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The influx of European players to the NBA -- or back to the NBA in some cases -- next season will extend beyond the arrival of Jonas Valanciunas from Lithuania to Toronto and from France to Denver for Evan Fournier.
It is more than the return of Andrei Kirilenko and Nenad Krstic from Russia.
As the free agent market grows and dominates during the offseason, the list of international players anxious to make the jump to the NBA will grow right along the way.
Featuring a number of athletic and versatile prospects, here is a closer look at the player profiles, a brief scouting report and the teams showing reported interest at each Euro player.
Alexey Shved – 6-5 Guard
Scouting Report: Shved gives a lot of looks offensively -- a guard who can shoot from the perimeter and break down a defense getting into the lane. The trouble is defensively and being able to handle stronger, faster NBA guards. His overall game would excel in an up-tempo offense and at this juncture in...
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Now that Bryan Colangelo has whiffed at signing Steve Nash, Raptors’ fans are depressed that the new, shiny toy they were promised was yanked out of their hands before they could rip off the wrapper. Not so fast.
He was always the second part of that February trade everyone wants to forget about, the trade that altered the chemistry of the squad. Just as Nate Robinson, Krstic was the player that completed the deal but nobody really expected him to be a major part of what came later.
If only there had been a "later" part of what started back then.
Krstic left the NBA right when...
Bryan Colangelo once again strikes with a shrewd move by signing Landry Fields to a three-year offer sheet worth $20 million.
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Free-agent guard Landry Fields has reached a verbal agreement with the Toronto Raptors. Fields, formerly with the New York Knicks, is expected to sign a three-year deal that is worth a reported $20 million.
He will not be able to officially sign until July 11, when NBA players can sign their new contracts.
The Knicks will have three days to either match or raise the offer once...
Well over the weekend the rumour of Steve Nash going to the Toronto Raptors really heated up. So much so that I have actually started to believe it to be happening. Too good to be true? Probably. But it has been a debate in my house with everyone I see. If anything, it has put the Raptors in the news (State side even).
So before it all plays out, here are all of the pros and cons...
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Andrei Kirilenko and Nenad Krystic played pivotal roles for Russian League champion CSKA Moscow.
Yea, you read that right. The Toronto Raptors offered Landry a three-year $20 million contract and the thing is Fields verbally agreed to the contract. The Toronto Raptors have reached a verbal agreement with New York Knicks restricted free agent Landry Fields on an offer sheet, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. Sources say [...]
Andrei Kirilenko moved another step closer to a return to the NBA this past weekend, but by the time this long offseason and free agency frenzy is all said and done Kirilenko may not be the most coveted player fleeing CSKA Moscow.
That honor just might belong to Alexey Shved.
Last weekend, new CSKA head coach Ettore Messina made it perfectly clear the writing on the wall that he...
The Toronto Raptors agreed to a three-year contract worth nearly $20 million with free agent guard Landry Fields, ESPN.com reported Tuesday. Fields cannot sign the deal until July 11, the first day NBA players can sign new contracts. Fields scored nearly nine points per game for the New York Knicks this past season. The Knicks have three days to match the offer. The final year...
In this free agent frenzy, “take his time” could mean 24 hours. These teams can’t wait too long on guys. Doc Rivers told Marc Spears the Celtics “want to bring the band back together.”
Remember Nenad Krstic? He is leaving CSKA Moscow. The Celtics still hold his Bird rights. If Brandon Bass were to leave, Nads could fill that role of jump shooting big.
Sherrod Blakely says...