Casspi, 30, plans to spend the next few weeks visiting family in Tel Aviv, then return to Los Angeles to continue rehabilitating and training during the offseason. Famously upbeat, he has no desire to resume his career in Europe, which he started with Maccabi Tel Aviv. “No, I want to stay in the NBA,” he said. “I learned so much this year with the Warriors. That’s what makes this so hard. That is an amazing organization, and Steve, the way he handles things, the good times and the adversity, is really impressive. He told me he loves what I bring, too, and I could tell it was hard for him to tell me. “When we met with (Warriors GM) Bob (Myers) last night, Steve kept looking down. I told him, ‘I love you guys. I understand.’ I just feel if I could have ever gotten healthy, I’d be on on the playoff roster. But what are you going to do? This is a hard business sometimes.”
Greek forward Vasilis Charalampopoulos is declaring for the 2018 NBA draft, he told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Charalampopoulos, a 21-year old 6-foot-9 power forward, is under contract with Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos but was loaned to PAOK Thessaloniki this past summer, averaging 6.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 23 minutes per game in the Greek league and Champions League, shooting 51 percent from 2 and 36 percent from 3.
Won’t you explore NBA options during the summer? Sonny Weems: “No. I mean… maybe…” You seem uncertain. Why is that? Sonny Weems:“Because I’m not really too stressed about going in the NBA. I’ve been there. It’s all political. I’m really comfortable in Europe. So there might be a destination where I belong here. I’ve established myself in Europe.”
Anthony Randolph: Real Madrid is one of the top three, if not the best team in Europe. We fly private everywhere for the most part. We get free tickets to the soccer games. We get to mingle with the soccer players and get to know them. We are able to interact with the owner of Real Madrid [Florentino Pérez], have a relationship with him, and he is really down to earth. We have some of the best trainers. We have one of the best facilities I have ever seen, on par with some of the NBA’s best facilities. It’s a great experience. You get the car. You get the house. You get the money and everything else. They take care of your breakfast, lunch and dinner at the training facility. You have your own room at the facility. It’s a pretty amazing setup. There is Real Madrid City, where the soccer and basketball players train, and we have our own residences inside of it with a cafeteria. It’s like a mini apartment with a living room, bedroom and bathroom. Yeah, it’s dope.
According to Scouting website “Eurohopes”, Real Madrid is “unlikely” to allow” the 19-year-old player to present in Nike Hoop Summit. Radoncic has made seven (two as a starter) EuroLeague appearances with the senior team of Real this season, averaging 6.24 minutes per game. Two other European players are on the list for the World Team, per Givony: French guard Batiste Tchouaffe and French forward Jaylen Hoard (6’8, France).
“I have a great relationship with Luka”, Willy Hernangomez explains. “He’s almost part of the Hernangómez family. I talk a lot with him and what I try, from my experience, is not to create too many expectations for the time being” The Charlotte Hornets player expects Luka to rank high in the draft, if not be the first overall pick: “For me, he must be among the first, if not the number 1 of the draft.”