Sportando: Ersan Ilyasova made an announcement that stands to jeopardize any chance of his making a return to the Bucks: ‘I want to stay with Anadolu Efes the entire season.’ Ewww. If you were rooting for a reunion of Brew City and the Ersanator, prepare to be disappointed. While the Bucks still hold his rights, it’s tough to imagine them coveting a player who doesn’t reciprocate the love. Throw in the added bonus that his statements deflate any trade value that he may have had otherwise and you’ve got a fine mess.
I hope there is a FIBA rule which would allow me to play the season in Turkey and Efes to keep me. We will fight for TBL and Euroleague. Our goal for the season is to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul. We know we are in a very tough group in Euroleague but we have to go step-by-step.
Canberra Times: While Andrew Bogut waits in insurance limbo, his preferred team — should he work out his coverage issues and join Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) — has turned into a poorly kept secret. Bogut earlier narrowed down the list of suitors to the Sydney Kings, Gold Coast Blaze and Adelaide 36ers. Now his agent has gone on the record as saying, “‘He’s made up his mind. He knows were he is going, but we’re not going to talk about it publicly until all this gets resolved.” All signs point to Sydney.
A top Gold Coast executive noted that they had dropped out of the running. “I can confirm he won’t be playing for the Gold Coast Blaze.” At the same time, a frustrated Adelaide front office issued an ultimatum.
“We can’t wait any longer,” Sixers chief executive officer Leeanne Grantham said last night. “If he doesn’t intend to play with us, then we have to know and move forward with ‘Option B’ and find a replacement import.”
The deadline came after Adelaide declared themselves “a longshot” to sign Bogut a day earlier.
The Sydney Kings are slated to begin their season Friday, but as of midweek, Bogut has not yet even made an announcement, let alone joined the team. It seems likely that even if he did sign a deal, he would miss the first game versus Patty Mills and the Melbourne Tigers.
Fraport Skyliners: In his first regular season game with Frankfurt, Jon Leuer snagged a team-high 9 rebounds but also finished with a team-worst +/- rating of -24. He hopes to a visit from his family will give him a boost for the next game.
New York Times: Howard Beck previewed Tuesday’s NBA labor negotiations. The NBA and NBPA met for 4+ hours today. More to come soon as reports of the meeting come out…
Youtube: Brandon Jennings releases his latest vid which features boxing, flag football, and shirtless birthday-cake eating. All kidding aside, one has to admit that he does look remarkably fit, though.