MONDAY, 11:33am: Former Nets point guard Tyshawn Taylor is putting the finishing touches on a deal with Dynamo Moscow, reports David Pick of Eurobasket.com (Twitter link). It’s not clear whether it will include any sort of out clause that would allow the 24-year-old to return stateside if NBA interest perks up, but considering the sparse activity on his rumors page, it seems likely Taylor will begin the season overseas.
Taylor has been out of the NBA since the Pelicans cut him loose two days after acquiring him from Brooklyn. Prior to the trade, he more than doubled his minutes per game in his sophomore campaign for the Nets, who’d put him on the floor for just 5.8 minutes per contest in his rookie season. The 41st pick from 2012 averaged 3.9 points, 1.6 assists and 1.3 turnovers in 11.7 minutes per contest over 23 NBA games last year before finishing up the season in the D-League and with Puerto Rico’s Atleticos de San German.
Dynamo Moscow will compete in Russia’s Super League, a minor league that plays second fiddle to the VTB League, as Pick points out (on Twitter). That’s quite a comedown for Taylor, who averaged 16.6 points per game as a senior at Kansas in 2011/12. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him stay with the club for just a short time if he puts up strong numbers and proves he deserves a shot on a more well-regarded circuit.