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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chris Richard, back to Tulsa 66ers

Forward Chris Richard was re-acquired by D-League franchise Tulsa 66ers, after his brief stint with Chicago Bulls. The NBA team called up Richard from D-League for a 10-day contract, then extended, but finally waived him after the trades of John Salmons and Tyrus Thomas. Richard is back to the franchise that acquired him a month ago.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Vanoli Cremona signs Alessandro Bencaster for the rest of the season

After a successful try-out with Vanoli Cremona, Alessandro Bencaster earned to be signed for the rest of the season by the Lega A squad. Last team Bencaster played for was Pavia, in LegaDue. This is the second signing of Cremona after hiring new coach Attilio Caja. Marko Milic was the first one.

SOURCE: Gruppo Triboldi Basket

Memphis Grizzlies to assign Hasheem Thabeet and Lester Hudson to the D-League

Memphis Grizzlies are planning to assign center Hasheem Thabeet and guard Lester Hudson to the affiliated D-League franchise Dakota Wizards. If confirmed, Thabeet will become the highest drafted player to play in the D-League (second overal pick in 2009), being a contender for the inglorious honor of being one of the greatest draft busts in NBA history.

SOURCE: Ridiculous Upside

Last movements in the D-League: Dominique Coleman, Justin Bowen, Kyle Goldcamp...

AUSTIN: Acquired guard Dominique Coleman (who has played this season for Belgian team Dexia Mons-Hainaut, Italian team Angelico Biella, and Maine Red Claws)

SIOUX FALLS: Traded forward Michael Joiner to Austin Toros in exchange of forward Justin Bowen.

ERIE: Re-acquired forward Kyle Goldcamp (recently waived BayHawks due to an injury) and waived recently signed guard Tychicus "Tyc" Snow.

SOURCES: Our Sports Central, Our Sports Central

CAI Zaragoza and Matthew Kiefer part ways

Spanish LEB Oro team CAI Zaragoza and American center Matthew Kiefer have agreed to terminate the player's contract, who's now a free agent. Kiefer played last season for CB Vic, also in LEB Oro, and signed last summer for CAI. 26-year-old player averaged 5.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 10 games.

SOURCE: Basket Zaragoza

Igor Rakocevic denies any intention of going loaned to Unicaja

Serbian guard Igor Rakocevic doesn't want to go to Unicaja. In his official Twitter, Rakocevic has denied categorically the rumors saying he will go loaned from Efes Pilsen to Spanish team. 31-year-old player had several bad experiences with Unicaja fans in his stint in Spain, and has Caja Laboral as his prefered team if he ever comes back to ACB league.

SOURCE: Twitter Igor Rakocevic

Hamamatsu Phoenix signs Flo Larkai

Japanese team Hamamatsu Phoenix signed English forward Dzaflo "Flo" Larkai, who recently left Everton Tigers in the British league. 28-year-old player already made his debut with the Japanese squad in the Japanese Basketball League, scoring 18 points against Saitama Broncos.

SOURCE: BJ Phoenix

Scoonie Penn considering retirement at the end of the season

Olympiakos guard James "Scoonie" Penn is thinking about retiring at the end of this season, to spend more time with his family. 33-year-old player was signed by the Greek team on early January, after a long career in teams like Red Star, Cibona, Efes Pilsen or Virtus Bologna.

SOURCE: Superbasket

Franko Bushati leaves Prima Veroli to sign for Aget Imola

LegaDue team Prima Veroli accepted releasing Albanian guard Franko Bushati, who was then signed as a free agent by rival squad Aget Imola for the end of the season. The 24-year-old player was averaging 2.9 points and 1.1 rebounds. His debut will be against his former team Veroli.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

Dawan Robinson leaves Umana Reyer due to an injury

Bad luck for Dawan Robinson and for his new team, LegaDue squad Umana Reyer. American guard Dawan Robinson had to leave the team due to an injury in a toe, and will go back to the U.S. for fully recovering. Robinson also left his former team, Veroli, due to another injury in his hand.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

Kepez confirmed assistant Aziz Behir as the new head coach, and signs Marcus Hall

After firing Tab Baldwin, Turkish team Kepez Belediyespor has made a couple of important changes. Kepez promoted assistant Aziz Behir as the new head coach to replace Baldwin, and signed American guard Marcus Hall, who was in Apoel Nicosia for a try-out before signing for Turkish squad.

SOURCE: Turkbasket

Vladimir Golubovic leaves Union Olimpija

After Sani Becirovic, Uros Slokar and Matt Walsh, another important player from Union Olimpija has left the team. Forward Vladimir Golubovic broke his contract with Slovenian team, and it's now a free agent. Maccabi Tel Aviv expressed interest in Golubovic weeks ago.


Meridiano Alicante, to waive Kyle Hill

Meridiano Alicante and Kyle Hill are close to part ways. American forward was a big disappointment for Spanish team, and his performances were lower than expected. Both parts have agreed that the best solution is to terminate the contract between them, and the announcement could be made soon.

SOURCE: La Verdad de Alicante

Official: Tomas Delininkaitis is released by CB Murcia

Spanish team CB Murcia and Lithuanian guard Tomas Delininkaitis have agreed to terminate the contract that linked both parts until the end of the season. The arrival of Shammond Williams to Murcia made inevitable to release a player in the current roster.


Palencia signs Guilherme Gitterer and extends Samuel Haanpää contract for the rest of the season

Spanish LEB Oro team has signed Brazilian center Guilherme Gitterer. 24-year-old player comes from EBA team, Gandía, who have announced his retirement of the competition due to its financial situation. Palencia also announced the extension of Finnish forward Samuel Haanpää until the end of the season.

SOURCE: Palencia Basket

Unicaja, ready to make an offer for Igor Rakocevic

Unicaja board has approved to provide extra funds to get Serbian guard Igor Rakocevic, currently unhappy in Efes Pilsen, on loan. Rakocevic would replace suspended player Juan Dixon. 31-year-old player prefers to buy-out his contract, but would accept a loan to Unicaja.

SOURCE: La Opinión de Málaga

Cleveland assign Darnell Jackson and Danny Green to Erie BayHawks

Cleveland Cavaliers have announced that forwards Darnell Jackson and Danny Green have been assigned to the D-League affiliated, Erie BayHawks. Jackson averaged 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in 23 games, while Green made 2.5 points in 13 gams for the Cavs this season.


Partizan denies agreement with Miroslav Raduljica

Partizan has denied the existence of an agreement with FMP Zeleznik center Miroslav Radujica for the next year. Acording to Sports Director Dragan Todoric, the information wanted to desestabilize the team before the important game against Maroussi in Euroleague.


CB Murcia, close to release Tomas Delininkaitis

After signing Shammond Williams, CB Murcia could be forced to release a player, and the chosen one would be Lithuanian guard Tomas Delininkaitis, who won't play next Murcia game in ACB league. Delininkaitis is averaging 7.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 22 games played this season.

SOURCES: La Verdad de Murcia, Krepsinis

Utah Jazz, looking for a veteran player to complete the roster

Utah Jazz are looking for a replacement for recently traded to Memphis Ronnie Brewer. The Salt Lake City franchise wants a veteran to complete the roster, and it's interested in recently waived players Kenny Thomas, Larry Hughes, Brian Cardinal and Brian Cook, released center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, free agent Mikki Moore or D-League player Rob Kurz

SOURCE: Salt Lake Tribune

Zydrunas Ilgauskas gets the buy-out from Washington Wizards

Lithuanian center Zydrunas Ilgauskas is already a free agent after agreeing with Washington Wizards the buy-out of his contract. Ilgauskas was traded days ago from Cleveland Cavaliers. Through 35-year-old player has expressed his desire of being back to Cleveland, other teams like Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz are also interested in Ilgauskas.

SOURCE: NBA Fanhouse

Real Madrid could be interested in signing Manu Ginóbili next season

Real Madrid could be interested in signing Manu Ginóbili. The Argentinian forward will be a free agent this summer, and won't continue in San Antonio Spurs next season. Before his American, successful stint (with three NBA Championship won), Ginóbili played for Kinder Bologna in Italy, with Ettore Messina, now in Real Madrid, as the coach.

SOURCE: Piratas del Basket

Partizan wants Miroslav Raduljica for the next year

Top European teams are starting planning next season, and Partizan is not an exception. While assuming that Aleks Maric could leave to a more powerful team, the Serbian squad wants to sign one of the top prospects in the Adriatic League: Miroslav Raduljica. According to Serbian media "Novosti", Raduljica has agreed with Partizan to land in the Pyonir next season, after finishing his contract with FMP Zeleznik this summer.

SOURCE: Novosti