Dragan Bender will stay in Tel Aviv at least until the end of the 2020-21 season, as Maccabi Playtica Tel Aviv has officially announced. Bender was signed initially with a short-term deal which included an extension option.
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Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv signed Dragan Bender to a three-month contract with an option for the remainder of the 2020-21 season, the Israeli powerhouse announced Sunday confirming previous reports. Bender, 22, was with the Yellows from 2014 to 2016 prior to making the NBA jump. Deciding to return at least until December brings him back to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague after his seven 2015-16 appearances and to the Israeli league as well.
Nemanja Zoric: Breaking: Dragan Bender has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bender will replce Quincy Acy who left the team. The Croatian is back to Tel Aviv after 4 years in US, Source confirmed.
Dragan Bender — A monumental bust as the fourth overall pick in 2016, Bender still has a chance to make it. Believe it or not, he’s only 22. The Bucks reluctantly waived him when Marvin Williams became available, and he had played serviceably on a 10-day contract with Golden State when the league shut down. I’d expect the Warriors to sign him to a multi-year deal similar to the ones Mychal Mulder and Juan Toscano-Anderson inked.
Logan Murdock: Dragan Bender has been signed to a second 10-day contract, Warriors announce.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Dragan Bender is signing a second 10-day contract with Golden State, league source tells ESPN.
Anthony Slater: Dragan Benders’s 10-day deal expired on Tuesday and, I’m told, the Warriors will not immediately sign him to a second 10-day, maintaining some flexibility, though an eventual second 10-day for Bender isn’t out of the question.
Logan Murdock: Warriors assistant GM Kirk Lacob on the signing of Dragan Bender: “We’re into former Suns. I don’t know if you noticed that.”
Golden State Warriors: The Warriors have signed center Dragan Bender to a 10-day contract. Bender, 22, has appeared in seven games this season with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 3.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 13.0 minutes per game.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Dragan Bender plans to sign a 10-day contract with Golden State, league source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Bender is expected to sign the 10-day on Sunday. He was waived in Milwaukee after a roster spot was needed for Marvin Williams. The 7-footer was the No. 4 pick in 2016 NBA Draft. He’s still only 22.
Emiliano Carchia: Warriors are considering the signing of Dragan Bender to a 10-day contract, a source told @Emiliano Carchia
Marc Stein: Both Dragan Bender (Milwaukee) and Ryan Broekhoff (Dallas) have cleared waivers to become unrestricted free agents, league sources say
Eric Nehm: 5 p.m. has passed. The Milwaukee Bucks have not waived Dragan Bender, which means his contract for this season is now fully guaranteed. Bender has been on a bit of a tear lately with the Herd, taking home G-League Player of the Week last week.
“Dragan is a talented young player who we’re excited to add to our team,” said General Manager Jon Horst. “At only 21 years old, Dragan will continue to develop his game by working with Coach Bud and his terrific staff.”
Matt Velazquez: Second year of Dragan Bender’s deal with the Bucks is nonguaranteed, per source.
Matt Velazquez: Source confirms the Bucks are signing Dragan Bender to a two-year deal. This fills out the Bucks’ 15-man NBA roster. Bender was the 4th overall pick in the 2016 draft and is just 21 years old.
Bobby Marks: $1.7M and $1.8M on the Bender two-year pact.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Dragan Bender has agreed to a two-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, league source tells ESPN. Bender, 21, was the No. 4 overall pick to Phoenix in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Former No. 4 draft pick Dragan Bender has a verbal commitment for a multiyear deal with EuroLeague champions CSKA Moscow and will take it unless there’s an interesting NBA offer for him in the 11th hour, according to Eurohoops sources. Despite spending already three seasons in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, Bender is just 21 years old. So even if he returns to Europe, he still has time to attempt an NBA comeback in the future, being more mature and more ready.
Orazio Cauchi: As Dragan Bender continues to explore the NBA market, Cleveland and Toronto are among the teams that have inquired, I’ve been told, European market remains an option for the Croatian forward. CSKA Moscow and Fenerbache are looking at his situation with some level of interest.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Story filed to ESPN: Suns declining 4th-year option on former No. 4 overall pick Dragan Bender. He tells ESPN: “Of course I wish they picked up the option, but I am not going to let this stop me from reaching my goals. I am 20 and I will keep working to make it in this league…”
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But whatever the case, teams are reportedly making preparations for the Nets star potentially being available in the coming days. That’s according to ESPN insider Zach Lowe on a post-NBA draft episode of his Lowe Post podcast: “I can tell you this. This is what teams are doing. Teams are already operating under, not the assumption, but ‘we need to prepare for the contingency that Kevin Durant is available via trade in six days or seven days.’ … The whole league is now.”
Rumors have it that if Irving ends up leaving the Nets, Durant could also ask out. For Windhorst, trying to trade for KD after the Irving situation blew up would be something the Heat could do. “The godfather move is not to trade for Kyrie Irving. The godfather move is to let the Kyrie Irving situation to blow up and then wait for Kevin Durant to say he wants out of there. That’s the Miami Heat move,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s Get Up.
Woj also said that while Irving has given the Nets six NBA destinations he’d prefer if there’s no agreement, there is limited interest in him at max money. The ESPN insider said the only team with any real interest is the Lakers. Still, he argued, getting Irving a contract paying more than $6.3 million — the taxpayers MLE — seems unlikely. “This is getting acrimonious,” Woj told a panel on ESPN’s NBA analysts. “and I think that’s the concern when you look at not only Kyrie’s future in Brooklyn, but also Kevin Durant’s future and whether they can hold this thing together.”
Woj also was clear that with some of Irving’s six landing spots, not all of them reciprocate. “The interest isn’t mutual in several of these places,” Woj said. “Obviously the Lakers are the ones that loom. And will Kyrie Irving walk away from a $36.9 million player option that he can opt into and have that money guaranteed, especially after a year where he lost about $17 million by not being vaccinated last year and untold more with a sneaker deal that isn’t going to be there anymore, certainly at the level it was.”
Several teams have already been linked to a potential swoop on Kyrie if his contract negotiations with the Nets continue to deteriorate. Be that as it may, NBA analyst Chris Broussard believes that Irving’s options aren’t actually as vast as some might think: “Half of these teams don’t even want Kyrie,” Broussard said on First Things First. “I was texting with someone that works for one of these teams yesterday, ‘You want Kyrie?’ ‘No!’ It was the fastest return text I’ve ever got. And then, ‘What do you think of his wish list?’ ‘Tomfoolery & wishful thinking.’ That was the answer.”
Jake Fischer on Dejounte Murray: The Spurs have a really high asking price for him. They’ve told multiple teams that I’ve spoken to have called them that the price is a Jrue Holiday-like deal, three first-round picks seems to be the benchmark.