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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Kasib Powell leaves Trikala 2000

American forward Kasib Powell left his current team, Trikala 2000, due to the financial crisis the Greek club is suffering. Former Miami Heat player and D-League MVP is rumoured to sign for a Russian team soon.

SOURCE: Sport24

Peristeri to release Spencer Nelson and sign a shooting guard

After last Peristeri defeat against Panionios, the Greek team is considering to make some changes in the roster. American forward Spencer Nelson is likely to leave the team because of his poor performances, while the club is already looking for a shooting guard in the market to improve the backcourt.

SOURCE: Sport24

Last movements in the D-League: Paul Davis, D.J. Strawberry, "Tyc" Snow, James Wright, DeWitt Scott...

-MAINE: Signed center Paul Davis (waived this season by Washington Wizards) through the available player pool. Davis will replace recently recalled Celtics player J.R. Giddens

-RENO: Signed guard D.J. Strawberry (last season in Fortitudo Bologna) throug the available player pool, and forward DeWitt Scott (recently released from Fort Wayne Mad Ants) and waived Marc Dorsey and Dave Noel, both due to injury.

-ERIE: Signed Tychicus "Tyc" Snow (former player for the University of Mississippy State) to fill in for Cedric Jackson, currently playing for Cleveland Cavaliers.

-IDAHO: Signed guard Lance Hurdle (recently released from Bakersfield Jam), to fill in for Coby Karl, currently playing for Golden State Warriors

-LOS ANGELES: Signed guard James Wright (former Albuquerque player) and waived guard Lawrence McKenzie

SOURCES: Our Sports Central, Our Sports Central, Our Sports Central

Palencia Baloncesto and Mickael Dickerson part ways

Michael Dickerson hasn't extend his contract with Spanish LEB Oro team Palencia Baloncesto, and is now a free agent. Dickerson was at the end of his one-month contract, and didn't agree with the team to a new contract for the rest of the season. According to the team, Dickerson demands were too high for the club.


Houston Rockets consider again to sign Von Wafer

Von Wafer believes he's fully recovered of his disc problems that foiled his signing with Houston Rockets. Memphis Grizzlies were interested in him, but Rockets, his last NBA team, are evaluating the idea of adding Wafer. American guard started the season with Greek team Olympiakos, but was released because of his bad relationship with the coach Panagiotis Yannakis

SOURCE: MyFox Houston

Antoine Walker in talks with Beijing Ducks

Chinese team Beijing Ducks are in talks with former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker to sign the American forward. Walker is a free agent since being waived by the Grizzlies last season, and has had several legal problems since then. The former Celtics and Heat player will be the second All-Star in China after Stephon Marbury, who is already training with his new team, Shanxi Zhongyou. Beijing Ducks also tried to land Melvin Ely days ago

Goettingen add Antoine Jordan

German club BG Goettingen has a new player. American guard Antoine Jordan, who played last year for Matrixx Magix Nijmegen in Holland, was signed by the German team to replace injured Taj Finger. Jordan played his first three minutes with Goettingen in the victory against Paderborn last Saturday in the BBL.

Trefl Sopot tabs Georgi Tsintsadze

Another released player from already disbanded Ukrainian team BC Donetsk has found a new destination. Polish team Trefl Sopot signed Georgian guard Georgi Tsintsadze. Sopot will be the third team Tsintsade plays for this year, after starting the season in Trikala 2000, before leaving to Donetsk.

SOURCE: Sport 24

Pinar Karsiyaka add veteran guard Corey Brewer

35-year-old Corey Brower is still on the game. Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka signed him as a replacement of injured guard David Holston. Brewer is an expert player with years in experience in Europe, but Karsiyaka will be his first team in Turkey. Last year, Brewer ended the season in Estudiantes.

SOURCE: Karsikaya Spor Kulübü

Rudupis sign Evaldas Dainys

A month after being released from Lietuvos Rytas, Evaldas Dainys has a new team. Rudupis have signed the Lithuanian guard, who will have a new chance after failing in having an important role in Rytas. In his first game against Techasas in the BBL Challenge Cup Dainys only could score 1 point in 13 minutes.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Saturday, January 30, 2010

CB Granada signs for a month Ermin Jazvin

Bosnian center Ermin Jazvan will play his first game with his new team, CB Granada, tomorrow at home against Xacobeo Blu:Sens. Spanish team signed Jazvin for a month contract, with a chance to stay for the rest of the season. Former Maroussi and Spartak Vladivostok passed a try out this week


Angelico Biella signs former NBA player Guillermo Diaz

Italian team Angelico Biella add Guillermo Díaz. The 28-year-old Puerto Rican guard, also known as "Superman" because of his leaping ability, finished last season in Caserta. Díaz was selected in 2005 NBA draft by Los Angeles Clippers, playing with the Californian franchise 6 games during 2008-09 season. He will replace also former NBA player Fred Jones, currently injured.

SOURCE: Pallacanestro Biella

Golden State Warriors will sign Coby Karl for a 10-day contract to replace Cartier Martin

Despite of the good performances of forward Cartier Martin, Golden State Warriors will release him after the ending of his second 10-day contract. According to the NBA rules, Warriors should sign Martin to a guarantee contract until the end of the season, but that would mean to waive another player. The replacement for Martin with a temporary contract will be Coby Karl, currently playing for the D-League team Idaho Stampede


Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada signs Salva Guardia

Salva Guardia is officially back to Fuenlabrada. After being released from Bilbao Basket, Fuenlabrada signed Guardia for this season and the next one. 35-year-old center is the player with more games played in ACB for Fuenlabrada (from 1996 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2008), and also the top rebounder and blocker.


Celtics recall J.R. Giddens from D-League

Boston Celtics recall J.R. Giddens after being assigned to D-League Maine Red Claws for 8 days. Giddens will be back to Celtics roster, wher he appeared in 21 games, averaging 1.1 points in 4.7 minutes, while in 4 games with the Red Claw he averaged 18.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 31.8 minutes.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

More Ukrainian movements: Steve Burtt joins Ferro-ZNTU, and BC Odessa signs Ron Clark

American guard Steve Burtt, former top scorer in the Israel Super League, is the new player of Ukrainian team Ferro-ZNTU. The 25-year-old player started the season in Pizza Express Apollon, on in Cyprus.

Also BC Odessa is trying to improve the roster adding American guard Ronald Clark, who started the season in Poland, playing for Energa Czerni.

SOURCES: Eurobasket, Eurobasket

Brian Brown leaves TBB Trier, Drew Neitzel is his replacement

American player Brian Brown leaves German team TBB Trier due to personal reasons, and flew back to the United States. His replacement until the end of the season is Drew Neitzel, who started the season with French team Chalon Saone before being waived. 24-year-old guard is uncertain to play next game against Bremerhaven, also with a new recent signing


Friday, January 29, 2010

Bremerhaven inks Andrew Drevo

After being released by Spanish team Sant Josep Girona, Andrew Drevo is back to Germany. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven has signed Drevo, who will able for the next game against TBB Trier with his new team. American forward played the last two seasons for New Yorker Phantoms

SOURCE: Eisbaren Bremerhaven

Jarod Stevenson leaves Hemofarm; Olympia Larisa interested in him after waiving Devin Green

American forward (but born in South Korea) Jarod Stevenson shocked Serbian theam Hemofarm after leaving without any explanation. Now, Olympia Larisa, which have recently waived forward Devin Green, could be interested in Stevenson, who is also rumoured to play in the South Korean league.

SOURCES: Sportal, Basketblog

Giessen 46ers add Osvaldo Jeanty

Canadian guard Osvaldo Jeanty is the new player of German team Giessen 46ers. Jeanty started the season in Romania, playing for CS Gaz Metan Medias. After signing with 46ers, Giessen will be the second German team 26-year-old guard plays for, after Nordlingent Giants (2007-09).

SOURCE: LTi Giessen 46ers

CEZ Nymburk waived Ian Hanavan due to a foot injury

Czech champion team CEZ Nymburk, now playing in the EuroCup Last 16, waived American forward Ian Hanavan due to his problems in his foot. Former BK Prostejov player will be replaced for another UE player (Hanavan was also a Belgian citizen).


Carife Ferrara released Fabio Zanelli

Veteran guard Fabio Zanelli is no longer player of Carife Ferrara. Italian team and Zanelli part ways, according to the club website. 33-year-old player came back to Ferrara in 2007 (also played there in 2003-04 season), after a long career through Lega A and LegaDue teams.

SOURCE: Basket Club Ferrara

Maureece Rice, Andre Barrett, Maurice Ager, among others, will play in the D-League

Maureece Rice, who is about to leave Azovmash Mariupol, will play in a D-League franchise. Rice is already in a pool of players elegible for any D-League team interested on him. American guard started the season in Ukraine, and previously he played for the Erie BayHawks of the second professional American league. Other players in that pool are Maurice Ager (recently released from Cajasol), Andre Barrett (ACB champion with Regal Barcelona last season), Paul Davis (former player of Clippers), D.J. Strawberry (former player of Suns and Fortitudo Bologna) and Keith Hasbrouck (former star in the University of Siena)

SOURCE: Ridiculous Upside, Ridiculous Upside

Salva Guardia and Bizkaia Bilbao Basket part ways.

It's official. Salva Guardia was released by Bilbao Basket, after a year and a half in the team. Guardia signed until the end of this season, but won't finish it in Bilbao. Now, Guardia is said to sign soon with Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada, for the rest of the season and the next one. Veteran Spanish center played 73 games with the Basque team.


Robert "Tractor" Traylor won't play for Olympia Larisa

The deal seemed almost done, but at the end Robert "Tractor" Traylor decided not to play for Olympia Larisa. The American forward was released by his former team, Martos Napoli, because of the financial problems of the Italian club, so he didn't want to go to a team who was in the verge of bankrupt last year, like Olympia

SOURCE: Sport 24

Reno Bighorns trade Russell Robinson to Maine Red Claws in exchange of Will Blalock

The Reno Bighorns have acquired guard Will Blalock from the Maine Red Claws in exchange for guard Russell Robinson. Blalock, a 6-1 guard out of Iowa State, averaged 8.5 points and 5.6 assists with the Red Claws this season. He played in 14 NBA games with the Detroit Pistons in the 2006-07 season. Robinson played with Reno in its inaugural season last year, and returned for a second stint in 2009-10. He leaves the Bighorns averaging 16.4 points and 3.7 assists per game

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Javier Imbroda rejected an offer to become Lebanon NT coach; Aris and Spartak St. Petersburg showed interest in him

Former Real Madrid and Spain NT coach Javier Imbroda rejected an offer of the Lebanese Basketball Federation in December. Imbroda is not coaching any team since last summer, but rejected the offer. The reason was that the Federation wanted Imbroda to stay in Lebanon for 5 months before the next World Cup. Also Aris Salonica and Spartak St. Petersburg showed interest in Imbroda.

SOURCE: La Opinión de Málaga

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Le Havre signs former NBA player Ansu Sesay

French team Le Havre added to its roster the American forward Ansu Sesay. Former SuperSonics and Warriors player was last year in German team Alba Berlin, and was currently a free agent. 34-year-old player will come tomorrow to France to undergo the usual medical examinations.


Last movements in the D-League: Keith Brumbaugh, Jared Newson, Jason Straight and Ron Howard

SIOUX FALLS: Traded forward Keith Brumbaugh to Bakersfield in exchange of guard Jared Newson.

FORT WAYNE: Signed guard Jason Straight (recently waived by Dakota) and waived due to injury forward Ron Howard.

SOURCES: Our Sports Central, KSFY

Anthony Tolliver re-signs with Golden State Warriors for 10 extra days.

Center Anthony Tolliver will keep on playing for Golden State Warriors for 10 more days. The Californian NBA franchise signed him for a second 10-day contract because of his good performances for the team so far. Tolliver started the season in D-League team Idaho Stampede, and also played for 10 days in Portland Trail Blazers

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

Matt Walsh, still in Olimpija Ljubljana

Despite of the news coming from Italian sources, Matt Walsh is still an Union Olimpija player. American guard played last game against KK Zagreb. Walsh was rumoured to leave Ljubljana and to play in Vanoli Cremona, which recently waived Gary Forbes, apparently to make room for Walsh.

SOURCE: Kosarka

Ukrainian teams try to improve their rosters: Azovmash adds Maxim Ivshyn, and Khimik signs Ivan Koljevic

Azovmash Mariupol, which can't sign foreigner players due to a ban of FIBA, will complete his roster with center Maxim Ivshyn, former player of Azovmash reserve team, Budivelnyk and Poltava. Ivshyn started the season with BC Donetsk, before being released due to the team bankrupt.

Khimik also made a move, signing Montenegrin guard Ivan Koljevic, who started the season in Turkish team Bornova. He also have played for Bilbao, Olympiakos and Lietuvos Rytas, among other teams

SOURCES: Eurobasket, Eurobasket

Houston Rockets to send Jermaine Taylor to the D-League and call up Will Conroy

Houston Rockets are planning a couple of movements to the roster, involving their D-League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Rockets will send rookie guard to Vipers, and will call up Will Conroy, who was already in the preseason Houston roster.

SOURCE: Valley Central

Salva Guardia, close to be back to Fuenlabrada for the third time

Veteran center Salva Guardia could be soon transferred by his current team, Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, to Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada. 35 year old player hasn't played a single minute in the last two weeks. Guardia has spent 10 years of his career, in two different stages, playing for Fuenlabrada. His debut in ACB league was in 1992. Robert Conley is also rumoured to leave soon.

SOURCE: Aragon Radio

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Critterton, suspended for the rest of the season by the NBA

NBA commissioner David Stern has suspended Gilbert Arenas for the rest of the season, and the Washington Wizards' star guard has told associates that he will not appeal the league's decision, according to a league source. Crittenton also was suspended for the rest of the season in the decision handed down Wednesday afternoon. Both players pleaded guilty of an incident in Wizards locker involving guns.


Vanoli Cremona released Gary Forbes

As expected after Matt Walsh signing, Panamian guard Gary Forbes was waived by Vanoli Cremona, and is now a free agent. Forbes arrived this season to Italian team, after playing the last one in the D-League, in Philippines and in Venezuela. The first Forbes' European experience only lasted 5 months

SOURCE: Gruppo Triboldi Cremona

Umana Reyer signs Tyrone Grant, previously waived by Benetton, and Alvin Young

Italian LegaDue team Umana Reyer made some movements in the roster. After waiving guard Valentino Maxwell (now on a try out with A.B. Latina), Venetian club signed forward Tyrone Grant (recently waived by Lega A team Benetton Treviso) and guard Alvin Young (who started the season in Nuovo Pallacanestro Pavia)

SOURCES: Reyer, Reyer

Stephon Marbury is already in China to join Shanxi

Former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury is in China to sign the contract to play with CBA team Shanxi. His debut in Chinese league is on hold because of his physical condition, still to be tested by his new team. Marbury will be the highest-rated United States player to take part ever in the CBA.


Damir Miljkovic, back to KK Zagreb

Croatian guard Damir Miljkovic is back to KK Zagreb, his first professional team. 29 year old player left the team in 2006, and he played since then in Russia, Greece and, last season, in Polish team Turow Zgorzelec. Miljkovic was a free agent since last summer.

SOURCE: 057 Info

Trikala 2000 signs Bojan Bakic

Greek team Trikala 2000 have signed until the end of the season Bojan Bakic. The Montenegrin guard played last season in Poland, for Energa Czarni. Trikala will be the second Greek team Bakic plays for, after being part in Maroussi BC roster in 2008-09 season

SOURCE: AS Trikala

Former NBA player Alexander Johnson, signed by Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls Skyforce signed former NBA player Alexander Johnson. The D-League franchise waived Terrence Gamble (signed just a few days ago) to make room for the forward. Last season, Johnson played for Brose Baskets Bamberg in the German league. In his two first seasons as a professional, he played for Memphis and Miami, and played 5 games in the D-League (Arkansas RimRockers), assigned by Grizzlies.


Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, to release soon Robert Conley

American forward Robert Conley didn't play in the EuroCup game between his club, Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, and Benetton Treviso. Conley, signed this year first to a month contract, and then for the rest of the season, is set to leave the team soon.

SOURCE: El Correo Digital

Caja Laboral won't sign a replacement for Stanko Barac

After days of tracking the market looking for a replacement for injured center Stanko Barac, Caja Laboral finally gave up. The Spanish team didn't find any player who could fit in the roster with a reasonable salary, so they will play the Top 16 with just one real center, Tiago Splitter. The only signing before the next Euroleague stage will be Taquan Dean.


New Yorker Phantoms inks veteran Marcus Goree

Former Euroleague star, Marcus Goree, is back to Germany. 32 year old forward was signed by the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig to replace injured Nate Fox. Goree also played in Germany during the 2002-03 season in Opel Skyliners Frankfurt. Former CSKA and Maccabi player was last season in Russia, playing for Triumph Lyubertsy

SOURCE: New Yorker Phantoms

Bobby Brown traded to the Clippers; JamesOn Curry is waived

New Orleans Hornets traded guard Bobby Brown in exchange for Los Angeles Clippers 2014 draft second round. This is the second time Clippers and Hornets make a deal this season, after the trade of Rasual Butler to Los Angeles. To make room to Brown, Clippers waived JamesOn Curry, recently signed to a 10-day contract from the D-League

SOURCE: L.A. Times

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cajasol and Maurice Ager part ways

American forward Maurice Ager have requested to leave Cajasol, and the Spanish team agreed. Ager will come back to United States, to find more playing minutes. Former Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets player have had an unsuccesful season so far in Europe.

SOURCE: Baloncesto Sevilla

Chris Booker, new signing for Energa Czarni

Energa Czarni has signed back American center Chris Booker, who played in the Polish team last season. Booker began the season in Ukrainian team Khimik, but now he's back to Slupsk, where he averaged 12.2 points, 6.1 boards and 1.2 blocks last season in the Polish league (PLK)

SOURCE: Energa Czarni

Aaron Pettway, waived by Ventspils

American center Aaron Pettway was waived by Latvian team Ventspils. The current Latvian champions were unhappy with this performance this year and with his attitude on court. 29-years-old player came from French team Strasbourg this season, and averaged 6.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in Baltic League so far. A replacement for Pettway is expected to be signed soon.

SOURCE: BK Ventspils

Zalgiris loans Zygimantas Janavicius to Aisciai for the rest of the season

Young prospect Zygimantas Janavicius was loaned to Aisciai by his current team, Zalgiris Kaunas. The arrival of Mario Delas and Aleksandar Capin make harder to the coaches to give playing time to Janavicius. The Lithuanian guard averaged 5.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists this year in 14 games in the LKL.

SOURCE: Lithuania Basketball

Dragan Raca, new coach for Pizza Express Apollon

Cyprus team Pizza Express Apollon signed Cypriot-Serbian coach Dragan Raca for the remainder of this season and the next. Raca, former coach of APOEL Nicosia, is back to work after six months without a team, after leaving AEL Limassol. Apollon has the fourth best balance in Cyprus Division A with 7 victories and 4 defeats

SOURCE: Eurobasket

Memphis Grizzlies pass on Von Wafer

For the second time, Von Wafer was rumoured to be a Grizzly, and for the second time the deal wasn't done. The Tennessee franchise will keep a roster spot open in case of trade, and won't sign the former Olympiakos player. Memphis is willing to trade one of his 2010 first round picks to make a move. Miami and Utah are the most likely franchises to negociate with Grizzlies.

SOURCE: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Pepsi Caserta signed Robert Hite, after being waived by Sutor Montegranaro

Pepsi Caserta moved quickly after Sutor Montegranaro waived Robert Hite, and signed the American guard. Hite will replace injured Tim Bowers. Before being released by Montegranaro, former NBA player averaged 9.3 points this season in Lega A. Hite played last season for Tau Vitoria and Oostende.

SOURCE: Eco di Caserta

Lietuvos Rytas inks Igor Milosevic

After the last days conversations between both teams, Lietuvos Rytas signed Serbian guard Igor Milosevic for the rest of the season, with an option for an extra year. Milosevic is currently playing the Euroligue with Maroussi BC, and will play his last game with the Greek team in Barcelona next Thursday. 23-years-old player played also in Iraklis, Red Star and Olympiakos

SOURCE: Lietuvos Rytas

Alba Berlin signs Cemal Nalga

German team Alba Berlin will sign Cemal Nalga, who was in a try out after leaving Turkey to avoid to go to the military service. The Turkish center will reforce the team for the EuroCup Last 16, and for the second half of the BBL. Former Galatasaray player is currently suspended to play in the TBL.

SOURCE: Alba Berlin

Monday, January 25, 2010

Pau-Lacq-Orthez signs Marko Maravic

Slovenian forward Marko Maravic is the new player of the historical French team Pau-Lacq-Orthez, now trying to get out of the LNB ProB. Maravic played last year for Union Olimpija in his home country, and also played in Spain, Italy and Ukraine. 30-years-old player will add some experience to Pau roster.

SOURCE: Elan Bearnais

New Orleans Hornets adquire Aaron Gray in exchange of Devin Brown

The New Orleans Hornets have traded guard Devin Brown to the Chicago Bulls for reserve big man Aaron Gray. Bulls add a good shooter to fill the void left by Ben Gordon, while the Hornets brings a big man to play from the bench after the trade of Hilton Amstrong to Sacramento


Olympia Larisa to sign Robert "Tractor" Traylor

After failing to convince former Hawks player Othello Hunter, Olympia Larisa is set to sign another ex NBA player. Robert "Tractor" Traylor, a free agent since he was released by Martos Napoli when the Italian team went to bankrupt, is the objective of Greek team. Chris Massie would leave the team if Traylor is finally signed by Larisa.

SOURCE: Sportnet

Brandon Brown, back to Lithuania: Suduva signs him

Brandon Brown, released this month by Siauliai, will continue his career in Lithuania, after being signed by Suduva. The American forward will replace Marius Janisius, who played just two games with Suduva, and left the team after scoring 19 points and capturing 10 boards in his last game against Rudupis


Amaré Stoudamire to Minnesota for Ricky Rubio's rights?

According to ESPN Insider, Phoenix would inquire for Ricky Rubio's rights to Minnesota in exchange of Amaré Stoudamire. David Kahn, GM of Minnesota, has been reluctant in the past to trade the rights for the top European prospect, but the chance of getting an All-Star would make him change his mind.


CB Granada, interested in Ermin Jazvin

CB Granada is interested in Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin. Spanish club wants to add a new player for the frontcourt before the Spanish tradeline, set on January 31st. Jazvin played last year in Russian team Spartak Primorje Vladivostok, and is currently a free agent. 29-years-old player was in the Bosnian NT in the last European Championship Qualification.

SOURCE: La Opinión de Granada

End of the story: Shawn Taggart leaves Israel, and will play in Spain

Finally, Shawn Taggart has left Ironi Nahariya, and will be presented soon by Spanish team Cáceres 2016. Taggart was released because of a clause of his contract, allowing him to leave the team in case of not being paid. The financial problems of Ironi Nahariya did the rest. The American player is already in Spain

SOURCE: Piratas del Basket

Duane Woodward will play in Lebanon; Cheikh Samb to be his teammate

Lebanese team Al Mouttahed signed American player Duane Wooward. Former Montepachi Siena guard spent last season in Argentina playing for Boca Juniors. This wouldn't be the only important signing, according to some rumours that place Senegalese center Cheikh Samb also in Mouttahed. Former NBA player is a free agent since his temporary contract with Real Madrid expired.

SOURCE: Asia Basket

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Utah Jazz to re-assign Kosta Koufos to the D-League

Utah Jazz plan on reassigning the second-year center Kosta Koufos to their D-League affiliate, the Utah Flash. The international Greek player is playing just 3.6 minutes per game this season for the Jazz. This would be the second time Koufos plays for Utah Flash. Last year, he averaged 16.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.0 assists before begin recalled after 10 games.

SOURCE: Deseret News

Caja Laboral signs Taquan Dean for a 1 month contract to play Euroleague

Caja Laboral have signed guard Taquan Dean for a 1-month contract. Dean, who was released from Unicaja a week ago, will only play Euroleague with the Spanish team. Caja Laboral is also expected to sign a frontcourt player soon to replace injured center Stanko Barac.


John Wall will enter in the next NBA draft

Top NCAA prospect John Wall will enter in the next NBA draft, as he has confirmed. Wall, currently playing for the University of Kentucky, is considered the most likely player to be drafted in the first place. Teams like Nets are expecting to have the young guard in his roster next year.

SOURCE: Kentucky Sports

Bosna Sarajevo fires Donald Copeland

American guard Donald Copeland was fired by Bosna Sarajevo after not appearing in any team training since Friday. Copeland played last year in Polish team Turow Zgorzelec. Now, the goal of the new coach Dejan Parezanin will be to try to stop the disintegration of the team due to the bad atmosphere caused by the financial crisis of the historical Bosnian club.

SOURCE: Sportal

Lottomatica Roma to sign Tadija Dragicevic

After being released by Red Star after forgiving the 120.000 euros debt the club owed to him, Tadija Dragicevic has found a new team. Lottomatica Roma will sign on Wednesday the former Red Star captain until the end of the season. Panathinaikos, which finally signed Marcus Haislip, was also interested in Dragicevic. Italian club will try to compete for the Lega after not qualifying for the Euroleague Top 16

SOURCE: Sportal

Shawn Taggart to remain in Israel, won't go to Cáceres 2016

Through the transfer of Shawn Taggart was officially announced by Spanish team Cáceres 2016, finally the American center will stay in Ironi Nahariya until the end of the season, acording to Israel media. Taggart was convinced by his current team not to accept the Cáceres offer.


Portland Trail Blazers recall again Patrick Mills from the D-League

Australian guard Patrick Mills is back to the Blazers rotation after being suddenly recalled from the Oregon franchise before taking a flight to New Mexico with his D-League team, Idaho Stampede. Mills have averaged in 5 games player in the D-League 25.6 points and 5.4 boards in 35.2 minutes so far. This is the second recall the player gets from Blazers

SOURCE: Oregon Live

Veteran center Nikola Prkacin, another option for Maccabi Tel Aviv

Maccabi hasn't decided yet what player is gonna be the substitute of Maciej Lampe to face the Euroleague Top 16. Names like Dimitris Mavroeidis (Maroussi BC), Vladimir Golubovic (Union Olimpija) and Miroslav Raduljica (FMP Zeleznik) are between the candidates. The new player to be considered is veteran 34-years-old Nikola Prkacin, currently in KK Zagreb.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Flinder Boyd is back to UK and joined Newcastle Eagles

International British guard Flinder Boyd is back to the British Basketball League after joining Newcastle Eagles. Boyd played a key role in the National Team which almost send Spanish NT (which was the final winner) out of the Eurobasket. The 32-years-old guard was without a team since then. His last club was Leicester Riders, in the same BBL.

SOURCE: British Basketball League

Utah Jazz to sign Sundiata Gaines for the rest of the season

Finally, it seems that the new Energy Center hero will finish the season in Salt Lake City. Despite his limited role as 3rd guard in Jerry Sloan rotation, Utah Jazz is expected to sign rookie Sundiata Gaines for the rest of the season, after two 10-day contracts. In seven games played by far, Saines has averaged 3.0 points and 1.0 assists.

SOURCE: Salt Lake Tribune

AZS Koszalin signs Serbian forward Mirko Kovac

Mirko Kovac is already a Koszalin player, after the Polish club signed him. 26-years-old forward played for Red Star the last three seasons, after a great season in OKK Belgrade. This will be the first foreign experience for the Serbian forward

SOURCE: BeoExcell

Cleveland Cavaliers to sign Cedric Jackson for a 10-day contract

After the injuries of Mo Williams and Delonte West, Cavs have decided to add another point guard to the rotation of Cleveland, which only has Daniel Gibson as a healthy one. Cedric Jackson is expected to be signed for 10 days with the NBA franchise. Jackson, former player of Cleveland State University, comes from D-League team Erie BayHawks

SOURCE: Cleveland.com

Cáceres 2016 and Ira Newble part ways; Spanish team inks Shawn Taggart

Ira Newble left Cáceres 2016 to go to the United States to fully recover of his tendinitis, and have agreed to a buy out with the team. Spanish LEB Oro team has moved quickly, and has signed Shawn Taggart. Former Memphis Tigers player started the season with Ironi Nahariya, in Israel.


Clippers waive injured Kareem Rush and sign JamesOn Curry to 10-day contract

Los Angeles Clippers have decide to waive forward Karemm Rush to make room for a 10-day contract to guard JamesOn Curry, who was playing in D-League team Springfield Armor. Curry started the season with Cyprus team Proteas EKA AEL before moving to Springfield. Kareem Rush suffered a torn right ACL in november, and underwent with a season-ending surgery to repair the knee

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Alba Berlin signs Iowa State player Lucca Staiger

Alba Berlin has signed guard Lucca Steiger until 2012. Steiger recently left Iowa State college where he was playing last two years, because the young German prospect decided to go back to his home country. That signing mean that guard Oskar Fassler will go to Pro A team Jena.

SOURCE: Eurohopes

Current D-League MVP, Courtney Sims, has returned to Iowa Energy

Courtney Sims has signed with Iowa Energy, his former franchise in the D-League. 26-years-old center played this season for a month in Russian team CSKA Moscow before being replaced by Pops Mensah-Bonsu, and now he's back to the D-League, where last year he was the Regular Season MVP and the shared All-Star MVP with Blake Ahearn. Sims will replace Taylor Griffin, who was recalled by Phoenix Suns

SOURCE: Usbasket

Atlanta Hawks sign Mario West to second 10-days contract

Mario West will continue playing for Atlanta Hawks for 10 more days. The NBA franchise have signed for a second 10-days contract former Georgia Tech player. 25-years-old guard played two seasons for the Hawks until last season, when he became a free agent. After playing in the D-League Maine Red Claws, Atlanta call him back to sign him a temporary contract.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Alex Righetti extends contract with Virtus Bolonia until the end of the season

Forward Alex Righetti will finish the season with his current team, Virtus Bolonia. The "bianconeri" has decided to extend the contract with the player until the end of the season. Olympic Silver medal in Athens with the Italian NT, Righetti is well known for his 7 seasons in Virtus Roma, and is playing for Bolonia since 2008.

SOURCE: Notiziario Italiano

Panathinaikos signed Marcus Haislip until the end of the season

Marcus Haislip is already a Panathinaikos player. The American power forward was waived hours earlier by San Antonio Spurs, and will join current European champion. Haislip will earn 1.5 million euros until the end of the season. Haislip, after a troubled short comeback to the United States, is back to Europe, and will replace injured Kostas Tsartsaris in the Euroleague Top 16

SOURCE: Draftexpress Twitter

Friday, January 22, 2010

Red Star and captain Tadija Dragicevic part ways

Red Star has agreed to release captain Tadija Dragicevic. Euroleague teams like Maccabi Tel Aviv and Panathinaikos are reported to be interested in this 23-years-old power forward, drafted last year in the second round by Utah Jazz.

SOURCE: KK Crvena Zvedza

Lonny Baxter to leave Besiktas, and join Brose Baskets Bamberg

Turkish team Besiktas financial crisis is about to ruin a good start of the season in the TBL. Top players like Lonny Baxter and Mike Chatman could leave the team soon. American center Lonny Baxter, who hasn't recieve any money from the club in 3 months, is about to leave the club and sign with German team Brose Baskets Bamberg.

SOURCE: Haber 1903

Cibona releases Vedran Princ

Guard Vedran Princ is no longer player of Cibona, after being released by the Croatian team. Princ was reported to have a verbal fight with coach Velimir Perasovic. Former Siroki player is now a free agent, through coming back to Bosnia is an option for him.

SOURCE: Sport Index

Last movements in Israel: B.J. McKie, Steven Smith, DeMarco Johnson, Oded Brandwein, Travis Best...

HAPOEL ALUFA: Signed Oded Brandwein (previously in Elitzur Ramle, from National League) and waived B.J. McKie and Avi Nanikashvili

IRONI NAHARIYA: Signed Steven Smith (last year in Kolossos Rhodes) and waived DeMarco Johnson

HAPOEL HOLON: Sent Noam Matalon to B.C. Habikaa, in the National League. Travis Best, free agent after being released from Martos Napoli, was offered to Hapoel Holon.

SOURCES: Walla! Sports, Walla! Sports, Winner League Twitter

David Marek and Xacobeo Blu:Sens part ways

Czech guard David Marek is no longer player of Xacobeo Blu:Sens. The 24-years-old player and the club agreed to end their relationship. Marek played in the affiliated team of Xacobeo in EBA league (Marín Peixe Galego), and now he will continue his career in the other team of Santiago de Compostela, LEB Plata team Beirasar Rosalía

SOURCE: Xacobeo Blu:Sens

Nico Gianella extends contract with CB Granada

Argentinian guard Nicolás "Nico" Gianella extends his contract, which expires this season, with CB Granada. Gianella is currently on his fifth season with Spanish team, and he's one of the most beloved players for Granada fans. 32-years-old player is the starting guard for coach Trifón Poch

SOURCE: Piratas del Basket

Bosna Sarajevo hires Dejan Parezanin as the new coach

Former Bosna Sarajevo player Dejan Parezanin is the new head coach of the historic Bosnian team. Serbian 38-years-old coach was in charge of the Bosna junior team and an assistant of former coach Goran Sehovac, who left the team after the last defeat against Cedevita Zagreb

SOURCE: Kosarka

J.R. Giddens assigned to the Maine Red Claws by the Celtics

J.R. Giddens is the third player assigned by the Celtics to the D-League this season, after Lester Husdon (now in Grizzlies) and Bill Walker. Sophomore guard Giddens will play for Maine Red Claws after playing just 4.7 minutes in 21 games with the Celtics

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Pepe Sánchez back to Argentina, will play for Obras Sanitarias

Argentinian guard Juan Ignacio "Pepe" Sánchez is about to sign for Obras Sanitarias. Former NBA player is back to his home country after 14 years playing in United States and Europe. Last season he played for Real Madrid, though he didn't finish the season. He won the Olympic gold medal with his National Team in Athens'2004

SOURCE: Obras Sanitarias

Estonian legend Martin Muursepp, close to sign with Rakvere Tarvas

The only Estonian player ever to play in the NBA, Martin Muursepp, could join current leader of his home country league, Rakvere Tarvas, until the end of the season. Muursepp, a free agent, could joint Rakvere trainings soon. The 35-years-old power forward played between 1996 and 1998 for Miami and Dallas in the NBA.

SOURCE: Postimees

Lietuvos Rytas and Maroussi BC, in talks to trade Igor Milosevic

Lietuvos Rytas and Maroussi BC are close to agreement to trade Igor Milosevic to the Lithuanian team. The 23-years-old Serbian guard would be the substitute of Bojan Popovic in Rytas, after the leaving of Bojan Popovic to Efes Pilsen. The buy out fee could be around 50.000 euros

SOURCE: Lithuania Basketball

Henrik Dettmann, new coach of Dijon

Henrik Dettmann is the new coach of French team Dijon, 10 days after the leaving of Randoald Dessarzin. Dettmann is the current Finnish NT coach, and also coached in German NT, Mitteldeutscher and Braunschweig in his home country. His next goal will be saving Dijon from relegation to ProB


Bosna Sarajevo misses coach Goran Sehovac and player Matija Ceskovic

Goran Sehovac left Bosna Sarajevo after the last defeat of the historical Bosnian team against Cedevita. Former 1979 European champion would have to hire the third coach of the season. At the same time, guard Matija Ceskovic has signed with Hungarian team Kaposvari, and will meet again with his former coach Vlada Vukoicic, who started the season with Bosna Sarajevo

SOURCES: Eurobasket, Court Side

KK Zadar "steals" coach Danijel Jusup to Siroki

Danijel Jusup left Siroki bench just a week after signing the Bosnian team. Now, former Lokomotiv Rostov coach is back to KK Zadar, where he stayed for 5 years during the 90's. Zadar fired Zmago Samadin just a few days ago. Now, Siroki would have to find the third coach in 7 days.

SOURCE: Eurobasket

Last movements in the D-League: John Edwards, Cory Underwood, Keith McLeod, Patrick Mutombo...

IDAHO: Signed forward Cory Underwood (recently waived by Albuquerque Thunderbirds) to replace Anthony Tolliver, now in the Warriors.

IOWA: Recently signed forward John Edwards was traded to Bakersfield in exchange for forward Justin Hawkins

ALBUQUERQUE: Re-adquired guard Tony Dandridge (waived 11 days ago by injury), and waived by injury ex-NBA guard Keith McLeod

BAKERSFIELD: Besides recieving John Edwards, signed guard Patrick Mutombo (played last season in Greek team Trikala 2000) to replace Amara Sy who left the team to play for CB Murcia

SOURCES: Usbasket, Usbasket, Usbasket, Usbasket

Bulgarian prospect Hristo Zahariev loaned to Chernomorets Burgas by Cimberio Varese

Cimberio Varese has loaned guard Hristo Zahariev to Bulgarian team Chernomorets Burgas. 19-years-old player, born in Bulgary, only played one game so far this season, and will have more competitive minutes back to his country.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

Banca Tercas Teramo waives James Thomas

Former NBA player James Thomas was waived by Italian team Banca Tercas Teramo. The American power forward only played 5 games this season. The arrival of Romanian player Virgil Stanescu relegated him at the bottom of the bench, and now it's a free agent

SOURCE: Teramo Basket

Umana Reyer signs veteran center Andrea Camata until the end of the season

It's official. After a brief try out, Andrea Camata has signed a contract for playing until the end of the season for LegaDue team Umana Reyer. Veteran international Italian center it's back to professional basketball at his 36 years.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Caja Laboral to find a temporary substitute for injured Stanko Barac

Caja Laboral center, Stanko Barac, has a left foot injury, so he will be out of the courts for at least one month. Croatian player will miss the Spanish Cup and probably Euroleague Top 16. His club is already tracking the market for a substitute for Barac in the frontcourt.

SOURCE: La Verdad

Memphis Grizzlies interested again in Von Wafer. Ronnie Brewer and Dorrell Wright, also in their shortlist

Chris Wallace has confirmed they are still interested in signing guard Von Wafer, free agent since leaving Greek team Olympiakos. Wafer is not the only SG to be in Memphis shortlist. Grizzlies have also shown interest in Ronnie Brewer (Utah) and Dorrell Wright (Miami)

SOURCE: The Memphis Commercial Appeal

Manu Ginóbili doesn't expect to extend his contract with San Antonio Spurs

Argentinian forward Manu Ginóbili is disappointed with the lack of news about his contract extension with San Antonio Spurs. Former NBA Best Sixth Man and All-Star will become a free agent next summer, and he's beginning to assume he won't be a Spur next year

SOURCE: Clarín

Portland Trail Blazers would send Andre Miller to Washington for Brendan Haywood

Injures have hit Blazers rotation especially in the frontcourt. With Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla out for the season, Nate McMillan only has Juwan Howard as a center, so they need another one urgently. The target is now Brendan Haywood, and they're willing to trade Andre Miller to Washington in exchange of him.


Matt Walsh to play in Vanoli Cremona

American guard Matt Walsh has agreed terms with Italian team Vanoli Cremona. The third top scorer in the Euroleague Regular Season leaves Union Olimpija, in a complicated financial situation. CSKA Moscow was interested in Walsh, but finally he will follow his former teammate Sani Becirovic (currently in Armani Jeans Milano), and will play in Lega A.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

Chinese team Guandong signs Cedric Simmons

Another NBA player will compete in the Chinese league. Forward Cedric Simmons, who played last season in Sacramento Kings, has agreed terms with one of the top contenders to the Chinese title, Guandong New Century Leopards. Simmons was a free agent.

SOURCE: Asia Basket

English prospect Ryan Richards, loaned by Gran Canaria to BBC Monthey

Young prospect Ryan Richards has been loaned to Swiss team BBC Monthey by his current team, Gran Canaria 2014. The agreement will bring Richards to Monthey for a month, but both parts can extend the loan if they are satisfied. Richards played for the junior Gran Canaria team in EBA league

SOURCE: Gran Canaria 2014

Phoenix Suns recall Taylor Griffin from the D-League

After 10 games in the D-League, averaging 8.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in 27.1 minutes, rookie forward Taylor Griffin is back to Phoenix Suns, after being recalled by the NBA franchise. The brother of Blake Griffin were assigned to Suns affiliate, Iowa Energy

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Mario Austin and Meridiano Alicante part ways

As expected after the arrival of Pape Sow, American center Mario Austin was released by Meridiano Alicante. His overweight problems at the start of the season, and his lower than expected performances were the key of this resolution. Austin is now a free agent

SOURCE: Información

Suspended Cemal Nalga on trial with the Alba Berlin

Cemal Nalga, currently under a 2-year suspension for the Turkish Basketball League because of the Galatasaray T-shirt scandal (he suplanted a teammate to compete under another suspension), is on trial with the Alba Berlín. Turkish 22-years-old player wants to avoid the Turkish military service.

SOURCE: Berliner Morgenpost

Marcus Haislip, a NBA option por Panathinaikos, which is also interested in Tadija Dragicevic

American forward Marcus Haislip, currently playing in San Antonio Spurs, is the new player rumored to be on the Panathinaikos radar to be the substitute of injured Kostas Tsartsaris. Ex Unicaja and Efes Pilsen player isn't having chances in the Spurs. Tadija Dragicevic, now in Red Star, is another option por PAO


Golden State Warriors sign to second 10-days contract forward Cartier Martin

Golden State Warriors, after calling up Anthony Tolliver from D-League, have signed to second 10-days contract forward Cartier Martin. Martin, who started the season in Benetton Treviso before being waived, comes from Iowa Energy. In four games with Warriors, Martin averaged 7.0 points and 5.8 boards.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

VEF Riga signs Sandis Valters

Sandis Valters is back to VEF Riga. The son of Soviet legend and current VEF Riga coach, Valdis Valters, was a free agent since summer, when he left LegaDue team Imola. The 31-years-old guard (also brother of DKV Joventut player, Kristaps) will be the substitute of Martynas Mazeika, now in AEK Athens


Ainars Bagatskis to be named Latvia NT coach

Former Latvian international player, and currently at the helm of Russian team Enisey Krasnoyarks, Ainars Bagatskis, will be confirmed on February 3rd as the new Latvian NT coach. Bagatskis will be the substitute of Kestutis Kemzura, now Lithuanian NT and Lokomotiv Kuban coach.


Bulls interested in bring Andrés Nocioni back from Sacramento

Chicago Bulls would be interested in a trade with Sacramento that would bring back Argentinan forward Andrés Nocioni to the Windy City. Former Bulls player is in the Kings transfer list, which would like to transfer his $21 million contract during the next three seasons, especially with Dominican forward Francisco Garcia set to play after his injury in two weeks

SOURCE: Sacramento Bee

Joe Alexander to be assigned to D-League by Milwaukee Bucks

Sophomore forward Joe Alexander will be assigned by his current franchise, the Milwaukee Bucks, to the D-League affiliate Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Alexander is coming from a hamstring injury, and will have the chance to be back into basketball shape in the NBA Development League

SOURCE: Ridiculous Upside

Siualiai inks back Marius Prekevicius

Back from the Ukranian league, Marius Prekevicius has signed for his previous team in Lithuania, Siauliai. Prekevicius started the season in Azovmash Mariupol, but leaved the team when coach Rimas Girskis was sacked.

SOURCE: Lithuania Basketball

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Movements in Aris: Rob Kurz in, Dragan Labovic out

David Blatt is making changes in his new team. Aris Thessaloniki has signed Americanforward Rob Kurz, currently playing in D-League franchise Fort Wayne Mad Ants, and they will release Serbian forward Dragan Labovic. Kurz played last year in Golden State Warriors, in the NBA

SOURCE: Sport 24

Efes Pilsen rules out Jeremiah Massey signing, now targeting James Gist

Efes Pilsen ruled out the arrival of former Real Madrid player. His physical condition is not optimal, according to the club trainers. The new target of the Turkish team is American forward James Gist, currently playing for Lokomotiv Kuban in the Russian Super League

SOURCE: Gazete Vatan

Reno Bighorns trade Marcus Hubbard to Alburquerque in exchange for Yaroslav Korolev

D-League Reno Bighorns have adquired former first-rounder 2005 NBA draft pick Yaroslav Korolev in exchange for Marcus Hubbard, coming from Alburquerque Thunderbirds. Russian forward Korolev, who played two seasons for Los Angeles Clippers, is averaging 11.3 points and 5.8 boards. Forward Marcus Hubbard averaged in Bighorns 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds

SOURCE: The Reno Gazette-Journal

Taquan Dean to leave Unicaja: Armani Jeans and Aris Thessaloniki are interested

Taquan Dean and Unicaja are negociating the buy out of the contract both parts signed until the end of the season. Unicaja is reported to pay more than 200.000 euros to release Dean, who will become a free agent. Armani Jeans Milano and Aris Thessaloniki are interested in the American guard.

SOURCE: Diario Sur

Veteran center Andrea Camata tested by Umana Reyer

36-years-old Italian center Andrea Camata is being tested by LegaDue team Umana Reyer to improve the technical level of training and, at the same time, to evaluate a possible addition to the roster. Camata is at the end of a great basketball career, and had played for several Lega teams and even in Spanish ACB

SOURCE: Vesport

Lietuvos Rytas sends Lukas Brazdauskis to secondary team Perlas

New movement in Lietuvos Rytas. After bringing back Jonas Valanciunas from Perlas, now Lukas Bradzauskis is going the opposite way, and will be loaned to secondary Vilnius team by Rytas. After the arrival of Kenan Bajramovic, there was no place for the young forward in the Lietuvos Rytas roster.

SOURCE: Lithuania Basketball

Gabe Pruitt, back to Utah Flash

Former Celtics guard Gabe Pruitt is back to the D-League just a couple of days after being waived by Los Angeles D-fenders. Pruitt has signed with the team he played last year as an asignee by the Celtics, the Utah Flash. The rookie alumni of UCLA, Joe Darger, is also a new signing for Flash. Lee Cummard and injured Jason Richards leave the team to make room for the two new additions

SOURCE: Salt City Hoops

Cleveland Cavaliers offer Zydrunas Ilgauskas in exchange for David West

Cleveland Cavaliers have made a run at David West, the All-Star power forward of New Orleans Hornets, and are willing to offer Zydrunas Ilgauskas in exchange for West. The plan would be that Hornets buy Ilgauskas contract out, to let Cleveland sign again the Lithuanian center 30 days after. That would make New Orleans avoid to pay the luxury tax

SOURCE: The Mourning Journal

Panathinaikos wants a subsitute for injured Kostas Tsartsaris: Andre Hutson is the favourite

Current Euroleague champion Panathinaikos wants to replace Kostas Tsartsaris for the Top 16 which is about to start next week. Names like Bostjan Nachbar, Miroslav Raduljica and Kostas Kaimakoglou are on the mix, but the favourite player is Andre Hutson, from Lottomatica Roma.

SOURCE: Gazzeta

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Houston Rockets extend Rick Adelman's contract for one more year

Houston Rockets picked up the opcion to extend Rick Adelman, his head coach, for another year. The intention of the Texan franchise is also sign the rest of the coaching staff (Elston Turner, Jack Sikma, T.R. Dunn and R.J. Adelman).

SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

Josh Asselin, second signing in a row for CB Murcia

CB Murcia has announced the signing of Josh Asselin. The American center (with Dominican passport) started the season with Cajasol, but was waived, signing as a free agent with BC Donetsk. The failure of the Ukranian team has allowed Asselin to come back to Spain. CB Murcia have also just inked Amara Sy.


CB Murcia inks Amara Sy

French forward Amara Sy is the new signing of CB Murcia. Sy comes from Bakersfield Jam, but is best known in Europe because of his years in ASVEL Villeurbanne and Le Mans. He also played for AEK Athens in Greece. This season, the 28-years-old player was playing for Bakersfield Jam, in the D-League

SOURCE: La Verdad

Lietuvos Rytas expresses interest on recovering Hollis Price; Aron Baynes to remain in Vilnius team

Rimas Kurtinaitis, head coach of Lietuvos Rytas, confirmed the interest of Lithuanian team in bringing back guard Hollis Price, currently in Armani Jeans Milano, to replace Bojan Popovic, transfered to Efes Pilsen. Also, it seems than Kurtinaitis stepped back in his intentions of letting Aron Baynes leave the team, and the Australian center will remain in Rytas roster until the end of the season

SOURCE: Basket News

Panionios keeps on shaking the roster: Vasco Evtimov out, Lazaros Agadakos in

Panionios has released Bulgarian center Vasco Evtimov after adding to the roster Serbian forward Dejan Borovnjak, loaned from Lietuvos Rytas. That won't be the only change on Athenas team, because Greek center Lazaros Agadakos will join the team in the next days.

SOURCE: Eurobasket

Efes Pilsen signs Bojan Popovic

Lietuvos Rytas has transferred guard Bojan Popovic to Efes Pilsen, as the Turkish team has confirmed on its website. Popovic, former player of teams like Unicaja and Lagun Aro GBC, was one of the best point guards from Euroleague Regular Season, and was honored with the October MVP award.

SOURCE: Efes Pilsen

Lottomatica Roma asks for a trade to Efes Pilsen between Ibrahim Jaaber and Bostjan Nachbar

Coming from a hurtful defeat in Lega against Virtus Bolonia, and out of the Euroleague Top 16, Lottomatica Roma wants to make important changes in the roster. Herve Toure and Ricky Minard are set to leave the team, which is now talking with Efes Pilsen about the possible transfer of Ibrahim Jaaber to Efes Pilsen. Italian team is trying to bring Bostjan Nachbar in change of Jaaber.

SOURCE: Basket Central

CB Granada reactivates interest for Uros Slokar

Spanish team CB Granada are looking for a UE center to reforce the frontcourt. Uros Slokar, who has been on the ACB team shortlist several times, could be the main target if the economical situation of Granada allows his signing. Slokar is currently playing for Union Olimpija, also in a huge financial crisis


Poznan part ways with A.J. Graves

PBG Basket Poznan has announced the release of guard A.J. Graves, who averaged 7.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists by game so far. Former Butler University alumni, Graves was requested to solve the contract by the club, which considered there was no place for three foreign guards.

SOURCE: PBG Basket Poznan

Ironi Ramat-Gan signs John Sharper

The current worst team in the Israel Super League, Ironi Ramat-Gan (no victories yet in 10 games) is trying to improve its results with the signing of American guard John Sharper. Former player of Ukranian team Budivelnyk, Sharper comes from Agios Dometios of the Cyprian league.

SOURCE: Winner League Twitter

Oriol Junyent leaves Xacobeo Blu:Sens

Center Oriol Junyent wasn't be extended by Xacobeo Blu:Sens. The veteran player was signed for a month after the injuries Xacobeo suffered in its frontcourt. With the full recovery of Marc Jackson and Héctor Manzano, Junyent leaves the team and will become a free agent. Earlier this season, the center also played with a monthly contract for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid

SOURCE: Xacobeo Blu:Sens

Monday, January 18, 2010

Mickael Gelabale to remain in Cholet until the end of the season

French forward Mickael Gelabale will extend his monthly contract with Cholet Basket until the end of the season. The former Seattle SuperSonics and Real Madrid player is improving his game after the serious knee injury he suffered in the NBA. His averages in the LNB are 8.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 23 minutes.

SOURCE: Le Télégramme

Unicaja signs Zabian Dowdell

Jonathan Givony has reported in his Twitter than Zabian Dowdell, guard from the D-League Tulsa 66ers, has signed with Spanish team Unicaja de Málaga. Dowdell, a 25 years old alumni from Georgia Tech, played in Nancy (French LNB) and Casale (Italy LegaDue) before signing with Tulsa 66ers this season

SOURCE: Twitter Draftexpress

Benetton fires Frank Vitucci, hires Jasmin Repesa

Benetton Treviso has fired his coach Frank Vitucci, and has signed Jasmin Repesa as his substitute. Bosnian coach Repesa will go back to Italy after his succesful years in Fortitudo Bolonia and Lottomatica Roma. The new Benetton coach was unemployed after leaving the Croatian NT

SOURCE: Il Cittadino

Dejan Borovnjak, loaned to Panionios

Lietuvos Rytas has loaned Dejan Borovnjak to Panionios until the end of the season. Serbian power forward lost his place in the Rimas Kurtinaitis' rotation after the arrival of Jonas Valanciunas and Kenan Bajramovic, and will try to release his career in the Greek league

SOURCE: Lietuvos Rytas

Galil Gilboa adds Marcus Cousin to the roster

Israelian team Galil Gilboa has signed American center Marcus Cousin for the rest of the season. Cousin came this season from the University of Houston, and began his rookie year with Mersin Buyuksehir, playing just seven games with the Turkish team.

SOURCE: Eurobasket

Real Madrid and Jeremiah Massey part ways

Spanish team Real Madrid has announced that Jeremiah Massey is no longer player of the "White" club. Massey was not in the plans of Ettore Messina, and have spent the season practicing with the affiliated LEB Silver team. Now is a free agent, and rumours say he could sign with CB Murcia soon. Another teams which could be interested on him are Zalgiris Kaunas and Maccabi Tel Aviv

SOURCE: Real Madrid

Melvin Ely in talks with Beijing

Former NBA center Melvin Ely is negociating his signing with Chinese team Beijing. Ely is a free agent since last summer, when he ended his contract with New Orleans Hornets. Beijing is ready to pay a monthly $50.000 salary for the 31-years-old player.


Curtis Millage leaves Union Olimpija

American guard Curtis Millage leaves Union Olimpija after finishing the temporary contract he signed with the Slovenian team. Millage came to Ljubljana to replace injured Vlado Ilievski

SOURCE: Kosarka

Le Havre signs Victor King for the rest of the season

American guard Victor King has signed with French team Le Havre until the end of this season. King is back to the French league, where he played with ASVEL Villeurbanne in 2005, and with Strasbourg in 2007. Last team he played for was Keravnos, in Cyprus

SOURCE: Eurobasket

Vincent Grier signs with Mersin Buyuksehir

Turkish team Mersin Buyuksehir has annouced the signing of American forward Vincent Grier. Former player of Cholet in the French league will be in the next game his new team will play against Darufassaka

SOURCE: Mersin Buyuksehir

Siroki hires Danijel Jusup as its new head coach, as Zadar fires Zmago Sagadin

Bosnian team Siroki has found a substitute for its former head coach Hrvoje Vlasic, who resigned of his duties after the defeat of the team in the quarter-final round of Bosnian Cup. Danijel Jusup will be the new coach.

KK Zadar also has to find a new head coach after firing Zmago Sagadin, after the new defeat against Cedevita in the Adriatic League. New coach (Pino Grdovic and Drazen Anzulovic are the top contenders) will be appointed soon.

SOURCES: Dvenik; Sportal

John Edwards joins Iowa Energy

The D-League franchise Iowa Energy added center John Edwards to its roster. Edwards started the season with Greek team Kavala, but was waived after just 4 games. Now is back with the team he played last season

SOURCE: Usbasket

Chinese team Shanxi president announces Stephon Marbury arrival

Wu Qinglong, president of the Chinese team Shanxi, has announced an agreement with former NBA star Stephon Marbury, who would arrive to China next week. Last reports told that Marbury wanted to play in Spain.

SOURCE: Sohu Sports

Grizzlies, interested in Heat forward Dorell Wright

Miami Heat would get under the salary cap if they can reduce its payroll up to $2.8 million. Reserve swingman Dorell Wright earns $2.9, so he's now the top candidate to leave the team. Memphis Grizzlies would be interested in Wright, and they're willing to offer one of the three 2010 first-round draft picks they own.

SOURCE: The Memphis Commercial Appeal

Shavlik Randolph won't be signed for a second 10-days contract with the Blazers

The center Shavlik Randolph won't get extended his current 10-days contract with Portland. Blazers officials informed him about the decision, caused by the returns of Rudy Fernández and Nicolas Batum. Randolph rejected an offer from Spanish team CB Murcia to play in ACB a couple of weeks ago.

SOURCE: Blazersedge

Veteran guard Jerry Stackhouse is back: Milwaukee Bucks is set to sign him

Jerry Stackhouse, a former two-times All Star, will sign a contract for the remain of the season with the Milwaukee Bucks. The 35 years old guard slammed recently a rumour about his leaving to Chinese basketball, and now will be the subsitute of Michael Redd, out until the next season because a knee injury.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Golden State will call-up Anthony Tolliver from the D-League

Golden State Warriors, in serious problems with injuries, are expected to call-up center Anthony Tolliver from the D-League. Tolliver plays for Idaho Stampede (averaging 21.4 points and 11.4 rebounds). This would be the second call-up for the center, who played in Portland after the injuries of Greg Oden and Joel Przbylla, but was waived just a few days after.

SOURCE: Ridiculous Upside

Germán Gabriel extends his contract with Estudiantes until the end of the season

In an interview to the Spanish website Piratas del Basket, Spanish forward-center Germán Gabriel confirmed that he has signed the extension of the temporary contract he signed with Estudiantes until the end of the season. Gabriel came to Madrid team after the strange illness of Iker Iturbe, caused by an insect. His last team was Unicaja Málaga.

SOURCE: Piratas del Basket

Martynas Mazeika leaves VEF Riga for AEK Athens, Sandis Valters can be his substitute

Former prospect Martynas Mazeika is back to an important league, after signing with Greek team AEK Athens. The Lithuanian guard comes from VEF Riga, which it's rumoured to replace Mazeika with Sandis Valters. The son of the legendary Valdis Valters, and brother of DKV Joventut player Kristaps, would leave LegaDue team Imola to go back to his home country.


Andre Owens, new player for Lokomotiv Kuban

Another ex-NBA player, after Gerald Green, has signed with Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban. Andre Owens, recently waived by Turk Telekom, has arrived to the team managed by Ketsutis Kemzura. Owens will come as a Bosman player because of his Bulgarian passport.

SOURCE: Championat

Stevan Milosevic is the replacement for injured Aleks Maric in Partizan

Partizan has signed the center from Montenegro, Stevan Milosevic, as a temporary replacement for his star Aleks Maric, injured for the next three weeks. Milosevic, former player of Crvena Zvezda and Koln 66ers, was training with the team for the last two months.


Shawne Williams, waived by the Nets

Small forward Shawne Williams has been waived by the New Jersey Nets, just a few days after being traded there by the Dallas Mavericks. The most curious thing is that, a few hours later, was arrested accused of 8 drug related charges.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

Stephon Marbury wants to play in Spain

The former NBA star, Stephon Marbury, is exploring his chances of playing overseas after not recieving any call of any NBA franchise. "Starbury" has asked for advice to Tim Shea, a respected coach with an ACB career, to land in Spain, his first choice if he finally goes out the U.S.A.

SOURCE: Hoopsdaily

Maccabi makes an offer for Dimitris Mavroidis to Maroussi BC

Maccabi Tel-Aviv has made an offer to Maroussi BC for power-forward Dimtirs Mavroidis. The top Israel team is willing to pay 100.000 euros to Maroussi for the 24-years-old player. Maccabi has an open spot in his roster after the leaving of Polish player Maciej Lampe.

SOURCE: Novasports

Lietuvos Rytas signs Kenan Bajramovic and recalls top prospect Jonas Valanciunas

Lietuvos Rytas has signed Kenan Bajramovic, the Bosnian power-forward who played in the Vilnius team in 2007-08 season. He played later in BC Kyiv, and in Alba Berlin, where he was waived recently. Another player that will rejoin the team is top prospect Jonas Valanciunas. The 17-years-old center was recalled from Lithuanian league team Perlas. These two movements will imply the leaving of Serbian Dejan Borovnjak, one of the biggest disapointments of Rytas this year. Borovnjak will be loaned soon to another European club.

SOURCE: Lithuanian Basketball

Last movements in the D-League: Malik Hairston, Coby Karl, Lance Allred, Gabe Pruitt...

Some D-League franchises has made some changes in their rosters.

AUSTIN: Announced the re-assignment of Malik Hairston from the San Antonio Spurs.

IDAHO: Signed Coby Karl (recently waived by Cleveland Cavaliers) and Lance Allred (waived at the start of the season by Scavolini Pesaro)

TULSA: Signed Chris Richard (failed to enter in Chicago Bulls roster last pre-season)

MAINE: Re-signed Chris Lowe (waived a couple of weeks before by the same franchise)

LOS ANGELES: Re-signed Horace Wormely (waived in December by the same franchise) and waived former Celtics player Gabe Pruitt

SIOUX FALLS: Signed Terrance Gamble (waived in December by Bakersfield)

SOURCE: USbasket

Sundiata Gaines, 10 more days with the Utah Jazz

The point guard Sundiata Gaines (23) will continue playing with the Utah Jazz for a second 10-days contract. Coming from the D-League Idaho Stampede franchise, Gaines has become a hero in Salt Lake City because of his buzzer-beater 3-pointer shot against Cleveland Cavaliers in the last game between Jazz and Cavs in the NBA Regular Season. It's his first year in the NBA, after having played in Pallacanestro Cantú last year.


Edgar San Epifanio leaves Lagun Aro GBC on loan to CB Cornellà

Edgar San Epifano (22), small forward from Lagun Aro GBC, was loaned to CB Cornellà for the rest of the season. San Epifanio, son of the Spanish legend Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi", played the last season and a half with the Basque team, coming from his new team Cornellà, where the top prospects of Regal Barcelona play in the Spanish second division, the Adecco LEB Oro.

SOURCE: Piratas del Basket