Andres Nocioni

And-Ones: Awards, Nocioni, Williams-Goss

The NBA’s awards will be unveiled a little differently this year than we’ve grown accustomed to in the past. Per an Associated Press report (via, the league’s first televised award show will be held on June 26, in between draft day and the start of free agency. In the past, winners of awards like MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and others have been announced throughout the postseason. This time around, they’ll be revealed on TNT after the Finals.

In addition to being announced in a new way, this year’s set of awards will also be voted on a little differently. Broadcasters employed by teams are no longer involved in the process, as Pacers play-by-play man Mark Boyle and Bulls announcer Chuck Swirsky confirmed (Twitter links). According to Brian Windhorst of, the voting pool has been reduced from about 125 voters per award to 100 broadcasters and writers, most of whom cover the game nationally.

As we wait to see how the changes to the award process affect this year’s results, let’s round up a few more odds and ends from around the basketball world…

  • Real Madrid forward Andres Nocioni announced on Monday that he intends to retire at the end of this season (Twitter link; English link via Sportando). It has been several years since Nocioni last appeared in the NBA, but the 37-year-old appeared in 514 total regular season games for the Bulls, Kings, and Sixers over the course of eight seasons. In those games, he averaged a respectable 10.5 PPG and 4.5 RPG.
  • David Yapkowitz of Basketball Insiders identifies several notable Eastern Conference players who may benefit from a change of scenery, including a pair of Knicks.
  • Before he transfered to Gonzaga two years ago, Nigel Williams-Goss thought “long and hard” about heading to the NBA, notes Jeff Goodman of Following the Zags’ loss in Monday’s championship game, the junior guard could opt to go pro or to return to school for his senior year.
  • Which college basketball coaches are the top candidates to make the leap to an NBA head coaching job? Sean Deveney of The Sporting News breaks down some of the possibilities.

And-Ones: Deng, Novak, Rockets, Bazemore

Erik Spoelstra joined Pat Riley to meet with Luol Deng in Chicago today, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The Heat are said to have interest in Deng, but they might not be willing to take on the reported $12MM annual price tag for the forward. Here’s more from around the NBA:

  • Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has indicated that second round pick DeAndre Daniels will be stashed in Europe for a year to get some much-needed playing time, writes Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.
  • The Thunder are bringing aboard Darko Rajakovic as an assistant coach, the team announced via press release. Rajakovic has spent the past two seasons as the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers, OKC’s D-League affiliate.
  • Steve Novak will bring some much needed shooting to the Jazz, writes Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune.  Novak is a career 43.9% shooter from 3-point range over eight seasons, almost exactly the same figure as Kyle Korver.  The money owed to him over the next two years (about $7.5MM) was enough to make the Raptors want to dump his salary, but it wasn’t prohibitive for Utah.
  • Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow extended a two-year, €3MM offer to free agent guard Nando De Colo, tweets David Pick of That figure translates into roughly $4.08MM.
  • Put the Rockets on the growing list of teams interested in Kent Bazemore, says Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders (on Twitter).
  • Ike Diogu has signed with Dongguan in China on a deal that allows him to jump ship to the NBA anytime between now and August 15th, tweets Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.
  • A rumored agreement between Andres Nocioni and Real Madrid is not a done deal, according to Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype (on Twitter).  The forward is still receiving interest from NBA teams (link).

Charlie Adams contributed to this post.

Andres Nocioni Mulls NBA Comeback

Exactly one year ago, Andres Nocioni’s agent said his client turned down an offer from an NBA team. The Spanish league forward received interest from several teams this past summer, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, and now, the 34-year-old tells Johnson that he’s warming to the idea of returning stateside to play.

“Europe is a great, great place to play basketball,” Nocioni said. “I came back here because I sat on the bench a lot in Philly and that was frustrating for me because all my life I have played. But my situation has changed a little bit. I don’t need to play as many minutes. I’m too old. So maybe I go to the NBA and try to enjoy a good organization and try to help young guys and the team to win games. I think about playing more like a veteran helping with fewer minutes and more experience. But I have no decision now. I’m not thinking long-term.”

Nocioni signed a one-year extension with Spain’s Laboral Kuxta Baskonia last June. He’s averaged 14.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game this season, his best numbers since leaving the NBA. He played just 56 minutes total in 11 games for the Sixers during his final NBA season in 2011/12, and Philadelphia waived him that March.

He was much more productive in his four and a half seasons with the Bulls, a time he recalls fondly to Johnson. He scored a career-high 14.1 points per game during 2006/07, his third year with Chicago, and otherwise put up a statistical line eerily similar to the one he’s compiled in Spain this year. He was also a 37.3% three-point shooter in the NBA, demonstrating an ability to stretch the floor.

Odds & Ends: Clippers, Collins, Shaw, Karl

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports that Lionel Hollins met with the Clippers today and engaged in a lengthy conversation about their head coaching job. Turner also relays that Brian Shaw is expected to interview with team brass on either Monday or Tuesday next week (Twitter links). As for George Karl, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles tweets that while the Clippers haven't spoken to him directly, they have been in contact with his representative. Both ESPN's Marc Stein and Shelburne report that Karl and Shaw have emerged as the team's top two candidates for the job. 

As we gear up for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, here are a few miscellaneous notes to share from around the league tonight:

  • As far as his next contract goes, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki says that it'll probably be a two- or three-year deal (Jon Machota of SportsDayDFW). 
  • Sam Amick of USA Today hears that the Grizzlies reached out to Karl almost immediately after he was let go in Denver today. The Nuggets had to grant permission to Memphis in order to reach out to Karl because the severance agreement hasn't been finalized and the 62-year-old coach is still under contract.
  • Amick notes that the Grizzlies had their sights set on assistant Dave Joerger as their top candidate to replace Hollins, but made that option contingent on whether or not Karl would become available. 
  •'s Emiliano Carchia tweets that former NBA player Andres Nocioni is in talks regarding a contract extension with Baskonia, a Spanish ballclub that participates in the ACB and Euroleague. 
  • Flip Saunders confirmed on KFAN radio in Minnesota that the Timberwolves currently have Victor Oladipo ahead of Ben McLemore on their draft board, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. 
  • ESPN Insider Chad Ford says that many teams are bummed that Dario Saric is considering withdrawing his name from this year's draft, adding that several NBA executives had him ranked in their top five or top seven prospects. He also mentions that there are other teams who had no intention of drafting Saric that aren't thrilled with the news either, considering the notion that the draft gets weaker when talent leaves. Interestingly enough, Ford says he wouldn't be surprised if some NBA teams that are currently in Italy for the Eurocamp will try to travel to Croatia in order to make an attempt to persuade Saric to keep his name in consideration this year (All Twitter links). 
  • Ricky Ledo's agent, Seth Cohen, tells's Adam Zagoria that his client will not work out for the Thunder (Twitter link).
  • For whatever it's worth, Shaquille O'Neal said that he and Chris Webber would like to own the Kings (Dwain Price of the Star-Telegram noted the comment via Twitter). 

Odds & Ends: Landry, Van Gundy, Raptors, Nocioni

In his latest piece, Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times lays out a few reasons why Carl Landry is a near-lock to turn down his $4MM player option in search of a bigger payday. But Landry tells Thompson that he hasn't made a decision yet, pointing out that he took a lesser deal to initially sign with the Warriors and adding that his decision won't simply be about money — he'll also consider his potential coach, teammates, and the odds of playing in the postseason.

Here are a few more odds and ends from around the Association:

  • Yesterday, our own Zach Links chatted with Todd Brommelkamp and Tyler Ryder of KGYM ESPN Radio and talked about the NBA Draft, what the Cavs might do with the No. 1 pick, and the courtship of Dwight Howard.  You can listen to Zach live on KGYM Radio every other Wednesday at 4:30 central.
  • Speaking to Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Stan Van Gundy acknowledged that there's a chance he could never coach an NBA team again.
  • Eric Koreen of the National Post identifies a handful of candidates who could be considered – or are being considered – to replace Bryan Colangelo as the Raptors' head of basketball operations.
  • The Raptors have indicated they're willing to exceed the luxury tax threshold by "a significant margin" if it helps Colangelo's successor build a winning team, reports Zach Lowe of Grantland.
  • Lang Greene of HoopsWorld takes a look at the searches being conducted by the six Eastern Conference teams in the market for a new head coach.
  • According to a report from (translation via Sportando), longtime NBA forward Andres Nocioni intends to play another season in Spain in 2013/14.

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.

Odds & Ends: Turkoglu, Kings, Draft, Nocioni

Having served his 20-game suspension for a failed drug test, Hedo Turkoglu is eligible to return to action for the Magic, but the team may not have him in its short- or long-term plans, as he acknowledges to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.

"I don't even know my future right now," Turkoglu said. "I don't know if I'll be here next year or not. At the end of the season, I'll be here and I'll try to do my best for these young guys and for this organization. When the summertime comes, we'll see what happens."

Here are a few more odds and ends from around the NBA:

  • With a big City Council vote coming up tonight, Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld discusses the Sacramento group's bid to keep the Kings. According to Kyler, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and the investment group have received a "fairly specific set of objectives" to meet if they want to have a realstic chance to keep the team.
  • Two more NCAA underclassmen are eyeing the NBA draft. Marshawn Powell of Arkansas announced on Twitter that he has decided to declare his intent, while New Mexico announced that junior forward Tony Snell will test the waters (Twitter link via's Andy Katz).
  • In his latest piece for HoopsWorld, Alex Kennedy examines the effect the NCAA tournament has on a prospect's draft stock and speaks to Rashard Lewis about his first year with the Heat.
  • Andres Nocioni, who previously played for the Bulls, Kings, and Sixers, is in the final year of his contract with Spain's Caja Laboral, but it doesn't sound as if he's considering an NBA comeback. Nocioni spoke this week about his future, and Emiliano Carchia of Sportando has a translation of the highlights, via

Odds & Ends: Scola, Grizzlies, Kobe, Telfair

It's been a relatively quiet day as far as NBA rumors and transactions go, but a year ago today, things were heating up in anticipation of a later-than-usual March 15th trade deadline. No deals were consummated on the 14th, but the Bucks and Warriors had finalized a five-player blockbuster the day before, and plenty of rumors were swirling in advance of a deadline day that saw nine more trades completed. We won't be seeing any trades happen on March 14th this year, but while we wait to see if the evening brings any more minor deals or major rumors, let's round up a few odds and ends….

Free Agent Rumors: Timberwolves, Rush, Mills

A couple more notable names came off the free agent market this morning, when Kris Humphries landed a two-year deal from the Nets and Grant Hill agreed to sign with the Clippers. While a number of solid rotation players are still available, the market is rapidly thinning for teams in search of starters. As clubs continue to jockey to sign the remaining available players, we'll track many of today's free agent rumors right here:

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Andres Nocioni Signs In Spain

Three days after being officially waived by the 76ers, Andres Nocioni has signed with Spanish team Caja Laboral, the club announced today (Spanish link). El Correo (via Sportando) reports Nocioni signed a rest-of-season deal with Saski Baskonia (known as Caja Laboral for sponsorship reasons).

Nocioni was no longer a part of the Sixers' plans, having played just 56 minutes over the course of this season. Holding a $7.5MM option for next year that it didn't intend to exercise, Philadelphia allowed Nocioni and agent Claudio Villanueva to explore other opportunities last week, with Villanueva saying there was a good chance his client would return to Europe. Nocioni previously played for Saski Baskonia, winning the ACB's Most Valuable Player award in 2004.