Malcolm Delaney, a Virginia Tech product who found a home in Russia with Lokomotiv Kuban, has been approached by the Nets, reports Eurohoops, the official blog of the Euroleague.
Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops writes Sunday...
According to sources from the States, the Brooklyn Nets are more than interested in his services and they have already approached him. The Nets are not the only NBA team who would like to sign Delaney and among others, the Houston Rockets have also made their move.
Still the Nets seem to be more willing than anyone to give him his first NBA chance, while Delaney has also at least two offers from major Euroleague clubs on the table. One of them is Barcelona, which would like to build around him next season’s roster.
Delaney, 27, grew up in Baltimore, went undrafted in 2012 after a solid career at Virginia Tech and has been one of Europe's top point guards since, A shoot-first PG, Delaney said recently that the NBA is his priority. His season ended Friday when CSKA Moscow beat Lokomotiv in the Euroleague Final 4. Mikhail Prokhorov sat courtside for the game. Assistant GM Trajan Langdon was also reportedly on hand.
Here's highlights from Friday's game.
One of the toughest, most durable players in Europe, Delaney set European records this season for minutes and most drawn fouls. A solid floor general, he hits 40 percent from deep. He also wins. Delaney has been on championship teams in France, Ukraine and Germany the last four years. In the loss to CSKA, Delaney, playing hurt, had 26 points. Lokomotiv plays again Sunday in the Final 4 consolation game.
In recent days, there have been reports that Nando de Colo, the CSKA point guard, was someone the Nets were watching, but unlike Delaney, de Colo is not a free agent. His rights are held by the Raptors. Officially, he is a restricted free agent, requiring the Nets to outbid Toronto for his services. Also, there are reports out of Berlin and Moscow that he and CSKA are talking about a contract extension.
De Colo played for the Spurs in 2012-13, the same year Sean Marks and Langdon joined the San Antonio organization. He was shuttled back and forth between the Spurs and Austin Toros, their D-League affiliate before returning to Europe.
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