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Farmar, Ilyasova, Wright three latest to sign in Europe

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David Stern is so, so concerned about how players signing overseas might impact the players union. He is such an empathetic guy. Don’t think there’s anything self-centered about his comments at all. Nope. He’s not saying that hoping to divide the union. It’s only out of genuine, heart-felt concern.

But outside of D-Will, only one real star has signed overseas. The rest have been rank and file guys, and three more happened to ink deals today (four if you want to count Patty Mills.

Jordan Farmar made a last minute change and will sign with Maccabi Tel Aviv to play during the lockout. Just 24 hours ago we told you how Farmar was negotiating with Maccabi Haifa, but it’s hard to turn down Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Yankees of the Israeli league, a team constantly competing for the EuroLeague title. Haifa finished ninth in the 10-team league last year. He’ll be a hit as the American star and a Jew playing in Israel. He also has an opt-out clause to return once the lockout ends.

Ersan Ilyasova has reportedly agreed to terms with the Turkish team Anadolu Efes. The Bucks big man will join Sasha Vujacic and Patty Mills on what should stack up to be a pretty good squad in Turkey.

Antoine Wright is close to a deal with Estudiantes in Spain. Hopefully the work ethic that kept him on the bench in Sacramento will find him in Spain.

Antoine Wright says that the Kings were a mess

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Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick has an excellent story up today on former top prospect Antoine Wright, who has allowed himself to go from a top prospect to a first-round pick to a journeyman who spent last season playing in China and is now looking for an NBA job at the age of 27.

The piece is mainly about how Wright squandered a lot of opportunities throughout his career and now serves as something of a cautionary tale to incoming first-round picks.

But Wright also had some choice words for his last team, the Sacramento Kings, that should raise some eyebrows:

“My rift, really, with the organization was that I don’t think they prepared the guys enough to win basketball games,” Wright said. “We were probably the only team in the NBA that didn’t have a scouting report. How do you expect a young team to go out and carry a game plan? Every team I’ve been on, they give you a scouting report on every guy on the team, a couple paragraphs about each guy before you go out there and play against him.

“Coming on the court before the game was chaos — no structure whatsoever, and we kind of had a laid-back coach. Westphal was pretty laid back, and with a group of young guys, you’ve got to have somebody who comes in and disciplines them.”

Wright wasn’t even close to done yet.

“I’m not going to throw any of their players under the bus, but one of the main players who was a big part of our team, his attitude was really, really bad — I’m pretty sure you can figure out who that guy is,” he said before confirming that he was speaking of then-rookie forward-center DeMarcus Cousins. “Tyreke [Evans] had a pretty good attitude. His work ethic wasn’t great, but he’s a good young player. I believed in him completely. I just don’t think the coaches did enough to prepare us to win games.”

Yikes. The Kings did not comment on Wright’s statements about their team, and it’s entirely possible that his words are simply the ramblings of a disgruntled player who didn’t have things go his way in the NBA, but those are some troubling comments. The 24-58 Kings certainly looked like a mess on the court last season, and it sounds like a lot of that may have had to do with what they were doing between the games. Honestly, the team didn’t even prepare scouting reports for their players? If that’s true, it’s completely inexcusable for a team hoping to compete at the highest level.

Now that Sacramento’s Anaheim drama is dormant for at least a year, there’s a chance that they could pull things together and get more organized on every level, and that could easily translate into the team getting some wins out of its talented core of young players. But if what Wright said was anything close to the truth, the Kings are going to have to make some major changes off the court if they want to be successful in the near future.

Antoine Wright may be heading to China

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Here’s the report, courtesy of NIUBBall.com:

A source told me this morning that Antoine Wright, who last played in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors last season, is working out a deal with an undisclosed CBA team.  Expect a lot of foreign player movement in the next few weeks as teams being to clear out disgruntled/underperforming players before the season gets too late.

Last year, Wright appeared in 67 games for the Raptors, averaging 6.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game on 40.6% shooting from the field. The 26-year old Wright was waived by the Kings on November 29th. After the Cavaliers decided to give their open roster spot to Alonzo Gee instead of Wright, going overseas is probably a good option for Wright at this point in his career.

Kings’ assistant coach Mario Elie arrested for DUI

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What is it about drinking and driving in Sacramento?

Mario Elie, the one time three-point NBA specialist turned Sacramento Kings coach, was arrested for driving under the influence, according to News 10 in the city (KHTK 1140 AM broke the story). He was pulled over for a broken taillight but the officer smelled alcohol and did a field sobriety test which led to the arrest.

Here is Elie’s statement via the Kings:

“I was pulled over last night on my way home for having a broken taillight. I had been out and had a couple of drinks. My blood alcohol level was slightly over the legal limit. I’m very sorry, embarrassed and disappointed for the position in which I put myself and team. Rest assured, it won’t happen again as I take full responsibility for my actions.”

Team GM Geoff Petrie said:

“We are very concerned and disappointed in regard to Mario’s arrest for DUI. This is an ugly form of history repeating itself. We expect better, knowing at the same time there are limits to how far you can go to protect people from themselves. In spite of all of this, we still respect Mario’s right to due process.”

Elie was an 11-year NBA veteran and three-point specialist who won three NBA rings (two with Houston, one with the Spurs). He joined the Kings staff this season.

That is three people associated with the Kings pulled over for a DUI in the last three months. Antoine Wright was pulled over and arrested for a DUI on Nov. 4 (he has sense been released by the team).  Minority owner George Maloof, Jr. was arrested in Las Vegas drunk driving back in October.

Before that there was then-King Andres Nocioni’s DUI arrest in 2009. Back in 2006 then Kings coach Eric Musselman was arrested as well. And that’s not to mention Tyreke Evans sober but stupid 100 mph chase along a freeway that led to an arrest and a one-game suspension by the league.

Kings waive Antoine Wright

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Antoine Wright, the seldom-used swingman of the Sacramento Kings who has only made headlines this season for a DUI, has been waived by the team, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo.

The Kings signed him this summer out of Toronto, but he has barely gotten off the bench. Wright has played just 31 minutes total for the Kings this season and more than 10 minutes in a game just once. He saw 5:23 of action Saturday night against the Bulls where he grabbed one rebound and missed one shot. Put this way — so far this season his PER is -5. Small sample size, but when you’re in the negative you’re out of the NBA.

Not that you expected much offense, Wright was brought in as a defensive specialist, but he hasn’t done a lot of that, either.

The Kings signed Wright to a guaranteed $854,389, so he is getting paid that regardless.

No word yet on where he will land, but smart money says the D-League somewhere. The guy has been a regular NBA bench player for five years, someone will take a chance on him.