NBA News and Update – September 21, 09

4 Teams Interested in Walker?

Utah Jazz to add Dupree to camp roster

Gasol, Spain beat Serbia to win Eurobasket title

4 Teams Interested in Walker?

Antoine Walker has been in contact with four teams and expects to get a non-guaranteed deal prior to training camp.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated bumped into Walker while covering Saturday night’s Mayweather-Marquez fight in Las Vegas.

"Just bumped into Antoine Walker at the MGM, says he is talking to four teams and plans on being in a camp on a non-guaranteed deal next week," Mannix wrote on his Twitter page.

Utah Jazz to add Dupree to camp roster

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A small forward who has apparently been on the radar of the Utah Jazz’s front office for years — and who could possibly be a roster fill-in for Matt Harpring — will accept an invitation to participate in the team’s fall training camp.

And the Ronald Dupree camp believes the 6-foot-7, 209-pound athlete has a chance of earning a roster spot on the NBA team that plays just up the road from where the former Utah Flash standout spent part of last year’s D-League season.

"We haven’t signed anything official yet," agent Mark Bartelstein said, "but that’s the plan is for him to come to camp … and try to make the team."

That could happen, Bartelstein said, whether or not Harpring ends up playing in Utah again, too.

"We think there’s still going to be opportunities," Bartelstein said. "We hope Matt’s healthy. He’s had a great career and hope he gets back to playing. But that’s not going to affect Ron’s decision."

Dupree has bounced around the NBA and the D-League since a productive career at Louisiana State University, where he ranks among the school’s all-time scoring and rebounding leaders.

Gasol, Spain beat Serbia to win Eurobasket title


Pau Gasol(notes) had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead world champion Spain to a 85-63 win over Serbia in the final of the European basketball championship Sunday.

The victory gave Spain its first European title after six runner-up finishes, including a one-point loss two years ago to Russia in front of its home crowd.

The Spaniards dominated from the start at both ends of the court, playing pressure man-to-man defense and getting out on the break for easy baskets to take a 15-point first quarter lead. Serbia never recovered.

Gasol, a star with the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, scored down low and blocked three shots on his way to winning the tournament MVP honors.

“It was a great game, and obviously we won the final that we lost twice before this year, so I’m extremely happy and it’s an unforgettable day for us,” Gasol said. “We just worked so hard to win this championship and I’m just super proud of my teammates.”

Guard Rudy Fernandez chipped in with 13 points for Spain, while Uros Tripkovic led Serbia with 15 points.

“We lost the first half, and probably the game was finished,” Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic said. “The Spanish team was better and they deserved absolutely this title.”

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