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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spirou Charleroi signs Courtney Sims and Brent Wright

Current Belgian champion, Spirou Charleroi, has signed two players to try to win again the title. American center Courtney Sims, who was recently released by Puerto Rican team Capitanes de Arecibo, is one of them. The other one is American forward Brent Wright, who was playing in Iran. Wright will be back to Belgium after playing years ago in Oostende.

SOURCE: Spirou Basket

FMP Zeleznik adds Filip Videnov and Duane Woodward

Serbian team FMP Zeleznik has inked two new player for the roster to face the last stage of the Serbian Super League. As expected, Filip Videnov is one of them. The Bulgarian guard left recently Red Star. The other one is American guard Duane Woodward, who was playing in Lebanon for Mouhated. Both players will practice with the team, though no contract has been signed yet.


Xacobeo Blu:Sens, also interested in Michael Ruffin

Xacobeo Blu:Sens is looking for a big man to strenghten the frontcourt in the last games of the season. The Spanish team has showed interest in Vladimir Golubovic, from Caja Laboral, and is also considering to sign Michael Ruffin. The American center, who has played this season for Suzuki Manresa, was also under the radar of Xacobeo weeks ago.

SOURCE: La Voz de Galicia

Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk signs Marcus Faison

As expected, Ukrainian team Dnepro Dnepropetrovsk has signed guard Marcus Faison for the rest of the season. American-Belgian player left recently Peristeri due to the financial problems of the Greek club, and will be back to Ukraine after playing for BC Kyiv two seasons ago.


Xacobeo Blu:Sens, interested in Vladimir Golubovic

Xacobeo Blu:Sens has showed interest by Vladimir Golubovic, the Caja Laboral forward recently extended by the Vitoria squad. The Montenegrin forward arrived to Caja Laboral after leaving his former team, Union Olimpija. Xacobeo could try to convince Caja Laboral to loan Golubovic, who is enjoying less playing time after the recovery of Tiago Splitter.

SOURCE: Noticias de Álava

Unicaja asks for Gary Neal, suspended by Benetton

Unicaja, still waiting for the counter-test to confirm the Juan Dixon positive testing by nandrolona, is already looking for a possible subsititute for the American guard. The Spanish team has showed interest for Gary Neal, the top scorer in the Italian Lega A, who was suspended by the Benetton Treviso yesterday due to disciplinary reasons.

SOURCE: Diario Sur

Oklahoma City Thunder, to sign Mustafa Shakur for the rest of the season

Despite of not playing a single game with the Oklahoma City Thunder during his last 10-day contract, Mustafa Shakur will be signed by the NBA franchise for the rest of the season. The guard was back to his D-League team, the Tulsa 66ers, after not being extended by the Thunder. The 66ers have already signed JaJuan Smith to replace Shakur.

SOURCE: Twitter Adrian Wojnarowski

Tulsa 66ers acquire JaJuan Smith

The Tulsa 66ers have announced the acquisition of guard JaJuan Smith. Former University of Tennessee player has played in France (Pau-Orthez), Brazil (Pitagoras / Minas Tenis Clube) and Spain (Beirasar Rosalía) during his professional career, after playing with the Dallas Mavericks in the 2008 and 2009 Summer Leagues.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Washington Wizards sign Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract

As expected, the Washington Wizards have announced that forward Cartier Martin was signed to a 10-day contract. Martin was called up from the Iowa Energy, and will play for the second time this season in the NBA, after two consecutive 10-day contracts with the Golden State Warriors. 26-year-old player started the season in Italy with the Benetton Treviso.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Olympia Larisa, out of the Greek A1 championship

Olympia Larisa won't play any other game in the Greek A1 this season, after the decision of the Comission of Profesional Sports to revoke his license due to the debts of the club. That will mean the relegation of Olympia to A2 for next season, and probably the releasement of all the players of the team roster.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Benetton Treviso signs Bobby Dixon, and suspends Gary Neal

Benetton Treviso has announced the signing of a former player of the team, guard Bobby Dixon. The 27-year-old player started the season with ASVEL Villeurbanne, but was waived by the French team. After rumors that linked Dixon with Lottomatica Roma, finally the playmaker will land in Benetton. The Italian team also suspended guard Gary Neal due to disciplinary reasons, and his future in Treviso is uncertain.

SOURCE: Lega Basket

Kansas State center Luis Colón, to land in the Mets de Guaynabo

Luis Colón, the Puerto Rican center of Kansas State University, will be back to his homecountry to play for the Mets de Guaynabo. 23-year-old player averaged 2.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in his senior year with the Wildcats. The Mets hope Colón to be available with the team next Tuesday.

SOURCE: BSN Puerto Rico

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

FMP Zeleznik, close to sign Filip Videnov

Filip Videnov, who left recently Red Star due to the troubled financial situation of the Serbian team, could continue his career in FMP Zeleznik. Both parts are working on a deal for Videnov to end this season playing a rival of Red Star in the Serbian Super League play-off.


Radnicki signs Dragan Kruscic and Miljan Rakic

KK Radnicki Kragujevac has added two new players to improve the roster to face the final stage of the season. Serbian team signed the forward Dragan Kruscic, who was playing for OKK Beograd, and the guard Miljan Rakic, playing in the Serbian Super League for Novi Sad.

SOURCE: Sportske

Borac inks Aleksej Nesovic and Filip Vukosavljevic

Serbian team Borac will face the Serbian Super League play-offs with two new players. Borac have signed guard Aleksej Nesovic, a free agent since October after parting ways with Aliaga, and center Filip Vukosavljevic, coming from Serbian team Proleter. Nesovic was under the radar of AEK Athens weeks ago.

SOURCE: Kosarka.rs

Victor Samnick, to be released from ASVEL Villeurbanne

Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick is close to leave ASVEL Villeurbann. French team hired 30-year-old player to replace injured Curtis Borchardt last October, but with the recovery of the American center the team has decided to terminate his contract, and is currently in talks with him. Samnick has averaged 8.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in the French LNB.

SOURCE: Le Progrès

Josh Childress, considering to stay in Olympiakos for one more year

American forward Josh Childress can opt out of his contract from Olympiakos this summer, to go back to the NBA, where he will become a restricted free agent with his former team, the Atlanta Hawks. 26-year-old player has also the option to stay another year in the Greek powerhouse, and is still weighting his options to make a decision.


Trikala 2000, close to sign Ivan Koljevic

Trikala 2000 is in talks with Montenegrin guard Ivan Koljevic, and his transfer to the Greek team depends of the financial situation of the club. Koljevic was released days ago by Khimik, in Ukraine, and would replace injured guard Mark Dickel. Trikala would be the third team Koljevic plays this season, after Bornova and Khimik.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Red Star won't let Nemanja Bjelica to leave this season

Red Star doesn't expect more leaving in the remaining of this season, despite the rumors about the young forward Nemanja Bjelica moving to Benetton Treviso. The Serbian team won't allow the transfer, even facing a huge financial crisis that could even force Red Star to bankrupt.

SOURCE: Vecernje Novosti

Piratas de Quebradillas land Damon Jones to replace Lee Nailon, who will play for Leones de Ponce

Piratas de Quebradillas have signed former NBA player Damon Jones. 34-year-old guard played for Martos Napoli this season until the bankrupt of the Italian team. Jones will replace Lee Nailon, who has left the team and will play for Leones de Ponce. Piratas could have to find also a replacement for Greg Stevenson. The Korean League doesn't allow him to play in the BSN League.

SOURCES: Piratas de Quebradillas, Piratas de Quebradillas, Victoria 840

Aris Thessaloniki, considering to make an offer for Vuk Radivojevic

Vuk Radivojevic is still a free agent after leaving Red Star. Besiktas denied the rumors about an agreement of the Serbian player with the Turkish team. Aris Thessaloniki is considering to make an offer for the 26-year-old guard, to replace injured Aaron Miles.

Mirza Teletovic wants to play in the NBA

Mirza Teletovic is being one of the best players of Caja Laboral this season. Bosnian forward is in the second season of his five-year contract with the Spanish team, but told in an interview that his desire is to be the first Bosnian to play in the NBA. Despite of that, he's happy in Vitoria.

SOURCE: Dnevni Araz

Peristeri and Gary Wilkinson, close to part ways

Peristeri is already looking for a replacement for American guard Marcus Faison, who left the team to play for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk, in Ukraine. The Greek team has also decided to part ways with Gary Wilkinson, and the termination of his contract could arrive soon. The American center has averaged 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Sacramento Kings waive Joey Dorsey

Joey Dorsey, who was acquired by the Sacramento Kings right before the last trade deadline, was waived by the NBA franchise. Sophomore forward, who started his career in Houston Rockets, averaged 1.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8 games with the Kings, and is now a free agent.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Washington Wizards, to call up Cartier Martin

After the leaving of Alonzo Gee, who will play for the San Antonio Spurs for the rest of the season, the Washington Wizards need another forward, and have decided to call up Cartier Martin. Martin, who started the season in Italy with Benetton Treviso, is currently playing for Iowa Energy, and was signed for two 10-day contracts with the Golden State Warriors on January.

SOURCE: Twitter Michael Lee

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bozidar Maljkovic doesn't rule out to coach the Bosnia National Team

Bozidar Maljkovic and Aleksandar Petrovic are reported to be the two favorite coaches to lead the Bosnia National Team next summer. Maljkovic has talked about that rumor, and showed himself open to talk about taking the job. However, the still Bosnian NT coach, Mensur Bajramovic, still considers he has chances to keep the job.

SOURCES: Dnevni Avaz, Dnevni Avaz

PAOK Thessaloniki, in talks to part ways with Branko Milisavljevic

The relationship between PAOK Thessaloniki and Branko Milisavljevic hasn't been easy in the last months. The Greek team is not happy with the performances of the Serbian guard, who arrived to PAOK after finishing last season in Spain with Cajasol. The club and the player have been in talks to terminate Milisavljevic's contract, but they couldn't reach an agreement. 33-year-old guard is currently sidelined from the team, and PAOK is already looking for a replacement.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Marcus Faison, close to sign for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk

Marcus Faison, who recently left Peristeri, could be close to sign for Ukrainian team Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk. It would be the second stint of the American-Belgian 32-year-old-guard, who played for BC Kyiv in the 2007-08 season. Dnipro is currently in the 7th place of the Ukrainian Super League.

SOURCE: Superbasket

Deutsche Bank Skyliners waive Drew Gibson

Deutsche Bank Skyliners have announced that the club has decided to terminate Drew Gibson's contract. Gibson was signed on February for a two-week try-out, later extended, but has failed to impress the German club staff. The American guard has averaged 0.7 points and 0.3 assists in 3 games with the team based in Frankfurt.

SOURCE: Deutsche Bank Skyliners

Lietuvos Rytas signs Paulius Dambrauskas to a long-term contract

Lietuvos Rytas keeps on planning the future. Lithuanian squad has signed a long-term contract to guard Paulius Dambrauskas, who is currently playing in the affiliated team Perlas. 18-year-old player is averaging 6.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20 minutes per game with Perlas in the LKL.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Nemanja Bjelica could move to Benetton Treviso

Another player could leave Red Star soon due to the financial problems of the Serbian club. Forward Nemanja Bjelica, one of the most promising players of Red Star, could decide to move to Benetton Treviso this season. Bjelica has contract until 2011, but his current team won't be able to keep it next summer.

SOURCE: Sportske

San Antonio Spurs, close to sign Alonzo Gee for the rest of the season

Finally, Alonzo Gee won't continue in Washington. The San Antonio Spurs will sign the forward for the rest of the season, after two consecutive 10-day contracts with the Washington Wizards. The D-League team Alonzo Gee was playing for before being called up by the Wizards is the Austin Toros, the affiliated franchise of the San Antonio Spurs.

SOURCE: Ridiculous Upside

Tiago Splitter, undecided about next season

Caja Laboral center Tiago Splitter is still undecided about his future. Asked by Piratas del Basket about moving next summer to San Antonio, the team who owns his NBA rights, the Brazilian player answered he has still to study his situation next summer. Real Madrid is also reported to be interested in the 25-year-old player, who is averaging 15.7 points and 6.5 rebounds this season in the ACB League.

SOURCE: Piratas del Basket

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Jean-Marc Jaumin, new head coach of Base Oostende

Former National Team player Jean-Marc Jaumin is be the new head coach of Base Oostende to replace Memi Becirovic, who left the Belgian team to focus on his duties as the Slovenian NT coach. Jaumin was assistant coach of Oostende since 2008, and will debut in April 10 versus Liege.

SOURCE: De Standaard

Memi Becirovic resigns as Base Oostende head coach

Mehmud "Memi" Becirovic is no longer coach of the Belgian team Base Oostende. Sani Becirovic's father was in Oostende since last July, but has decided to step up to focus on his new job as Slovenian National Team coach. 49-year-old coach was signed by his Federation last December to replace Jure Zdovc, and will lead the National Team in the next World Championship in Turkey.

SOURCE: De Morgen

Sergio Rodríguez wants to play for New York Knicks next season

Despite the rumors about his signing next season with Real Madrid, Sergio Rodríguez wants to be back to the Knicks. Rodríguez told that his meeting with Alberto Herreros, deputy director of Real Madrid, was just friendly, and that there was no contact between the Spanish team and his agent.

SOURCE: New York Post

Mate Skelin, hired by Cedevita as the new team manager

Former Croatian player Mate Skelin was hired as the new Cedevita team manager. 35-year-old center decided to retire last year after playing for Cypriot team Keravnos Nicosia. In his career, Skelin has played in several teams around Europe and in his National Team in 2001 and 2003 European Championship.

SOURCE: Kosarka.hr

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Minnesota Timberwolves, to offer a new contract to Darko Milicic

The Minnesota Timberwolves are pleasently surprised with Darko Milicic, acquired last month from the New York Knicks. The NBA franchise is planning to offer to the Serbian center a multi-year contract this summer when he becomes a free agent. Milicic told before moving to Minnesota that he wanted to go back to Europe after this season, but he could change his mind if he receives a good offer.

SOURCE: NBA Fanhouse

Washington Wizards will sign Alonzo McGee for the rest of the season

A carrer-high 19-point game against Charlotte has definitely convinced coach Flip Saunders to sign forward Alonzo Gee for the next of the season. Gee was called up from the D-League team Austin Toros, and signed a second 10-day contract now about to expire. 22-year-old player is averaging 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Twitter Michael Lee

Tamis Pancevo signs Vuk Ivanovic

Serbian player Vuk Ivanovic was signed by Tamis Pancevo, the team of his hometown. 26-year-old center played last season for Helios Domzale, and has also played in the United States in the Brigham Young college. Tamis Pancevo is currently placed second in the Serbian Super League.

SOURCE: Beo Basket

Besiktas denies an agreement with Vuk Radivojevic

Besiktas have denied the rumors about an agreement between the Turkish club and the Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic, who has just left Red Star. According to the head coach of Besiktas, Burak Biyiktay, the Turkish club is not in talks with any foreign player in this moment.

SOURCE: Basketbol Dergisi

Lietuvos Rytas inks Arvydas Siksnius

Lietuvos Rytas have signed a long-term contract, starting next year, with Siauliai forward Arvydas Siksnius, according to the player. 22-year-old player is posting interesting numbers in the LKL, averaging 14.8 points per game in last EuroCup with Siauliai. He was also the LKl dunk contest champion in 2009.

SOURCE: Siauliai Krastas

Miami Heat sign Kenny Hasbrouck to a second 10-day contract

Despite of not having played a single minute yet, Keith Hasbrouck was signed to a second 10-day contract with the Miami Heat. The NBA franchise called up Hasbrouck, who was playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, to fill the void left by suspended guard Rafer Alston.


Danilo Adjusic, back to Hemofarm

One of the best prospects of Hemofarm is back to the Vrsac team. After his loan to Mega Vizura, Serbian guard Danilo Adjusic will play the rest of the season for Hemofarm. 19-year-old player averaged 10.9 points in 23.3 minutes for Mega Vizura in the Serbian Super League.

SOURCE: Sportal

Friday, March 26, 2010

Real Madrid, also interested in Qyntel Woods

More names are being reported to be under Real Madrid radar for next season. According to ESPN, American forward Qyntel Woods, currently playing for Polish team Asseco Prokom, is attracting the interest of the Spanish team. Woods is among the best players in the Euroleague this season.


Politekhnika Halychyna, in talks with Nicola Lepojevic after waiving Zendon Hamilton and Corey Besler

Ukrainian team Politekhnika Halychyna has decided to waive recently signed center Zendon Hamilton and forward Corey Besler, who arrived in February. Halychyna team is now in talks to sign Nicola Lepojevic, who was playing in Cyprus for Pizza Express Apollon.

SOURCE: Politekhnika Halychyna

Caja Laboral extends Vladimir Golubovic for another month

Slovenian forward Vladimir Gloubovic will continue playing for Caja Laboral at least for another month, after being extended by the Spanish team. Golubovic signed for Caja Laboral after leaving his former team, Union Olimpija, and is averaging 1.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in the ACB league.

SOURCE: Baskonia

Red Star and Filip Videnov part ways

Bulgarian guard Filip Videnov has agreed with Serbian team Red Star the termination of his contract. Videnov, is listed as injured, but will likely find a new team to play for the rest of the season. The financial troubles of the Belgrade club is the main reason of his leaving. This is the second player who leaves Red Star in few days after the departure of Vuk Radivojevic, who will play for Besiktas.

SOURCES: Press Online, KK Crvena Zvedza

Los Angeles D-Fenders acquire Ray Reese

Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired forward Ray Reese to play the remaining 5 games of the D-League season. Reese played during the last four seasons for the University of Tulsa, averaging 10.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in his senior year with the Golden Hurricane squad.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Miami Heat, close to sign Alade Aminu

The Miami Heat will call up forward Alade Aminu, according to sources. Aminu, older brother of prospect Al-Farouq Aminu, is currently playing in the D-League for the Erie BayHawks, and is averaging 19.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in 33 minutes. Aminu signed for the Heat last preseason, but was waived without even playing a single minute.

SOURCE: Ridiculous Upside

Milwaukee Bucks sign Darnell Jackson

The Milwaukee Bucks have announced the acquisition of forward Darnell Jackson, waived recently from the Cleveland Cavaliers, on a waiver claim. Jackson was released by the Cavs to make room for Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and has played 27 games this season for the NBA franchise, and 2 games for the D-League affiliated team, the Erie BayHawks.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Capitanes de Arecibo release Courtney Sims

The brief stint of Courtney Sims in Puerto Rico is over. Current D-League MVP was released by Capitanes de Arecibo, where he arrived a few weeks ago. American center, who has also played for CSKA Moscow and for the Iowa Energy this season was averaging just 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds for Puerto Rican team, and Capitanes have decided to waive him.

SOURCE: El Nuevo Día

Mustafa Shakur, back to the D-League

After ending his 10-day contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, guard Mustafa Shakur is back to the D-League, after being re-acquired by Tulsa 66ers. Shakur didn't play a single minute in his stint in the Thunder, and is back to the 66ers, where he has averaged 20.8 points, 7.1 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 40 games this season. Shakur will take the spot left by center Steven Hill, waived due to an injury, who has re-acquired last month by the 66ers.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Venson Hamilton close to sign for a try-out with DKV Joventut

DKV Joventut is close to sign American forward Venson Hamilton to a try-out. Spanish team is looking for a temporary replacement for recently injured center Antonio Bueno. Hamilton, a free agent since leaving Real Madrid last season, is trying to get fit again after a serious knee injury who barely let him play during the last two seasons.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bizkaia Bilbao Basket and Robert Conley part ways

Robert Conley is no longer player of Bizkaia Bilbao Basket after agreeing with the Spanish team to terminate his contract. The American forward arrived last November to Bilbao with a temporary contract, then extended for the rest of the season, but the arrival of the new coach Fotis Katsikaris changed the situation, and hasn't played any game since two months and a half ago.


Besiktas close to sign Vuk Radivojevic, who has left Red Star

After the departure of Red Star captain Tadija Dragicevic to Lottomatica Roma, Vuk Radivojevic became the new leader among the Serbian team players, but won't end this season either in the Belgrade squad. Radivojevic has left the club, and is reported to be signed soon by Turkish team Besiktas, who needs a replacement for recently signed Marque Perry, injured.

SOURCE: Sportal

Efes Pilsen and Real Madrid, interested in Terrell McIntyre

Montepaschi Siena guard, Terrell McIntyre, won't extend his expiring contract with the Italian team, as the club announced days ago. The American player will be then one of the top free agents this summer, and the Turkish media has already appointed Efes Pilsen and Real Madrid as the first candidates to sign McIntyre next season.


Rio Grande Valley Vipers sign Travis Holmes and Louis Graham, and waive Craig Winder

D-League franchise Rio Grande Valley Vipers have signed guard Travis Holmes (former Virginia Military Institute player) and forward Louis Graham (who played last season in Portugal for Vitoria Guimaraes. The Vipers also waived guard Craig Winder due to an injury, though is expected to be out just until the end of this month.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Turk Telekom inks Goran Jeretin

Turk Telekom has landed a new guard to try to fight succesfully in the battle for the Turkish league championship. After former NBA player Ricky Davis signing, Turk Telekom has reached an agreement with Montenegrin guard Goran Jeretin, who was playing for Budocnost in the Adriatic League. 30-year-old player arrived last summer to Buducnost after finishing last season with BC Kyiv, in Ukraine. To replace Jeretin, Buducnost have signed guard Nemanja Arnautovic, from Serbian team Mega Vizura.

SOURCE: Basketbol Haber

Unicaja slams rumors about an offer for Sergio Rodríguez

Unicaja hasn't any formal office to Spanish guard Sergio Rodríguez, currently in the New York Knicks, despite some wrong rumors appeared in Spain. The club has told in a local diary that there was only a converation with Rodríguez's agent to know his status, as well as many ACB teams have done. The still unpredictable economical situation of Unicaja next reason doesn't allow to realize such an important offer for a player like Sergio Rodríguez.

SOURCE: Diario Sur

San Antonio Spurs sign Curtis Jerrells, and immediately assigned him to the D-League

Curious movement of the San Antonio Spurs. The NBA franchise called up the Austin Toros guard Curtis Jerrells, to assign him immediately back to the Toros, their D-League affiliated team. Jerrells is averaging 20.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 43 games played with the Toros.

SOURCE: Ridiculous Upside

BC Odessa signs Igor Loktionov

BC Odessa have signed guard Igor Loktionov. 24-year-old guard, after being part of Azovmash Mariupol roster for several years, played for Ukrainian team Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye, averaging 3.4 points in 12 minutes per game. Loktionov was set to debut last Monday agains Gryfony, but didn't play a single minute.


Budivelnik, in talks with Artur Drozdov

BC Budivelnik, leader of the Ukrainian Superleague, is in talks with National Team player Artur Drozdov to strenghten the roster. Drozdov is a free agent since leaving BC Donetsk last January due to the bankrupt of the team. The 29-year-old guard played for BC Kyiv during the last three seasons.

SOURCE: Basket.com.ua

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Manu Ginóbili's agent slams the rumors about the player signing for Real Madrid

Manu Ginóbili's agent, Herb Rudoy, was clear about the future of the Argentinian forward. According to Rudoy, Ginóbili will finish his career in the NBA, preferently in San Antonio Spurs, his current team. The agent slammed any rumor about any kind of agreement between the player and Real Madrid.


Marcus Faison leaves Peristeri

Forward Marcus Faison and Greek team Peristeri have agreed to part ways. Despite Faison is one of the best players of the team, he is currently in talks with an Italian and an Ukrainian team, and his leaving will help Peristeri finantial situation. 32-year-old player arrived this season to Greece after finishing last season in Spanish team ViveMenorca.

SOURCE: Basketnet

New York Knicks targeting Carmelo Anthony for 2011... or Kobe Bryant for 2010

LeBron James is reported to be the main target of New York Knicks for next season, but the NBA franchise has alternative plans. If Kobe Bryant decides to opt-out his contract from Los Angeles Lakers, the Knicks would try to sign him next summer. New York could also try to sign Carmelo Anthony, whose contract with Denver Nuggets expires in 2011.

SOURCES: Sports Illustrated, New York Post

Houston Rockets sign Mike Harris for the rest of the season, and recall Jermaine Taylor

The Houston Rockets have signed, as expected, forward Mike Harris for the rest of the season. Harris was at the end of a 10-day contract with Washington Wizards. The Rockets also recalled guard Jermaine Taylor from the D-League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, after a week assigned there for the third time this season. Taylor has averaged 19.8 points and 4.8 rebounds with the Vipers in 8 games played so farInsi.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Minnesota Timberwolves sign Brian Cardinal

As expected, veteran forward Brian Cardinal was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who already waived Alando Tucker to make room for him. Cardinal started the season with Minnesota, averaging 1.7 points in 27 games, but was traded to New York in exchange for Darko Milicic, and waived inmediately after.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Sioux Fall Skyforce acquired Kirk Penney

One of the best New Zealand players, Kirk Penney, is back to the United States after being acquired by Sioux Falls Skyforce. Former Miami Heat player, and a member of the New Zealand National Team, the 29-year-old guard arrives to the Skyforce from the Australian NBL with the New Zealand Breakers. The D-League franchise waived forward Justin Bowen, recently acquired from Austin Toros, to make room for Penney.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Xacobeo Blu:Sens signs Alberto Ruiz de Galarreta

Xacobeo Blu:Sens signed 26-year-old forward Alberto Ruíz de Galarreta, who started the season in Spanish LEB Oro team Ciudad de Vigo. Galarreta has enjoyed short stints in ACB league with Breogán and Menorca, and will help Xacobeo to avoid relegation. In Vigo, the forward averaged 9.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per game.

SOURCE: Obradoiro CAB

Piratas de Quebradillas finally land Greg Stevenson and Shawn Redhage

Greg Stevenson will finally debut with the Piratas de Quebradillas next Monday. Puerto Rican team expect him to arrive this weekend. The Piratas have also inked American-Australian forward Shawn Redhage, coming from the Perth Wildcats. Guard Walker Russell could leave the team soon after the new arrivals.

SOURCE: Primera Hora

Igokea signs Chris Massie

Another addition for BC Igokea. Bosnian team has now landed American center Chris Massie, who has been released from Greek team Olympia Larisa. Massie will take the place reserved for Nick DeWitz, who finally won't play for Igokea, and has signed with Japanese team Sendai 89ers. Curiously, Massie will play along with Jamar Butler, also waived this season from Olympia Larisa.

SOURCES: Sportsport, Asia Basket

Siauliai rejected an offer for Derrick Low from Aris Thessaloniki

Lithuanian team Siauliai has rejected an offer from Aris Thessaloniki to sell American guard Derrick Low. The 24-year-old player, who won the last 3-point shooting contest in the Lithuanian All-Star, wanted to move to Greece, but has accepted his current team decision.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

CB Murcia, to part ways with Chris Moss

Spanish team CB Murcia is currently in talks with American forward Chris Moss to terminate his contract. Murcia is now close to relegation from ACB league, and could try to sign another player to try to avoid it. Moss arrived to Murcia in 2008 from ViveMenorca.

SOURCE: La Verdad de Murcia

Cajasol, interested in signing Pablo Aguilar next season

Spanish team Cajasol is reported to be interested in signing forward Pablo Aguilar for next season. Aguilar, currently playing for CB Granada, will be back to Real Madrid if his former team pays 100.000 euros for him. Cajasol would try to agree to a transfer with Real Madrid if the recovery clause is activated.

SOURCE: Granada Hoy

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia signs Robert Hite to replace Paul Marigney

Serious familiar issues have forced guard Paul Marigney to leave Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. The Italian team has signed guard Robert Hite to replace him. Hite was recently waived by Pepsi Caserta after playing three games in Lega A. Before signing for Caserta, Hite started the season with Sutor Montegranaro.

SOURCE: Pallacanestro Reggiana

Leones de Ponce signed Leon Rodgers and Andre Brown to replace DerMarr Johnson and DeAngelo Collins

The bad start of the season of Leones de Ponce has forced the Puerto Rican team to make the first changes. Leones have signed forward Leon Rodgers and center Andre Brown to replace DerMarr Johnson and DeAngelo Collins, who were waived. Rodgers comes from Jilin and Brown from Zhejiang Wanma, both Chinese teams.

SOURCE: Primera Hora

Houston Rockets, to sign Mike Harris

The Houston Rockets are expected to sign guard Mike Harris for the rest of the season and for the 2010-11 season as well. Harris, who recently signed a 10-day contract with Washington Wizards, already played for the Rockets two games at the start of the season. The guard is one of the top scorers in the D-League, averaging 26.3 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

SOURCE: MyFox Houston

San Antonio Spurs sign Garrett Temple for the rest of the season

As expected, guard Garrett Temple was signed by the San Antonio Spurs for the rest of the season. Temple was at the end of a 10-day contract after other brief stints for Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings, and averaged 5.5 points in two games for the Spurs.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Othyus Jeffers, signed for the rest of the season by Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz have announced that guard Othyus Jeffers was signed for the rest of the season. Jeffers, who was called up from the D-League franchise Iowa Energy, was at the end of his second 10-day contract with the Jazz. The next movement expected in Utah could be the signing of Mikki Moore, currently a free agent.

SOURCES: The Deseret News, NBA Fanhouse

Cleveland Cavaliers sign Zydrunas Ilgauskas for the rest of the season

Zydrunas Ilgauskas will play for the rest of the season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, after reaching an agreement with his former team. The Lithuanian center was traded to Washington Wizards before the deadline, but got the buy-out and became a free agent. To make room for Ilgauskas, as expected, the Cavaliers waived forward Darnell Jackson.

SOURCES: ESPN, Twitter Sam Amico

Golden State Warriors sign Reggie Williams for the rest of the season and waive Raja Bell

As expected, Golden State Warriors have decided to keep forward Reggie Williams after two 10-day contracts with the NBA franchise, and release guard Raja Bell. Williams is averaging 12.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists with the Warriors, while Bell will leave the team without playing a single minute due to an injury in his left wrist.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Dainius Adomaitis replaces Igors Miglinieks as Energa Czarni head coach

Polish team Energa Czarni has decided to part ways with Igors Miglinieks, who leaves the team with just 10 wins in 24 games. Latvian coach arrived this season to Czarni from Ukrainian team BC Donetsk. His replacement will be Lithuanian coach Dainius Adomaitis, who was Miglinieks assistent in Energa.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Gallitos de Isabela, looking for a replacement for Devin Green

Puerto Rican team Gallitos de Isabela is looking for a replacement for the American player Devin Green, who will be back to the United States for recovering from a knee injury. Former Lakers forward has played 5 games with the Gallitos this season, averaging 17.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. Green arrived to Puerto Rico after being waived by Greek team Olympia Larisa.

SOURCE: BSN Puerto Rico

Leuven Bears sign Micah Downs to replace Kyle Spain

The forward Micah Downs is the new player for Belgian team Leuven Bears. 23-year-old player started the season in Zadar after finishing his senior year in Gonzaga University, but was released from the Croatian squad in February. Downs will replace guard Kyle Spain.

SOURCE: Leuven Bears

Earl Clark, recalled by Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns recalled rookie forward Earl Clark from the D-League affiliated team, the Iowa Energy, where he was assigned a week ago. Clark, a lottery pick from last draft, averaged 20.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in three games with the Energy, including two double-doubles.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

San Antonio Spurs will sign Garrett Temple for the rest of the season

Garrett Temple will continue playing for San Antonio Spurs, according to the player. The second 10-day contract of the guard is about to expire, but Temple is confident about his re-signing for the rest of the season, as he told to the coaches of Rio Grande Valley Vipers, his former D-League franchise.


Minnesota Timberwolves waive Alando Tucker

The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that Alando Tucker was waived by the NBA franchise. Tucker was acquired by the Wolves last December in a trade that sent Jason Hart to the Phoenix Suns, and has only played four games for Minnesota averaging 2.0 points. This movement will make room for forward Brian Cardinal, who will be signed probably next Monday.

SOURCE: Star Tribune

Marcus Williams, back to Austin Toros

D-League franchise Austin Toros have announced the acquisition of guard Marcus Williams, who was playing in China for Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones. Williams, who played for the Toros the last two seasons, averaged 19.7 points and 11.2 rebounds in the CBA.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Monday, March 22, 2010

Kosta Koufos, recalled by Utah Jazz

Greek-American center Kosta Koufos was recalled by the Utah Jazz from the D-League affiliated, the Utah Flash. Koufos was assigned to the Flash two weeks ago, averaging 20.2 points and 10.5 rebounds in four games, in his second stint in the D-League this season. The young center also played for the Flash last January, and during the past season.


Pesic, Maljkovic and Repesa, among the candidates to coach Bosnian NT

After being unable to qualify Bosnia-Herzegovina to the last two European championship, Mensur Bajramovic won't be the National Team coach in the next qualification stage this summer. Bosnian Federation is considering names like Svetislav Pesic, Bozidar Maljkovic and Jasmin Repesa (now coaching Benetton) to offer them the job. Other candidates are Aleksandar Petrovic and Emir Mutapcic.

SOURCE: Sportal

Armani Jeans, Caja Laboral and Khimki, interested in Jamont Gordon

Jamont Gordon is impressing in Cibona in his second season in Europe, and is earning the interest of some of the top teams in Europe. So far, it's reported that Armani Jeans Milano, Caja Laboral and Khimki have made offers for the 23-year-old American guard. The Italian team it seems the most interested in Gordon.

SOURCE: Vecernji

Luis Scola wants to stay in Houston, and to play in Caja Laboral after leaving the NBA

Luis Scola is happy playing for Houston Rockets, and wants to stay in his current team after his contract with the Texan franchise expires this summer. Scola is averaging 15.5 points and 8.8 rebounds this season. Argentinian forward will also return to his last club in Europe, Spanish team Caja Laboral, when he leaves the NBA.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Deportes España

Real Madrid, interested in Sergio Rodríguez for next season.

Former player Alberto Herreros, now in Real Madrid basketball section office, was in the Madison Square Garden after the last Knicks game against Rockets to have a meeting with Sergio Rodríguez, guard of the New York team. Real Madrid is reported to be interested in signing Spanish player for the next season. Rodríguez contract expires this season, through the Knicks have an extension option.


Panionios wants to terminate B.J. Elder contract

B.J. Elder days in Panionios are soon to be over. American guard hasn't impressed to the Greek team, and is currently in talks with the club to terminate his contract. Elder arrived to Panionios this season, and is averaging 7.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Kavala wants to fire DeJuan Collins

Greek team Kavala has lost the patience with DeJuan Collins. Coach Vangelis Alexandris is upset with the attiude of the American guard, and the club is considering to fire Collins due to disciplinary matters. 33-year-old ago arrived in November to Kavala to help the team to avoid relegation, and is averaging 12.8 points and 3.3 assists per game.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Darnell Jackson is recalled by the Cavaliers, but will be waived to make room for Zydrunas Ilgauskas

The second stint this season of Darnell Jackson in the D-League lasts exactly the same as the first one: one game. The forward was recalled by Cleveland Cavaliers after posting 32 points and 11 rebounds in Erie BayHawks game against Dakota Wizards. Despite of this good game, Jackson will likely be waived by the Cavs to make room for Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who will rejoin the team probably on Monday.

SOURCES: Insidehoops, News Herald

Aleksandar Smiljanic and Koper part ways

Serbian player Aleksandar Smiljanic is no longer player of Koper, after leaving the Slovenian team after 11 matches. 33-year-old guard was averaging 6.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 19.3 minutes with the Slovenian team. Former Partizan player is a free agent now.

SOURCE: Sportal

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Darko Milicic considering remaining in the NBA next season

After being traded by New York to Minnesota, Darko Milicic is enjoying playing basketball again. Serbian center is averaging 6.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 13 games (7 starts), with a double-double (18 points and 12 rebounds) against Lakers last Friday. Milicic, who has told his intentions of being back to Europe next year, is now considering to stay with the Wolves if the team guarantee him a starting job and 30 to 35 minutes a game.

SOURCE: Star Tribune

Maccabi Tel Aviv and Efes Pilsen, interested in Omar Cook for the next season

Unicaja guard Omar Cook, which contract runs out this summer, is under the radar of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Efes Pilsen for the next year. Is not sure if Unicaja will offer an extension to Cook. 28-year-old American player, with Montenegrin passport, arrived to Unicaja in 2008 from Red Star, and is averaging 8.8 points and 6.2 assists this season in ACB.

SOURCE: Talkbasket

Manu Ginóbili, rumored to play for Real Madrid next year

Veteran Spanish journalist Ramón Trecet has confirmed in his Twitter the rumors about the strong interest of Real Madrid to sign Manu Ginóbili next season. The Argentinian forward, whose contract with the San Antonio Spurs is expiring, played for Ettore Messina, now Real Madrid coach, in his stint in Italy with Virtus Bologna.

SOURCE: Twitter Ramón Trecet

Golden State Warriors, close to waive Raja Bell to make room for Reggie Williams

Golden State Warriors are impressed with Reggie Williams. The forward, signed recently for two consecutive 10-day contracts, will be extended by the NBA franchise until the end of the season. To make room for Williams, Golden State will waive guard Raja Bell, who was acquired at the start of the season from Charlotte in the trade that brought Stephen Jackson to the Bobcats. Bell hasn't made his debut yet with the Warriors due to a left wrist injury.

SOURCE: Contra Costa Times

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cedric Jackson is released from San Antonio Spurs and re-acquired by Erie BayHawks

San Antonio Spurs have decided not to extend Cedric Jackson 10-day contract, and the guard was re-acquired by his D-League franchise, Erie BayHawks. Jackson averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 assists in 3 games with the Spurs, and also played 5 games with Cleveland Cavaliers after signing two consecutive 10-days contracts.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Strasbourg could sign Bozidar Maljkovic

Unexpected news from France. One of the teams fighting to avoid relegation in French LNB, Strasbourg, could sign one of the most succesful coaches in Europe during the last decades, Bozidar Maljkovic. Four-time Euroleague winner with Jugoplastika, Limoges and Panathinaikos is without a team since leaving Tau Vitoria in 2007.

SOURCE: Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace

Darnell Jackson, back to the D-League

Cleveland Cavaliers have re-assigned forward Darnell Jackson to the D-League affiliated, Erie BayHawks. Jackson was already assigned weeks ago to the BayHawks, but was recalled after playing just one game in the D-League, posting 34 points and 12 rebounds against Dakota Wizards.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Brian Cardinal will be back to Minnesota next Monday

Brian Cardinal is close to sign a contract with his former team next Monday. Veteran forward was waived by New York Knicks a day after being acquired via trade from Minnesota in exchange of Darko Milicic. Timberwolves will welcome Cardinal after the 30-day moratorium NBA forced by NBA to sign traded players.

SOURCE: Twitter Jerry Zgoda

Maine Red Claws sign Brock Gillespie and waive Terrel Harris

Maine Red Claws have announced the acquisition of Brock Gillespie. 27-year-old guard started the season in Finnish team Joensuun Kataja before moving to the Lebanon to join Beirut Antranik, where he averaged 26.7 points and 5.9 assists per game. To make room for Gillespie, Maine waived guard Terrel Harris.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, close to re-sign with Cleveland Cavaliers

Lithuanian center Zydrunas Ilgauskas is training in a suburban Cleveland gym while waiting to sign a contract with his former team, the Cavs. NBA franchise traded Ilgauskas weeks ago to Washington, which waived him a week later. Ilgauskas will be able to sign a new contract with Cleveland Cavaliers next Monday.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

Bogdan Tanjevic confirms health problems, and his temporary leaving from Fenerbahce and Turkey NT

Veteran coach Bogdan Tanjevic has confirmed he will leave temporary his duties as Fenerbahce and Turkey National Team due to health problems. Tanjevic didn't mention if it was cancer, like Turkish media announced, but hopes to be back with Fenerbahce to start the playoffs.

SOURCE: Sportsport

Trikala 2000 signs Slobodan Bozovic

Greek team Trikala 2000 added a new player to his roster after signing Slobodan Bozovic. Serbian forward was playing in his country for KK Sloga Kraljevo, averaging 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in the Superleague. Trikala is currently fighting to avoid relegation from A1 Greek division.

SOURCE: Superbasket

Giorgios Kalafatakis resigns as Olympia Larisa head coach

A painful defeat against Kavala by 41 points was enough for Giorgios Kalafatakis. Olympia Larisa coach has resigned of his duties, after considering his team is the worst in the Greek league. Former PAOK Thessaloniki coach also offered his resignation weeks ago, but wasn't accepted by Larisa board.

SOURCE: Sport24

Benetton Treviso, also interested in Nemanja Bjelica

Jasmin Repesa, signed a couple of months ago by Benetton Treviso, is already planning next season. After the interest for Hemofarm guard Stefan Markovic, the new name under Benetton radar is Red Star forward Nemanja Bjelica. Serbian club is close to bankrupt according to several sources, and could be forced to sell the best players of the team like Bjelica.

SOURCE: Sportal

Enisey Krasnoyarsk fires Ainars Bagatsikis and hires Stevan Karadzic

Russian team Enisey Krasnoyarsk has hired former Red Star and Hemofarm coach Stevan Karadzic to replace Ainars Bagatskis. Russian team is placed in the 8th position (of 9 teams) in the national league. Bagatskis, also coach of the Latvian National Team, arrived to Enisey last August.

SOURCE: Championat

Bogdan Tanjevic diagnosed with colon cancer

Montenegrin coach Bogdan Tanjevic was diagnosed with colon cancer, according to Turkish media. 63-year-old coach, currently in Fenerbahce and also in Turkish National Team, will have to fight the same cancer as Denver Nuggets coach George Karl in 2005. Our best wishes for one of the best European coaches in the last years.

SOURCE: Hurriyet

Igor Rakocevic will remain in Efes Pilsen until the end of the season.

Bostjan Nachbar will be the second foreign player who will leave Efes Pilsen after Daniel Santiago as soon as he reaches an agreement with the club to terminate his contract. The other candidate, Igor Rakocevic, will finally remain in Efes at least this season. Serbian guard had offers from Unicaja and Lottomatica Roma, but he didn’t find them interesting, and won’t buy-out his contract if he loses money in the negotiation.

SOURCE: The Hoops Market

Montepaschi confirms Simone Pianigiani until 2013, while planning to release McIntyre, Sato, Domercant and Eze

Montepaschi Siena president Ferdinando Minucci confirmed that Simone Pianigiani will be the coach of the team until 2013 to lead the new project of the current Italian champions. In the meantime, players with expiring contracts like Terrell McIntyre, Romain Sato, Henry Domercant and Benjamin Eze could leave the team next season, according to Italian media "Tutto Sport".

SOURCE: Basketnet.it

Aris Thessaloniki, looking for a point guard to replace Aaron Miles in Greek league

Aris Thessaloniki guard Aaron Miles is suffering from a right knee injury that doens't help him to play at his best level. The Greek team has decided to find a replacement for 27-year old player just for the domestic league. Miles will continue playing for Aris, but just in EuroCup games.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Politekhnika Halychyna signs Zendon Hamilton

Ukrainian team Politekhnika Halychyna signed veteran center Zendon Hamilton. Former NBA player (in several franchise between 2000 and 2006) started the season in Syria, with Al Jalaa Aleppo. 35-year-old player also has experience in Spain, Greece, Poland and Russia.

SOURCE: BK Politekhnika Halychyna

TBB Trier fires Yves Defraigne and hires Aaron McCarthy as the new head coach

TBB Trier has decided to fire Yves Defraigne, who was coaching the German team since 2007, and hired former Würzburg and Tübingen coach Aaron McCarthy to replace him. 48-year-old American coach worked for Chinese team Fujian until last February. TBB Trier has currently a 8-19 balance in the German league.


Sioux Falls Skyforce extends head coach Tony Fritz contract

D-League franchise Sioux Falls Skyforce have announced that head coach Tony Fritz will remain with the team for an extra year, after exercising the option to extend his contract. Fritz is leading the team to a 27-16 balance in his first season as a professional head coach.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Washington Wizards sign Shaun Livingston for the rest of the season

Shaun Livingston will remain in Washington Wizards until the end of the season. The NBA franchise have confirmed it, after signing the guard for two 10-day contracts. Livingston is averaging 4.9 points and 3.3 assists in 15.5 minutes per game, after being waived at the start of the season by Oklahoma City Thunder.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Friday, March 19, 2010

Efes Pilsen General Manager denies Bostjan Nachbar leaving

Engin Ozerhun, General Manager of Efes Pilsen, denied the informations about Bostjan Nachbar leaving. Ozerhun confirmed an agreement to terminate Daniel Santiago, but pointed out that there won't be any decision about releasing another foreign player until April 9th.

SOURCE: Haberler Burada Okunur

Jeremy Tyler, back to the United States, is no longer player of Maccabi Haifa

Top prospect Jeremy Tyler has left Israel to go back to his homecountry, the United Stats. American forward has agreed to terminate his contract with Maccabi Haifa, giving up his salary until the end of the season. Tyler agent contacted other Israeli teams (Hapoel Alufa, Maccabi Rishon LeZion and Galil Gilboa) to find a place for the player, but there was no offers for the 18-year-old forward.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

Efes Pilsen part ways with Daniel Santiago and Bostjan Nachbar. Real Madrid could be the next team for the Slovenian forward

Efes Pilsen have agreed with Daniel Santiago and Bostjan Nachbar to terminate their contract with the Turkish team. Both players could join another team soon. Last rumors placed Santiago in Galatasaray, despite the interest of DKV Joventut in signing him.

Regarding to Nachbar, sources consulted by this webpage talked about the possibility of a reactivated interest of Real Madrid for the Slovenian forward. Other teams like CSKA Moscow or Lottomatica Roma could be also behind the former NBA player. THE HOOPS MARKET advanced the leaving of Nachbar from the Turkish team.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Galatasaray also interested in Daniel Santiago

Daniel Santiago is still waiting to leave Efes Pilsen after the Turkish team failed to qualify for the next Euroleague stage. DKV Joventut was reported to be interested in the Puerto Rican center, but now another time is in the fight to land Santiago. Another Turkish squad, Galatasaray, has contacted Santiago to bring him to the team.

SOURCE: Turkbasket

FMP Zeleznik hires Bosko Djokic

Bosko Djokic is the new coach for FMP Zeleznik to replace recently released Vlado Djurovic. Djokic comes from Radnicki Basket, in the Serbian Super League, when he landed last December. This won't be the first experience of Djokic as FMP coach, after leading the Serbian team to the Adriatic league in 2004 and the Korac Cup next year.

SOURCE: Sportal

Giessen 49ers and David Teague part ways

The top scorer of the German league won't be back this season. American guard David Teague has agreed to terminate his contract with Giessen 46ers. 26-year-old player injured on a knee in January, and hasn't get into the court since then. Teague was averaging 20.4 points per game until his injury.


Benetton Treviso, to sign Stefan Markovic next season

According to Serbian media, Stefan Markovic will leave Hemofarm next season to sign for Benetton Treviso. 21-year-old Serbian guard will become a free agent next summer after expiring his contract with Hemofarm, and is reported to be the first signing of the new project of the Italian team.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Washington Wizards sign Alonzo Gee for a 10-day contract

As expected, Alonzo Gee was signed for a 10-day contract by Washington Wizards. Gee was called up by the NBA franchise from D-League team Austin Toros, and is averaging 7.6 points and 4.2 assists in 13 minutes per game, in 5 matches with the Wizards.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Eric Daniels leaves Azovmash Mariupol to sign for Galil Gilboa

Eric Daniels is no longer player of Azovmash Mariupol after agreeing both parts to terminate his contract. American forward played 21 games with the Ukrainian team, averaging 17 points and 6.4 rebounds. The reason of his leaving is rumored to be the difficult economical situation of Azovmash. The new team for 27-year-old player will be Galil Gilboa. The Israeli team signed Daniels for the rest of the season.

SOURCES: Krepsinis, One

Khimik signs Larry Abney to replace LaVell Blanchard, inked by Igokea

Ukrainian team have found quickly a replacement to LaVell Blanchard, released recently. Center Larry Abney, who has just finished the Mexican season with Halcones Rojos de Veracruz, is the new player for Khimik. On the other hand, Blanchard also found a new team, and will play in Bosnia for BC Igokea.

SOURCES: Ukr Basket, Beo Basket

Cangrejeros de Santurce add Chris Daniels

Puerto Rican team Cangrejeros de Santurce have announced a new signing. American center Chris Daniels will replace Marquis Gainous, injured on his left hand. Daniels has just finished the season in the South Korean league, averaging 21 points and 9.1 rebounds with Anyang KT&G Kites. Cangrejeros are also waiting for re-acquired Ricky Sánchez to join the team.

SOURCE: Primera Hora

Stromile Swift wants to be back to the NBA

The season of Stromile Swift is over, after his team, Shandong, failed to reach play-off in the Chinese league. Despite of his good adaptation to his new country (besides some problems with local food), Swift will try to go back to the NBA. The low salaries in China (his monthly salary in Shandong was just $60k) are the main reason for his likely leaving. Former Rockets and Grizzlies player has averaged 22.1 points and 11.8 rebounds in 31 games, being also the best dunker in the CBA with 2.7 dunks per game.


Antonio Anderson, back to Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Antonio Anderson is back to Rio Grande Valley Vipers after expiring the second 10-day contract with Oklahoma City Thunder. Anderson was called up by the NBA franchise after averaging 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists for the Vipers.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Cleveland Cavaliers want to sign Sasha Kaun next season

Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in bring next summer to the team Russian center Sasha Kaun, which NBA rights are owned by the Cavs. Kaun is averaging 12.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and shooting 72 percent in the Russian Superleague games for CSKA Moscow this year. 24-year-old center, who played for Kansas Jayhawks for four years, would like to play in the NBA next season.

SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer

BC Igokea adds Jamar Butler

Another player for the Igokea plan to compete in the Adriatic League next year. Bosnian team has signed American guard Jamar Butler for the rest of the season. 24-year-old American guard started the season for Olympia Larisa, but was waived. This is the fourth signing for Igokea in two weeks.

SOURCE: Sportal

Dijon releases Ramel Bradley

Ramel Bradley was released by JDA Dijon, which won't sing any replacement for him. Bradley arrived this summer after playing last season in Croatia with Cedevita, and averaged 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in the LNB. Now, Bradley is a free agent.

SOURCE: Basket News

Joan Plaza extends his contract until 2012

Joan Plaza was confirmed as the head coach of Cajasol until 2012, after extending his contract with the Spanish team. Former Real Madrid head coach is leading the team to one of his best seasons in the last years, and has an absolute support from Cajasol board.

SOURCE: Diario de Sevilla

Andre Smith leaves Lanús

After just a couple of weeks with Lanús after being signed by the Argentinian team, Jamaican guard Andre Smith has left the team and the country due to personal reasons. Former Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca player was averaging 5.5 points in 4 games for Lanús.

SOURCE: Infoliga

Houston Rockets re-assign for third time Jermaine Taylor to the D-League

Third stint for Jermaine Taylor in the D-League. Rookie guard was re-assigned by Houston Rockets to Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he already played twice this season. In 6 games with the Vipers, Taylor has averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Tulsa 66ers acquire Jovan "Wink" Adams

After losing recently called up the Thunder guard Mustafa Shakur, Tulsa 66ers have acquired guard Jovan "Wink" Adams. 24-year-old player started the season in Turkish team Oyak Renault after leaving UNLV last summer, and played his last game in February after averaging 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in the TBL.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

FMP Zeleznik and Vlado Djurovic part ways

Vlado Djurovic is no longer head coach of FMP Zeleznik, after reaching an agreement with the team to terminate the contract. Serbian coach arrived in November to FMP, after managing Vojvodina Novi Sad last season. His already former team will finish the Adriatic League as the worst Serbian team.

SOURCE: Sportal

Efes Pilsen denies any intention of replacing Ergin Ataman for Oktay Mahmuti

Despite some rumors about the possibility of Efes Pilsen to replace Ergin Ataman for Oktay Mahmuti, Turkish team have slammed any intention of making any head coach change. Curiously, this movement denied by Efes Pilsen happened 9 years ago, when Mahmuti replaced Ataman as head coach of the current Turkish champion.


Atléticos de San Guzman send Steven Ramírez to Indios de Mayagüez in exchange of Frank López rights

Atléticos de San Guzmán have traded guard Steven Ramírez to Indios de Mayagüez in exchange of forward Frank López rights. López was traded a couple of months ago from Atléticos in exchange of Roberto Herrera, so he will be back to his former team. Indios will improve his team with a new guard like Ramírez.

SOURCE: BSN Puerto Rico

Atléticos de San Guzmán, close to add Ryan Abraham and Carlos Strong

Atléticos de San Guzmán are waiting for recently drafted players Ryan Abraham and Carlos Strong to land in the team this weekend. Both guards come from the NCAA league. Abraham is playing for Appalachian State, while Strong does it for Boston University. None of them will play in the NCAA March Madness.

SOURCE: BSN Puerto Rico

Indios de Mayagüez sign Dan Langhi

Another former NBA player is back to the Puerto Rican league. After finish the Mexican season with Halcones Rojos de Veracruz, American player Dan Langhi, who played between 2000 and 2004 in the NBA, is back with Indios de Mayagüez, where 32-year-old forward played last season.

SOURCE: BSN Puerto Rico

Cangrejeros de Santurce sign Ricky Sánchez

Cangrejeros de Santurce added forward Ricky Sánchez to the team. 22-year-old forward have just finished the season in Mexico with league runners-up Halcones Rojos de Veracruz. Sánchez also played for Cangrejeros last season, and is a member of the Puerto Rican National Team.

SOURCE: BSN Puerto Rico

Piratas de Quebradillas, waiting for Greg Stevenson

Greg Stevenson is close to land in Piratas de Quebradillas after ending his season in South Korea with Changwon LG Sakers, averaging 21.5 points and 8.4 rebounds. Puerto Rican team, though, will have to wait until the next week to add Stephenson to the roster, due to personal reasons of the player in the United States.

SOURCE: BSN Puerto Rico

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Khimik and LaVell Blanchard part ways

More movements in Khimik. The Ukrainian team has released LaVell Blanchard after reaching an agreement with the player to terminate his contract. Blanchard was averaging 11.6 points and 5 rebounds in 19 games with Khimik in Ukrainian Super League. This is the second player who left the team this week after Ivan Koljevic.


Alonzo Gee will be signed to a second 10-day contract by Washington Wizards

Alonzo Gee will see rewarded his good performances for Washington Wizards with a second 10-day contract. Gee was called up by the NBA franchise from the D-League team Austin Toros, and recorded a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds) against the Nuggets on Tuesday, and 20 points and 9 rebounds in his first game against Atlanta.

SOURCE: Washington Post

Al Harrington wants to play for Nets next season

Al Harrington is playing his last games with New York Knicks. 30-year-old forward will become an unrestricted free agent, and it's very unlikely to go back to New York next season. Harrington, born in New Jersey state, would like to play for Nets next season. Other teams that are reported to be interested in Harrington next summer are Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls and Portland Trail Blazers.

SOURCE: New York Post

Galil Gilboa, in talks with Charles Rhodes and Marcus Melvin

After failing in landing Steffon Bradford, who was finally signed by Hapoel Alufa, Galil Gilboa is still looking for a forward to strenghten the frontcourt. Israelian team will decide between Charles Rhodes, who played last season for Latvian team Barons Riga, and Marcus Melvin, who has played lately in Iran.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

Budivelnik hires Andrei Podkovyrov as the new head coach

Andrei Podkovyrov, who resigned a month ago from Azovmash Mariupol, will be the new head coach for Budivelnik after the leaving of Rimantas Grigas, who could sign soon for Zalgiris Kaunas. Podkovyrov will be back to Budivelnik, after spending in the Ukrainian team as a player.

SOURCE: BC Budivelnik

Maceo Baston offered to Hapoel Jerusalem

American forward Maceo Baston, recently released by Budivelnik, has been offered to Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem. His high cost, though, is the main obstacle for his signing. Another options for Hapoel are Rob Kurz, currently playing in D-League team Fort Wayne Mad Ants, and Donnell Harvey, from Chinese team Jiangsu Dragons.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

Sioux Falls Skyforce re-acquire Joe Krabbenhoft

Former University of Winsconsin player Joe Krabbenhoft was re-acquired by D-League franchise Sioux Falls Skyforce. 22-year-old center started the season with Sioux Falls, averaging 12.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in nine games, but left the team on December 29.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Oklahoma City Thunder sign Mustafa Shakur to a 10-day contract

Another call up from a NBA franchise. Oklahoma City Thunder have signed guard Mustafa Shakur to a 10-day contract. This is the 24th call up of the season. Shakur was playing for Tulsa 66ers, averaging 20.7 points and 7.2 assists. Last season, he played for Tau Cerámica, in Spain, and for Panellinios, in Greece.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Khimik releases Ivan Koljevic

Ukrainian team, after announcing the arrival of Brian Wethers, released Montenegrin guard Ivan Koljevic, who was signied on January. Koljevic played 7 games for Khimik in the Ukrainian Super League, averaging 13.1 points and 4.4 assists per game, after starting the season in Turkish team Bornova.

SOURCE: Ukrbasket

Jeremy Tyler, to be waived soon by Maccabi Haifa

Jeremy Tyler could have been waived by Maccabi Haifa according to some media, though the Israeli team hasn't announced it. 18-year-old forward has played just 10 games with Maccabi Haifa, and has been a huge disappointment this season. The intention of Tyler is to continue playing in Europe for one more year.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Khimki slams rumours about Keith Langford moving to Virtus Bologna next year

According to Italian media, Keith Langford could be back next season to Virtus Bologna, where the 26-year guard played last season. His current team, Khimki, slammed quickly the rumor considering Langford a very important player, through the player's agent is asking for a salary increase for his player.

SOURCES: Championat, Championat

Rimantas Grigas leaves Budivelnik, and could be the next Zalgiris coach

Rimantas Grigas has decided not to come back to Ukraine to coach Budivelnik, officially for family circumstances. Budivelnik is currenly in the first place in the Ukrainian league. Grigas, though, is rumored to take control of Zalgiris Kaunas, currently coached by Darius Maskoulinas after the resignation of Ramunas Butautas.

SOURCES: Ukrbasket, Atn

Obras Sanitarias and Pepe Sánchez part ways

Pepe Sánchez is no longer player of Obras Sanitarias. Veteran guard was signed by Argentinian team after spending 13 years out of his country, playing in the NBA and for the top teams of Spain, but has agreed with Obras Sanitarias the buy-out of the contract. In 9 games in the LNB, Sánchez averaged 4.8 points and 6.1 assists.

SOURCE: Infoliga

Red Star signs Stefan Stojacic and Dusan Katnic

Young prospects Stefan Stojacic and Dusan Katnic were signed by Serbian team Red Star for the rest of the season. Both players, Serbian U-20 NT members, arrived from Serbian Super League squad Mega Vizura, and will strenghten Red Star, now suffering important financial difficulties.


Miami Heat sign Kenny Hasbrouck to a 10-day contract

As expected, Miami Heat signed guard Kenny Hasbrouck to a 10-day contract to fill the void of Rafer Alston, suspended for the rest of the season. The NBA franchise has called up former Siena player from D-League, where Hasbrouck was averaging 16.9 points, 2.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds for Rio Grande Valley Vipers after being acquired weeks ago.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Libertad de Sunchales signs Fabricio Vay

Libertad de Sunchales has brought back to Argentina center Fabricio Vay. 23-year-old player left Arenas de Córdoba in 2003 to play in Spain, and has played in Europe and the D-League since then. This season, Vay has played for Hungarian team PVSK Pannonpower Pecs, averaging 13.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in 12 games.

SOURCE: Sunchales Hoy

Union Olimpija signs Jure Lalic

Union Olimpija have signed Jure Lalic for the rest of the season. Croatian center, who started the season in Belgium with Spirou Charleroi, will help the team to fill the void left by Uros Slokar and Vladimir Golubovic. Lalic is back to the Adriatic League after spending five years in KK Zadar.


Monday, March 15, 2010

DKV Joventut will sign Sergi Vidal next season

Sergi Vidal will be back to DKV Joventut next season. According to sources, current Real Madrid forward is already looking for a house near Badalona, also his hometown. 28-year-old player left Joventut in 2000 to play for TAU Cerámica (now Caja Laboral), and was signed last summer by Real Madrid for two seasons, but will probably buy-out his contract after the end of this one.

SOURCE: The Hoops Market

Earl Clark, assigned to the D-League by Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns have announced that rookie forward Earl Clark was assigned to the affiliated D-League franchise, Iowa Energy. 2009 lottery pick has played 45 games with the Suns this season, averaging just 2.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Olympia Larisa, to sign Jason Fontenet

Finally, the new point guard for Olympia Larisa could be Jason Fontenet. American player is expected to sign soon a contract with the Greek Club. 28-year-old guard played last season in Ukraine, with Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye, and will replace recently released Jamar Butler.

SOURCE: Basketnet

BC Igokea signs Mladen Sekularac

New important signing for Bosnian team BC Igokea, fighting for playing soon in the Adriatic League. Igokea have added for the rest of the season Montenegrin forward Mladen Sekularac. 28-year-old player started the season in his homecountry, playing for KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje.

SOURCE: Sportal

Pepsi Caserta releases Robert Hite

Two months after signing him, Italian team Pepsi Caserta has released American guard Robert Hite, who arrived after being waived by Sutor Montegranaro. Hite played three games with Caserta, averaging 12.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, but his last game was almost a month ago, against Armani Jeans Milano.

SOURCE: Caserta News

Benetton Treviso inks Maurice Taylor

As expected, Italian team Benetton Treviso have signed American forward (with Italian passport) Maurice Taylor for the rest of the season. 33-year-old player arrives from Chinese team Shanxi, averaging 18.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. Taylor, former NBA player, is back to Italy after playing last season for Armani Jeans Milano.

SOURCE: Benetton Basket

Power Electronics Valencia, to extend Neven Spahija contract for two years

Spanish team Power Electronics Valencia and Croatian coach Neven Spahija have agreed to extend Spahija expiring contract for two more years. 47-year-old coach arrived to Valencia last season to replace Fotis Katsikaris, and is currently placing the Spanish team in the 4th place in ACB league.

SOURCE: Superdeporte

Miami Heat, close to sign Kenny Hasbrouck

Former Siena University guard Kanny Hasbrouck will be signed by Miami Heat in the next hours. Hasbrouck, recently acquired by D-League franchise Rio Grande Valley Vipers, was one of the first options to replace suspended guard Rafer Alston. Hasbrouck is averaging 16.9 points in 10 games for the Vipers.


Air21 Express sign Keena Young

Philippine team Air21 Express was close to sign Leroy Hickerson, lately under the radar of Puerto Rican team Atléticos de San Germán. But American forward injured his elbow in a car accident, and won't join Air21. The new import for the team will be forward Keena Young, who last played in South Korea for Mobis Phoebus.


Budivenik and Maceo Baston part ways

Maceo Baston is no longer player of Budivelnik, after the Ukrainian team and the American forward agreed to part ways. Baston, signed a couple of weeks ago, wasn't in the best physical shape, and the club decided not to keep it in the roster. 33-year-old forward just played one scoreless game in 5 minutes with Budivelnik.

SOURCE: BC Budivelnik

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Utah Jazz sign Othyus Jeffers to a second 10-day contract

Utah Jazz have announced that Othyus Jeffers was signed to a second 10-day contract. Jeffers was called up from D-League franchise Iowa Energy, and has played two games with the Jazz, averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds. In Iowa, Jeffers averaged 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Olympia Larisa, close to sign a new point guard

Greek team Olympia Larisa waived days ago American guard Jamar Butler, and was about to sign Rashid Atkins to replace him. But finally Atkins decided to go to Cyprus to play for Apoel Nicosia. Tomorrow, Olympia Larisa is reported to sign another point guard to fill the void left by Butler. According to sources, he was recently released from another European team.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Gerald Brown replaces B.J. McKie in Gimnasia

Gimnasia y Esgrima de Comodoro Rivadavia signed guard Gerald Brown to replace B.J. McKie, who was waived by the Argentinian team, where he arrived from Hapoel Alufa, in Israel. Brown arrives to Gimnasia after winning Mexican league title with Halcones de Xalapa. 34-year-old, former Harlem Globetrotters member, played last season in Polish team PBA Poznan.

SOURCE: Basquetplus

Benetton Treviso, close to sign Maurice Taylor

Italian team Benetton Treviso is closing a deal with American forward Maurice Taylor, who is about to end his season in China with Shanxi. Former NBA player, who played 9 games for Armani Jeans Milano last season would strenghten Benetton frontcourt after the injuries of C.J. Wallace and Andrea Renzi.

SOURCE: Sportando

Igor Rakocevic, not excited about Lottomatica, could stay in Efes Pilsen

Another player who could be released by Efes Pilsen is Igor Rakocevic. So far, Unicaja and Lottomatica are reported to be interested in Serbian guard, but the 31-year-old player has slammed any information about landing in the Spanish team, and it's not excited about the idea of spending the rest of the season in Lottomatica. Efes Pilsen won't force his leaving if Nachbar is finally transfered to another team.

SOURCE: The Hoops Market

Bostjan Nachbar, to leave soon Efes Pilsen

Finally, Bostjan Nachbar will be the player who will leave Efes Pilsen in the next days. According to sources, Turkish team is close to an agreement with another team to transfer Slovenian forward. Nachbar is unhappy with his coach, Ergin Ataman, and told days ago his will to leave Efes Pilsen. Weeks ago there was an intense rumor about a transfer to Real Madrid.

SOURCE: The Hoops Market

Saturday, March 13, 2010

San Antonio Spurs sign Garrett Temple to a 10-day contract

San Antonio Spurs have announced that they signed guard Garrett Temple to a 10-day contract, just at the end of the previous 10-day contract of the player with Sacramento Kings. This is the third call up of the season for Temple, who has also played for Houston Rockets. When not in the NBA, Temple plays for Rio Grande Valley Vipers, in the D-League.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Dakota Wizards acquire Corsley Edwards

Dakota Wizards have acquired center Corsley Edwards. 31-year-old player started the season in China, averaging 29.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in Shaanxi. To make room for Edwards, Wizards waived Cory Underwood (signed less than a month ago). The D-League franchise also waived Cheyne Gadson earlier this week after the assignment of Lester Hudson. Curiously, Gadson is Cory Underwood cousin.

SOURCE: Bismarck Tribune

Albany Legends sign former NBA player Kenny Satterfield

Albany Legends, a franchise from the International Basketball League (IBL), signed former NBA player Kenny Satterfield. 28-year-old guard, who spent two years in Denver Nuggets and in Philadelphia 76ers between 2001 and 2003, played most recently for Mexican team Bucaneros de Campeche.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Mindaugas Katelynas, considering to continue in Meridiano Alicante

Lithuanian forward Mindaugas Katelynas is considering the contract extension offer from his current team, Meridiano Alicante. Katelynas doesn't have any offer from another team and is happy with the Spanish club, so the deal could be done soon. 26-year-old player is averaging 11 points and 5 rebounds per game this season.

SOURCE: Diario Información

Xacobeo Blu:Sens signs Maurice Bailey to a 1-month contract

Finally, Maurice Bailey passed the try-out with Xacobeo Blu:Sens, and will make his debut with the Spanish squad this weekend. The injury of the starting point guard, Maxi Stanic, out for 30 days, was definitive to sign American player for a month. Bailey started the season with Red Star, but was waived and replaced with Mike Taylor, curiously now released by the Serbian team due to an injury.

SOURCE: La Voz de Galicia