And-Ones: Russia, Okafor, Clark, Overtime Elite, Kuzminskas

Despite its battle with Ukraine and arguable imprisonment of WNBA megastar Brittney Griner, Russia remains to be considered as a viable vacation spot for some U.S. basketball gamers, writes Jonathan Abrams of The New York Times. There are projected to be about 30 American males taking part in Russia this 12 months, which is two times the traditional fee. Those who made the verdict cited the monetary incentives, which come with salaries of greater than $1MM, along side loose housing and automobiles.

“Everybody’s going to say, ‘Why would you go there?’” stated 35-year-old Okay.C. Rivers, who has performed for a number of Russian groups. “But at the end of the day, you still have mouths to feed. You still have family to provide for. And sometimes it is not always the easiest decision, but you have to do what’s best for you. You can’t make decisions based off of what the general society says.”

Female gamers, even the ones within the WNBA, previously considered Russia as an ideal money-making alternative, however that has in large part modified on account of the Griner case. However, those that are nonetheless prepared to shuttle to Russia are discovering provides extra profitable than ever. An agent advised Abrams that Russian groups are paying 50% extra this 12 months to girls and on occasion they triple the salaries presented in different nations.

Here are extra odds and ends from across the basketball globe:

  • The Mexico City Capitanes, who will likely be a full-fledged player within the G League common season for the primary time in 2022/23, have bought the returning rights to NBA veterans Jahlil Okafor and Gary Clark, league assets inform Marc Stein (Twitter hyperlink).
  • Overtime Elite will upload 3 highschool groups for its upcoming season, states Jacob Polacheck of Zagsblog. The methods are Hillcrest Prep (Arizona), Our Saviour Lutheran (New York) and Word of God (North Carolina). The league could have 20 gamers coming back from remaining season, together with Amen Thompson and Ausar Thompson, who’re each projected as top-10 selections within the 2023 draft. The latest addition to Overtime Elite is 7’0″ highschool junior Somto Cyril, who is thought of as some of the 25 absolute best gamers within the Class of 2024, in line with Eric Bossi of 247 Sports.
  • Former Knicks participant Mindaugas Kuzminskas has signed with Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkey, in step with Eurohoops. The 32-year-old small ahead performed for Lithuania all the way through EuroBasket.
  • USA Basketball will resume its Junior National Team minicamp after a two-year absence because of the pandemic, writes Jonathan Givony of ESPN. It will happen October 7-10 in Colorado Springs. “This camp has been an important part of developing our junior national team, and we’re really happy to be back doing it again,” stated Sean Ford, nationwide group director of USA Basketball. “The world is getting better at a faster rate than we are improving, so we need to continue to improve with more camps, continuity and teaching.”

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