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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CSKA Moscow, in talks with Boban Marjanovic

Boban Marjanovic decided days ago to leave Hemofarm, and play outside Serbia for the first time in his career. The main candidate to land the 21-year-old center could be CSKA Moscow, which is reported to be already in talks to sign Marjanovic next season, according to the Serbian media. Marjanovic averaged 9.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in the last Adriatic League for Hemofarm.

SOURCE: Mondo

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Peja Stojakovic will retire in the NBA

Despite some rumors weeks ago about a possible comeback to Europe, Peja Stojakovic has no intention to play anywhere else but in the NBA. The 33-year-old forward, who is playing in the NBA since 1999, told in a basketball camp in Greece that he will retire there. Last season, Stojakovic averaged 12.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for the New Orleans Hornets.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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CSKA Moscow, interested in Uros Tripkovic

Uros Tripkovic wants to play for an Euroleague next season, and there could be one interested in landing the 23-year-old Serbian guard. CSKA Moscow could have Tripkovic, who will leave DKV Joventut this summer, for the next season. The new head coach of CSKA, Dusko Vujosevic, worked with Tripkovic in Partizan before the guard moved to the ACB league.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Pepsi Caserta releases Andrea Michelori

Andrea Michelori is no longer player of Pepsi Caserta, after the Italian club has decided to terminate his contract. The 32-year-old forward arrived to Caserta in 2008 from Virtus Bologna, and averaged 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the last Lega A. Michelori has also played in Milano, Biella and Cantù. Montepaschi Siena was reported to be interested in the player.

SOURCE: Juve Caserta

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Nizhny Novgorod signs Vukasin Aleksic

Nizhny Novgorod will play next season in the new elite league with the nine teams of the last Russian Super Legue. The club has made a new signing, landing Vukasin Aleksic, who played last season for Radnicki. The 25-year-old Serbian guard averaged 9.6 points and 4.2 assists per game in the last Adriatic league.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Maccabi Tel Aviv signs Richard Hendrix to a two-year contract

It's official. Maccabi Tel Aviv has signed Richard Hendrix to a two-year contract, as the Israeli team has announced in the website of the club. The 23-year-old American center arrives to Maccabi after averaging 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in the last ACB league for CB Granada.

SOURCE: Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Amaré Stoudamire opts ouf of contract and becomes a free agent

Amaré Stoudamire is a free agent after deciding to opt out of his contract with the Phoenix Suns. The 27-year-old All-Star center, who averaged 23.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, will forfeit the $17.6 million he would have earned next season in the Suns. Anyway, Phoenix will try to resign Stoudamire to a long-term contract.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

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Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, close to land Kostas Vasileiadis

Kostas Vasileiadis could be close to sign a three-year contract with Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, according to the Greek media. The 26-year-old, who averaged 16.0 points and 2.8 rebounds last season with Xacobeo Blu:Sens, has been in contact with the coach of Bilbao Basket, Fotis Katsikaris, and could reach to an agreement with the Spanish club soon. Other teams interested in Vasileiadis are Cajasol and Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada.

SOURCE: Sport24

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Heiko Schaffartzik leaves the New Yorker Phantoms

Heiko Schaffartzik has decided to leave the New Yorker Phantoms to make a career outside Germany. The 26-year-old guard, member of the German national team, arrived to the Phantoms last season from the Giessen 49ers, averaging 10.5 points and 3.4 assists per game in the last BBL.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Maccabi Tel Aviv could be close to sign Richard Hendrix

Maccabi Tel Aviv could sign soon Richard Hendrix for the next season. The 23-year-old American center played last season for CB Granada, averaging 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in the last ACB league. Hendrix, though will be in the next Summer League with the Indiana Pacers, and has also declared his first target is to play in the NBA.

SOURCES: Sport5, Tide Sports

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Regal Barcelona releases Lubos Barton

As expected, Lubos Barton will not continue his career in Regal Barcelona after two seasons. The Spanish team has not exercised the option to extend his contract. The 30-year-old Czech forward only played 6 games this season in the ACB league due to an Achilles tendon injury, averaging 5.2 points and 0.8 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: FC Barcelona

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Hyères-Toulon signs Tony Washam

Hyères-Toulon has signed Tony Washam for the next season. The 27-year-old forward arrives to France after five seasons in Israel, averaging 18.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in the last Israeli Super League for Maccabi Netanya, where Washam was playing since February 2009.

SOURCE: L'Équipe

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Chicago Bulls waive Rob Kurz and Chris Richard

The Chicago Bulls have announced that Rob Kurz and Chris Richard have been waived by the NBA franchise. Both players arrived to the Bulls in the middle of the last season from the D-League. Kurz landed in Chicago in April from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, while Richard was re-signed last March from the Tulsa 66ers.

SOURCE: NBA.com

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Galatasaray, close to land Josh Shipp

After a succesful first season in Bornova, Josh Shipp could be close to land in Galatasaray next season. The 23-year-old guard averaged 18.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the last TBL, being one of the best players last season in Turkey. Galatasaray would pay $180.000 to Bornova in exchange of Shipp.

SOURCES: Pota 6, Salsa Basket

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BBC Bayreuth signs Simon Schmitz

BBC Bayreuth has announced a new arrival to the team. The German club has signed Simon Schmitz for the next season. The 20-year-old guard arrives to Bayreuth, recently promoted to the BBL, from the Pro A team Science City Jena, averaging 10.0 points and 2.9 assists per game.

SOURCE: BBC Bayreuth

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Terrell McIntyre will play for Unicaja next season

According to the Greek media, Terrell McIntyre has decided to accept the offer from Unicaja. The 33-year-old guard will be signed to a two-year contract by Unicaja, turning down the offers from Olympiakos and Panathinaikos. McIntyre will arrive to Unicaja after playing for Montepaschi Siena since 2006.

UPDATE: The agent of McIntyre has told Panathinaikos to improve their offer until 18:30 (local Greek time). If the Greek club decides not to, McIntyre will sign for Unicaja.


UPDATE 19:07 (local Greek time): Panathinaikos didn't improve the offer for McIntyre, so the player could be soon announced by Unicaja.

SOURCE: Basketnet, Prasina Nea, Prasina Nea

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Unicaja officially releases Zabian Dowdell

As expected, Zabian Dowdell is no longer player of Unicaja. The Spanish team has decided not to activate the extension clause in the contract of the 25-year-old American guard, who landed in Unicaja last January. Dowdell averaged 6.4 points and 1.9 assists per game in 14.4 minutes per game during the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Unicaja Baloncesto

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Aris Thessaloniki, interested in landing Jeff Foote on loan

Aris Thessaloniki, which recently hired the former Maccabi assistant Sharon Drucker as the new head coach, could be interested in landing one player of the Israeli team on loan. Jeff Foote, a 22-year-old American center signed days ago by Maccabi after playing during four years in the University of Cornell, is the target of the Greek team for the next season.

SOURCE: One

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Blancos de Rueda Valladolid, interested in Peter Lorant

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid keeps on targeting players from the Spanish LEB Oro for the new season, and the new player on the short list of the ACB team is Peter Lorant. The 24-year-old Hungarian center, who has played during the last three seasons for Autocid Ford Burgos, averaged 9.3 points and 4.4 rebounds last season.

SOURCE: El Día de Valladolid

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Sofoklis Schortsanitis, on his way to Los Angeles to negociate with the Clippers

Sofoklis Schortsanitis has taken a flight to Los Angeles to negociate a contract to play for the Clippers, according to the Greek media. The 25-year-old center, who was drafted in 2003 by the Clippers, is a free agent after his contract with Olympiakos, wher Schortsanitis has played since 2005, has expired.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Travis Hansen could play in Greece next season

Travis Hansen will leave Real Madrid this summer. The 32-year-old American-Russian guard mentioned in an interview Athens as his new destination for the next season. According to the American media, Olympiakos would be an option for Hansen if Josh Childress finally leaves the Greek team.

SOURCE: KSL

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Maccabi Haifa and Galil Gilboa, interested in Raviv Limonad

Raviv Limonad will be released from Maccabi Tel Aviv, and the official announcement could be close to arrive. The 25-year-old guard, who averaged 8.3 points and 1.9 assists per game in the last Israeli Super League, could be on the radar of Maccabi Haifa, Galil Gilboa and other European teams for the next season.

UPDATE: Maccabi Tel Aviv has announced officially the releasement of Limonad.

SOURCES: Sport5, Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Cuttino Mobley wants to play again

Cuttino Mobley is out of the courts since November 2008 when, while passing a physical test to become a new player of the New York Knicks, a potencially fatal heart condition was detected. Mobley was waived officially by the Knicks months ago, and the 34-year-old guard says he's ready to play again.

SOURCE: New York Daily News

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John Turek leaves Phoenix Hagen to play in the Netherlands

John Turek won't continue playing for Phoenix Hagen next season. The 25-year-old American center will return to Gas Terra Flames Groningen, the champion of the last Dutch league. Turek, who played for Groningen in the 2005-06 season, averaged 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for Phoenix Hagen in the last BBL.

SOURCES: Schoenen Dunk, Gas Terra Flames

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Olympiakos, interested in Trajan Langdon

The new Olympiakos of Dusan Ivkovic continues tracking the market. Another candidate to land in the Greek team could be Trajan Langdon, who has played during the last five seasons for CSKA Moscow. The 34-year-old guard averaged 13.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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ViveMenorca releases Marc Fernández

Marc Fernández is no longer player of ViveMenorca, after the Spanish team has decided to activate the early termination clause of his contract. The 22-year-old forward has played during the last three seasons in ViveMenorca, averaging 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in the last Spanish LEB Oro. Blancos de Rueda Valladolid is reported to be interested in Fernández.

SOURCE: Menorca Bàsquet

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Sergio Rodríguez could be announced by Real Madrid next week

Despite Sergio Rodríguez hasn't signed anything yet with Real Madrid, the 23-year-old could be officially a player of the Spanish team next week, according to the Spanish media. Rodríguez, who finished last season in the New York Knicks, could be announced by Real Madrid on June 8th. This will be the comeback to the ACB league for Rodríguez, who left Estudiantes in 2006 to start a four-year career in the NBA.

SOURCE: As

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Dijon signs Samba Dia

More players from the ProA league for JDA Dijon. The French club, recently relegated to the ProB league, has signed to a two-year contract Samba Dia, who arrives to his new team after two seasons in Chorale Roanne. In the last one, the 24-year-old Mauritanian center averaged 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Lottomatica Roma, interested in Bojan Bogdanovic and Devin Smith

Bojan Bogdanovic is on the radar of Lottomatica Roma. The 21-year-old Croatian forward played last season for Cibona, averaging 8.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League. Another alternative for the Italian team would be Devin Smith. The 29-year-old American forward, also on the radar of Air Avellino and Benetton Treviso, played last season for Panellinios.

SOURCE: Corriere dello Sport

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Aris Thessaloniki, interested in Gary Forbes

Gary Forbes is the new target of Aris Thessaloniki for the next season. The 25-year-old American-Panamian forward started last season in Vanoli Cremona, but was released last January, and then moved to Ironi Ramat-Gan, averaging 20.3 points (league best) and 8.7 rebounds per game in the Israeli Super League. Other Israeli teams have also showed interest in Forbes.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Vassilis Spanoulis could be announced today as new player of Olympiakos

Vassilis Spanoulis could be today, officially, new player of Olympiakos. According to the Greek media, a three-year, €2.4 million per year contract agreement between the 27-year-old guard and Olympiakos could be announced today. Spanoulis would have refused the offer to continue and Panathinaikos, and accept the one coming from the biggest rival of his former team.

SOURCE: Red Planet

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CSKA Moscow, also interested in Mike Batiste

CSKA Moscow has also expressed interest for Mike Batiste, according to the Greek press. The 31-year-old American center, who is playing in Panathinaikos since 2003, is reported to be also on the radar of Real Madrid and Efes Pilsen. Batiste, now a free agent after his contract with Panathinaikos has expired (though the Greek club wants to resign him), averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last A1 league.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Paul Pierce opts out, and is a free agent

Paul Pierce will join the list of free agents this summer. The 32-year-old forward has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Boston Celtics, and to become a free agent. Pierce, who is playing for the Celtics since being drafted in 1999, averaged 18.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Benjamin Eze will play in Khimki

Another player for Khimki. The Russian team has reached to an agreement with Benjamin Eze. The 29-year-old Nigerian center will be signed to a two-year contract, with an option for a third one, by Khimki. Eze, who was playing for Montepaschi Siena since 2005, averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

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Unicaja, now interested in Esteban Batista

After missing the chance of signing Kosta Perovic, who finally landed in Regal Barcelona, Unicaja wants another big man for the frontcourt, and could be also interested in Esteban Batista, who is on the radar of several European teams. The 26-year-old is under contract in Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada, where Batista averaged 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Sur

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Uros Tripkovic will leave DKV Joventut

Uros Tripkovic won't play next season for DKV Joventut. The 23-year-old Serbian guard, who landed last season in the Spanish team from Partizan, is under contract until 2011, but Joventut wants to buy-out his high contract due to the budget reduction expected by the club. Tripkovic is currently training in the United States, and wants to play for an Euroleague team next season.

SOURCE: El Punt

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Aco Petrovic, officially new head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas

As expected, Aco Petrovic is the new head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas. The 50-year-old Serbian coach, without a team since being fired by Red Star last December, was signed to a one-year contract by the Lithuanian team, with an option for a second year. Petrovic will replace the player Marcus Brown as the head coach of the team.

SOURCE: Zalgiris

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Portland Trail Blazers waive Ryan Gomes

As expected, The Portland Trail Blazers have decided to waive Ryan Gomes, who has become a free agent. The 27-year-old forward was acquired days ago via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he averaged 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per season. This move will save the Blazers about $8 million.

SOURCE: Oregon Live

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Olympiakos and Patrick Beverley will part ways

Patrick Beverley will try to earn a spot in the NBA, and will play next summer for the Miami Heat, the team that own his rights. Despite having a contract with Olympiakos since 2011, the Greek team won't have any problem in agreeing to a buy-out with the 21-year-old American guard, who averaged 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague. In any case, Beverly won't probably go back to Europe next season.

SOURCE: Red Planet

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Dirk Nowitzki will be a free agent this summer

Dirk Nowitzki has officially notified to the Dallas Mavericks that he is opting out of his final year of contract with the NBA team, and that he will become a free agent this summer. The German 31-year-old forward will rennounce to next season scheduled $21.5 million salary by opting out. The Mavericks, though, will try to resign him.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Olin Genclik signs Can Akin

As expected, Can Akin will play for the recently promoted team Olin Genclik. The 27-year-old guard arrives from Galatasaray, where he averaged 3.4 points and 1.7 assists per game in the last TBL. The next player to arrive to Olin Genclik could be Murat Kaya, who won't either continue in Galatasaray next season.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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Yao Ming, back to the Houston Rockets

Finally, Yao Ming won't opt out of his contract with the Houston Rockets, and will remain in the team during the 2010-11 season, making $17.7 million in his final contract year. The 29-year-old Chinese center, who was injured during the last whole season, had an option to leave the team and become a free agent this summer.

SOURCE: MyFox Houston

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Pau Orthez signs Demetric Bennett

Demetric Bennett is a new member of Pau Orthez for the next season in the LNB Pro A. The 25-year-old American guard arrives to the French team from the Italian LegaDue, averaging 15.8 points and 4.3 assists per game for Snaidero Udine. Bennett has also played in Poland for Czarni Slupsk since leaving the University of South Alabama.

SOURCE: Le Monde

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Brian Shaw, close to be the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Brian Shaw will very likely replace Mike Brown as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 44-year-old coach was working during the last five seasons as an assistant of Phil Jackson in the Los Angeles Lakers. The other candidate to take the coaching job in the Cavaliers was Byron Scott.

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Olímpico de La Banda signs Cristian Amicucci

Cristian Amicucci is the new signing of Olímpico de La Banda for the next season. The 24-year-old center arrives from Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca, where he averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the last LNB. Amicucci has also played for Quimsa, El Nacional and Unión de Sunchales during his career.

SOURCE: Infoliga

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Ludwigsburg signs Johnanes Lischka

Johannes Lischka is the first signing of EnBW Ludwigsburg for the next season. The 23-year-old forward arrives to the German team after playing during the last three seasons in Giessen 46ers, averaging 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game in the last BBL, and was signed to a two-year contract by Ludwigsburg.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Miami Heat waive James Jones

The Miami Heat has announced that James Jones has been waived. The 29-year-old forward, who averaged 4.1 points and 1.3 rebounds last season, was signed in 2008 to a four-year contract by the Heat, though only $1.85 million of his contract was guaranteed if the franchise decided to waive him.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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Aco Petrovic will be the new head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas

Finally, the new coach of Zalgiris Kaunas will be Aco Petrovic. The 50-year-old head coach, who was in charge of Red Star until last December, will replace Marcus Brown, who was acting as a player-coach in the Lithuanian league finals. Petrovic will sign his contract with Zalgiris soon.

SOURCE: Lietuvos Rytas

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Chorale Roanne signs K.C. Rivers

K.C. Rivers won't play next season in Italy, despite the interest of Enel Brindisi and Air Avellino to land him. The 23-year-old, who averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the last Lega A, will play for Chorale Roanne next season. The French team has signed Rivers to a one-year contract.

SOURCE: L'Équipe

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CSKA Moscow releases Pops Mensah-Bonsu

CSKA Moscow won't extend Pops Mensah-Bonsu for another season, as the president of the team, Andrey Vatunin, has confirmed. The 26-year-old center arrived last January to the Russian team after being waived by the Toronto Raptors. In his stint with CSKA Moscow, Mensah-Bonsu averaged 4.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Gazeta.ru

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New Jersey Nets send Yi Jianlian to Washington Wizards in exchange of Quinton Ross and $3 million

The New Jersey Nets will send Yi Jianlian to the Washington Wizards in exchange of Quinton Ross and $3 million. This movement will allow the Nets to clear more cap space to make a run for LeBron James and other top agents. Jianlian arrived two seasons ago to the Nets from the Milwaukee Bucks, while Ross was a member of the Wizards since last February, after being traded by the Dallas Mavericks.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

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Pallacanestro Cantù signs Denis Marconato

Denis Marconato will continue his career in Pallacanestro Cantù. The veteran Italian 34-year-old center arrives to his new team from Montepaschi Siena, where Marconato played last season. The former member of the Italian squad averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Libero

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Perlas hires Nerijus Zabarauskas as the new head coach, and signs Evaldas Lengvinas

Perlas Vilnius, the affiliated team of Lietuvos Rytas, has decided to hire Nerijus Zabarauskas as the new head coach of the Lithuanian team. The former coach of Sakalai and Nevezis will replace Marius Linartas. On the other hand, Perlas has also landed Evaldas Lengvinas, a 21-year-old guard who averaged 14.7 points and 1.5 assists per game for Nafta-Uni-Laivite in the NKL.

SOURCES: Krepsinis, Krepsinis

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Antalya, interested in Emre Bayav

Antalya continues tracking the market for new players. The Turkish team is reported to be interested in Emre Bayav. The 22-year-old center played last season for Aliaga Petkim, but the injuries only allowed him to play 10 games, averaging 3.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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Henk Norel, close to extend his contract with DKV Joventut

Henk Norel is stay two more years in DKV Joventut. The 22-year old Dutch center, who averaged 6.4 points and 1.6 rebounds per game last season, was on the radar of several Spanish teams during the last days, but finally Norel would have decided to extend his contract with Joventut for two more seasons.

SOURCE: Solobasket.com

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Nemanja Bjelica doesn't rule out yet to play in Europe next season

Despite his agent told that Nemanja Bjelica will be headed to the NBA, the Serbian 22-year-old forward hasn't ruled out completely the idea of playing en Europe for one or two more years. Bjelica, whose NBA rights are owned by the Minnesota Timberwolves, was reported days ago to have reached to an agreement with Benetton Treviso.

SOURCE: Mondo

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Ivan Paunic and Bojan Popovic, waiting for an offer from Partizan

Despite the rumors that inked the future of Ivan Paunic and Bojan Popovic to Partizan, both players are still waiting for an offer from the Serbian team. Both players, though, wouldn't mind to play in Partizan next season. Paunic played last season for Aris Thessaloniki, while Popovic finished it in Efes Pilsen.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Siarka Tarnobrzeg signs Kevin Goffney

Siarka Tarnobrzeg, recently promoted to the PLK, has signed Kevin Goffney for the next season. The 24-year-old forward, who played between 2007 and 2009 for the University of Chattanooga, was inactive last season due to an injury. Goffney averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in his senior year with the Mocs.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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Pablo Aguilar is officially back to Real Madrid

CB Granada has officially announced that, as expected, Pablo Aguilar is back to Real Madrid, which had excercised the option to re-acquire his rights. The 21-year-old Spanish forward has played during he last two seasons for CB Granada, averaging 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: CB Granada

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Spirou Charleroi signs Christophe Beghin

Christophe Beghin is back to Charleroi. The Belgian 30-year-old, who has played during the last two seasons for Antwerp Giants, was signed by Spirou Charleroi, his previous team before joining the Giants. Benghin averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in the last Belgian league.

SOURCE: RTBF

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Walter Tigers sign Anatoly Kashirov

Anatoly Kashirov leaves Mitteldeutscher BC, and will play next season in Tübinguen for the Walter Tigers. The 23-year-old Russian center, who played in Euroleague in his earlier stint in CSKA Moscow between 2006 and 2008, averaged 12.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in the last BBL, and has signed to a one-year contract with the Tigers.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada, also interested in Kostas Vasileiadis

Kostas Vasileiadis is one of the most interesting free agents of the ACB league, and another team has increased the list of teams that have the 26-year-old Greek forward on the radar. Besides Bizkaia Bilbao Basket and Cajasol, Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada is also reported to be interested in Vasileiadis, who averaged 16.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season for Xacobeo Blu:Sens.

SOURCE: Diario de Sevilla

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CAI Zaragoza signs Joan Riera

The new project of CAI Zaragoza in ACB has a new player. As expected, the Spanish team has signed Joan Riera, who arrives from the LEB Oro team Bàsquet Mallorca. This will be the second stint of the 30-year-old guard, who played briefly for Estudiantes in the 2008-09 season. In the last one, Riera averaged 14.6 points and 2.1 assists per game in LEB Oro.

SOURCE: El Periódico de Aragón

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Base Oostende signs Will Thomas

Base Oostende has announced the arrival of Will Thomas to the Belgian club. The 23-year-old forwward played last season for Belgacom Liège, averaging 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, and being named the MVP of the Belgian league. Thomas was signed to a one-year contract, with an option to extend it to an extra year.

SOURCE: BC Oostende

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Hapoel Jerusalem, close to sign Jason Rich

Jason Rich could become soon a new member of Hapoel Jerusalem. The Israeli team is close to reach to an two-year agreement with the 24-year-old guard, who played last season for Maccabi Haifa. Rich averaged 14.4 points and 3.1 assists per game in his first season in the Israeli Super League.

SOURCE: Sport5

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Dijon signs Elson Mendy

After five seasons playing for Strasbourg in the ProA league, Elson Mendy has left the team to play for Dijon in the ProB. The 22-year-old Senegalese forward, who averaged 4.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game last season, was announced as the new signing of Dijon for the 2010-11 season.

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Vassilis Spanoulis, closer to Olympiakos

Vassilis Spanoulis could be close to decide his future. The 27-year-old guard could finally be ready to accept the offer from Olympiakos and leave Panathinaikos, his team since 2005 (with a brief one-year stint in the Houston Rockets). Olympiakos could have offered Spanoulis a €2.4 million per year contract.

SOURCE: Red Planet

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Virtus Bologna signs Valerio Amoroso

Virtus Bologna has reached to an agreement with Valerio Amoroso. The 29-year-old forward was signed to a two-year contract by the Italian team. Amoroso arrives from Banca Tercas Teramo, where has played since 2008. In the last Lega A, the new player of Virtus averaged 12.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

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Galatasaray, also interested in Esteban Batista

Esteban Batista is on the short list of several European teams. Besides Caja Laboral and Maccabi Tel Aviv, the new team that is interested in the 26-year-old Uruguayan center is Galatasaray. Batista, though, is still under contract by his team, Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada, where he averaged 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in his first year in the ACB league.

SOURCE: Maliano

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Marko Keselj, Nemanja Nedovic, Elmedin Kikanovic and Lazar Radosavljevic leave Red Star

The Serbian forwards Marko Keselj and Lazar Radosavljevic, the Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic, the Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic won't be back to Red Star. The four players have asked for the early termination of his contract due to the payment delays of the Serbian club, and will become free agents.

SOURCE: B92

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Antalya and Galatasaray, interested in Muratcan Guler

Muratcan Guler could leave Besiktas Cola Turka after two seasons in the team. The 30-year-old guard hasn't reached to an agreement to stay in Besiktas, and could have decided to leave the team. Antalya and Galatasaray are reported to be interested in the player. Guler, who averaged 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds last season in the TBL, arrived to Besiktas in 2008 from Turk Telekom.

SOURCES: Mixbasket, Mixbasket

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Minnesota Timberwolves could have offered a $15 million, 3-year contract to Nikola Pekovic

Nikola Pekovic will have to decide his future before July 15th. The 24-year-old Montenegrin center could opt out of his contract with Panathinaikos, paying $1 million to the Greek club, and move to the NBA. According to the Greek media, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team that own his NBA rights, would have offered a $15 million, 3-year contract to land Pekovic next season.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Armani Jeans Milano, interested in Kristaps Valters

According to the Latvian press, Armani Jeans Milano could join the list of teams that are interested for Kristaps Valters. The Latvian 29-year-old guard will leave DKV Joventut this summer, despite having another year of contract. Other teams that are reported to be interested for Valters are his former club in the 2008-09 season, Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada, and ViveMenorca.

SOURCE: Sporta Centrs

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Gran Canaria 2014, interested in Alejandro Navajas

Alejandro Navajas could be one of the targets of Gran Canaria 2014 for the next season. The 23-year-old forward has played during the last years for Clínicas Rincón, the affiliated team of Unicaja. In the last Spanish LEB Oro, Navajas averaged 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game.

SOURCE: Sur

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Paris Levallois signs Nigel Wyatte

Nigel Wyatte is back to Paris Levallois after one season. The 28-year-old American center played last season for Le Portal, averaging 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Wyatte arrived to France in 2008 after 3 seasons in Spain with Paris Levallois, where he played during the 2008-09 season in the Pro B league

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Tufan Ersoz, close to play for Pinar Karsiyaka

Tufan Ersoz could be close to land in Pinar Karsiyaka, after a troubled season in Galatasaray. The 29-year-old guard was suspended for four months due to changing his uniform with Cemal Nalga to avoid the suspension of the center, recently signed by Lietuvos Rytas. Ersoz, who has also faced injury problems during his career, only played five games in the last TBL, averaging 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds. His new destiny will probably be Pinar Karsiyaka.

SOURCE: Mixbasket

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Olympiakos, interested in Romain Sato to replace Josh Childress

Another top European club in the mix to land Romain Sato. The Greek team could be interested in signing the 29-year-old Central African Republic forward to replace Josh Childress, in case the 27-year-old American player decides to go back to the NBA. Sato, the MVP of the last Lega A, where he averaged 14.7 points and 4.3 rebounds, is also on the radar of Regal Barcelona and Real Madrid.

SOURCE: Red Planet

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Berni Rodríguez extends his contract with Unicaja

Finally, the captain of Unicaja will stay in the Spanish team, at least, until 2012. Berni Rodríguez has agreed to resign to a two-year contract with the Unicaja with a option to be extended in the next for another year in the next two seasons. The 30-year-old guard, who has played for Unicaja since 1999, averaged 7.8 points and 2.4 assists per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: ACB.com

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Maccabi Haifa, close to sign Sasa Bratic, also interested in Derrick Low

Maccabi Haifa could be close to announce the signing of Sasa Bratic. The Israeli teams is in advanced talks with the 28-year-old Serbian forward, who averaged 11.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in the last Israeli Super League for Hapoel Holon. Maccabi Haifa is also interested in Derrick Low, a 24-year-old American guard who posted 15.1 points and 4.3 assists per game in the last Baltic League for Siauliai.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

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Georgios Bartzokas, also a candidate to coach Zalgiris Kaunas

The list of candidates to coach Zalgiris Kaunas next season has another name. The new one is Georgios Bartzokas, currently in charge of Maroussi BC, though the 42-year-old coach could leave the Greek club this summer. Other names that could be in the short list of Zalgiris are Rimas Kurtinaitis, Aco Petrovic, Stevan Karadzic and Aleksandar Trifunovic.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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PBG Poznan signs Vladimir Tica and Goran Bajic

Two more players who will land in PBG Poznan next season. The Polish team has signed Vladimir Tica and Goran Bajic. Tica, a Serbian 29-year-old forward, arrives from AZS Koszalin, where he averaged 11.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, while Bajic, a Serbian 26-year-old center, posted 7.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League for Bosna Sarajevo.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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New Jersey Nets waive Keyon Dooling

The New Jersey Nets have announced that Keyon Dooling has been waived. The 30-year-old guard, who averaged 6.9 points and 2.5 assists per game last season, was playing for the Nets during the last two seasons. Dooling was at the last year of his $3.8 million contract, though he has only guaranteed $500.000.

SOURCE: NBA.com

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Efes Pilsen signs Andrew Wisniewski

Efes Pilsen has announced the signing of Andrew Wisniewski. The 29-year-old American guard, who was released by Maccabi Tel Aviv weeks ago, was signed to a one-year contract by the Turkish team. Wisniewski, in his only year in Maccabi, averaged 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Efes Basket

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Regal Barcelona signs Kosta Perovic

As expected, Regal Barcelona has announced officially the signing of Kosta Perovic, who will play for the Spanish club for the next three seasons. The 25-year-old Serbian center arrives from Power Electronics Valencia, where he was playing since 2008. Last season, Perovic averaged 8.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: FC Barcelona

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Felipe Reyes extends his contract with Real Madrid for three more years

Felipe Reyes won't leave Real Madrid. The 30-year-old center has agreed with the Spanish team to extend his contract until the 2012-13 season, according to a statement from the club. Reyes, who is playing for Real Madrid since 2004, averaged 9.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Real Madrid

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Partizan promotes Vlada Jovanovic to new head coach, and signs Dragan Milosvaljevic

As expected, Vlada Jovanovic will be the replacement of Dusko Vujosevic, new head coach of CSKA Moscow in Partizan. The 36-year-old Serbian coach was working since 2006 as an assistant for Vujosevic, and will enjoy his first experience as a head coach in a senior team. The Serbian has also signed Dragan Milosavljevic, the 21-year-old forward from Radnicki.

SOURCE: B92

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Olympiakos and Dusan Ivkovic agree to a two-year contract

The deal could be done. Olympiakos have finally reached to an agreement with Dusan Ivkovic to hire him as the new head coach of the team. The veteran 67-year-old Serbian coach will be signed to a two-year contract by the Greek club. Ivkovic, also coach of the Serbian squad, is back to Olympiakos after leading the team to the only Euroleague of its history, in 1997.

UPDATE: Ivkovic will sign his two-year contract tomorrow, on Wednesday, and the official announcement will arrive soon.

SOURCE: Superbasket

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Jérémy Leloup won't be back to Le Mans, and will play for Dijon

After playing last season on loan for Vichy, Jérémy Leloup has decided not to go back to his team, Le Mans, and opted out of his contract to sign for Dijon, recently relegated to the French ProB league. The 23-year-old forward averaged 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Darjus Lavrinovic is still player of Real Madrid

Despite the first reports from the Spanish press about Darjus Lavrinovic, the 30-year-old Lithuanian center is still player of Real Madrid. According to Jorge Pérez, spokesman of the Spanish club, Lavrinovic would be a free agent on June 30th in case Real Madrid decides not to activate the extension clause of his contract, and the decision is not yet taken.

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Real Madrid offers the returning of Rimantas Kaukenas to Montepaschi Siena in exchange of Romain Sato

According to the Italian media, Real Madrid has offered Rimantas Kaukenas to make easier the arrival of Romain Sato to the Spanish team. The 32-year-old Lithuanian forward won't continue in Real Madrid, which could try to convince him to go back to Siena, where he played between 2005 and 2009. Montepaschi, though, doesn't want to get rid of Sato.

SOURCE: Corriere di Siena

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Nemanja Bjelica will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves

According to his agent, Boris Tanjevic, Nemanja Bjelica won't play in Europe next season, despite the rumors about his possible signing by Benetton Treviso. The Serbian 22-year-old forward from Red Star was drafted with the 35th overall pick by the Washington Wizards, and then traded to the Minnesota Tibmerwolves, where Bjelica expects to play next season.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Kosta Perovic and Power Electronics Valencia part ways

As expected, Kosta Perovic won't continue in Power Electronics Valencia. The Spanish club has announced that the 25-year-old Serbian center has agreed to terminate his contract. Perovic signed a three-year contract with Valencia in 2008, and was recently reported to be close to land in Regal Barcelona by the Serbian media.

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Caja Laboral releases officially Carl English

As expected, the stint of Carl English in Caja Laboral is over. The Spanish club has announced officially the departure of the 29-year-old Canadian guard, who arrived last season from Gran Canaria 2014. English averaged 9.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Saski Baskonia

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Bostjan Nachbar wants to go back to the NBA

Bostjan Nachbar still doesn't know if he will continue in Efes Pilsen. The 29-year-old Slovenian forward will decide his future in the next days, though he doesn't rule out the possibility of returning the Turkish team. But the desire of Nachbar is to go back to the NBA, where he played between 2002 and 2008, even next season. Nachbar averaged 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in the TBL last season.

SOURCE: Kosarka.si

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Asefa Estudiantes and Javier Beirán part ways, while Daniel Clark and Richard Nguema could leave

As expected, Javier Beirán is no longer player of Asefa Estudiantes after agreeing with the Spanish club to terminate his contract. The 23-year-old forward, who averaged 1.9 points and 1.0 rebounds per game last season, will probably play for Gran Canaria 2014 next season. Richard Nguema could also leave Estudiantes to make room for the young prospect Jaime Fernández. On the other hand, Daniel Clark, despite having an extension offer from Asefa Estudiantes, could also decide to leave the Spanish club.

SOURCE: El Mundo Deportivo

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Earl Calloway and Carlos Cabezas, candidates to replace Terrell McIntyre in Montepaschi Siena

Montepaschi Siena is already looking for a replacement to Terrell McIntyre, and the two main candidates to be the starting point guard of the Italian team are Earl Calloway and Carlos Cabezas. The 26-year-old American guard played last season for Cajasol, while the 29-year-old Spanish guard would arrive from Khimki.

SOURCE: Corriere di Siena

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Vanoli Cremona, interested in Billy Keys

The future of Billy Keys could be again in Italy. The 32-year-old American guard, who has played during his career for Roseto and Varese, is on the radar of Vanoli Cremona for the next season. Keys, who averaged 10.8 points and 2.5 assists per game in the last Euroleague for Maroussi BC, will leave the Greek team.

SOURCE: La Provincia di Cremona

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Enel Brindisi, interested in Andre Collins, K.C. Rivers and Miha Zupan, among others

Enel Brindisi is tracking the market for new players. The recently promoted Italian team is reported to be interested in Andre Collins (recently released by Canadian Solar Bologna, and also on the radar of Cimberio Varese), K.C. Rivers (recently in Benetton, has also attracted the interest of Air Avellino), Miha Zupan (who played briefly last season in Brindisi), Valerio Amoroso (from Banca Tercas Teramo) and Valerio Spinelli (from Carife Ferrara)

SOURCE: Nuovo Quotidiano di Puglia

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Aleks Maric and Jan Vesely won't leave Partizan

Despite the constant rumors about the interest of several European teams for Aleks Maric and Jan Vesely, Partizan has no intention of letting them go. Dragan Todoric, sport's director of the Serbian team, told that both players are happy in Partizan, and that the club won't accept any offers for them. On the other hand, as expected, the assistant Vlada Jovanovic is close to replace Dusko Vujosevic, recently hired by CSKA Moscow, as the new head coach of Partizan.

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Armani Jeans Milano, close to sign Nicolò Melli

As expected, Nicolò Melli could have already decided to play for Armani Jeans Milano. The 19-year-old Italian forward would leave the LegaDue team Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia to play next season in the Euroleague team. Melli, one of the top Italian prospects, averaged 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in the last LegaDue before suffering a season-ending injury.

SOURCE: Tuttosport

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Chris Bosh could finally land in the Miami Heat

Despite the rumors about his posible signing with the Chicago Bulls to play with LeBron James, the Miami Heat could be also an option for the 26-year-old forward. The agent of Bosh denied that the player, who is at the end of his contract with the Toronto Raptors, has already decided to play anywhere, but Charlie Villanueva, a former teammate in Toronto, told via Twitter than Bosh is headed to Miami. The All-Star player also told to a Miami local newspaper than the Heat are in "top contention" to land him.

SOURCES: NBA.com, Twitter Charlie Villanueva, Miami Herald

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Terrell McIntyre turns down the offers from Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, and could be close to sign for Unicaja

The future of Terrell McIntyre could be, finally, far from Greece. The 33-year-old American guard could have turned down the offers from Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, and Unicaja would have taken the lead in the fight to sign McIntyre, who will leave Montepaschi Siena. The American player could even sign his contract with the Spanish team today. Unicaja was also considering other alternatives to McIntyre like Darius Washington and Ibrahim Jaaber, both from Lottomatica Roma.

SOURCES: La Opinión de Málaga, Sur

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Oyak Renault signs Alper Özcan

Another new player for Oyak Renault. The Turkish team has signed Alper Özcan to a three-year contract. The 20-year old guard played last season for Darufassaka, averaging 3.1 points and 2.1 assists in 22.5 minutes per game. Previously, Özcan played during two seasons for CASA TED Kolejliler in the TBL.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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Unicaja, in talks with CB Granada to sign Pablo Aguilar

The future of Pablo Aguilar is unclear. The 21-year-old Spanish forward could return to Real Madrid in the next days, but his team during the last two years, CB Granada, has the option to transfer him before Real Madrid exercises the option to bring him back. Unicaja could be interested in signing Aguilar, and could have already made an offer to Granda, including Guillem Rubio in the trade operation. Unicaja is also eyeing Nemanja Bjelica, from Red Star, as another alternative for the power forward option.

SOURCE: La Opinión de Málaga

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Sun Yue wants to play for the Washington Wizards

Sun Yue will try to go back to the NBA. The 24-year-old Chinese guard, who failed to have an important role in the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008-09 season, will play the Summer League with the Washington Wizards, and will try to earn a spot in the NBA franchise. Yue has played this season in the Beijing Olympians, a team who has played in American minor leagues.

SOURCE: Sina

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