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Friday, August 27, 2010

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bob Weiss will be the new head coach of the Shandong Flaming Bulls

The Shandong Flaming Bulls has found a replacement for the former head coach, XiaoBin Gong. Bob Weiss, in charge of Shanxi Zhongyu since 2008, will take the reign of the Chinese team next season. Shandong will be the second team in China for the 58-year-old American coach, who has also worked as a head coach for several NBA franchises during his career.

SOURCE: Hoop China

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Carlos Suárez prefers to play for Real Madrid

Despite the interest of Regal Barcelona, Carlos Suárez will only leave Asefa Estudiantes to play in the other team of the city, Real Madrid, which has already made an offer for the 24-year-old forward. Estudiantes has now to decide whether to accept the offer from Real Madrid this summer, or keep the player one more year and accept his free leaving at the end of the next season.

SOURCE: El Punt

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hapoel Jerusalem and Sean Williams reach an agreement

As expected, Sean Williams will play next season in Israel. The 23-year-old American forward, who played during two seasons and a half for the New Jersey Nets, has agreed to a deal with Hapoel Jerusalem, and is expected to sign the contract during the next days. The last team of Williams, after playing in China, was the Mets de Guaynabo, in Puerto Rico.

SOURCE: Sport5

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Partizan, targeting Gerald Lee and Jerome Dyson

Partizan is tracking the market for new impornt signings, and could have two rookie players on the radar. The main candidates to land in the Serbian team would be Gerald Lee and Jerome Dyson. Lee, a 22-year-old Finish-American forward, averaged 14.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game during his senior year with the University of Old Dominion, and is also a member of the Finnish national team. Dyson will also start his professional career next season after four years in the University of Connecticut. In the last one, the 23-year-old American guard averaged 17.2 points and 4.2 assists per game.

SOURCE: B92

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Asseco Prokom lands Mike Wilks and Denham Brown

Asseco Prokom has announced two signings for the next season: Mike Wilks and Denham Brown. Wilks moves to Europe after appearing in three games last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, before being released on December by the NBA franchise. The 30-year-old American guard also played shortly during the 2007-08 season for Montepaschi Siena. The other new import signing of the current Polish champion is, as expected, Denham Brown, a 27-year-old Canadian forwar who finished last season in the Philippines with the Barangay Ginebra Kings.

SOURCE: Asseco Prokom

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DKV Joventut signs Jordi Trias to a four-year contract

As expected, Jordi Trias is a new member of DKV Joventut. The Spanish team has officially announced the signing to a four-year contract of the 29-year-old forward. Trias recently parted ways with his club since 2004, Regal Barcelona, where he averaged 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game during the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Penya.com

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Panionios, interested in Leon Williams and Matt Bouldin

Panionios is tracking the market for import signings. The Greek team would be already interested in Leon Williams and Matt Bouldin for the next season. Williams has played during the last two seasons in Turkey, where the 24-year-old American center averaged 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for Erdemispor during the 2009-10 TBL. Boudin, a 22-year-old American guard, is looking for his first professional contract after playing during the last four seasons for the University of Gonzaga, avaraging 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game during his senior year.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Giessen 46ers sign Anthony Smith

After starting his professional career in Spain last season, Anthony Smith moves to Germany. The Giessen 46ers have announced the signing of the 23-year-old American guard for the next season. Smith arrives to his new team after averaging 14.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in the last LEB Oro for CB Cornellà.

SOURCE: Giessen 46ers

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Air Avellino lands Merab Bokolishvili

Air Avellino has officially announced the signing of a young prospect. Merab Bokolishvili is the new player of the Italian team. The 17-year-old Georgian guard, member of the U18 national team, will play for the first time outside his country. Last season, he played for Samedicino.

SOURCE: Scandone Basket

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Olympiakos inks Jamon Lucas

As expected, Jamon Lucas will play next season for Olympiakos.`The Greek team has officially announced the signing of the 26-year-old American guard, who played last season for Maroussi BC. Lucas averaged 9.8 points and 4.1 assists per game in the 2009-10 Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Olympiakos BC

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Union Olimpija inks Goran Jagodnik

Goran Jagodnik will continue his long career in Union Olimpija. The Slovenian team has officially announced the signing of the 36-year-old forward for the next season. Jagodnik, who started playing as a professional in the 1991-92 season, averaged 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League for Hemofarm.

SOURCE: Union Olimpija

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Maccabi Tel Aviv could release Elishay Kadir

Elishay Kadir, signed by Maccabi Tel Aviv two months ago, could leave the Israeli team without playing a single minute. The 22-year-old forward failed to pass the physical test due to an injury in his knees, and Maccabi is considering to release the former player of Galil Gilboa. Kadir could be already negotiating with Hapoel Jerusalem in case he leaves Maccabi.

SOURCE: One

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Unicaja signs Hrvoje Peric to a three-year contract, and could send him on loan to Benetton Treviso

As expected, Hrvoje Peric is already a member of Unicaja. The Spanish team signed the 24-year-old Croatian forward, who averaged 11.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game during the last Adriatic League for KK Zadar, to a three-year contract. Peric, though, won't play next season for Unicaja, and will be send on loan to another European team. Benetton Treviso could be one of his options.

SOURCE: Sur

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Giannis Tsairelis could finally stay in Aris Thessaloniki

Despite the interest of Kavala and Panionios to land Giannis Tsairelis, the 22-year-old center could finally stay next season in Aris Thesslaoniki. Tsairelis, who played last season on loan for Trikala 2000, averaging 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 rebounds per game in the Greek A1 league, would have convinced Sharon Drucker to stay in the roster, though he can be required to reduce his salary.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Sant Josep Girona signs Mateo Kedzo

Mateo Kedzo could continue his career in the Spanish LEB Oro. Sant Josep Girona is close to sign the 25-year-old Croatian forward for the next season. Kedzo would arrive to his new team after finishing last season in Latvia with BK Ventspils, averaging 13.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the Baltic League.

UPDATE: Sant Josep Girona has officially confirmed an agreement with Mateo Kedzo.

SOURCE: El Punt, CB Sant Josep Girona

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Unics Kazan makes an offer to Qyntel Woods

Qyntel Woods could finally move to Russia next season. Unics Kazan has made an important offer to the 29-year-old forward, who has played for Asseco Prokom during the last season and a half. His replacement in the Polish club could be Denham Brown. The 27-year-old forward, member of the Canadian national team, finished last season in the Philippines for Barangay Ginebra Kings, averaging 19.4 points and 14.2 rebounds in five games, and could be close to become a new member of Asseco Prokom.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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Aris Thessaloniki and P.J. Tucker reach a two-year agreement

Aris Thessaloniki has officially announced a verbal agreement with P.J. Tucker, who will be signed to a two-year contract by the Greek club. The 25-year-old American forward will continue his career in Greece after finishing last season in Bnei Hasharon, averaging 17.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in the Israeli Premier League.

SOURCE: Aris BC

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Peristeri, close to landing Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson could start his career in Greece. Peristeri is close to signing the 24-year-old American guard, who has played during the last two seasons for the University of Montana. In his last year, Johnson averaged 19.2 points and 3.0 assists per game for the Grizzlies.

SOURCE: Basketblog

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Zalgiris Kaunas, interested in Sarunas Jasikevicius

Sarunas Jasikevicius won't go back to Panathinaikos after three seasons in the Greek team. The veteran 34-year-old Lithuanian guard, who was on the radar of Maccabi Tel Aviv during the last days, could have also attracted the interest of Zalgiris Kaunas, which could bring Jasikevicius back to his country. The former NBA player would be considering the idea of playing for the Lithuanian team.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Primoz Brezec wants to stay in the NBA

Primoz Brezec is a free agent after his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks expired. The 30-year-old Slovenian center is expecting an offer to stay in the NBA, but could also consider offers to go back to Europe. In that case, Brezec, who averaged 1.4 points and 1.0 rebouns per game for the Bucks last season, would wish to play in Spain

SOURCE: HoopsHype

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PAOK Thessaloniki lands Rawle Marshall

Rawle Marshall will continue his career in Greece. PAOK Thessaloniki has officially announced the signing for the next season of the 27-year-old American forward. Marshall arrives to his new team after finishing last season in France, averaging 9.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in the LNB Pro A league for ASVEL Villeurbanne.

SOURCE: PAOK BC

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Pepinster lands Wink Adams

Pepinster has inked the second American guard in two days. The Belgian team has officially announced the signing of Jovan "Wink" Adams, who will be back to Europe after finishing last season in the Tulsa 66ers. The 25-year-old American guard, who started his professional career in Turkey with Oyak Renault, averaged 7.2 points and 3.6 assists per game in the last D-League.

SOURCE: RBC Verviers Pepinster

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Iraklis, also in the mix to sign Dimos Dikoudis

Dimos Dikoudis is attracting the interest of several Greek teams after being released by Aris Thessaloniki weeks ago. Besides Maroussi BC and AEK Athens, now Iraklis has also contact the veteran 33-year-old center for the next season. Dikoudis averaged 5.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game for Aris during the last A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Giessen 46ers release Walker Russell

Just three weeks after being signed by the Giessen 46ers, Walker Russell was released by the German team. The 27-year-old American guard didn't pass the try-out with the 46ers and is now a free agent. Russell landed in Giessen after finishing last season in Puerto Rico with the Piratas de Quebradillas.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Kavala tabs Vassilis Simtsak

Another new player for Kavala. The Greek team has officially announced the signing for the next season of Vassilis Simtsak. The 29-year-old forward arrives to his new team after playing last season for Trikala 2000, where he averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in the last Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Kavala BC

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Olin Gençlik and Predrag Samardziski reach an agreement

Olin Gençlik has reached an agreement Predrag Samardziski for the next season. The 24-year-old Macedonian center moves to the recently promoted Turkish team after playing during the last five seasons in Serbia for FMP Zeleznik. Samardziski, one of the best players of the Macedonian national team, averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League.

SOURCE: Mixbasket

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Maccabi Tel Aviv, close to signing Jeremy Pargo

Jeremy Pargo will finally be the replacement of Mikhail Torrance in Maccabi Tel Aviv. Both partes are close to reach a one-year, $250.000 agreement, according to the Israeli media. The 24-year-old American guard will continue his career in Israel, after helping Galil Gilboa to win the Premier league last season averaging 14.1 points and 4.5 assists per game.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

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Alba Berlin signs Bryce Taylor to a one-year contract

Bryce Taylor will continue his career in Alba Berlin. The German team has officially announced the signing to a one-year contract (with an early termination option after two months) of the 23-year-old American guard. Taylor arrived last season to Germany to play for Telekom Bonn, where he averaged 12.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in the BBL.

SOURCE: Beko BBL

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FMP Zeleznik, close to bringing back Mile Ilic

Mile Ilic could be back to one of his first teams as a professional. FMP Zeleznik, where Ilic played during the 2002-03 season, is close to signing the 26-year-old center, who finished last season in Metalac. The former NBA player averaged 10.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in the last Serbian Super League.

SOURCE: Mondo

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Maccabi Ashdod lands Josh Carter

Josh Carter will continue his professional career in Israel. Maccabi Ashdod has officially announced the signing of the 21-year-old American guard, who started his professional career last season in EWE Baskets Oldenburg. In the 2009-10 BBL, Carter averaged 7.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game for the German team.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

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Ilisiakos signs David Weaver to a one-year contract

Another rookie player for Ilisiakos. The Greek club has officially announced the signing of David Weaver to a one-year contract. The 22-year-old American center arrives to his new team after averaging 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game during his senior year for the University of Wake Forest.

SOURCE: Ilisiakos

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Lottomatica Roma inks Djordje Drenovac

The promising 18-year-old Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac will continue his career in Italy. Lottomatica Roma has reached an agreement with Drenovac, according to the Serbain media. The forward has played during the last two seasons in Austria for Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions, averaging 8.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the last Bundesliga.

SOURCE: Mondo

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New Orleans Hornets sign Mustafa Shakur

Mustafa Shakur will have another chance in the NBA. The New Orleans Hornets have signed the 26-year-old guard, who finished last season in the Oklahoma City Thunder without appearing in a single game. Shakur also played for the Tulsa 66ers during the 2009-10 season, averaging 19.0 points, 6.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game in the last D-League.

SOURCE: The Times-Picayune

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CB Granada, close to land Paulo Prestes

CB Granada is currently in talks with Unicaja for Paulo Prestes, and the 22-year-old Brazilian center could be close to be loaned to CB Granada next season. Prestes, selected with the 45th overall pick in the last NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, will join his new team after playing last season, also on loan, for CB Murcia.

SOURCE: Sur

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Düsseldorf Giants land Eddie Ard

Eddie Ard is the new signing of the Düsseldorf Giants. The German team has landed the 25-year-old American guard, who is back to Europe after a brief two-game stint in Ukraine. Ard, who finished last season in the Franklin Knights, from the American minor league WBA, also appeared in two games with BC Hoverla last January.

SOURCE: Eurobasket

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Houston Rockets sign Ishmael Smith to a multi-year contract

The Houston Rockets have officially announced the signing of Ishmael Smith to a multi-year contract. The 22-year-old guard is an undrafted rookie after playing during the last four seasons for the University of Wake Forest, where he averaged 13.2 points, 6.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game during his senior year.

SOURCE: NBA.com/Rockets

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Hemofarm, close to sign Jerome Jordan

Jerome Jordan hasn't received an offer from the New York Knicks, the franchise that holds his NBA rights, and will finally start his professional career in Serbia. Hemofarm will be the next team for the 23-year-old Jamaican center, who averaged 15.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game during his senior year with the University of Tulsa.

SOURCE: Novosti

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Charlotte Bobcats sign Kwame Brown to a one-year contract

Kwame Brown will continue his career in the Charlotte Bobcats. The NBA franchise has signed the 28-year-old center to a one-year contract. Brown, a former No.1 overall draft pick, was a free agent after two years in the Detroit Pistons, averaging 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Cholet signs DeMarcus Nelson

DeMarcus Nelson will continue his career in France. The current champion of the LNB ProA league, Cholet Basket, has announced the signing of the 25-year-old American guard to a one-year contract. Nelson, a former player of the Golden State Warriors, played last season in Italy for Air Avellino, averaging 8.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in the Lega A.

SOURCE: Cholet Basket

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BC Donetsk lands J.K. Edwards

J.K. Edwards, who was recently on the radar of Aris Thessaloniki, will finally play next season in Ukraine, according to the French media. The 26-year-old American forward, who has played during his entire career as professional in France, has accepted an offer from BC Donetsk. In the last LNB, Edwards averaged 14.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for Gravelines Dunkerque, his team since 2008.

SOURCE: La Voix des Sports

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Maccabi Tel Aviv, also considering Jeremy Pargo to replace Mikhail Torrance

Jeremy Pargo has emerged as a more economic option than Sarunas Jasikevicius to replace Mikhail Torrance, currently recovering from a collapse during a practice, in the roster of Maccabi Tel Aviv for the next season. The 24-year-old American guard started his professional career last season in Israel, helping Galil Gilboa to win the national league.

SOURCE: One

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Oldenburg tabs Obi Muonelo

Obi Muonelo will start his professional career. EWE Baskets Oldenburg has offically announced the signing to a one-year contract of the 20-year-old Nigerian guard. Muonelo arrives to his new team after playing during the last four seasons for the University of Oklahoma State, averaging 13.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game during his senior year.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Goran Dragic denies any intention of going back to Europe next summer

Goran Dragic doesn't want to be back to Europe until he considers his NBA career is over. The 24-year-old Slovenian guard, currently playing for the Phoenix Suns, told via email that it was a misunderstanding, and that he wanted to say that he would only be back to Europe to end his career as a professional basketball player.

SOURCE: AZ Central

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Pepinster signs Gerrit Major

After missing the second half of the last season due to an injury, Gerrit Major will play next season for Pepinster. The Belgian team has signed the 30-year-old guard, who played just nine games last season for Spirou Charleroi, averaging 1.6 points and 1.4 assists per game.

SOURCE: RBC Verviers-Pepinster

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VEF Riga brings Kristaps Janicenoks back to Latvia

After playing during the last season and a half in the Italian LegaDue for Umana Reyer, Kristaps Janicenoks is back to Latvia. VEF Riga has announced the signing of the 27-year-old forward. Janicenoks arrives to his new team after averaging 14.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in the last LegaDue.

SOURCE: VEF Riga

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BC Siauliai lands Roman Gomenyuk

BC Siauliai has landed another prospect. The Lithuanian team has officially announced the signing to a multi-year contract of Roman Gomenyuk. The 22-year-old Ukrainian center played last season in his country for BC Kyiv and BC Odessa, appearing in just nine games during the Super League.

SOURCE: BC Siauliai

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Ikaros Esperos, close to sign Ben Jacobson

Ben Jacobson will become the new import signing of Ikaros Esperos. The recently promoted Greek team is close to land the 26-year-old American guard for the next season. Jacobson has played during the last three seasons for BG Göttingen, averaging 8.7 points and 3.2 assists per game in the 2009-10 BBL.

SOURCE: Basketblog

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Nevezis inks Blaz Cesnar

Blaz Cesnar will continue his career in the Baltic League. Nevezis has signed the 24-year-old Slovenian center, who played last season for Valmiera. Cesnar averaged 12.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in the 2009-10 Baltic League for the Latvian team, being one of the best centers of the competition.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

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CB Granada signs Mamadou Samb to a four-year contract

As expected, Mamadou Samb is officially a member of CB Granada. The Spanish club has announced the signing to a four-year contract (with an early termination option in the second year) of the 20-year Senegalese-Spanish center. Samb will play next season in the ACB league after averaging 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in the LEB Oro for CB Cornellà, the affiliated team of Regal Barcelona.

SOURCE: ACB.com

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Galatasaray inks Preston Shumpert

As expected, Preston Shumpert will play next season for Galatasaray. The Turkish team has officially announced the signing of the 30-year-old American forward, a free agent after being released by Efes Pilsen a couple of months ago, after two seasons in the team. In the 2009-10 TBL, Shumpert averaged 11.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Galatasaray

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Pablo Aguilar will play next season for CAI Zaragoza

As expected, CAI Zaragoza will land Pablo Aguilar on loan next season. The recently promoted team has reached an agreement with the 21-year-old forward and with Real Madrid, his current team. Aguilar, who averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last ACB league, was playing since 2008 for CB Granada.

SOURCE: Diario Equipo

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Aris Thessaloniki, interested in Ndudi Ebi

Aris Thessaloniki is targeting a former NBA player for the next season. According to the Greek media, Ndudi Ebi is on the radar of Aris. The 26-year-old Nigerian forward, who played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, would arrive from the Italian LegaDue, where Ebi averaged 15.3 points and 13.6 rebounds per game for Rimini.

SOURCE: Athilitika Nea

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Caja Laboral, interested in Carlos Cabezas

Carlos Cabezas could be back to the ACB league. The 29-year-old Spanish guard is under contract with Khimki, where he arrived last summer, but the Russian team already told him to find another team. Caja Laboral has already shown interest for Cabezas, who averaged 6.2 points and 3.1 assists per game in the last Russian Superleague, though the Spanish team hasn't made any offer yet. In case both parts reach an agreement, Unicaja would have the right to match the offer.

SOURCE: Noticias de Álava

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Wollongong Hawks land Tyler Demos

Tyler Demos will continue his career in his city. The Wollongong Hawks have signed the 22-year-old Australia guard, who has played during the last three seasons in the NBL for the Gold Coast Blaze. In the 2009-10 season, Demos averaged 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: NBL.co.au

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sarunas Jasikevicius won't continue in Panathinaikos

Thanasis Giannakopoulos, co-owner of Panathinaikos, confirmed that Sarunas Jasikevicius won't be re-signed by the Greek team. According to Giannakopoulos, the coach Zeljko Obradovic is not interested in keeping the 34-year-old Lithuanian guard, who has played for Panathinaikos since 2007. Maccabi has shown interest in bringing back Jasikevicius, who played for the Israeli team from 2003 to 2005.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Peristeri, close to sign Manolis Papamakarios

Finally, Manolis Papamakarios will be back to his first team as a professional. Peristeri is close to announce the signing of the 29-year-old guard, who has played during the last two seasons for Panellinios. In the 2009-10 A1 league, Pampamakarios averaged 7.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Basketblog

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Dexia Mons lands Ben McCauley

Ben McCauley will continue his career in Belgium. Dexia Mons has officially announced the signging of the 23-year-old American center for the next season. McCauley started his career as a professional in France last season, averaging 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for Strasbourg.

SOURCE: Dexia Mons-Hainaut

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Maccabi Tel Aviv, again interested in Sarunas Jasikevicius

One of the new signings of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Mikhail Torrance, collapsed during a practice and is currently in "critical but stable" condition. The Israeli team is already looking for a replacement for Torrance, and has reactived the interest for a former player, Sarunas Jasikevicius, and has already contacted him. The veteran 34-year-old Lithuanian guard, though, still wants to re-sign with Panathinaikos.

SOURCE: NBA Fanhouse, One, Prasina Nea

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Strasbourg inks John McCord and Pervis Pasco

As expected, John McCord is back to Strasbourg, where he played from 2004 to 2008. The French team has officially announced the signing of the veteran 37-year-old American-British forward for the next season. McCord, who arrives from Limoges CSP, is not the only new player of Strasbourg. The club has also landed Pervis Pasco, who will play for the first time in France. The 30-year-old American center averaged 6.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in the last Lega A for Angelico Biella.

SOURCE: SIG Basket

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Benetton could release Davor Kus

Benetton Treviso wants to release Davor Kus before the next season, despite having a contract until 2011. The Italian club wants to sign a power forward to take the place of the 32-year-old Croatian guard, who arrived last summer to Benetton Treviso. In the 2009-10 Lega A, Kus averaged 11.7 points and 2.8 assists per game.

SOURCE: Corriere dello Sport (.pdf)

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Lottomatica Roma, close to sign Charles Smith

Charles Smith could be back to Italy five years after leaving Scavolini Pesaro. A expected, Lottomatica Roma is close to land the 35-year-old American guard, a free agent after being released by Efes Pilsen days ago. The former NBA player averaged 12.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in the last TBL.

SOURCE: Corriere dello Sport (.pdf)

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Menorca Bàsquet extends Caio Torres' contract

Finally, Menorca Bàsquet has decided to complete the frontcourt of the team keeping Caio Torres in the roster. The Spanish team has announced the re-signing of the 23-year-old Brazilian center, in Menorca since 2009, who averaged 10.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last LEB Oro, helping his team to promote to the ACB league.

SOURCE: Menorca Bàsquet

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Kavala and Kelvin Lewis reach an agreement

Kelvin Lewis will play in Greece. Kavala and the 22-year-old American guard are reported to have reached an agreement for the next season. Lewis will start his professional career in the Greek team after three years in the University of Houston, averaging 15.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

UPDATE: Kavala has made official the signing of Kelvin Lewis for the next season

SOURCE: Basketblog, Kavala BC

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Chris Oakes will finally play for BK Ventspils next season

Chris Oakes has finally decided to accept the one-year offer from BK Ventspils to play in Latvia next season. The 22-year-old American center agreed initially to sign a contract with Radnicki, but wasn't happy with the one-week try-out that the Serbian team wanted him to pass. In Ventspils, Oakes will start his professional career after averaging 10.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game during his senior year with the University of San Jose State.

SOURCE: Sportski Zurnal

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Martynas Mazeika, considering offers from Neptunas, and also from German and Italian teams

Neptunas is interested in bringing back Martynas Mazeika for the next season, and has made an offer to him, according to the 25-year-old guard, who started his professional career in the Lithuanian club. Mazeika finished last season in AEK Athens, averaging 4.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in the Greek A1 league, and is also considering offers from Germany and Italy.

SOURCE: Basketnews.lt

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Panionios reaches an agreement with Giorgos Tsiaras and Marquis Hall

Panionios is close to land two new players for the next season. The Greek team would have reached an agreement with Giorgos Tsiaras. The 28-year-old forward finished last season in the Czech Republic after leaving PAOK Thessaloniki to play for CEZ Nymburk. On the other hand, Panionios is also close to sign Marquis Hall, from the University of Lehigh, to a two-year contact with an option to an extra year.

SOURCES: Basketnet, Basketnet

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Spirou Charleroi lands Tornike Shengelia, who will be sent on loan to Pepinster

Tornike Shengeila will continue his career in Belgium. Spirou Charleroi has signed the 18-year-old forward, who played last season for BC Sunny Delight, the affiliated team of Power Electronics Valencia, averaging 15.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in the EBA league. Shengeila will be sent on loan to Pepinster next season

SOURCE: Sport.be

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BC Siauliai inks Vitali Liutych

BC Siaulai has landed one of the most promising Belarusian prospects, Vitali Liutych. The Lithuanian club has officially announced the signing of 18-year-old forward to a multi-year contract. Liutych, who averaged 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in the last European Championship with his U19 national team, arrives from Vitalyur, a team from the Belarusian league

SOURCE: BC Siauliai

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Peristeri, close to sign Nikos Argyropoulos

Peristeri is close to land another player for the next season. The Greek team is in advanced talks with Nikos Argyropoulos, who could even reach an agreement with Peristeri this weekend. The 32-year-old guard has played for Aris Thessaloniki since 2008, averaging 1.1 points and 0.7 rebounds per game in the last Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketblog

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Pepinster brings in Armand Kabeya

Armand Kabeya is back to Belgium. Pepinster has officially announced the signing of the 22-year-old forward, who played last season in the Spanish EBA league for Lleida Bàsquet. Kabeya, who averaged 3.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, started his professional career in Belgacom Liège.

SOURCE: RBC Verviers Pepinster

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CB Granada lands Mamadou Samb

As expected, Mamadou Samb will play next season in the ACB league for CB Granada. The Spanish team has announced that the 20-year-old Spanish-Senegalese center will arrive on Sunday to Granada to sign a contract. Samb arrives to his new team after averaging 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in the last LEB Oro for CB Cornellà, the affiliated team of Regal Barcelona.

SOURCE: CB Granada

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Maroussi BC inks Ron Slay

Maroussi BC has announced a new player for the next season. The Greek team has signed Ron Slay to a one-year contract. The 29-year-old American forward has played during the last years in the Italian league. In the 2009-10 season, Slay averaged 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for Cimberio Varese in the Lega A.

SOURCE: Maroussi BC

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Goran Dragic could be back to Europe in 2011

The contract of Goran Dragic with the Phoenix Suns expires next summer (with a team option to extend it for one more season). The 24-year-old guard, currently playing for the Slovenian national team, doesn't rule out the possibility of going back to Europe, and showed interest in playing for a Greek team. Dragic averaged 7.9 points and 2.9 assists per game last season for the Suns.

SOURCE: Superbasket

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CB Granada, interested in Paulo Prestes to replace Ludovic Vaty

CB Granada is looking for a new center after withdrawing the offer from Ludovic Vaty due to an injury. The Spanish team has reactivated the option to land Paulo Prestes, who will be send on loan by Unicaja one more time after playing last season for CB Murcia. Asefa Estudiantes and Menorca Bàsquet are the other candidates to sign the 22-year-old Brazilian center, who averaged 9.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Ideal

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Saulius Kuzminskas denies an agreement with BC Donetsk

Despite the announcement of Trefl Sopot about the signing of his former player Saulius Kuzminskas with BC Donetsk, the 28-year-old Lithuanian center has denied any agreement with the Ukrainian tema. Kuzminskas, who averaged 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in the last PLK, just admitted talks with Donetsk.

SOURCE: Basketnews.lt

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Radniki and Chris Oakes reach a one-year agreement

Chris Oakes will start his career in Serbia. The 22-year-old American center and Radnicki have agreed to a one-year deal, though he will have to pass a ten-day try-out before signing the contract. Oakes arrives to Europe after playing during the last three seasons for the University of San Jose State averaging 10.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game during his senior year.

SOURCE: Sportski Zurnal

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Pistoia Basket lands Joseph Forte

Despite the interest from Iraklis to land Joseph Forte, the 29-year-old American guard will continue his career in the Italian LegaDue. Pistoia Basket has announced the signing of Forte for the next season. The former NBA player averaged 20.8 points and 4.2 assists per game last season for Edimes Pavia, also in the LegaDue.

SOURCE: Pistoia Basket

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Anwil Wloclawek tabs D.J. Thompson

D.J. Thompson is back to Poland. Anwil Wloclawek has signed the 25-year-old American guard for the next season, according to the Polish media. Thompson, who played for AZS Koszalin during the 2007-08 season, averaged in the last one 10.8 points and 2.5 assists per game for Antalya in the TBL.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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Panionios, also interested in Giannis Tsairelis

Giannis Tsairelis, who played last season on loan for Trikala 2000, will probably leave his current club, Aris Thessaloniki. Two teams have shown interest in the 22-year-old center: Kavala and Panionios, which wants to land Tsairelis as a free agent, and not loaned. In the last Greek A1 league Tsairelis averaged 4.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per game for Trikala 2000.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Orleans tabs Maleye N'Doye

As expected, Orleans has announced the signing of Maleye N'Doye. The 29-year-old Senegalese forward, who played during the last two seasons for Le Mans, will be in his new team for a try-out until September. If Orleans decides him to stay in the team, he will replace Sean Marshall, who could be released due to a herniated disc.

SOURCES: Entente Orléanaise, Catch and Shoot

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Maroussi BC signs Lefteris Akepsemaidis to a three-year contract

Another acquisition for Maroussi BC. The Greek team has signed Lefteris Akepsemaidis to a three-year contract. The 25-year-old guard arrives to his new team after playing last season for Iraklis, averaging 3.1 points and 1.3 assists per game. Maroussi has also decided not to keep Fanis Koumpouras, who arrived last January. The 26-year-old guard will have to find a new team.

SOURCES: Superbasket, Maroussi BC

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VEF Riga signs Artsiom Parakhouski

Despite the reports from Greece about a possible agreement between Aris Thessaloniki and Atrsion Parakhouski, the 22-year-old Belarussian center will finally play in VEF Riga. The Latvian team has announced the signing of Parakohuski, who arrives to Europe from the University of Radford.

SOURCE: Sporta Centrs

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BC Odessa lands Gary Buchanan

After two years in Argentina Gary Buchanan is back to Ukraine. BC Odessa ha officially announced the signing of the 30-year-old American guard. Buchanan arrives to his new team after averaging 10.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game for Juventud Sionista, his last team in Argentina.

SOURCE: Ukr Basket

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Ludovic Vaty won't play for CB Granada

CB Granada has officially announced that Ludovic Vaty won't finally play for CB Granada next season, despite the agreement between both parts. According to the Spanish club, the 21-year-old French center is suffering an injury in his right ankle that forced Granada to withdraw the contract offer to Vaty, who arrived from Orleans.

SOURCE: CB Granada

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Paul Pierce wants to finish his career in Italy or Greece

Paul Pierce signed a four-year contract with the Boston Celtics weeks ago, but the 32-year-old forward doesn't plan to end his career when the new deal expires. The MVP of the 2008 NBA Finals has admitted that he wants to play in Europe before retiring. Pierce wants to go either Italy or Greece for a yerar.

SOURCE: CSN Philly

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Periklis Dorkofikis and Akis Kallininkidis agree to extend their contract with AEK Athens

Despite the interest from Panionios and Kavala for Periklis Dorkofikis, the 29-year-old forward won't leave AEK Athens. Both parts have agreed to extend the contract of Dorkofikis, who arrived to the Greek team in 2008. In the last A1 league, Dorkofikis averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.


UPDATE: Akis Kallininkidis, who was also on the radar of Kavala, has agreed too to extend his contract with AEK for two-more years.

SOURCE: Basketnet, Basketnet

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Aris Thessaloniki, close to sign Artsiom Parakhouski

After being on the radar of Vanoli Cremona weeks ago, Artsiom Parakhouski could finally start his professional career in Greece. Aris Thessaloniki is close to reach an agreement with the 22-year-old Belarusian center, who has played during the last four seasons in the United States. Parakhouski averaged 21.4 points and 13.4 rebounds per geme for the University of Radford during the 2009-10 season.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Angelico Biella lands Jonathan Tavernari

Angelico Biella has officially announced the signing to a multi-year contract of Jonathan Tavernari. The 23-year-old Brazilian forward, who will be probably sent on loan by the Italian club next season, arrives from the University of Brigham Young, where he averaged 10.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game during his senior year. Angelico Biella is also reported to be close to land Marco Lagana. The young 17-year-old guard left Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia, and could continue his career in the Lega A team.

SOURCES: Pallacanestro Biella, L'Informazione di Reggio Emilia

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The agent of Andrius Alexandrovas denies any agreement with BC Odessa

Despite the reports from Lithuania about an agreement between Andrius Alexandrovas and BC Odessa, the agent of the 24-year-old guard has denied that the player has signed with the Ukrainian team. Alexandrovas, who averaged 20.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season for Alytus, is still a free agent.

SOURCE: Basketnews.lt

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Oyak Renault signs Charles Garcia to a one-year contract

Oyak Renault has landed a new import player for the next season. The Turkish team has signed to a one-year contract Charles Garcia, a 21-year-old American forward. Garcia arrives to Turkey after playing last season for the University of Seattle, averaging 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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Ironi Ashkelon brings back Rahshon Turner

After playing last season in Spain, Rahshon Turner is back to Ironi Ashkelon. The Israeli team has signed the veteran 35-year-old American forward for the next season. Turner was a free agent after being released by Menorca Bàsquet, where he arrived after playing during the 2008-09 season for Ironi Ashkelon. In the last LEB Oro, Turner averaged 10.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season, helping his former team to promote to the ACB league.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

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Milwaukee Bucks sign Earl Boykins to a one-year, $1.3 million contract

The Milwaukee Bucks have inked a veteran point guard for the next season. Earl Boykins was signed to a one-year, $1.3 million contract by the NBA franchise. The 34-year-old guard lands in his new team after playing last season for the Washington Wizards, averaging 7.5 points and 2.9 assists per game.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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Buducnost signs Vladimir Mihailovic to a three-year contract

Buducnost has landed one of the most interesting Montenegrin prospect. The current champion of the national league has signed Vladimir Mihailovic to a three-year contract. The 20-year-old guard arrives to his new team after starting his professional career in Mornar Bar, averaging 8.7 points and 1.6 assists per game in the last Balkan League.

SOURCE: Euroleague

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Kavala, in talks with Akis Kallinikidis

Akis Kallinikidis is the new target of Kavala for the next season. The veteran 32-year-old forward played last season for AEK Athens, averaging 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in the last Greek A1 league. Kavala has already made an offer to Kallinikidis, and the agreement could arrive soon.

SOURCE: Basketblog

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Trefl Sopot lands Darko Cohadarevic for a try-out

After playing during the last four seasons in the United States, Darko Cohadarevic is back to Europe. Trefl Sopot has officially announced the signing of the 24-year-old Serbian forward for a try-out. Cohadarevic arrives from the University of Texas Tech, where he averaged 6.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Trefl Sopot

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AEK Athens, in talks with DeJuan Collins

AEK Athens could land DeJuan Collins next season. The Greek team is in talks to land the veteran 34-year-old American guard, who played last season for Kavala. Before being released in April, Collins averaged 12.8 points and 3.3 assists per game in the last Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Orleans could release Sean Marshall due to an injury

Sean Marshall, signed a couple of months ago by Orleans from JDA Dijon, could be released without playing a single game for the French team. The 25-year-old American forward has a herniated disc, and Orleans could decide to release him and sign another player. The main candidate would be Maleye N'Doye, the 30-year-old Senegalese forward who has played during the last two seasons for Le Mans.

SOURCE: Basketnews.net

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Iraklis, interested in Joseph Forte

Joseph Forte could be back to Greece next season. Iraklis, recently promoted to the A1 league, is interested in signing the 29-year-old American guard, who played last season in Italy for Edimes Pavia, averaging 20.8 points and 4.2 assists per game. The former NBA player was also one of the top scorers of the Greek league during the 2005-06 season for Apollon Patras.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Matrixx Magixx inks Zaire Taylor

Zaire Taylor will start his professional career in the Netherlands. Matrixx Magixx has signed the 23-year-old American guard for the next season. Taylor arrives to his new team after playing during the last two seasons in the University of Missouri, averaging 8.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game during his senior year.

SOURCE: iBasketball

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Peristeri lands Dimitris Papanikolaou

As expected, Dimitris Papanikolaou will play next season for Peristeri. The Greek club has signed the 33-year-old forward, who arrives to his new team from Panionios. The former player of Olympiakos and Panathinaikos averaged 7.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in the last Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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BC Donetsk lands Saulius Kuzminskas

The new project of BC Donetsk has another player. Trefl Sopot has announced that Saulius Kuzminskas, who played last season for the Polish team, hasn't accepted the extension offer to sign a contract with BC Donetsk. The 28-year-old Lithuanian center averaged 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in the last PLK.

SOURCE: Trefl Sport

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Union Olimpija signs Suad Sehovic to a one-year contract

Union Olimpija has announced the first new player for the upcoming season. The Slovenian club has signed Suad Sehovic to a one-year contract. The Montenegrin 23-year-old guard arrives to the Euroleague team after playing during his entire career as a professional for Bosna Sarajevo, averaging 13.7 points and 5.4 assists per game in the 2009-10 Adriatic League.

SOURCE: Union Olimpija

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Phoenix Hagen lands Jacob Burtschi for a try-out

The new player of Phoenix Hagen arrives from the American Air Force. The German team has signed Jacob Burtschi to a four-week try-out, to evaluate his signing for the next season. The 26-year-old forward played for the Air Force team from 2003 to 2007, and has been commited with the military institution until now. Burtschi will start a professional career as a basketball player in Germany.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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PAOK Thessaloniki signs Georgios Dedas and Giorgios Apostolidis

PAOK Thessaloniki has announced two new signings for the new season, Georgios Dedas and Giorgios Apostolodis. Dedas arrives from the Spanish LEB Oro, where the 30-year-old forward averaged 4.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game for Cáceres 2016. On the other hand, Apostolodis is back to PAOK, where he started his professional career. Last season, the 26-year-old guard posted 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in the Greek A1 league for Trikala 2000.

SOURCES: PAOK BC, PAOK BC

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Oldenburg lands Nemanja Protic

EWE Baskets Oldenburg has landed another player for the next season. The German team announced the signing to a one-year contract, to an option for an extra year, of Nemanja Protic. The 22-year-old Serbian guard arrives from FMP Zeleznik, where he averaged 11.8 points and 2.1 assists per game during the last Adriatic League.

SOURCE: EWE Baskets

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Baloncesto Fuenlabrada signs Kristaps Valters to a one-year contract

As expected, Kristaps Valters is back to his former team. Just a few hours after leaving DKV Joventut, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada has officially announced the signing of the 28-year-old Latvian guard, who played during the 2008-09 season for the Spanish team. In the last ACB league, Valters avergaed 7.5 points and 4.3 assists per game.

SOURCE: Baloncesto Fuenlabrada

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Maroussi BC signs Sotiris Karapostolou to a one-year contract

As expected, Sotiris Karastopolou will continue his career in Maroussi BC. The Greek team has officially announced the signing to a one-year contract of the 32-year-old guard, who played last season for Iraklis, helping his team to promote to the A1 league. In the A2 division, Karapostolou averaged 10.0 points and 3.0 assists per game.

SOURCE: Maroussi BC

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DKV Joventut and Kristaps Valters part ways

As expected, Kristaps Valters won't play for DKV Joventut next season. Both parts have agreed to terminate the contract, which expired in 2011, of the 28-year-old Latvian guard, who arrived last season to the Spanish team. Valters will probably be back next season to Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, where he already played during the 2008-09 season. In the last ACB league, Valters averaged 7.5 points and 4.3 assists per game.

SOURCE: Penya.com

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Maccabi Tel Aviv, interested in Chris Quinn

Another NBA player on the radar of Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Israeli club could be considering to sign Chris Quinn for the next season. The 26-year-old American guard, who averaged 2.5 points and 1.3 assists per game last season, is a free agent after his contract with the New Jersey Nets expired this summer. Maccabi could be also close to announce the extension of Doron Perkins, who would stay in the Israeli team one more season.

SOURCE: Sport5

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Gravelines Dunkerque signs Jeff Greer to a one-year contract

After three seasons in SLUC Nancy, Jeff Greer will continue his career in Gravelines Dunkerque. The French team has announced the signing to a one-year contract of the 29-year-old American-Dominican guard. In the last LNB, Greer averaged 13.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for Nancy.

SOURCE: BCM Gravelines

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Mamadou Samb could be signed this week by CB Granada

According to the coach of CB Granada, Trifón Poch, Mamadou Samb could arrive to the Spanish club next weekend, through the deal is not done yet. The 20-year-old Spanish-Senegalese center has played since 2007 for CB Cornellà, the affiliated team of Regal Barcelona, and averaged 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in the last LEB Oro.

SOURCE: Piratas del Basket

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Ilisiakos signs Ben Smith to a two-year contract

Ben Smith will start his professional career in Greece. Ilisiakos has officially announced the signing of the 22-year-old American guard to a two-year contract. Smith lands in his new team after playing during the last four seasons for the University of Jacksonville, averaging 19.8 points and 3.6 assists per game in his senior year.

SOURCE: Ilisiakos

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Panionios, also interested in Periklis Dorkofikis

Periklis Dorkofikis is in talks with AEK Athens to extend his contract, but both parts haven't reached an agreement yet. The 29-year-old forward, who was also on the radar of Kavala, will also negotiate his possible signing with Panionios for the next season. Dorkofikis averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in the last A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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New Zealand Breakers sign Gary Wilkinson

Gary Wilkinson will play next season in the Australian NBL. The New Zealand Breakers have announced the signing of the 27-year-old American forward, who started his professional career last season. His last team was Peristeri, where he averaged 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game before leaving the team in March.

SOURCE: NBL.co.au

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Maroussi, interested in Roderick Blackney

Maroussi BC is trying to bring back to the team Roderick Blackney. The 33-year-old American guard, who has also attracted the interest of Aris Thessaloniki, is on the radar of the team he played for between 2003 and 2006. Blackney, who played last season also in Greece for Panellinios, averaged 12.1 points and 2.4 assists per game in the last A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketblog

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Juventus tabs Aurimas Kieza

Aurimas Kieza is back to his country. Juventus has announced the signing of the 27-year-old Lithuanian forward, who finished last season in the LegaDue. Kieza, who also played for Suduva and Keravnos, in Cyprus before moving to Italy, averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game for Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia.

SOURCE: Utenos Juventus

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Peristeri, also interested in Manolis Papamakarios

Manolis Papamakarios keeps attracting the interest of several teams after his contract with Panellinios has expired. Peristeri also wants to bring him back for the next season. The 29-year-old guard, who started his professional career in Peristeri, averaged 7.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in the last Greek A1 league for Panellinios.

SOURCE: Basketblog

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Düsseldorf Giants inks Patrick Wischnewski, DeAndre Haynes and Rocky Hampton

The Düsseldorf Giants have made three new American signings for the next season. The German team has landed Patrick Wischnewski, a 23-year-old guard from the German Pro A team Cuxhaven BasCats; DeAndre Haynes, a 26-year-old guard who played last season for Paderborn, and Rocky Hampton, a 22-year-old forward from the University of Biola.

SOURCE: Der Wersten

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Ikaros Esperos signs Pat Carroll

As expected, Pat Carroll will continue his career in Greece. Ikaros Esperos, recently promoted to the A1 league, has announced the signing of the 27-year-old American forward for the next season. Carroll is back to Europe, where he played during several years, after averaging 11.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in the last D-League for the Iowa Energy.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Spirou Charleroi and Joseph Gomis reach a one-year agreement

Joseph Gomis will play next season in Belgium. Spirou Charleroi has officially announced a one-year agreement with the 32-year-old French guard, a free agent after being released by Unicaja a couple of months ago. Gomis just played eight games in the last ACB league due to an Achilles tendon injury, and his definitive signing for Spirou Charleroi is still pending Gomis passing the physical tests.

SOURCE: Spirou Basket

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Union Olimpija brings in Damir Markota for a try-out

Damir Markota, a free agent after being released by Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, could play next season for Union Olimpija. The 24-year-old Croatian forward, who averaged 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in the last ACB league, will land in the Slovenian club for a try-out during the next weeks to evaluate his possible signing.

SOURCE: Zurnal24

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