NBA rumors: Nuggets adding Tarik Black

Former EuroLeague center Tarik Black is back in the NBA. According to a tweet from the player’s agency Priority Sports, Black signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets to return to the league after spending the last three seasons in Europe.

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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv announced its new deal with Tarik Black that goes through the 2020-21 season on Tuesday. This new deal offers Black an NBA opt-out both for this and next summer.
Orazio Cauchi: Hearing that the deal between Black and Maccabi is now done, per source. An official announcement should arrive soon. Very solid move for Maccabi.
Orazio Cauchi: If an NBA deal won't materialize, one option overseas for big man Tarik Black could be Maccabi Tel Aviv, I've been told. Maccabi is still looking for a big man. Despite the recent rumors about Okaro White, a deal between the two sides it's unlikely to happen, per source.
Black appeared in 51 games this season, averaging 3.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks in just over 10 minutes per game. He is a consummate professional, great teammate and locker room presence, but his future with Houston isn’t exactly clear. “ loved being back in Houston,” his agent, Mike Lelchitski, told Rockets Wire. “Obviously, he would like the opportunity to help the team more on the court. He’s also looking forward to hearing what other opportunities will be available to him.”
Shams Charania: Free agent forward Tarik Black has reached agreement to sign with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell The Vertical.
The Lakers waived reserve forward Tarik Black before his $6.6 million contract would have become guaranteed for the 2017-18 season. The Lakers had until July 4 to decide to retain Black or part ways with the fourth-year forward before his contract became guaranteed.
Black expressed gratitude to the Lakers in a post on his Instagram account. “It’s been absolutely amazing and invigorating,” Black wrote. “I would like to thank the Lakers for an amazing ride and being there for me. From the staff, the team, and the fans I am indescribably grateful. You all opened the doors for me to live a dream to play for such an organization. I love you all and the Lakers are forever in my heart.”
The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on forward/center Tarik Black, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka.
So, the inquisitive Black asked Johnson and Pelinka a series of detailed questions regarding himself. The most pointed one: “Where do you see me in five years as a player?” Because of how Johnson and Pelinka answered his questions, including that one, Black walked away the meeting expressing confidence he will remain on the Lakers for the 2017-18 season. “I don’t know what kind of story will be created if I sat here and said no,” Black said. “That’s a given and the honest truth. I believe I will be. But once again the NBA is passion, basketball, business. You can’t avoid that.”
External circumstances aside, though, Black sounded encouraged Johnson and Pelinka told him, “I have a lot of potential and can get better.” All of which led Black to believe he will still wear a Lakers jersey next season. “If they weren’t interested in bringing me back, they would’ve just said, ‘Well, it’s nice having you Tarik, we enjoyed you, we’ll be in touch,” Black said, smiling. “The fact they’re sitting there, having the conversation and listening to my questions and they seriously answered them and we talked about development, it just gives me confidence moving forward.”
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Tarik Black, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. “Tarik is a player whose strengths are well-suited for the style of play we envision for our team going forward,” said Kupchak. “He plays the game with a mix of athleticism, energy, and physicality that make him a valuable frontcourt contributor in today’s NBA.”
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