Andres Nocioni Turned Down NBA Offer?

Eight-year NBA veteran Andres Nocioni has been playing overseas for Spain's Caja Laboral this season, but reportedly received an opportunity to return stateside earlier this month. Nocioni's agent, Claudio Villanueva, told Noticias de Alava (English link via Sportando) that his client turned down an offer from an NBA team two weeks ago out of respect for Caja Laboral, whose season is ongoing.

One international report (Twitter link; English link via Sportando) indicated that the mystery team interested in Nocioni was the Spurs. That timeline would make some sense, since San Antonio was on the verge of releasing Stephen Jackson two weeks ago, and replaced Jackson with another player who had spent the season overseas, in Tracy McGrady.

Nocioni, who played for the Bulls, Kings, and Sixers during his NBA career, averaged 12.8 PPG in 28 Spanish League games this year, and has averaged 10.9 PPG in 28 Euroleague contests. He'll be a free agent at season's end.

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