The French club ASVEL-Villeurbanne [owned by Tony Parke…

The French club ASVEL-Villeurbanne [owned by Tony Parker] is being reinforced in a big way for the next season. Norris Cole (31 years old, 1.88 meters tall) is the new player of the French team for the next two seasons.

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Emiliano Carchia: Norris Cole signed a contract with Scandone Avellino, a source confirmed @Orazio Cauchi and me. The official announcement will arrive tomorrow, as first reported by @sportchannel214
According to La Prealpina, Italian side Scandone Avellino is targeting American point guard Norris Cole after the failed agreement with Joe Ragland. Cole spent last season with Maccabi Tel Aviv and now he's considering his options for the next season.

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As mentioned on Walla, after unsucceeding in signing Jordan McRae, Maccabi has made an offer to Cole. Last season, he spent the first half in Shandong Golden Stars, but was released after nine performances, as towards the end of the season, he joined Oklahoma City Thunder but did not really fit in and only played 13 games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard Norris Cole, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
One impact of a potential Cole signing is that Kendrick Perkins likely wouldn't return to Oklahoma City this season, which he hinted at before the All-Star break. If the Cole deal is made official, in order for Perkins to return, the Thunder would have to release a player.
Fred Katz: Thunder reached out to Cole's people before the weekend. Took a bit to work out a deal. - RT: Shams Charania: Free agent Norris Cole has agreed to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder for rest of the season, league sources tell @TheVertical.
In addition to the veteran free agents looking to make a return to the league in 2017 that we reported on earlier this week -- guards Jarrett Jack and Mario Chalmers and forward Carl Landry -- add the name Norris Cole. According to the latest from my ESPN colleague Chris Haynes, Cole is also nearing a return to full fitness after a hamstring problem scuttled his recent stint in China.
The Grizzlies have already expressed interest in point guard Norris Cole, who is currently in China with the Shandong Golden Stars, a league source told Basketball Insiders. Cole has an opt-out clause in his contract that would allow him to return to the NBA.
Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale previously coached Cole when both were members of the Miami HEAT. Fizdale coached Cole for three and a half seasons together before the point guard was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
While Griffin said he felt "comfortable" with the Cavs' current point guard situation -- behind Kyrie Irving now is only rookie Kay Felder -- the team has on its radar free agents Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, and Kirk Hinrich. The Cavs have been in contact with all three players this summer, a source said, in anticipation of Williams' move. But the team, at least at this point, is in no rush to sign one of them, preferring to let the 5-9, 21-year-old Felder get his feet wet in camp and see if Lue can work his rotation properly without them.
Williams played on a bad left knee last season, and the knee was said to be one of the reasons he was considering retirement. The other true point guard on the roster is rookie Kay Felder. The Cavs have interest in free agent Norris Cole, among others, but with Williams returning he'll most likely get the chance to show he can still play.
Revisiting the Williams scenario, the other potential backup to Kyrie Irving at point guard on the roster is rookie Kay Felder. A source confirmed Cleveland's interest in free agent point guard Norris Cole, among others, but said the Cavs likely wouldn't bring in a veteran free agent until Williams' status -- and capability -- was determined. Williams played on a bad left knee last season.
Marc Stein: New Orleans' looming two-year, $4 million deal with G Tim Frazier all but seals that Norris Cole will move on, according to league sources.
Restricted free agent Norris Cole signed his one-year, $3 million qualifying offer with the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, completing general manager's Dell Demps' push to bring back all of their key players from last season. Sources confirmed Cole's signing that was first reported by Yahoo Sports. Although the Pelicans extended Cole a qualifying offer 11 weeks ago, his agent, Rich Paul, pushed for a deal in the open market that will pay him more than $3 million. But Cole didn't land an offer sheet with another team, but several including the Philadelphia 76ers and Lakers expressed interest. Even if Cole had received an offer sheet from another team, the Pelicans could have matched it. By agreeing to the qualifying offer, Cole will become an unrestricted free agent next summer when the salary cap is expected to increase significantly when the NBA's new nine-year, $24 billion TV deal begins.
It has been more than 11 weeks since the New Orleans Pelicans extended restricted free agent point guard Norris Cole a $3 million qualifying offer. He remains unsigned, but the Pelicans have not given up in their push to bring him back. But a source close to Cole said talk pretty much remain at a standstill with training camp only two weeks away from starting at The Greenbrier in West Virginia on Sept. 29. Sticking to his policy, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps does not provide updates regarding ongoing negotiations. Other than Cole, Demps met his objective in bringing back all of their key players that led to a 45-37 finish last season and first playoff berth since 2011.
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the teams with significant cap space that also expressed an interest in Cole earlier this summer. But knowing the Pelicans could match any offer Cole receives as a restricted free agent, the 76ers signed point guard Kendall Marshall to a four-year deal, which included $2.1 million guaranteed this upcoming season.
The Lakers also expressed interest in Cole earlier this summer, but they signed Brazilian point guard Marcello Huertas to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract six days ago.
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