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Several internationals may pull out of NBA draft

Jun 12, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT


By Monday, players have to decide if they are in or out of the NBA draft… well, not college players because the NCAA makes them decide much earlier rather than working out for and getting good information from NBA teams before they make their decision. But that’s another issue.

For the international players, they have until Monday to pull out of the draft, and it looks like a couple expected to go late in the first round may withdraw their name.

Brazilian Lucas Nogueira may be one of those, according to a tweet from’s Scott Howard-Cooper. Both Howard-Cooper and Bradley Thayer of DraftExpress said Nogueira looked incredibly raw at the Adidas Eurocamp. He’s an 18-year-old, 7’0” center with some athleticism, so you imagine why he was drawing attention and was considered a late first round pick, but his performance at Eurocamp might well drop him to the second round.

Latvia’s Davis Bertans is the other guy, he will pull out if he does not get a first round promise that a team will draft him, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford. Bertans is a 6’10 small forward who at the Nike Hoop Summit turned heads with his shooting — a quick release and NBA three-point range. But he also struggled some at Eurocamp with his shot and getting blocked at the rim in his workouts according to Ford. He may well not get the promise he desired (he was considered a late first-round pick anyway).

As news comes through on Monday PBT will keep you up to date on who is in and who is out.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jun 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Whats wrong with going to a late round team like my spurs & other team such as bulls, lakers,memphis,OKC. I thought players want to be on playoff bound teams?

    • goforthanddie - Jun 12, 2011 at 6:00 PM

      I think it’s a matter of being guaranteed of going in the 1st round (which currently includes a guaranteed contract).

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    You refer to Nogueira as an 18 year old. Isnt the minimum age for the draft 19?

    • boondocksaint224 - Jun 12, 2011 at 5:14 PM

      Ricky Rubio was 18 when he was drafted.

      • LPad - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:36 PM

        the rule only applies to american players

  3. marcus158 - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    The NBA is THE biggest basketball league in the world. Being drafted should be an honour no matter who drafts you or what pick/round you get drafted in.

    I wouldn’t care what round I was drafted in, as long as I got drafted. These guys need to get their priorities straight. Do they want to play in the biggest and most lucrative basketball league in the world or do they want to play in the European leagues in half empty arenas?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      First round pick equals guaranteed contract.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 12, 2011 at 5:02 PM

      Outside of the major markets there are quite a few half empty arenas in the NBA throughout the course of a season.

      • marcus158 - Jun 12, 2011 at 5:18 PM

        You ever see a European basketball game? The Arena’s are almost always empty, at least the ones I’ve managed to see on TV. The BBL Championship final which happened just a few days after the Raptors and Nets played in London was deserted. There must have been about 10 people in an Arena made for 20,000. Every time the camera panned back all you could see were emoty seats,

        By half empty, I really meant completely empty.

  4. pete611 - Jun 12, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    I read this article like everyone else , but somehow I wasn’t under the impression they are trying to snub the NBA. I assumed the issue was a question of if there is going to be a season next year.

    I think it’s obvious they would rather play for more money in a higher profile league. It seemed to me they are just caught up in the uncertainty of the NBA season.

    I’m not sure of the rules, but if they are drafted and there is no basketball next season it may be hard for them to play in Europe.

  5. cardinalerror - Jun 12, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    @ marcus158

    That’s the conclusion you’d get by thinking that all countries in Europe have the same affection towards basketball like the British. Basketball isn’t even a 3rd-tier sport in the UK.

    Take a look at arenas in Spain, Italy, Greece first – countries that are fanatical about basketball and have seriously good teams, or even look at games played in Southeastern europe or the former USSR. Those are countries with a strong basketball pedigree where basketball is always ranked among the 3 most watched sports.

    And that’s just the national leagues, teams regularly pack 20k arenas when playing in the Euroleague or Eurocup.

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