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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Toronto Raptors, close to sign Joey Dorsey

Joey Dorsey could have found a new team after being waived by the Sacramento Kings, which acquired him a month before in a trade from the Houston Rockets. His coach in Sacramento, Paul Westphal, considered his attitude in the team "clownish". Now, Dorsey will have a new chance in the Toronto Raptors, after agreeing to sign a contract with the Canadian franchise.

SOURCE: Twitter Adrian Wojnarowski

Mensur Bajramovic, fired as the Bosnian NT coach

The Bosnian Basketball Federation has decided to fire the National Team coach Mensur Bajramovic. That decision was expected since weeks ago, and names like Bozidar Maljkovic, Aleksandar Petrovic or Svetislav Pesic are among the candidates to replace Bajramovic. Bosnia will try to qualify for the Eurobasket 2011 this summer after failing to arrive to the last two ones. The name of the new coach could be announced next month.

SOURCE: SportSport

Sofoklis Schortsanitis, considering to play for the Clippers

Sofoklis Schortsanitis, who is at the end of his contract with the Greek team Olympiakos, is considering to move to the United States to play in the NBA. The 24-year-old center was drafted 34th in the 2003 by Los Angeles Clippers, which still own his NBA rights. Schortsanitis is open to practice with the Clippers this summer to evaluate his incorporation to the Californian franchise.

SOURCE: 24 Sports

Viktor Khryapa doesn't rule out to play in the NBA next season

Viktor Khryapa has a clause in his contract to leave this summer to the NBA. The 27-year-old Russian forward, who played in the NBA between 2005 and 2008 for Portland and Chicago, doesn't want to think about it until summer, but told that he wants to go back there to prove his value. This season, Khryapa has averaged in the Euroleague 10.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 20 games played.

SOURCE: Championat

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

As expected, Earl Barron was signed by the New York Knicks to a 10-day contract. The 28-year-old center was called up from the Austin Toros, in the D-League. According to the Greek media, Barron will play in Greece when his contract with the Knicks expires for the national league play-offs.

SOURCE: Sports Illustrated

Alex Acker and Armani Jeans Milano part ways

Former NBA guard Alex Acker is no longer player of the Armani Jeans Milano. The Italian team and the 27-year-old guard have agreed to part ways. Acker, who arrived this season to Milano after playing in the NBA for Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers, has appeared in just 14 matches in the Italian Lega A due to different injury issues, averaging 9.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Curiously, Acker was involved in the recent disciplinary problems of Gary Neal in the Benetton Treviso. Neal was reported to have dinner with Acker (former teammate in Barcelona), and failed because of that to arrive to a practice with his team.

SOURCE: Olimpia Milano

Metalac signs Bojan Bakic

Bojan Bakic has a new team after being released by Trikala 2000 last month. The Montenegrin guard was signed by Serbian team Metalac, which is planning other acquisition to strenghten the roster in the national league play-offs. Bakic is back to Serbia after playing in 2005 for Hemofarm, winning the Adriatic League with the Vrsac team.


Vitaliy Cherniy, hired as the new Ukrainian National Team head coach

The current head coach of BC Kyiv, Vitaliy Cherniy, will lead the Ukrainian National Team, after being chosen by a majority vote among other candidates by the members of the basketball federation board. Cherniy is BC Kyiv head coach since last September, arriving from the junior team bench.

SOURCE: Ukr Basket

Rio Grande Valley Vipers add Rich Melzer and Craig Winder, and waived Travis Holmes and Louis Graham

More changes in the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The D-League franchise have announced the acquisiton of forward Rich Melzer, who started the season in Australia with the Skytrans Cairns Taipans. The Vipers have also re-acquired Craig Winder, waived days ago due to an injury. At the same time, Rio Grande Valley have also decided to waive guard Travis Holmes and forward Louis Graham, both signed at the same time Craig Winder was released.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Kryvbasbasket signs Randy Orr

Ukrainian team Kryvbasbasket have signed the American player Randy Orr. The 27-year old center has played this season in Venezuela for the Gigantes of Guayana, and last season averaged 9.9 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Japanese team Link Tochigi Brex.

SOURCE: Basket.com.ua

New Jersey Nets, considering for the head coach job Jeff Van Gundy, Avery Johnson... and Ettore Messina

The New Jersey Nets are already planning next season, and looking for a new head coach to replace current GM and interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe. Avery Johnson and Jeff Van Gundy are the two main candidates, but the new owner, Mikhail Prohkorov, is reported to be interested in hiring current Real Madrid coach Ettore Messina, who worked for the Russian tycoon in CSKA Moscow.

SOURCES: New York Daily News, SNY