Josh Newman: R.J. Barrett will not play at 2019 Worlds because of NBA responsibilities, but will be in for the 2020 Olympics, assuming whichever team drafts him gives him permission.
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Jon Krawcynski: Rosas said today that he wasn’t aware of an invitation being extended to Wiggins. Going further: a source says Wiggins has definitely NOT committed to playing for Team Canada.
Magic swingman Evan Fournier is among the NBA players who have been named to the French national team for the 2019 World Cup, according to FIBA. Fournier will be joined by Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Hornets forward Nicolas Batum, Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and Bulls guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
“Steven’s support of the Tall Blacks and his interest in playing for the programmer at some point down the line is unwavering,” Adams’ agent representatives told Basketball NZ. “While he won’t be participating this year with the national team, his plan is to evaluate the opportunity to play in the 2020 Olympics following the upcoming NBA season.”
Eric Koreen: Nurse says taking over Canada job is “just about done.” He thinks it will make him a better coach, and he loves the talent.
Olynyk is expected to participate for Canada in the World Cup in China, which begins in late August. It’s part of his busy summer, with NBA training camps opening in late September. “If all goes well, you don’t get back to the USA until like Sept. 18 or something or 20,” Olynyk said. “Training camp starts like three or four days later. But [World Cup] training camp starts at the beginning of August.”
Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams has been named to New Zealand’s provisional squad for the basketball World Cup but is not expected to play because of long-standing feud with Basketball New Zealand. Adams’ name was included among 25 players New Zealand submitted Thursday to the world governing body FIBA. The list will be trimmed to 12 players for the world tournament which begins in China on Aug. 31.
Adams, who is New Zealand’s only NBA player, hasn’t expressly ruled himself out of the tournament and New Zealand coach Paul Henare says Basketball New Zealand has been in regular contact with his management but not Adams himself. “Obviously we would love to have him but ultimately that decision comes down to Steve,” Henare said.
At least two of the Warriors’ five All-Stars have some clarity on their offseason plans. Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are not expected to play with the U.S. Men’s national team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15. “Probably not this year,” Cousins said following practice on Wednesday. “I got a lot of catching up to do this summer. That will be my main focus is that. So probably not this summer.”
Thompson did not sound as definitive as he walked through an arena hallway following practice on Wednesday. Thompson mused, “I don’t even know what I’m getting for tonight, bro.” Thompson then added, “my focus is on winning this game tomorrow.” Still, it appears unlikely Thompson will play, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Thompson has appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals. He wants to focus on his pending free agency and a planned trip to China as part of his work with Anta from July 12 through 22.
Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams has been included on a ‘long list’ of Tall Blacks candidates for the upcoming Basketball World Cup. But coach Paul Henare warns the invitation to attend a selection camp in August isn’t confirmation that the Oklahoma City Thuder centre has made himself available yet. “Basketball New Zealand has been in regular communication with Steve and his agency and management at OKC,” says Henare.
Barea has his annual basketball camp for kids on July 1, before the expected birth of their son, and his charity golf tournament is in Puerto Rico in early August. Also, it’s still possible Barea could be involved with the Puerto Rico national team in the basketball world cup. “I 100 percent want to do it,” Barea said. “It’s a possibility. A couple weeks before, I’ll decide. It’s going to be hard to do, but I don’t want to close the door on it. My doctors say I should be able to do whatever I want on the court by August.”
Schroder, who averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in four games in the European Qualifiers, is excited about Germany’s chances long-term, especially since he was one of seven Germans in the NBA or the NBA G-League this past season, including the now-retired Dirk Nowitzki. “We have so much potential. We have never had so many NBA players. There was a lot of potential with Dirk Nowitzki and those great players. But right now with the young players we have, it’s exciting for sure. I am looking forward to the future,” Schroder said.
Serbia will play the first game of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, against Angola, on August 31, at 9:30 CET (15:30 local). Full list of preparation games: Borac Cacak v Serbia (Cacak, August 4). Serbia v Finland (Zrenjanin, August 7). Serbia v Lithuania (Belgrade, August 10). Lithuania v Serbia (Kaunas, August 12). Acropolis Cup with Greece, Italy, Turkey (Athens, August 16-18). Serbia v Italy (Shenyang, August 23). Serbia v New Zealand (Shenyang, August 25) . Serbia v France (Shenyang, August 27)
The director of the Dominican Republic national team, Eduardo Najri, made it clear in March that the Puerto Plata-born Horford is in his thoughts, as are Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Los Angeles Clipper Angel Delgado. “The percentage (of each playing) is high,” Najri said to Nuevo Dia. “I feel very confident … We maintain communication with all our players around the world so they are well informed. I understand that we are going to take our best team.”
Harrison Wind: Can confirm the reports that Nikola Jokic plans to play for Serbia in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which this year takes place in China. Serbia opens play Aug. 31 against Angola and the tournament runs through Sep. 15. Nuggets training camp opened Sep. 25 last season.
Ben Simmons is the headliner for the Australian Boomers’ 17-man training camp squad, exactly 100 days before the 2019 FIBA World Cup is set to begin. It’s a squad that features nine NBA players, with a final team of 12 to be chosen after the August training camp.
He’ll be joined by a host of fellow NBA players — Joe Ingles, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes, Jonah Bolden, Andrew Bogut, Deng Adel, and Mitch Creek — as well as Australians who’ve excelled in Europe or the NBL.
What’s just as eye-catching, however, is the number of prominent players who weren’t on the list, for a series of different circumstances. Danté Exum’s patellar tendon injury will keep him out of the tournament, Ryan Broekhoff ruled himself out to be there for the birth of his first child, while the Detroit Pistons preferred that Thon Maker not take part.
Kane Pitman: Ben Simmons announces he’s playing for Australia in the upcoming events which would appear to include the World Cup. That’s one hell of a backup for Delly and Patty.
Marc J. Spears: USA Men’s National Team says it will face Canada on Aug. 26 in Sydney, Australia
Speaking in Washington last week, Patty Mills gave voice to the enthusiasm that is permeating the playing group. “I am excited to get the green and gold on and get everyone back into camp,” Mills told The Pick and Roll. “We can refocus on what we are trying to do, which is create history so that part is exciting.”
In addition to Mills, the likes of Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes, Ryan Broekhoff and Andrew Bogut have all publicly committed to the World Cup campaign. Ben Simmons’ availability remains unlikely, while his NBA teammate, Jonah Bolden, remains undecided on whether he will participate in the World Cup.
Tim Reynolds: USA Basketball announces that Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce will assist Gregg Popovich at the FIBA World Cup this summer. Pierce replaces Indiana’s Nate McMillan, who has scheduling conflicts. Other assistants: Steve Kerr and Jay Wright.
Though his mind is firmly fixed on his immediate NBA future, he did reveal that the lines of communication are open with Basketball New Zealand and the World Cup remains a possibility. “I am talking to them, not often, but you know, we talk or text. I talk to the head coach all the time, so we are in touch if that makes sense.”
Adams went on to express his desire to again represent his country, with a traditional sporting rivalry a motivating factor. “Yeah, absolutely yeah, absolutely I would [love to play for New Zealand]. Obviously, I want the country to succeed. It’s a great country. One of the biggest goals is to beat Australia to be honest with you mate, because we always lose!”
If you thought the trans-Tasman rivalry was off-limits during the NBA season, you would be sorely mistaken, as verbal barbs between the Australian contingent and Adams continue across the Pacific. “Oh yeah, they chime in bro, they chime in because we’ll check out the NBL because we have the New Zealand Breakers so [Joe] Ingles will chirp up and say, ‘hey you see the score mate?’ and it’s like, ‘yeah, carry on with the game, w—–,'” Adams said with a laugh.
Michael Wallace: Among the next competitive steps for Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania), Yuta Watanabe (Japan) and @Bruno Caboclo (Brazil) are plans to rep their national teams in the late summer 2019 World Cup in China. All three are under contract with the Grizzlies for next season.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love has now said for the third time that he is considering playing for Team USA this summer. He will regroup this summer and think about it more before making a decision.
Marc Stein: USA Basketball intends to gauge the interest of Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson in joining the 12-man squad it sends to China for the @FIBAWC in the late summer, league sources say
Stefan Bondy: Frank Ntilikina says he wants to play for the French National team this summer in the FIBA World Cup. That would be the next time we see him on the court.
Nogueira is now training in Sao Paulo and has had some calls from the NBA, he said. His plan is to be good to go by June so he could participate in tryouts and pre-season games. Is he ready to go back to the NBA? “If you asked me the same question four months ago, I’d say I didn’t know. Now I say I will be back. What makes me so confident is my training and my attitude. I’m ready for the challenge like I’ve never been,” he explained. Nogueira will play for Brazil in the Fiba World Cup in August in China.
Rockets guard James Harden said he hopes to return to the USA Basketball senior national team to play in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in China. Harden is among the 36 players, along with Rockets teammates Eric Gordon and Chris Paul, who are on the national team roster.
“Of course I want to play,” Harden said. “It’s an opportunity to represent your country, go out there and play basketball. It’s something I love doing. If that opportunity presents itself, I’ll be in. Not everyone gets that opportunity. As a basketball player, that’s one of the highest points you can get for basketball.”
Salman Ali: James Harden on the possibility of playing in the FIBA World Cup this summer: “Of course I want to play in that. That’s an opportunity to represent your country and go out there and play basketball – that’s something I love doing… Not everybody gets that opportunity.”
Here are the groups for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup: GROUP A: China, Venezuela, Poland, Cote d’Ivoire. GROUP B: Argentina, Russia, Korea, Nigeria. GROUP C: Spain, Puerto Rico, Iran, Tunisia. GROUP D: Serbia, Italy, Philippines, Angola.
GROUP E: USA, Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan. GROUP F: Greece, Brazil, Montenegro, New Zealand. GROUP G: France, Dominican Republic, Germany, Jordan. GROUP H: Lithuania, Australia, Canada, Senegal
Tim Reynolds: New FIBA World Cup schedule is out: This one says USA vs. Czech Republic on Sept. 1, USA vs. Turkey on Sept. 3 and USA vs. Japan on Sept. 5.
Going into it, it’s fair to say the USA are the favorites. Do you think there’s any team that can challenge them or cause them problems? Kobe Bryant: I do, but it’s such a short window of preparation of time, so generally you look at teams that do really well in this type of tournament or teams that have played together since they were 9, 10, or 11 years old and kind of grew up in the club system. It’s just such a small window to really get together. USA does a really good job because guys know each other relatively well, and since we got our butts kicked a few years ago, we understand the significance of checking the egos at the door and playing for each other. That being said, it’s going to be tough to knock off the USA, but there are other teams out there who have the opportunity to do so.
You once called former Lakers teammate Pau Gasol your brother. He’s seventh on the all-time scoring list at the World Cup and can get into the top five if he plays anywhere near what he’s capable of in China. Kobe Bryant: It would be a huge honor. He’s so passionate about playing for his country, and like I said, he and his guys have been playing together for a very long time. They grew up together. Personally, I know it would mean the world to him. As his brother, as his friend, it would probably mean more to me. It would be a great accomplishment.
As for the World Championships, the Americans won it only once between 1986 and 2010, and you really had to be watching closely to find much outrage. In 2002, Team USA finished a disgusting sixth and that event was held on home turf in Indianapolis. That said, Team USA is the two-time defending champion and no country has ever won it three times in a row (the U.S. hadn’t ever even defended until winning in 2014 in Spain). With a new coach in Gregg Popovich, the closeness to the Tokyo Olympics next summer and so many of the top stars dedicated to growing their personal fanbases in China, the expectation is a full slate of top American players will take part this summer in China.
“He was remarkable, spectacular, off the charts, what he did to qualify USA for the world championships,” Popovich said of Van Gundy, who has worked as a television analyst since being fired by the Rockets. “He put together about five different teams, of mostly different players every time, and had a short amount of time to get ready. If they didn’t do well, the U.S. doesn’t go, and he deserves a lot of credit for doing that. I’m very grateful to him for what he did.”
The Philippines said they were working hard to have NBA star Jordan Clarkson declared eligible for this year’s World Cup as they celebrated their “against all odds” qualification on Monday. Former NBA player Andray Blatche led the way as the Gilas beat Kazakhstan 93-75 in Astana on Sunday to grab Asia’s final qualifying spot for the tournament in China.
The Philippine basketball federation (SBP) is trying to convince FIBA to accept Clarkson as a Filipino citizen. “We have been trying to convince or discuss the matter with FIBA,” SBP president Al Panlilio told AFP. “Everyone is working on the matter and we will do everything we can to make it happen.” “Based on our constitution, he is Filipino. He has a passport. But he got it after he was 16 years old,” Panlilio added.
Emiliano Carchia: Milwaukee Bucks rookie Donte DiVincenzo is close to getting the Italian passport, Italian Basketball Federation president Gianni Petrucci told Sportando. Not sure if he can get on time for the next FIBA Basketball World Cup in China
Will Timofey keep on playing for the Russian national team? Maxim Sharifyanov: Let’s wait until he’s back, it all depends on that. As of now, Mozgov is on the national team, and with the national team. He doesn’t plan to quit.
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.
Yet you can safely expect Van Gundy to be in China, too. I’m told that the new U.S. national team coach Gregg Popovich is so appreciative of the job Van Gundy has done that he has asked the ESPN broadcaster to serve in a scouting role at the World Cup in support of a staff that will feature Kerr, Indiana Coach Nate McMillan and Villanova Coach Jay Wright as Popovich’s assistants.
Luka Doncic, a leading contender for N.B.A. Rookie of the Year, was unhappy on Friday, and for good reason. His Slovenian national team was not granted automatic entry into next year’s FIBA World Cup as the reigning EuroBasket winners and now won’t be going at all. “I’m so disappointed,” Doncic said in an interview after Friday’s practice with the Dallas Mavericks. “We’re the European champions. We should be playing.”
Led by Doncic, Dragic and Kokoskov, Slovenia made a Cinderella run to the title at the EuroBasket tournament in 2017 — something Doncic described as “more amazing than anything in my life.” “To be European champions and not be in the World Cup, it’s tough,” Doncic said Friday. “I don’t know why they changed it.” Asked how his countrymen were taking it, Doncic referred to the fan support Slovenia received during its EuroBasket run and said: “You saw the final in Istanbul. They live for us.”
Doncic acknowledged that leading Slovenia to its first-ever Olympic berth in basketball is one of his major career goals. “Olympics, next EuroBasket, next World Cup — I want to play for the national team whenever I’m available,” Doncic said. “If I don’t have injuries, I’ll play.”
Josh Lewenberg: Canada’s senior mens national team beats Brazil, officially punching their ticket to next summer’s FIBA World Cup in China, where they can qualify for the Olympics for the first time in 20 years.
Marc Stein: By winning 78-70 tonight in Uruguay after a double-digit loss at Argentina, Jeff Van Gundy’s @usabasketball squad comprised mostly of @nbagleague players has clinched a spot in the @FIBAWC in China in September — when Gregg Popovich will make his debut as U.S. coach
Tim Reynolds: USA Basketball announces that Julian Washburn (Austin Spurs) has been added to FIBA World Cup qualifying roster for this week’s huge games at Argentina and Uruguay. He replaces Jarnell Stokes on the 12-man squad; Stokes is unable to participate.
USA Basketball has picked the 12 players who will compete in the next two-game round of qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Most of the picks are coming from the G League – Joel Berry II, Reggie Hearn, Scotty Hopson, John Jenkins, DeAndre Liggins, Chasson Randle, Cameron Reynolds, Richard Solomon and Travis Trice. NBA free agents Eric Moreland, Jarnell Stokes and Tyler Zeller were also chosen for the roster.
Former NBA and USA national team superstar Kobe Bryant on Wednesday was revealed as a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 global ambassador.
“Growing up in Italy and spending many years visiting China, I have always appreciated the global impact that basketball has had on the positive development of young people,” Bryant said. “I’m honored FIBA has invited me to serve as an ambassador for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. I hope my participation inspires and motivates the best players from the 32 participating teams to represent their respective country on the world’s biggest stage. I look forward to seeing who will lift the trophy next year.”
Kevin O’Connor: The 2019-20 NBA season will move back one week next year and begin October 22, per league sources. This means the playoffs will also begin a week later. The change is to prevent opening night from occurring too early moving forward each year. The FIBA World Cup was also a factor.
Germany was down at 92-90 with 0.4 seconds left, but Dennis Schroder and Max Kleber were not ready to quit. Schroder lobbed the ball from inbound, Kleber finished it and Germany beat Israel 110-98 after overtime. The Germans got the ticket to the FIBA World Cup by remaining perfect with an 8-0 record, while Israel still has a chance despite a 3-5 record. Schroder was amazing with 30 points and 13 assists in 42 minutes of action, a performance that wasn’t overshadowed by his seven turnovers and 1/9 threes. Robin Benzing added 22 points and Kleber had 13 points.
The U.S. is another step closer to qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Frank Mason III scored 16 points and the U.S. beat Uruguay 114-57 on Friday night in the Americans’ first game of the second round of qualifying for next year’s World Cup. The Americans took command with a 15-0 run late in the first quarter, and finished the game shooting 61 percent. Chasson Randle scored 15 points and Derrick White added 14 for the U.S., which is 6-1 in qualifying. Results from the first round carry over, and Friday’s win puts the Americans in a very strong position.
There are three “windows” for second-round games – one that started Thursday and runs through Monday, another going from Nov. 29 through Dec. 3, and then the final one from Feb. 21-25. G-League players will represent the USA in those windows. The World Cup begins Aug. 31 and NBA players will return for that.
The USA will continue its training through Sept. 13 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. The USA, playing in the first competition window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying second-round games, will meet Uruguay on Sept. 14 (7 p.m. PDT) at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion, then meet Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City. The USA roster is capped by Bryce Alford (Oklahoma City Blue); Dwayne Bacon (Charlotte Hornets); Henry Ellenson (Detroit Pistons); Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive); Isaiah Hicks (New York Knicks); Dakari Johnson (Free Agent);Frank Mason III (Sacramento Kings); Ben Moore (Fort Wayne Mad Ants); Chasson Randle (Capital City Go-Go); Travis Trice (Milwaukee Bucks); Jameel Warney (Texas Legends); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
The format of the qualifiers has created many problems for the national teams but also the NBAers who, despite their given willingness, were not given the OK by their clubs to attend. … There are, however, also those who will be reinforcing their countries in September’s qualifiers. Based on the facts we have so far, 17 NBA players will be present in the European “window,” while there were also 17 in the games of June and July. Eurohoops rounded up the biggest names from the NBA we will enjoy watching, barring any unforeseen circumstances…
List of players set to join September World Cup qualifiers: Dario Saric, Bojan Bogdanovic, Ante Zizic, Ivica Zubac, Dennis Schroeder, Maxi Kleber.
List of players set to join September World Cup qualifiers, continued: Jusuf Nurkic, Dzanan Musa, Nicolas Batum, Alex Len, Svi Mykhailiuk, Ersan Ilyasova
List of players set to join September World Cup qualifiers, final: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bjelica, Tyler Dorsey, Cedi Osman, Furkan Korkmaz, Tomas Satoransky
It’s the first time in years (ten, to be exact) that Boris Diaw is not included in the French NT squad for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers and the rumors of his retirement have circled the press. As reported by L’Equipe, Diaw hasn’t played or been to practice since July 2nd when France conquered Russia in Krasnodar, which could mean that the 2014 NBA champion is close to announcing his retirement. According to the same report, it is suggested that Diaw will not only retire from the National Team but from playing altogether.
Atlanta Hawks guard Tyler Dorsey looks forward to his official debut with the Greek national team in September’s World Cup Qualifiers with quite the anticipation. “It feels good to be back. It feels good to back with the guys and getting ready for the practice games in Paris. I definitely feel a little tired and try to adjust but it feels good to be back and represent Greece,” Dorsey told Eurohoops.
Saying it all depends on his health, Gasol told Spanish site El Dia he is leaving the door open to help Spain qualify for the next Olympic Games. “I want to have the best possible regular-season and once I finish I will see how physically I am. I am about to turn 39. I love playing with the national team and I would like to continue, and qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo and help the team with my presence, if I am physically well my belief and my wish is to be in the World Cup.”
A Cavs source said guard Jordan Clarkson was not expected to play for the Philippines in the Asian qualifier. Last month, Clarkson played for the Philippines in the Asian games, scoring 29 points with six assists and four rebounds in his last game.
Three Cavaliers will play for their home countries in 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers this month, a team source told cleveland.com. Center Tristan Thompson (Canada), forward Cedi Osman (Turkey), and center Ante Zizic (Croatia) are all expected to participate in the second round of the global tournament.
Featuring 10 players who played for NBA teams in 2017-18, and the return of two players boasting of previous World Cup Qualifying game experience, USA Basketball announced today 14 players who will vie for a roster spot with USA’s September World Cup Qualifying Team. The hopefuls will open training camp on Sept. 6 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. The Las Vegas training camp will be used to determine the 12-man team for the USA’s first competition window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying second-round games. The U.S. will square off against Uruguay on Sept. 14 (7 p.m. PDT) at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion, then meet Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.
Returning to contend for a USA roster spot after previously playing with USA World Cup Qualifying Teams are guard Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive) and center Jameel Warney (Texas Legends). Hearn played with the USA’s November 2017 and June 2018 World Cup Qualifying Teams, and while getting the starting nod in all four games, averaged 12.3 points a game. Warney played for U.S. in the November World Cup Qualifier and averaged 11.5 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. Both players were also part of the USA AmeriCup Team that finished 5-0 to claim gold in August 2017. Warney, who was selected the 2017 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, earned AmeriCup MVP honors after posting 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while Hearn contributed 10.0 points a game. Rounding out the U.S. training camp roster are Bryce Alford (Oklahoma City Blue); Dwayne Bacon (Charlottw Hornets); V.J. Beachem (Free Agent); Jordan Crawford (New Orleans Pelicans); Henry Ellenson (Detroit Pistons); Isaiah Hicks (New York Knicks); Dakari Johnson (Free Agent); Frank Mason III (Sacramento Kings); Ben Moore (Fort Wayne Mad Ants); Chasson Randle (Capital City Go-Go); Travis Trice (Milwaukee Bucks); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
Sasa Djordjevic on Divac doing his best to help the Serbian national team: “Divac is exceptionally positive towards us, he understands our obligations. There are a few more details to be taken care of regarding Bogdanovic, but as far as Bjelica goes it’s done. Bogdanovic underwent a surgery at the end of the season, so we have to keep an eye, but Vlade is a man who remembers the problems he had while playing with NBA teams and he is exceptionally willing to help.
Sasa Djordjevic on Milos Teodosic, Boban Marjanovic and Nikola Jokic not playing for Serbia: “As the windows pile up, the less of us there are. I was optimistic in front of this window, when I put up the preliminary list, hoping the big names will be here, that they’ll receive permission from their clubs, that they won’t have any problems. But, unfortunately, some cancelled, some had to listen to their club’s opinion.”
That connection has been very important for the Serbian team as two important players are bound by the Kings at the moment – Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica. Djordjevic noted that Divac understands the situation as he also experienced the same problems during his career and has provided real help: “Huge! Divac is exceptionally positive towards us, he understands our obligations. There are a few more details to be taken care of regarding Bogdanovic but as far as Bjelica goes it’s done. Bogdanovic underwent a surgery at the end of the season, so we have to keep an eye, but Vlade is a man who remembers the problems he had while playing with NBA teams and he is exceptionally willing to help. We’ve been in touch for the past three or four nights talking about it. I’m so glad both of them are on his team because it will help them in their further careers”, Djordjevic told the Serbian press, per Basketballsphere.
Dallas Mavericks guard and reigning EuroLeague MVP Luka Doncic wrote a message of support directed to the players of the Slovenian national team ahead of Round 2 of the World Cup Qualifiers, in light of his absence from the games.
Luka Doncic: “The last weeks following my arrival in America have been an incredible carousel of cravings and new excitements. It is difficult to describe how eagerly and enthusiastically I’m waiting for the games with Dallas Mavericks and to begin the hard work to achieve the goals that we have set up with the team.“
Luka Doncic: “Although I can not be with you, I’m sure you will do your job well. One of my most important achievements in my life was being part of the winning team that won the first and only gold medal in Slovenia. My intention is to be one of the leading members in our next battle in an elite level competition. Next month, I’ll be watching and cheering! But to my boys: Show them who you are! Continue what we healed together! I’ll be with you soon.”
Cavaliers player John Holland won’t play with Puerto Rico in the two World Cup Qualifier games against Panama and Argentina.
L.A. Clippers guard Milos Teodosic and center Boban Marjanovic won’t join the Serbian national team for the first two games of Round 2 of the World Cup Qualifiers, held in September. Per Serbian website Novosti, Serbia head coach Sasha Djordjevic won’t include either Teodosic and Marjanovic in the roster for the matches vs. Greece (September 13) and Estonia (September 16), following discussions with Clippers general manager Lawrence Frank.
The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation is waiting for center Tyler Davis to receive approval from the Oklahoma City Thunder to play during the fourth qualifying window for the 2019 World Cup in mid-September.
The other two Puerto Rican NBA players, José Juan Barea (Dallas) and John Holland (Cleveland) have already confirmed that they will play in the upcoming two games, on September 14 against Panama, and 17 against Argentina.
Donatas Urbonas: Valanciunas is heading back to Toronto on Sep 15. Raptors asked him to come earlier & skip FIBA qualifiers in order to be fit for preseason camp. Valanciunas told Nurse wanted to have the players earlier than official training camp, so that they could save some time & work more.
European champions Slovenia took to Twitter and announced their roster for September’s WC Qualifiers, with 2018 EuroLeague and ACB MVP, Luka Doncic, not joining the team for the matches against Latvia (away) and Turkey (home). Klemen Prepelic of EuroLeague champions Real Madrid will not be available as well, whereas Anthony Randolph will play in both matches.
The roster for Lithuania’s two upcoming games for the World Cup qualifiers has been announced. The team will compete against Croatia and Netherlands in the upcoming September games. Jonas Valanciunas, Domantas Sabonis are the biggest names missing from Lithuania’s roster for the WC qualifiers.
The head coach of Serbia, Aleksandar Djordjevic, spoke with the Serbian newspaper “Zurnal” and referred to his team being in full force for the second round of the World Cup Qualifiers as well as the possibility of Milos Teodosic and Boban Marjanovic joining the national team for the matches against Greece (September 13) and Estonia (September 16).
Sasha Djordjevic will know on Tuesday whether Milos Teodosic and Boban Marjanovic will be able to join Serbia’s National team for upcoming FIBA windows in September. Serbia will play Greece and Estonia.
On whether Teodosic and Marjanovic will play for Serbia in September: “On Tuesday, I have a final meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers‘ General Manager, Lawrence Frank, after which I will know everything on Milos Teodosic and Boban Marjanovic’s situations and whether they’ll join the team. Both of them travelled to Los Angeles to meet with doctors and athletic trainers. On Monday and Tuesday they will practice, and then a decision will be made. Most likely on Wednesday, the roster will feature 16 players.”
D’Tigers head coach, Alex Nwora, has invited 12 players for the next round of the FIBA Men’s World cup qualifiers to be hosted in Lagos between the 14th and 16th of September. The 12-man team expected to report to camp on September 6 will be headlined by Portland Trail Blazers’ Al-Farouq Aminu, who last featured for Nigeria in 2015 when the team played in the FIBA Afrobasket.
Sportando: Frank Ntilikina told l’Equipe that he will NOT play for France 🇫🇷 in upcoming #fibawc qualifiers. He wants to be as ready as possible for his second season in the NBA with Knicks.
Just like Lauri Markkanen, Ntilikina expressed his criticism on the timing of the September windows. “It is with great honor and pride that I received the announcement of my selection. However, at the dawn of my second NBA season with the New York Knicks, the timing appears very complex. It is with great regret that I will not be able to finally join the rest of the group”, Ntilikina mentions, as adapted by L’Equipe.
Jovica Antonic, who is the assistant of Serbia’s head coach, Sasa Djordjevic, talked to the Serbian newspaper “Novosti” and confirmed that Nikola Jokic will not play for the national team in the World Cup Qualifiers in September. “We cannot count on Nikola Jokic to join us for the Qualifiers. However, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica will be available for both matches,” Antonic said.
Jovica Antonic: “We hope Teodosic and Marjanovic will play for us. That’s why we have so many players in the roster in order to avoid any unpleasant situations.”
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June 20, 2019 | 9:22 am EDT Update
Mike Fisher: NBA source: #Mavs covet #Bucks RFA Malcolm Brogdon but view him as ‘longshot’ 247sports.com/nba/mavericks/… (vip) pic.twitter.com/SsPcbGZXZS
Ira Winderman: Per NBA source, Heat ’24 2nd-round pick dealt to Hawks for tonight No. 44 only conveys to Atlanta if it is at No. 50-55. Goes to Cavs if 56-60. Otherwise retained by Heat. In other words, Heat keep if don’t have one of 10 best records in ’23-24 season. Also, Heat paid $1.88 cash.
June 20, 2019 | 8:51 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston has offered center Aron Baynes — $5.4M expiring contract — into salary cap space elsewhere, league sources tell ESPN. Without Kyrie Irving and Al Horford on the books, moving Baynes without taking back salary could get the Celtics to $23M in space.
Sure, one-and-done players may be sexy because they did so well in just one year of experience, but it’s still, you know, one year of data. One executive sees the one-and-done problem having a compounding effect. “Whoever plays in college next year won’t play against Zion Williamson,” said a front office executive. “That reduces their competitive environment.” Which makes it tougher to evaluate, even with technology and analytics. “Although there is more information, the signal in that information has dropped,” the executive said.
But the NBA draft, apparently, isn’t getting any more predictive. If anything, it might be getting worse. “It’s still a crapshoot,” said one prominent scout. “With all the available resources and new technology, we certainly haven’t gotten better.” If the draft were perfectly predictive, the best player would always be picked first and the worst player available picked last. No undrafted players would ever step foot onto an NBA court.
Brandon Clarke: Getting invited to the green room at the draft was awesome because it’s confirmation that people see what I’m doing and they respect it and the type of player I am. My advice to any college basketball player with an NBA dream is to never stop working hard. Even if you’re going to a college that isn’t known or winning lots of games, you can still work hard and make it here. Being drafted is still dreamy.