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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Khimik part ways with Larry Abney and Brian Wethers

The brief stint in Ukraine of guard Brian Wethers and center Larry Abney, both signed last month by Khimik, is over. The two American players have agreed with the Ukrainian team to terminate their contracts. Wethers just played 13 minutes per game for Khimik (averaging 3 points), while Abney averaged 24 minutes and 9 points for his already former team.


Victor Samnick, finally released from ASVEL Villeurbanne

As expected, Victor Samnick is no longer player of ASVEL Villeurbanne after agreeing to the termination of his contract. The French team signed the 30-year-old Cameroonian forward last October, and has averaged 8.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in the LNB this season. The recovery of Curtis Borchardt made Samnick not necessary in the current French league champion.


Bàsquet Mallorca and Daniel Northern part ways

Spanish LEB Oro team Bàsquet Mallorca and Daniel Northern have agreed to terminate the contract of the player. The American center arrived to Mallorca last summer, and has averaged 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 20 minutes per game. The Spanish team has accomplished the main goal of avoiding relegation.

SOURCE: Bàsquet Mallorca

Phoenix Suns re-assign Taylor Griffin to the D-League

The Phoenix Suns have announced that Taylor Griffin has been re-assigned to the affiliated D-League franchise, the Iowa Energy. This will be the third time the rookie forward is assigned to the Energy, after playing 12 games and averaging 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game.

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

San Antonio Spurs close to sign Manu Ginóbili to a $40 million, 3-year extension

A 3-year, $40 million extension will make Manu Ginóbili to keep playing for the San Antonio Spurs for almost the rest of his professional career. Despite the rumors about a possible leaving to Real Madrid, the Argentinian forward would stay in San Antonio until 2013 if the deal, almost close according to sources, gets finally done.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

Xacobeo Blu:Sens signs Paul Davis

As expected, Xacobeo Blu:Sens has signed Paul Davis for the rest of the season, as the Spanish club has announced today. The 25-year-old American center, who also played for Los Angeles Clippers and the Washington Wizards in the NBA, has just finished the D-League regular season with the Maine Red Claws. His arrival will imply the leaving of one of the other two American players, probably Maurice Bailey, signed to a temporary contract.

SOURCE: Obradoiro CAB

Damir Rancic leaves Zadar, and could be the next signing of Xacobeo Blu:Sens

Damir Rancic is no longer player of KK Zadar, after agreeing with the Croatian club to terminate his contract. The Croatian guard averaged 9.9 points and 1.7 assists in the Adriatic League. Though Rancic has offers from the Greek League, Xacobeo Blu:Sens is the top candidate to sign him soon.

SOURCE: Vecernji

The hall-of-famer Lenny Wilkens, new assistant of the South Korean National Team

Lenny Wilkins, one of the most legendary coaches in the history of the NBA, will assist the South Korean National Team in the next Asiatic Games. The 72-year-old coach, who was inactive since his last stint with the Knicks in 2005, is close to lose his leading position in total wins (1332) in the NBA, after Don Nelson tied his mark a couple of days ago.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Deportes

Maccabi Tel Aviv, willing to bring Lior Eliyahu back next season

Maccabi Tel Aviv has missed the target of being one of the top four teams in Europe after being defeated by Partizan in the Euroleague. The historical Israeli team is already planning next season, and the president Simon Mizrahi told he would like to welcome back Lior Eliyahu, in case he parted ways with his current team, Caja Laboral. The young Israeli forward is reported not to be happy in the Spanish team.


Kavala signs Taquan Dean

As expected, Kavala has made an important signing to face the final games of the season. The Greek team has landed the American guard Taquan Dean, wishing him to be the leading scorer of the roster. Dean was a free agent since leaving Caja Laboral a month and a half ago, and is the second important signing of Kavala after Cedric Simmons.

SOURCE: Sport 24

Milan Macvan, on the radar of Power Electronics Valencia

The Spanish team Power Electronics Valencia keep on tracking the Adriatic League to find new talents. After the reported interest on Krunoslav Simon, current captain of KK Zagreb, now the Serbian media has published that Milan Macvan, the young center from Hemofarm, is also on the radar of Valencia. The 20-year-old center is one of the top Serbian prospects, and has already played with the National Team winning the silver medal in the last Eurobasket.

SOURCE: Sportal

Houston Rockets could be another choice for Sofoklis Schorsanitis

The Houston Rockets are interested in the Greek center Sofoklis Schorsanitis, according to the media from Greece. Scouts from the Rockets has watched some games of the Olympiakos player, and could try to sign him. The NBA rights of the 24-year-old player are owned by Los Angeles Clippers, so Houston would have to negociate with the Californian franchise for Schorsanitis.

SOURCE: Sport 24

Toronto Raptors, interested in Stephane Lasme and D'Or Fischer, from Maccabi Tel Aviv

Toronto Raptors are reported by the Israeli media to be interested in the American center D'Or Fischer, and in the Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme, both from Maccabi Tel Aviv. In the last years, the Raptors have also signed two other players from the Israeli team, Maceo Baston and Anthony Parker. Lasme played briefly for the Golden State Warriors and the Miami Heat in the 2007-08 season before moving to Partizan, in Serbia, and was signed by Maccabi last summer. Fischer played in college for the Northwestern State University and for West Virginia, and is currently in his second season in the Maccabi roster.


The negotiations between Xacobeo Blu:Sens and Stephon Marbury, almost broken

Despite some informations, it is still possible that Stephon Marbury lands in Xacobeo Blu:Sens. But last reports are not optimistic. According to that sources, the negotiations between the Spanish club and Marbury are almost broken. Tomorrow could be definitive for one of the greatest suprises in the basketball market this year.


Poznan and Nenad Misanovic part ways

The Polish team PBG Basket Poznan and Nenad Misanovic have agreed to terminate the contract of the Serbian center. Misovanovic, who arrived last January to Poznan from Radnicki, had to leave the court during last game due to an arm injury, and has decide to undergo rehabilitation in Belgrade. Before the injury, the Serbian player was averaging 4.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in the PLK.

SOURCE: Sports.pl

Metalac lands Ivan Maras, from Budocnost

Metalac is improving the roster to try to do something great in the last stage of the Serbian Super League. After the arrivals of Jovan Teodosic, Mile Ilic and Bojan Bakic, the team based in Valjevo has announced the signing of Ivan Maras. The Montenegrin center comes from the Adriatic League team Budocnost, and has averaged 7.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in the top regional competition.

SOURCE: Sportal

Austin Toros sign Cory Underwood and Emmanual Jones, and waive Eric Dawson

The D-League franchise Austin Toros have announced the acquisition of forward Cory Underwood (recently waived by the Dakota Wizards) and forward Emmanual Jones (waived in February by the Idaho Stampede). Both players will replace Dwayne Jones (called up by the Phoenix Suns) and Eric Dawson (waived due to an injury).

SOURCE: Our Sports Central

Stevan Jelovac, training with Red Star

21-year-old center Stevan Jelovac is training with Red Star. The Serbian team will have three days to decide his signing before the start of the next stage of the Serbian Super League. Jelovac comes from Mega Vizura, the same team as the last two acquisitions of Red Star, Stefan Stojajic and Dusan Katnic.


Indiana Pacers, expected to sign Marcus Williams

Indiana Pacers are close to call up Marcus Williams. The 23-year-old guard is currently playing in the D-League for the Austin Toros, where he arrived a couple of weeks ago from the Chinese league. In 8 matches played with the Toros, the former San Antonio Spurs draftee has averaged 24.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

SOURCE: Ridiculous Upside