And-Ones: Raduljica, Draft, O’Quinn

With the recent signing of Earl Clark, the Shandong Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association are considering releasing former NBA player Miroslav Raduljica, Enea Trapani of Sportando reports (Twitter link). The 26-year-old Raduljica appeared in 48 games for the Bucks last season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.7 minutes per contest.

Here’s more from around the NBA:

  • Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports ran down the top 10 international prospects for the 2015 NBA draft. Topping Spears’ list are Kristaps Porzingis, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Mario Hezonja.
  • The Magic have already bested their 2013/14 season total of four road wins, and the improved play of Kyle O’Quinn is a big reason, Ken Hornack of FOX writes. O’Quinn has been starting in the place of the injured Nikola Vucevic, and he is improving as a player while he works his way back from his own injury woes, notes Hornack. “We’ll continue to get him [O’Quinn] in condition where he can play more than 18 minutes,” coach Jacque Vaughn said. “We’ll continue to address his ability to do his work early so he can stay out of foul trouble. And he’ll continue to help us on the floor. He can play both positions [center and power forward], but he’s got a lot of room to grow.”
  • Chris Mannix of released his initial player rankings for the 2015 NBA draft. The top three players on Mannix’s big board are Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Mudiay.
  • LeBron James has nothing but praise for Matthew Dellavedova, his Cavs teammate, Chris Fedor of The Northeast Ohio Media Group writes. “I had Norris Cole on my team in Miami,” James said. “He was the same type of guy. We called him the pit bull. You just put him out there on anybody and he’s always going to be successful and know you can never discredit how he goes about the game and how hard he plays. You put him out there for 20 seconds and it will be the hardest 20 seconds he ever played, like he’ll never play again. Everything they do won’t show up in the box score but teammates and people that know the game know he made an impact.” James’ comments regarding Cole are potentially noteworthy considering that Cole is set to become a restricted free agent next summer, is originally from Ohio, and is represented by Klutch Sports, the agency that represents James.

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