Eurohoops picked out ten names that are still available on the market and there are some great opportunities for EuroLeague teams, especially when it comes to the frontcourt
By Eurohoops team/ email@example.com
After the top ten EuroLeague signings of the summer, Eurohoops presents a list of ten players that are still available on the market and would be a valuable addition to any team.
An honorable mention goes to Dragan Bender who is still recovering from his injury. While he is in theory a free agent, Bender is expected to have a new contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv when he is ready to go.
A mention also goes to Kevin Pangos who is waiting for his opportunity in the NBA but has also a safety not in Europe, as a number of teams would gladly take up hi talents, including CSKA Moscow.
Without further ado, the top 10 free agents:
The list starts off with Stefan Jovic but it should be noted that the Serbian guard has been recovering from a muscle rupture he suffered while playing for the national team this summer.
Prior to the national team, Jovic was on the radar of multiple teams including Panathinaikoswhich has been keeping an eye on him for a while.
Jovic spent the previous two seasons with Khimki. Last year, he averaged 4.4 points, 3.8 assists in 23 minutes across 8 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games, seeing limited time and number of games due to injury.
At 34 years old, KC Rivers is far from done. Teams highly value his professionalism, versatility, shooting, and, above all, the experience he garnered during the past decade in EuroLeague and EuroCup with various clubs.
Most recently, Rivers played for Zenit Saint Petersburg which turned heads last season and was on verge of upsetting Barcelona in the playoffs.
He averaged 6.6 points and 2.6 rebounds for the year across 37 EuroLeague and 12 VTB League games.
With Ettore Messina’s Milano project moving on, Michael Roll remained on the sidelines for now in the transfer market and the elite three-point shooter is up for grabs still.
The 34-year-old logged 59 games this past season split between the Italian League and EuroLeague with under 17 minutes of playing time on average.
He was producing 6.3 points for the year but also boasted a high percentage from deep, stopping just under 45%.
It seemed as though Timofey Mozgov’s career will keep to an end when he missed a couple of seasons due to injury, however, the Russian big was set on making his return.
He did so with Khimki for which he played six games in the 2020-21 season with his best performance being 15 points on 7-11 shooting while adding four steals and three rebounds against Lokomotiv in the VTB league.
While it’s not clear if and where Mozgov will continue this upcoming season, the player himself stated that he wishes to play for a few more seasons in an elite-level competition. And there is certainly a number of teams that value the former NBA center.
Another former NBAer that was wearing Khimki’s jersey, Jonas Jerebko spent the past two seasons with the club. However, they didn’t part ways on good terms as Khimki had financial issues, among other things.
Still, Jerebko had more than enough time to display his talents and show that he is a valuable asset for a EuroLeague team.
The Swedish forward averaged 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds over 15 EuroLeague games this past campaign.
Continuing with NBA-experienced players, Tarik Black is the next on the list. Former Lakers big has logged two seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv as well as one with Zenit Saint Petersburg since he moved overseas.
At 29 years old, Black might as well be at the peak of his athleticism and he showcased that a number of times with rebounding, attractive dunks but most importantly on the defensive end under the basket.
Last season, he averaged 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds for Zenit in 18 minutes of playing time. Black received interest from the EuroLeague champions Anadolu Efes while he was competing in the Summer League for the Nuggets.
The younger Dragic brother (32 years old), has always been on the radar of EuroLeague teams with the past seven seasons being the proof of it.
While some may argue that his play lacks consistency, Dragic’s tendency to explode with energy and instantly translate it to the floor off the bench proved invaluable.
He showed the ability to take over games completely and break the opponents, especially if transition play is possible.
However, Dragic’s main reference to the future team will be his recent run with the Slovenian national team in the Olympic qualifiers as well as the event itself. He logged two huge 24 and 27-point games in Tokyo against Japan and Germany respectively.
Quite a solid number of big men are available on the market this summer and Alex Tyus is among them.
The 33-year has eight EuroLeague seasons under his belt and he even reached the top of it in 2014 with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
His most recent stint, however, was with Real Madrid where he saw around 14 minutes of playing time on average.
Tyus was logging 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, over 45 contests in total across the Spanish League and Euroleague.
Kyle O’Quinn is one of the fresh faces in Europe, moving to the Old Continent after eight seasons in the NBA with the Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, and the Philadelphia 76ers.
His debut in EuroLeague was with Fenerbahce and the big man produced 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds over 15 games with 16 minutes of playing time.
Last but not least, Greg Monroe completes the list. Monroe came to Europe with nine years of NBA experience and he added two EuroLeague campaigns to it – with Bayern Munich and Khimki Moscow.
He had an impactful couple of years. He was posting 12.6 points and 6.3 rebounds for Khimki over 15 games in EuroLeague and VTB League, before parting ways with the club at the same time as already-mentioned Jerebko.
Monroe had an offer by Unicaja Malaga after leaving Khimki, however, the American center hasn’t committed to any team since then.