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  1. Russian club will not renew Austin Daye’s contract

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Daye_dunk

    The Pistons’ Austin Daye packed up in September and was off to Moscow, signing a two-month deal to play with BC Khimki. He learned that life in Moscow is different than where he grew up in Los Angeles The staff at BC Khimki learned they don’t really want to keep Daye around. With his contract…

  2. The redemption of Adam Morrison is going on in Serbia

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    Adam Morrison

    If you read just one thing today, click the link and read the profile of Adam Morrison by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Morrison has been an NBA punch line for years now, the guy who couldn’t live up to the hype in Charlotte, who won two rings with the Lakers while wearing a suit,…

  3. Derrick Rose says he is not going to play overseas

    Nov 21, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    That sound you just heard was the collective exhale of Chicago Bulls fans. And Tom Thibodeau. That’s because over the weekend Derrick Rose, the star and building block of the Chicago Bulls, said he has no plans of going overseas. Here is the quote from the Houston Chronicle, where Rose was over the weekend for…

  4. NBA overseas roundup: Kevin Martin likely staying stateside

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Kevin Martin

    We told you the big news already — J.R. Smith had a potentially serious injury and AK47 had one that looks painful but will only keep him out a few weeks. But there is other news about NBA players looking overseas, so here is a roundup. • Rockets guard Kevin Martin is getting overseas options…

  5. Buddies Rondo, Perkins want to play together overseas

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    When I hear Kevin Love is thinking about playing overseas, I can see it — a big man who can board and stretch the floor with his shot should blend in seamlessly in international basketball. I wonder if a point guard with an inconsistent jumper (to be kind) like Rajon Rondo and a big who…

  6. Today’s overseas roundup: Wade tells his agent to look around

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    In the days since the NBA labor talks blew up, conversations between NBA players and some overseas teams have picked up. Here’s a roundup of todays rumors and reports, but take it with a grain of salt. • Dwyane Wade has told his agent to start looking into things, reports our own Ira Winderman at…

  7. Coach says Nowitzki out of shape, may play in Europe

    Nov 18, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    Dirk Nowitzki has remained loyal to Holger Geschwinder — the old coach with the unorthodox techniques — throughout his career. Say what you will about the guy, it works (at least for Nowitzki). Geschwinder returns that loyalty by pretty much saying whatever he wants to whomever he wants, like a cranky old man. Case in…

  8. NBA overseas roundup: Joakim Noah considering Paris stop

    Nov 17, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah France

    With the NBA labor talks blowing up, more and more NBA players are trying to find their way overseas to earn a paycheck. Here is a roundup of the latest rumors — but remember they are rumors so take a few grains of salt with them. • Bulls big man Joakim Noah confirmed that he…

  9. Overseas rumor roundup: Real Madrid wants Dwight Howard

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Now that we are at DEFCON 1 with the NBA lockout, a lot of NBA players are having second thoughts about plans to play overseas. Players and agents are looking. With rosters largely full around the globe most players are not going to like what they see. That said, we are tracking the rumors for…

  10. Kevin Durant, other players get serious about Europe now

    Nov 14, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    kevin-durant-game-2

    Deron Williams (playing in Turkey) and J.R. Smith (China) look pretty smart right about now, don’t they? Now, with the NBA labor talks at the point where the players’ union is dissolving and the chances for an NBA season look bleak, other players want to be smart. A number of players have started talking about…

  11. Austin Daye finding life in Moscow is not like Los Angeles

    Nov 11, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Daye_dunk

    Take a guy who grew up on the warm and diverse streets of Los Angeles then drop him in Moscow for a few months and you have the making of an interesting story. Or a terrible sitcom. That’s what happened to Austin Daye, the Pistons forward signed a two-month deal to play with Moscow’s BC…

  12. If no deal soon, Kyrie Irving says he is going overseas. Right.

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Ahhh, rookies. It really takes some time to learn the timing of the NBA. Whether it is when to make a pass to a cutting player — the players move faster and the windows are smaller in the NBA — or how to act off the court, it takes some getting used to. Which brings…

  13. J.J. Hickson is one game and done in Israel

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    J.J. Hickson is not going to go down in history as one of the legends of Israeli basketball. The Sacramento Kings forward played one game for Bnei Hasharon of Israel but has been released after one game because he was late for a couple practices. Practice? Yes, we’re talkin’ ’bout practice. Noam Schiller, writer for…

  14. Ty Lawson lashes out on twitter; adjusting to Europe not easy

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    ty-lawson-denver-nuggets-155-million

    Ty Lawson signed up to play in Lithuania while Billy Hunter and David Stern continue their ludicrous dance, the Nuggets point guard being one of the bigger name NBA players to jump overseas. But the adjustment has not been easy. He wasn’t getting a lot of minutes and has not put up big stats while…

  15. Serge Ibaka signs to play with Real Madrid during lockout

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Ibaka_block

    Serge Ibaka has been courted by a number of Spanish teams recently — he became a Spanish citizen (he played there before coming to the NBA) which means he doesn’t count against a team’s foreign player limit. That makes him highly prized. Ibaka has agreed to play for Real Madrid during the lockout, the team…

  16. J.J. Hickson signs to play in Israel during lockout

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    2008 NBA Rookie Portraits

    You are not going to see a flood of NBA stars headed overseas now that the lockout has gotten ugly. Players talk about it, but most teams have full rosters and the NBA players that have gone overseas have struggled to adjust. Teams are not going to pay big money to NBA guys if they…

  17. Report: Kobe Bryant close to $2 million, one-game deal in Italy

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    I’ll believe it when I see him walk on the court in another uniform, but the Kobe Bryant to Italy rumors remain the cockroach of rumors and will not go away. But if it were to happen, this new one-game “Kobe night” rumor makes more sense. That is the latest report out of Italy via…

  18. Don’t expect a flood of NBA players to head to Europe now

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    For a lot of players, the reality of the lockout came crashing down on them in the last 24 hours. Those same players have been giving lip service to the idea of heading overseas if the lockout dragged on, and you can bet some agents’ phones rang off the hook Monday night. Those players are…

  19. Andrei Kirilenko signs three-year deal with CSKA Moscow

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko is returning home to Russia, and if the NBA lockout drags on he may stay there. Kirilenko has signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow, reports FIBA.com. Kirilenko is an NBA free agent but his Russian deal still has an NBA opt out allowing him to return to the NBA…

  20. Kobe reaches deal to play in Italy. Almost. Team calls it “95 percent.”

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE #2, 9:56 am: And as fast as it came together, the deal may already be falling apart. Virtus Bologna had requested a special schedule during the 40 days the team was to have Kobe Bryant, but that has been rejected by the Italian league. This may lead to the entire deal to collapse as the…

  21. Derrick Rose says he might play overseas during lockout

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    I am pretty weary of the “yea, I might go play overseas” stories out there. I might decide to climb Mount Everest wearing Lederhosen, that’s different than doing it. Still, there are some players that when they say they are thinking about playing overseas, you listen. Derrick Rose is one of those players. And he…

  22. Zach Randolph wants to play with Marc Gasol in Europe, too

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are a great fit together. Penut butter and chocolate. Gasol’s defense and willingness to do the dirty work are the ying to Randolph’s offensive yang. They are Bert and Ernie, Chip and Dale, Starsky and Hutch, Turner and Hooch — a nearly perfect pairing. So if Randolph is going to…

  23. Report: Kobe tells Italian team he wants $15 million

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Korea Tour 2011

    Virtus Bologna — much like Turkish side Besiktas — is making a very public run at signing Kobe Bryant. Sure, they’d like to get him, but if they don’t this is still great public relations (and Manu Ginobili could be the fall back). If they are going to get him they are going to have…

  24. Nuggets Danilo Gallinari to play in Italy during lockout

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    If you’re looking for a bright side Nuggets fans, at least he didn’t go to China like everyone else. And at least he has an out clause to return. Danilo Gallinari has signed to return to Olimpia Milano during the lockout, a story broken by the Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sportando. He…

  25. Nowitzki taking break, will not sign overseas until November

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki EuroBasket

    Dirk Nowitzki is tired. Not to go all Lili Von Shtupp on you, but he’s tired of being admired; tired of love uninspired; let’s face it, he’s tired. After a run all the way to the NBA championships he partied all over the globe, then after a short break there was a few weeks of…

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