Adrian Wojnarowski

  • Source: Emmanuel Mudiay agrees to $1.2 million deal to play in China

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports2 days ago

    Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with Guangdong of the China Basketball Association, the richest overseas contract ever for a high school player, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    Mudiay, 19, had been faced with eligibility issues for his freshman season at Southern Methodist University under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and made the decision to play in China before becoming eligible for the 2015 NBA draft. [Related:  Will Mudiay's move start a trend?]

    Mudiay, a 6-foot-5 guard, is considered a lottery pick in the Class of 2015. With the Chinese season ending in March, Mudiay's plan will be to return to the United States and use the remaining few months to prepare for the 2015 draft in June, a source said. Mudiay has also taken out insurance policies to protect him in China against injury that could impact his future earnings, a source said.

    Guangdong is an elite Chinese team that won 30 of 34 games in the CBA last season. The roster included former NBA lottery pick Yi Jianlian and ex-NBA guard Royal Ivey.

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  • Grizzlies narrow front-office search

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports8 days ago

    The Memphis Grizzlies have narrowed candidates for a front-office job that could lead to becoming the franchise's future general manager, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Indiana Pacers vice president of basketball operations Peter Dinwiddie and former New York and Toronto GM Glen Grunwald have advanced to the final stages of the search and will meet with Memphis owner Robert Pera soon, league sources said.

    Iowa Energy GM Chris Makris is well-regarded within the Grizzlies organization and expected to also meet with the owner. The D-League franchise is affiliated with the Grizzlies.

    Another top candidate for the job, Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks, recently removed his name from consideration, sources said.

    The Grizzlies want to hire a candidate to initially work under GM Chris Wallace, sources said. Nevertheless, this hiring could ultimately take a higher-profile decision-making role in the organization.

    Memphis fired CEO Jason Levien and assistant GM Stu Lash in a sweep of the front office in June.

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