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  1. Rockets rookie Parsons signs with French team

    Sep 2, 2011, 6:02 PM EST

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    Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has the story: Rockets rookie F @ChandlerParsonsagrees to contract with France Cholet with an NBA out as early as Oct. 3, agent Mark Bartelstien tells Y!. The 6-10 Florida alum was taken by the Rockets with the 38th overall pick in the draft, and was named the SEC player of the…

  2. Bargnani and Gallinari central figures in mini arms race between Italian clubs

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

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    If the Pau Gasol trade proved anything it’s that the owners and operators of basketball teams are, occasionally to a fault, reactionary thinkers. Once the dominoes begin falling, some GMs just can’t help themselves, and before they know it they’ve traded a successful offensive system and a versatile two-way player for an aging Shaquille O’Neal.…

  3. DeJuan Blair may play in Russia, perceived injury risks be damned

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

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    Among the flood of reported signings, flirtations, explorations, and interest between overseas clubs and NBA players, DeJuan Blair‘s name and news don’t create much of a ripple. He’s no Deron Williams, after all; Blair isn’t even a steady NBA regular at this point in his career, having squandered some of the opportunity given him as…

  4. Wilson Chandler will play in China

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

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    ESPN.com’s J.A. Adande has the story: Wilson Chandler said he has signed a contract with the Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association, a move that would essentially preclude him from participating in the 2011-12 NBA season if the lockout ends and the games begin. The Chinese Basketball Association will not allow players with existing contracts…

  5. Ricky Rubio is coming. Will he be good?

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:24 PM EST

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    The good news: Ricky Rubio, the #5 overall pick in the 2009 draft and one of the most dynamic point guard talents in the world, is coming to the NBA and joining the team that drafted him. The bad news: Rubio really didn’t give Timberwolves fans much to get excited about during his last season…

  6. Kirilenko plans to play for Russia in European Championships

    May 10, 2011, 7:33 PM EST

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    According to Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake City Tribune, Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko still plans to play for his country in the European Championships this summer. Kirilenko is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he has had some injury problems in the past, but clearly playing for his country is something that…

  7. This is Rafael Arujao breaking a backboard

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

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    Remember Rafael Arujao? #8 overall pick in 2004, averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds on 40.5% shooting, completely washed out of the NBA without ever really making a rotation? It’s okay if you don’t. Anyways, he’s currently playing for Brazil in the FIBA Americas tournament, and he is destroying backboards. Courtesy of Deadspin, witness the…

  8. Allen Iverson has no plans to retire

    Jan 14, 2011, 4:41 PM EST

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    Allen Iverson didn’t let the fact that no NBA team had much interest in signing him this season stop him from playing basketball. So it should come as no surprise that he’s not going to let his latest injury, a growth in his right leg that will have to be surgically removed, put a stop…

  9. Antoine Wright may be heading to China

    Dec 28, 2010, 6:09 PM EST

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    Here’s the report, courtesy of NIUBBall.com: A source told me this morning that Antoine Wright, who last played in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors last season, is working out a deal with an undisclosed CBA team.  Expect a lot of foreign player movement in the next few weeks as teams being to clear out…

  10. Luis Scola is already making summer plans, intends to play for Argentina

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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    Thanks to their victory at this past summer’s FIBA World Championships, Team USA has an automatic bid for the 2012 Olympics. Other national teams still have plenty of work to do, as spots to compete in the Olympic pool must be earned through qualifying tournaments held all around the world. That doesn’t mean we should…

  11. Allen Iverson to sign deal with Besiktas Cola Turka

    Oct 24, 2010, 11:12 PM EST

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    Last we heard, our dear friend Allen Iverson was negotiating a potential contract with Besiktas Cola Turka, an Istanbul-based team of the Turkish Basketball League. “Penalties” embedded in the contract were the reported hang-up between Iverson and Turka but something had to give for A.I. to play basketball in Europe next season, and give it…

  12. Where have you gone, Ricky Davis? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:57 PM EST

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    In these troubled times, it’s a comfort to have a white knight, a hero of value and high moral fiber that represents everything we hold dear and everything we aspire to be. The closest thing the NBA has ever had to such a resilient role model wasn’t in the NBA at all last season, and…

  13. Fabricio Oberto is without an NBA home, but still turns down offer from Turkish team

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

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    Few names in the NBA demand the respect of “Fabricio Oberto,” as long as “respect” is measured in smirks, sighs, and knowing guffaws. The Argentinian big man, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, has had a tidy, victorious, and fairly unproductive career as a late-arrival to the American basketball scene. Oberto was a…

  14. Chinese team targets Rafer Alston and Flip Murray

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:37 PM EST

    The Chinese Basketball Association may not have the same draw as more prestigious European leagues, but what it does have is a type. Stephon Marbury. Steve Francis. Maybe Allen Iverson. The CBA has become a post-NBA destination for low-efficiency scoring point guards, and according to the Hoops Market, we can now add two more prospective…

  15. Pops Mensah-Bonsu may not be playing overseas after all

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    A month ago, Pops Mensah-Bonsu was bound for Spain, set for next season on a deal with Caja Laboral. Since then, Mensah-Bonsu tore up a EuroBasket qualifier as a member of Great Britain’s national team, and secured GB a spot in the big, bad EuroBasket tourney next summer. Apparently in Spain, this is grounds for…

  16. James Singleton skips out on a minimum NBA contract for a chance to play in China

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    James Singleton is an NBA player, but next season he’ll be merely an NBA-caliber player. Rather than take another tour riding the pine for an NBA team, Singleton has opted to sign a deal with the Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers (basketball home of almost-NBAer Charles Gaines and one-time NBA import, Mengke Bateer!), according to…

  17. Sean Williams, the NBA's favorite son, is headed to Israel

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Sean Williams was waived by the New Jersey Nets this past January, and no one missed him. Not even the Nets, who were struggling to notch their fourth win of the season at the time. Williams had chances to play. He had chances to succeed. He had chances to, well, do anything but screw up.…

  18. Great Britain's national team fights onward and upward toward EuroBasket in 2011

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Great Britain’s national basketball team has been fairly awful. So awful, in fact, that FIBA has threatened to bar the team from competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics, despite being the host country. It’s a rare distinction among the more prominent Olympic host nations, reserved strictly for the truly embarrassing competitors in a particular sport.…

  19. Here's a shocker: FIBA officials are reviewing yesterday's brawl

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    Chairs were thrown. Screams were screamed. Sofoklis Schortsanitis probably wrecked a man. Nenad Krstic did some back-pedaling and threw a chair. If you somehow missed the brawl that took place during yesterday’s Greece-Serbia friendly, you’re probably having trouble with this whole internet thing. Just click here, and all of your wildest basketbrawling dreams will be…

  20. Today in overseas basketball brawls: Krstic vs. Big Sofo

    Aug 19, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

      Well, here’s something you don’t see every day. During a “friendly” match between Greece and Serbia’s national teams, a fight broke out between two of the players. There were harsh words, some shoving, and it looks like the Serbian player spit at the Greek one. That led to lots more shoving, halfhearted punching, and…

  21. NBA eyes the Indian market, delegates Pau Gasol as a league ambassador

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:06 PM EST

    As basketball becomes more and more of an international game, the NBA continues to look for opportunities to expand its base. Exhibition games have been played in several other countries (Mexico, the U.K., China), broadcasts are translated and sent out all over the world, and the NBA hosts all kinds of events across almost every…

  22. Now ex-Timberwolf Nathan Jawai to play in Serbia

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    Big news: Nathan Jawai, the 2008 second rounder who played for Minnesota last season and Toronto the season prior, will play professionally for BC Partizan in Serbia next season, according to Inside Hoops. It’s only big news because all things with Nathan Jawai are, well, big. The guy’s built like a Winnebago. Jawai is definitely…

  23. Blue chipper Will Barton may not be eligible to go to Memphis, but Europe, D-League beckon

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:39 PM EST

    Latavious Williams isn’t the best player to ever waltz through the D-League, but could be among the most influential. After being declared academically ineligible to play for Memphis prior to last season, Williams opted to still pursue a domestic route to the NBA. Rather than follow the Brandon Jennings model and grab a quick paycheck…

  24. Gerald Green will continue to leap tall buildings in a single bound (and blow defensive assignments) in Russia

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:39 AM EST

    Insanely athletic players like Gerald Green tend to get more NBA chances than most, but for the second straight year Green will ply his trade in Russia. According to the team page for BC Krasnye Krylia (via Inside Hoops), Green has been signed by the club after playing for Lokomotiv Kuban last year. At this…

  25. Stephon Marbury agrees to three more years with Shanxi Zhongyu

    Jul 29, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    Maybe Stephon Marbury was offered a chance to play with the Miami Heat or maybe he wasn’t, but it’s all moot now. According to the Associated Press, Marbury has agreed to a three-year deal with his current Chinese Basketball Association team, Shanxi Zhongyu. Two pretty interesting tidbits, though. According to Shanxi’s website, Marbury may only…

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