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Friday, April 2, 2010

Los Angeles Lakers sign Kobe Bryant to three-year, $90 million contract extension

Kobe Bryant will stay in Los Angeles Lakers, after signing a three-year, $90 million extension with the Californian franchise. The 32-year-old MVP guard had the right to opt out of his existing deal this summer. Kobe Bryant, who was traded in 1996 to the Lakers after being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, is on his 13th season with his current team.

SOURCES: NBA, Twitter Adrian Wojnarowski

Phoenix Suns, close to sign Dwayne Jones for the rest of the season

The Phoenix Suns will sign Dwayne Jones for the rest of the season, according to sources close to the situation. The 26-year-old center was playing in the D-League for the Austin Toros, averaging 17.6 points, 16.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Jones was close to sign for the Philippine team Smart Gilas days ago, but finally he took the offer from the Suns.

SOURCES: Ridiculous Upside, Philippine Star

Earl Barron, to sign a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks

Earl Barron will sign for a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks, and then will play in Greece for the remainder of the season, according to the Greek media. 28-year-old center, who has played previously during three seasons in Miami, is currently in the D-League playing for the Iowa Energy.

SOURCE: Basketnet

PAOK Thessaloniki signs Tomas Delininkaitis to replace Branko Milisavljevic

Tomas Delininkaitis will play for PAOK Thessaloniki. The Lithuanian guard, who was a free agent after being released by CB Murcia, will replace Branko Milisavljevic in the Greek squad. The Serbian guard is close to reach an agreement for the termination of the contract with PAOK, who is reportedly unhappy with the player.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Fenerbahce re-acquires Gasper Vidmar, who left Union Olimpija

Slovenian player Gasper Vidmar is back to Fenerbahce, where he played during the last two seasons. The 22-year-old center left Union Olimpija, the team where Fenerbahce loaned him at the start of the season, due to the economical debts of the Slovenian club. Jure Lalic, signed days ago from Belgian team Spirou Charleroi, will fill the void left by Vidmar.

SOURCE: RTV Slovenia

Kavala signs former NBA player Cedric Simmons

As expected, Kavala has added former NBA player Cedric Simmons, who was playing in China since a few weeks ago. To make room for Simmons, the Greek team has agreed to part ways with Lithuanian guard Giedrus Gustas. Kavala is now looking for a center to replace DeJuan Collins, who has also left the team.

SOURCES: Basketnet, Basketnet