expressed interest in him during the season and there could be several more this offseason, sources said.
John Denton: More @Orlando Magic C Khem Birch on adding playing time he’ll get with Mo Bamba out: “I’ve been preparing myself all season – even when I didn’t play, I’d prepare myself as if I was going to play. Now, it’s just about getting back into rhythm and game shape and I’ll be fine.”
Ryan Wolstat: Caught up with Khem Birch pre-game. He said he plans to be in China to support Team Canada this summer at FIBA World Cup whether he is playing or not. Also said he’s happy to see another Montrealer doing well in Chris Boucher and thinks Boucher will be on the big roster next yr.
Canadian NBA players Dillon Brooks and Khem Birch are in Halifax this weekend to run an elite basketball camp. The camp will run Saturday and Sunday at Saint Mary’s University and feature a 5-to-1 camper to coach ratio.
Josh Robbins: Khem Birch, who has played in recent weeks for Canada’s national team, will be held out of tonight’s exhibition against the Grizzlies for rest purposes (and likely to free more minutes for other centers, including Mo Bamba). The Magic are on the 1st day of a back-to-back.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have recalled Khem Birch and Rodney Purvis from Lakeland of the G-League and also transferred two-way contract player Jamel Artis to Orlando from Lakeland. Tonight, Orlando will host Phoenix at Amway Center.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have assigned Rodney Purvis and Khem Birch to Lakeland of the G-League and transferred two-way contract player Jamel Artis to Lakeland. Lakeland, which is trying to qualify for the playoffs, will host Delaware tonight and Saturday.
John Denton: Fresh off his 12-point, 10-rebound, 4-block game on Tuesday, C-F Khem Birch will remain in the @Orlando Magic rotation tonight vs. @Cleveland Cavaliers. ORL Head coach Frank Vogel: “He earned another chance – that’s the best way to put it. He played at a level to stay in the lineup.”
Rookie center Khem Birch will stick around the Orlando Magic organization for awhile. Sunday is the deadline for NBA teams to decide what to do with players on non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts. Across the league, those players’ salaries will become fully guaranteed for the rest of the season if the players are not waived before 5 p.m. The Magic will retain Birch beyond Sunday’s deadline, said the team’s president of basketball operations, Jeff Weltman.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have announced they have recalled Khem Birch from Lakeland of the G League. With Nikola Vucevic out, Birch will be the third-string center behind Bismack Biyombo and Marreese Speights.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have recalled Khem Birch from the G League. So the Magic will have Birch, Jamel Artis and Adreian Payne available to play tonight. Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac and Terrence Ross are definitely out, and Arron Afflalo seems unlikely to play.
Khem Birch earned the Orlando Magic’s final roster spot — the first time he’s made an NBA regular-season roster. “When you’re over there [in Europe], you never think you’re going to come back home,” Birch said. “So the fact that I’m here this year, it’s an amazing feeling. But this is only the beginning. I’m not relaxed or anything. I’m still going to work hard, like I haven’t made it yet.”
Birch heard the news Friday night, after the Magic played their preseason finale. He left Amway Center and was walking home when he received a phone call. Seeing the number flash on his phone, he felt nervous and he wondered if maybe, just maybe, he’d been waived by the team. On the other end of the line were Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman, GM John Hammond and coach Frank Vogel. They informed him that he had made the team. Birch cried.
“This has been my dream for a long time, since I was a kid,” Birch said. “I went overseas for a couple of years, and then I realized I’m ready right now [to play in the NBA]. I wasn’t ready a few years ago, but that experience has helped me a lot, has made me a more mature person. And now I think I’m ready.”
Khem Birch opted out of his contract with Olympiacos to sign in the NBA with the Orlando Magic. The American big man has played one season in Greece with Olympiacos.
According to Eurohoops sources, the Brooklyn Nets have included Canadian center Khem Birch in their transfer list for quite some time and are now seriously considering the possibility of offering a two-year contract to acquire him as a complementary addition to their frontcourt ahead of the upcoming season.
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Alex Kennedy: If you missed it, Clippers’ recent free agent mini-camp included Russ Smith, Cory Jefferson, Khem Birch, Malcolm Thomas, Will Cummings, etc.
Tom Lorenzo: Here is the #Nets 19-man Summer League roster: Darius Adams, Cliff Alexander, Khem Birch, Ryan Boatright, Markel Brown, Earl Clark, Deshawn Delaney, Josh Gasser, Steven Gray, Austin Hollins, Rondae Hollins-Jefferson, Cory Jefferson, Akil Mitchell, JayVaughn Pinkston, Juvonte Reddic, Jonathon Simmons, Xavier Thames, Juan Pablo Vaulet, Ben Vozzola.
Khem Birch or Damion James could return. Could be a 10-day deal or for the rest of the season. Yes, the Wizards have been closely monitoring them while they play in the D-League. Birch, who played for the Wizards at Las Vegas summer league and was a standout, declined a training camp invite and opted to join the Miami Heat’s camp.
The Heat close their preseason schedule Friday at FedExForum against the Memphis Grizzlies, then open their regular season Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Washington Wizards. The Heat’s final cut could come down to guard Andre Dawkins or forward Khem Birch.
Barry Jackson: Heat roster for camp is close to full with addition of two undrafted rookies: Duke G Andre Dawkins and UNLV C/F Khem Birch. Heat now with camp invitations to 18; a few are non-guaranteed and can be cut if someone better emerges. Teams can bring 20 to camp.
Khem Birch doesn’t pay much attention to what’s said about him, turning pro after his junior season at UNLV. Assistant coach Sam Cassell, who is running the Wizards’ summer league team that plays Saturday vs. the San Antonio Spurs, paid the highest compliment to the undrafted free agent. Cassell said if it were up to him, Birch would be part of the Wizards’ 15-man roster to begin the regular season. “Oh really? That’s cool,” Birch said when told of Cassell ‘s comments. “A lot of people doubted me, thinking I shouldn’t have left early. I know I was ready. Even if I don’t make the team it shows that I still have a chance to make it in the league.”
Cassell said if it were up to him, Birch would be part of the Wizards’ 15-man roster to begin the regular season. “Oh really? That’s cool,” Birch said when told of Cassell ‘s comments. “A lot of people doubted me, thinking I shouldn’t have left early. I know I was ready. Even if I don’t make the team it shows that I still have a chance to make it in the league.”
Ryan Wolstat: Nothing official yet, but wouldn’t be surprised to see Melvin Ejim, Khem Birch, Jordan Clarkson and maybe Dwight Powell tomorrow with Ennis. Ennis, Birch, Ejim, Powell, Clarkson all repped by Mike George and most have been working out together in Long Island.
The bottom line is that (Khem) Birch, who was the highest rated recruit in Dixon’s tenure, wasn’t happy. There are some who felt he should have stuck it out longer, but Birch said that he and his mother decided it was best for him to play elsewhere. “I’m not in a rush to get to the NBA,” he said “I know I have a lot of work to do.”