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Sam Dekker To Sign With Bahcesehir In Turkey

Dec 3, 2021 9:24 AM

Sam Dekker is expected to sign with Bahcesehir in Turkey. Dekker was waived by the Toronto Raptors in early-November before his contract triggered additional guaranteed salary.

Dekker made the Raptors roster after signing a partially-guaranteed deal for training camp. Dekker saw action in just one 2021-22 regular season game.

The Wisconsin product made his return to the NBA after playing overseas for two seasons. Dekker spent 2019-20 with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia. He then played for Turk Telekom in Turkey during the 2020-21 season.

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Isaiah Thomas Leads Team USA To Win To Open World Cup Qualifying

Nov 29, 2021 8:34 AM

Isaiah Thomas acknowledged getting back to the NBA remains his primary goal. In the meantime, Thomas will settle for leading Team USA to victories in 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifying.

Thomas scored 21 points, including a game-clinching three-pointer with 13.3 seconds left as Team USA won their opening qualifier. That shot gave the USA a 93-88 lead over Cuba. The United States erased a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to get the win.

Following the game, Thomas said he's open to playing overseas, if he can't land a deal in the NBA.

“For me, personally, the ultimate goal is to get back in the NBA,” Thomas said. “But I just love playing the game of basketball. So, obviously, at some point, if the NBA isn’t an option I’ve got to look at options overseas. But I’m in love with the game. No matter where I’m playing, I have no pride whatsoever. I love competing and I love playing against the best players in the world.”

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Alexis Ajinca Retires From Professional Basketball

Nov 26, 2021 2:13 PM

Former NBA player Alexis Ajinca has retired from playing professional basketball. Ajinca last played in the NBA for the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2016-17 season.

Overall, Ajinca played seven season in the NBA. In addition to the Pelicans, he also played for the Charlotte Bobcats, Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks. In 293 NBA appearances, Ajinca averaged 5.3 points, 3.9 rebounds per game.

In addition to the NBA, Ajinca enjoyed a long career his native France. He played for four different clubs in France. Ajinca was also part of the French National Team on both the senior and youth levels.

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Marc Gasol Announces He'll Play For Girona This Season

Nov 26, 2021 6:58 AM

Marc Gasol has announced he will play for Girona this season.

Gasol is the owner and president of Girona, which he founded in 2014.

Gasol, 36, will wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to retire.

Gasol spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Marc Gasol To Play For Girona Basket In Spain

Nov 19, 2021 9:19 AM

After being waived by the Memphis Grizzlies before the start of the 2021-22 NBA season, Marc Gasol returned to Spain to contemplate his basketball future. After deciding he still wants to play, Gasol has decided to return to playing for Girona Basket in Spain.

Gasol will practice the team for the next couple of weeks and is targeting playing in a game in early-December. When he does suit up, it's expected Gasol will remain with Girona for the remainder of the season.

Girona Basket is part of the LEB Oro league, which is the second division of professional basketball in Spain. Gasol is the owner and president of Girona. It had been previously rumored that the center would return to play for Barcelona in Spain's top division.

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NBA To Host 2022 Preseason Games In The United Arab Emirates

Nov 16, 2021 10:50 AM

During the 2022 preseason, the NBA will play two games in the United Arab Emirates. These will be the league's first scheduled games outside of the United States since the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets played in Paris, France in January of 2020.

Both games will take place in Abu Dhabi. The participating teams and venues will be announced at a later.

"Hosting NBA and NBA 2K League games and events in Abu Dhabi builds on our commitment to growing basketball around the world," NBA deputy commissioner and chief operating officer Mark Tatum said. "Through this partnership, we will bring the authentic NBA experience to fans in the UAE and support basketball development in the region by providing more opportunities for young boys and girls to learn and play the game."

NBA teams have previously played in the Middle East. Four different teams have played games in Tel Aviv, Israel against Israeli clubs.

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Justinian Jessup Returns To Illawarra in Australia

Nov 1, 2021 9:20 AM

Golden State Warriors 2020 second-round pick Justinian Jessup will again play in Australia during the 2021-22 season. Jessup spent last season with the Illawarra Hawks, after being drafted by the Warriors.

Jessup played in 2021 Las Vegas Summer League for Golden State. He started all five games and averaged 12.4 points per game on 42.9% shooting from behind the arc.

Jessup was drafted with the 51st pick after being a four-year starter for Boise State. He was then sent to Australia as a draft-and-stash player. The 6-foot-6 wing started 38 games for Illawarra. He averaged 13.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game as a rookie in the NBL.

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Quinn Cook Signs With Lokomotiv Kuban

Oct 26, 2021 9:16 PM

Quinn Cook has signed with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia.

Cook split his time last season between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Portland Trail Blazers cut Cook before the start of the season. 

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O.J. Mayo, Jarrell Brantley Sign With BC UNICS In Russia

Sep 19, 2021 4:30 PM

O.J. Mayo will continue his basketball career outside of the United States for a third straight year. Mayo has signed with BC UNICS in Kazan, Russia.

In 2019-20 and 2020-21, Mayo played for Liaoning in China. He averaged 24.9 points in 68 games over the two CBA seasons.

Mayo hasn't played in the NBA since the 2015-16 season with the Milwaukee Bucks. Following that season, Mayo was suspended for two seasons due to violating the NBA's substance abuse policy.

BC UNICS also agreed to terms with Jarrell Brantley. Brantley spent the last two seasons with the Utah Jazz on Two-Way contract. In 37 NBA games, Brantley averaged 2.4 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game.

Brantley was recently waived by Utah, after he had previously signed the team's qualifying offer. Brantley agreed to amend his contract to remove a small guaranteed amount, in order to sign with BC UNICS.

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Jimmer Fredette, Noah Vonleh Sign With Shanghai Sharks

Sep 18, 2021 8:49 PM

Former NBA players Jimmer Fredette and Noah Vonleh have signed with the Shanghai Sharks for the 2021-22 season. This will Fredette's fifth season with the Sharks and Vonleh's first season in Shanghai.

Fredette has played with Shanghai from 2016-17 through 2018-19. He returned to the Sharks for the 2020-21 season after playing for Panathinaikos in Greece in 2019-20.

In 174 games for Shanghai, Fredette has averaged 34.1 points per game. He's also become a fan favorite with his high-scoring games and deep shooting range. Fredette briefly returned to the NBA, with the Phoenix Suns, at the end of the 2018-19 season, after the CBA season ended.

Vonleh played in four regular season game for the Brooklyn Nets during the 2020-21 season. In seven NBA seasons, Vonleh has averaged 4.9 points and 5.1 rebounds over 339 games played.

Fredette and Vonleh will team with another former NBAer, Jamaal Franklin, on the Sharks. Both Fredette and Vonleh remain NBA free agents and will be free to sign an NBA contract when the CBA season completes.

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Mike James Signs With Monaco

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Zhou Qi To Sign With South East Melbourne

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Anthony Bennett Signs With Hapoel Jerusalem

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Cristiano Felicio Signs With Ratiopharm Ulm

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Omri Casspi Announces Retirement

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Fifteen CBA Teams Lobby To Play 21-22 Season Without Foreign Players

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Mavericks Working To Hire Igor Kokoskov As Assistant Coach

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Raptors To Hire Trevor Gleeson As Assistant Coach

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Team USA Stunned By Nigeria In Exhibition Loss

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Matthew Dellavedova Agrees To Sign With Melbourne United

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Nicolo Melli Close To Deal With Olimpia Milano

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Vasilije Micic Signs Three-Year Extension With Anadolu Efes

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Victor Wembanyama Signs Three-Year Deal With ASVEL

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All-Time EuroLeague Leading Scorer Vassilis Spanoulis Announces Retirement

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Vasilije Micic, Thunder Likely To Wait Until After Draft To Decide On 21-22

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Jeremy Lin Announces Return To Beijing Ducks

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Ousmane Dieng Commits To Play For NBL's New Zealand Breakers

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Anadolu Efes Wins 2021 Euroleague Championship, Vasilije Micic Named MVP

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Luca Vildoza Agrees To Four-Year, $13.6M Non-Guaranteed Deal With Knicks

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Kai Sotto Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With Adelaide

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