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Russian club will not renew Austin Daye’s contract

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The Pistons’ Austin Daye packed up in September and was off to Moscow, signing a two-month deal to play with BC Khimki. He learned that life in Moscow is different than where he grew up in Los Angeles

The staff at BC Khimki learned they don’t really want to keep Daye around.

With his contract up, they are letting him go, according to Sports.Ru (via SLAM):

“Viktor Bychkov, general director of BC Khimki, said the club will not renew the agreement with their American small forward Austin Daye. The 23-year-old player of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons had signed a two-month contract, which now expired. ‘The club will not renew the agreement with Austin Daye. The position of our club is to consider seriously players from the NBA, if we are sure the player can sign a contract until the end of the season, not until the end of the lockout,’ Bychkov said as quoted by RIA Novosti.”

Daye had apparently not made a big impact on the court (while both Timofey Mozgov and Chris Quinn have). The attitude of teams wanting guys who aren’t going to leave is something we expect to see from more teams — they want guys who are in for the big games upcoming, not living to leave.

The redemption of Adam Morrison is going on in Serbia

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If you read just one thing today, click the link and read the profile of Adam Morrison by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated.

Morrison has been an NBA punch line for years now, the guy who couldn’t live up to the hype in Charlotte, who won two rings with the Lakers while wearing a suit, the guy cut from the Wizards. Adam Morrison became synonymous with bust for a lot of NBA fans.

But as always, the personal story is a lot more complex. It’s more compelling. Morrison opens up to Amick about the dark days without confidence, about walking away from the game and living on his ranch for a year just to escape. He talks about slowly rediscovering his love of the game.

He has started to turn it around playing in Serbia, and what those around him talk to Amick about is that the swagger that is back in Morrison’s game. It’s not just the 17 points per game, it’s the fire that has returned. Last month we showed you the video of Morrison getting ejected from a game — that made the people around him smile. That is the Morrison they know.

Morrison said his time in Serbia has been redemptive.

“It was such an adrenaline rush and an emotional high to be out there on the court again,” Morrison said. “Everybody who has done something in their life that they’ve had a passion for or done for a long time, and then all of a sudden it’s not there anymore, and then it comes back to you in such a rush [can relate].’

“I would’ve run through a brick wall that night for anything. Goose bumps. Sweating. That whole day, I’ve never been so focused. It was a friendly game, and I was thinking, ‘All right, I’m going nuts tonight. I don’t care what happens. I was ready to fight, to do anything, just to play.”

Do yourself a favor, click the link and read the whole story. You might even start rooting for Morrison.

Derrick Rose says he is not going to play overseas

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That sound you just heard was the collective exhale of Chicago Bulls fans. And Tom Thibodeau.

That’s because over the weekend Derrick Rose, the star and building block of the Chicago Bulls, said he has no plans of going overseas. Here is the quote from the Houston Chronicle, where Rose was over the weekend for a charity game.

“I’m not going anywhere, I’m good,” Rose said. “I’m just trying to stay in a nice place where you never know what will happen, or what can happen, what will happen. Now, I’m trying to keep myself in nice shape, and stay positive. Hopefully, we’ll have a season.”

After what happened to J.R. Smith, a lot of top NBA players have to hesitate when thinking about playing overseas. It’s one thing for a role player who has a limited window to make his money, but for a star like Rose who has a long and lucrative NBA career ahead of him, the risks of heading overseas might be too great.

NBA overseas roundup: Kevin Martin likely staying stateside

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We told you the big news already — J.R. Smith had a potentially serious injury and AK47 had one that looks painful but will only keep him out a few weeks. But there is other news about NBA players looking overseas, so here is a roundup.

• Rockets guard Kevin Martin is getting overseas options but he doesn’t sound like a guy likely to take them, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo.

• Pacers guard T.J. Ford has reached a deal to play for Croatia to join KK Zagreb, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. There is an NBA opt out to return (the Pacers would probably like him to stay).

• Athletic Rockets swingman Chase Budinger is close to signing with Lokomotiv-Kuban in Russia. He had a few options (including France). He will have an opt-out for when the NBA season starts.

• Turkish club Besiktas has been looking for a big to pair with Deron Williams and set their sights high (Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge) but seems to have come back to Marcin Gortat. Who is still a good fit, but not quite the athlete the other two are.

• Rockets guard Goran Dragic has agreed to terms and will play for Caja Laboral of the Spanish league during the lockout.

• Patrick Mills has left playing for Melbourne in his native Australia to sign with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers in China. The answer to you next question is money. If the NBA lockout ends and there is a season Mills will be one of the free agent guards available in March when the Chinese season ends, but he likely will not be in the NBA before that.

• Pacers guard George Hill says he will not play overseas during the lockout.

• The Spurs Da’Sean Butler has signed with VEF Riga in Latvia on a two-week “tryout” contract.

• Dexter Pittman said he will play for Atenas de Cordoba in Argentina. He is still under contract to the Heat.

Buddies Rondo, Perkins want to play together overseas

Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

When I hear Kevin Love is thinking about playing overseas, I can see it — a big man who can board and stretch the floor with his shot should blend in seamlessly in international basketball.

I wonder if a point guard with an inconsistent jumper (to be kind) like Rajon Rondo and a big who provides almost no offense like Kendrick Perkins fit nearly as well?

We may see. Not only are Rondo and Perkins thinking about going overseas, they want to go together, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, close friends, have been discussing the possibility of playing together overseas, and have had representatives inquiring on the possibilities, sources said.

Rondo and Perkins are interested in playing in higher-paying countries, such as Italy, Spain and Russia, sources said. There’s no deal in the works, and it’s unclear if there’s even a team that could financially put together the kind of contracts it would take to lure the players.

Aren’t we all interested in playing in higher paying countries?

That said, there are limited spots on European rosters right now, teams have to work to squeeze in one guy, let alone a pair of them. Meaning I wouldn’t bet on seeing this. But stranger things have happened, like the players and owners almost killing the season.