July 22, 2020, 9:21 amSemaj ChristonPG, International
Former Thunder point guard Semaj Christon has reached an agreement with Tofas Bursa of the Turkish BSL and Basketball Champions League.
The former NBA guard spent last season with Limoges CSP in France and Baskonia in Spain, ending up winning the Liga ACB title. He continues to have a nice international career, while an NBA return doesn’t look imminent.
July 22, 2020, 8:16 amIsaiah CanaanPG, International
Free agent guard Isaiah Canaan has agreed to a contract with Russian club Unics Kazaan.
Canaan was selected by the Rockets out of Murray State in the second round of the 2013 draft. The well-traveled guard has spent time with the Sixers, the Bulls, the Suns, the Wolves and most recently the Bucks.
Source: Sam Amico on Twitter
July 21, 2020, 5:55 pmR.J. HunterSG, International
R.J. Hunter is set to sign with Turkish club Galatasaray, per Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.
Hunter, a former first-round pick, has spent the last few years overseas and is coming off a season in which he averaged 13.8 points per game with Turk Telecom. He may surface when training camps open before the next NBA season.
Source: Emiliano Carchia on Twitter
July 20, 2020, 2:45 pmKadeem AllenSG, International
Kadeem Allen has signed with JL Bourg for the 2020-21 season.
Allen had some strong games at the end of the 2018-19 campaign for the wayward Knicks but couldn't carry that over this season. Waived so the Knicks could add Jared Harper during the hiatus, he has opted to chase security in the short term rather than flounder around on a potentially cool NBA market. Allen could be back on the NBA radar when his European season ends next year.
Source: JL Bourg
July 11, 2020, 9:03 amMyke HenryPF, International
Myke Henry has signed with Italian club, Pallacanestro Trieste.
Undrafted in 2016, Henry played 20 games for Memphis in the 2017-18 season and spent this past season playing for the Thunder's G League team where he averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.1 triples while shooting 53.0 percent from the field. The 27-year-old may be back in NBA Summer League action next season.
July 8, 2020, 11:05 amDerrick WilliamsPF, International
Derrick Williams’ international career will take him to another part of the globe, as it was announced on Wednesday that he is signing with Valencia of Liga ACB in Spain.
The Arizona alumni became a free agent after concluding his run with Fenerbahce where he averaged 11.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in EuroLeague. The Oranges will be his third European team after Fener and FC Bayern Munich. He previously spent seven seasons in the NBA playing in 436 games between six teams and one season in China’s CBA.
June 14, 2020, 8:54 pmArnoldas KulbokaSF-PF, International
Arnoldas Kulboka agreed to a two-year extension with Bilbao Basket of Spain.
Kulboka struggled in his first season with the Basque team, putting up 8.5 points on 1.6 long balls, along with 3.6 rebounds and 0.3 assists. While the Hornets planned to stash Kulboka overseas when they grabbed him back in 2018, at this point, it's not clear if he will be able to navigate his way to the NBA. He will be looking to bounce back, take advantage of his time in Europe, and prove that he is capable of joining the NBA.
May 23, 2020, 9:32 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
The Knicks have LaMelo Ball as their top-rated point guard for the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Knicks have a need at point guard and Ball is considered the point guard with the highest upside in this draft. He had poor shooting numbers in his 12 games in the NBL this past season, shooting .250 from deep and .375 from the field. He is a gifted passer though and averaged 6.8 assists per game in 31.3 minutes, adding 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. If Ball was drafted by the Knicks, he could help younger players RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson get easier looks. Ball will likely be given an opportunity to run the offense by the team that drafts him and he could put up big assists numbers. He also has an impressive steal rate in limited play in Australia, but his shooting percentages are a big concern.
May 22, 2020, 5:23 pmAlexey ShvedG, International
Spanish national basketball coach Sergio Scariolo feels that Alexey Shved will receive offers to return to the NBA this offseason.
Shved is currently playing in Russia where he is the focal point of Khimki, but the possibility remains that the 31-year-old may want to test himself against NBA competition before his body gets past its prime. For what it's worth, Scariolo predicted that Shved would stay in Russia where he is already comfortable.
May 13, 2020, 7:54 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
Shams Charania reported that the NCAA and NBA are "indefinitely postponing" the June 3 early entry withdrawal date for draft prospects.
This is a logical move with the uncertainty around the NBA's timeline. There is no decision on if and when the NBA season will continue, and even more uncertainty around the timeline for the NBA draft. It would be unfair to hold draft prospects to this date when there isn't enough information for them to make their decision. This isn't likely to impact lottery prospects, but could give more time for lower-tier prospects to decide they want to return to college next season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 11, 2020, 8:11 pmKai SottoC, International
Shams Charania has reported that Kai Sotto, a 7-foot-2 center from the Philippines, will forego a stint in the NCAA and instead will join the G League's Southern California team.
Sotto is the latest prospect in a batch of youngsters who have opted to take a G-League route towards a potential gig in the NBA. Sotto joins talented players Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix in the developmental league. However, Sotto is the first big-named international prospect to jump into the G League as a staging area for the 2021 draft.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 28, 2020, 11:15 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
LaMelo Ball, a lock to land in the lottery and potentially the first overall selection in the 2020 NBA draft, has officially placed his name in the draft pool. Ball had been playing overseas for teams in multiple countries, with the most recent being in Australia for the Illawara Hawks of the NBL (a franchise he recently purchased).
LaMelo, a point guard, has long been known to be entering his name in this year's draft, the first one he is eligible for. His stock has skyrocketed over the last year and he currently projects as a top three selection on almost all draft boards. The NBA draft lottery has not yet occurred, so the exact order that NBA teams will be selecting in is not known. The Warriors currently have the worst record at 15-50, so their odds to land the top overall pick would be the greatest if the season is not resumed. The Cavs and T-Wolves also have fewer than 20 wins. Ball has physically grown quite a bit over the past couple years as well, currently sitting at 6-foot-7 and 180 pounds. The NBA draft lottery, currently scheduled for May 19th, will give us a better indication of where LaMelo will be playing next season.
Source: Larry Brown on Twitter
April 23, 2020, 5:51 pmKarim ManeG, International
According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Canadian prospect, Karim Mane, has entered his name into the 2020 draft but will not sign with an agent in order to retain his college eligibility.
Mane told ESPN "I sent in my paperwork, but I am keeping my options open as far as college. I am not planning on hiring an agent right now. I want to hear directly from teams. If I can get a guarantee I'll be drafted, I will probably need to think about staying in." Mane was able to shine in the FIBA U19 last summer as he averaged 11.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 24.1 minutes per game. The 19-year-old prospect will still have the option of withdrawing from the 2020 draft class if he doesn't get enough interest from teams.
April 19, 2020, 8:03 pmLeandro BolmaroF, International
Argentinian forward Leandro Bolmaro has inserted his name into the 2020 NBA draft pool.
The 19-year old spent the past two seasons playing for Barcelona in Spain, where he split his time between the main club and second club this past season. He's considered to be a solid scorer and playmaker who should be targeted towards the end of the first round. Bolmaro made solid strides as a shooter this past season and has the instincts to be a scrappy player one day. His strength is still lacking at this stage, and many teams are viewing him as a draft and stash option as a result. With that in mind, it is unlikely he is relevant for fantasy purposes unless you are in a deep dynasty format.
Source: NBC Sports
April 16, 2020, 1:44 pmJalen GreenSG, International
Jalen Green, the top high school prospect, has decided to partake in the NBA/G League professional pathway, per ESPN.
The pathway is a G League initiative that will "pay elite prospects $500,000-plus and provide a one-year development program outside of the minor league's traditional team structure." With this decision, Green, the potential top pick in the 2021 draft, has chosen to bypass the NCAA and international routes. Recently the college game has lost top prospects to the allure of professional basketball overseas, but this now provides players an additional route to the pros that's closer to home and may prove to be more financially lucrative as well. It's a fascinating idea for the league, as teams will be able to keep much closer tabs on top prospects while also knowing the quality of coaches and competition that recruits are facing. It's reported that the league hopes to fill Green's team with other top prospects and veterans, with opponents consisting of NBA Academy teams, foreign teams and potentially 10-12 games against G League teams that won't count in the standings. Ultimately the goal is to help Green and similar prospects assimilate to NBA life.