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  • Enes Kanter says he was left off Turkey's national team for his politics

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago

    The NBA is now firmly in its offseason, but the break will be relatively short for many of Europe's top basketball players. EuroBasket 2015, the continent's premier basketball tournament, tips off in early September in four cities (Berlin, Zagreb, Riga, and Montpelier) with the final scheduled for September 20 in Lille, France. Some big names always sit out, but the tournament is sure to showcase plenty of NBA stars and foreign players of interest.

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    One name will be notably absent from Turkey's roster — restricted free agent Enes Kanter, the 23-year-old big man most recently of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kanter ranks as one of the nation's most talented players and figured to contribute as a post scorer, but he was not named to coach Ergin Ataman's preliminary 20-man roster.

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  • Celtics really wanted to trade up for Justise Winslow, offered Hornets six picks

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie3 days ago

    One of the more surprising dips in Thursday's 2015 NBA Draft belonged to Duke wing Justise Winslow, a potential target for the New York Knicks at No. 4 who fell all the way to the Miami Heat at No. 10. Although a notable prospect was bound to drop a few spots, Winslow seems like the sort of player who, like No. 10 picks Paul Pierce and Caron Butler before him, could make teams that passed regret their decisions.

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    A new report indicates that the Boston Celtics really, really wanted to stop Winslow's fall one selection before his eventual landing in South Beach. According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com, Danny Ainge offered the Charlotte Hornets six draft picks, including as many as four first-round picks, for the right to select Winslow at No. 9:

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