Rockets rookie Chandler Parsons will play basketball in France

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Houston Rockets rookie forward Chandler Parsons will reportedly play in France during the NBA lockout.

According to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated (via Twitter), “Houston rookie forward Chandler Parsons will be signing with Cholet in France, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein. The 38th pick out of Florida had reportedly turned down a chance to play in France just three weeks ago. Parsons’ deal is guaranteed for two months, with an opt-out that starts on October 3 in case the NBA lockout ends.”

Per Amick: “They’re a really good team (with) terrific history,” Parsons’ agent Mark Bartelstein said. “They’ve won the French League the last couple years and are trying to qualify for the Euroleague right now.”

Parsons is a 6-10, 220-pound forward who went to college at Florida.

DeJuan Blair will play basketball in Russia

Dejuan Blair

San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair has signed to play with Russia’s Krasnye Krylya Samara for the 2011-12 season, his agent told Yahoo! Sports on Friday.

Because he’s under contract with the Spurs, Blair’s deal has an out clause that allows him to return to the NBA this season should the league-imposed lockout ends, said his agent, Happy Walters…

Krasnye Krylya’s roster for the 2011-12 season includes two former NBA players, Jarvis Hayes and Joe Alexander.

— Reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports

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Rasho Nesterovic is retiring from basketball

Rasho Nesterovic after 17 years of career as pro and 12 years in the NBA announced his retirement from played basketball. “I really think that my career is over. After 17 years as pro and a lot of injuries I decided to retire. It is my own decision, if I cannot be at 100% it is better for me to do something else” said Nesterovic who spent last season in Greece with Olympiacos. “I don’t think I will be a coach, it is better to work with children. They really listen you and are full of enthusiasm” added The Slovenian big man.

— Reported by

Tony Ronzone out as Minnesota Timberwolves assistant GM

With the NBA lockout ongoing, the main official NBA news revolves around overseas signings or NBA team front office changes.

The latest management moves comes out of Minnesota.

Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:

Timberwolves assistant general manager Tony Ronzone has left the organization.

Known for his international-scouting connections, he was hired in spring 2010 just about the time Fred Hoiberg was headed for Iowa State’s head-coaching job and had a voice in personnel moves that included drafting Wes Johnson and Derrick Williams as well as trading away Al Jefferson, acquiring Michael Beasley and re-signing center Darko Milicic.

The Wolves, through a spokesman, said they and Ronzone mutually have agreed to part ways and wished him good luck.

Ronzone coordinated workouts and was the franchise’s public face in preparations for the June draft.

The Timberwolves had the worst record in the NBA last season, finishing with 17 wins and 65 losses.

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