And-Ones: Olympic Qualifiers, Garrett, McCallum

The FIBA Executive Committee has decided the hosts of the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for next summer, announcing the news in a press release.

The four FIBA Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, set to take place from June 23 to June 28, 2020, will be hosted by Canada (Victoria), Croatia (Split), Lithuania (Kaunas) and Serbia (Belgrade), the release states.

For the women, the National Federations of Belgium (Ostend), China (Foshan), France (Bourges) and Serbia (Belgrade) were awarded hosting rights of the four tournaments, set to take place from February 6 to February 9, 2020.

Eight men’s teams have already qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, doing so during the 2019 FIBA World Cup: Argentina, Australia, France, Iran, Japan, Nigeria, Spain and the United States.

The Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will include 24 teams competing in four tournaments of six teams each.

Here are some other odds and ends from around the basketball world:

  • Former Knicks guard Billy Garrett Jr. and French team Elan Chalon have parted ways, the team announced, as relayed by Nicola Lupo of Sportando. Garrett, who appeared in four games with New York last season, signed a deal with Elan Chalon in July. He went undrafted back in 2017 after spending four seasons at DePaul University, with the 25-year-old now back on the open market. Garrett averaged 7.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 19.2 minutes with Elan Chalon.
  • The Shanghai Sharks are expressing interest in former NBA point guard Ray McCallum, with the team hoping to bring him in for a workout, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando (Twitter link). The Sharks play in the Chinese Basketball Association, while McCallum, 28, holds NBA experience with Sacramento, San Antonio and Memphis. McCallum was drafted with the No. 36 pick in 2013 and spent time in the NBA G League with Agua Caliente last season.

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