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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

BC Odessa and Marko Jovanovic part ways

Marko Jovanovic, who arrived to BC Odessa two months ago from Ergonom Nis, has left the Ukrainian team. The 28-year-old player averaged 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13 games with Odessa, which was defeated in the Ukrainian Super League quarterfinals by BC Kyiv.


Artland Dragons release coach Thorsten Leibenath

Artland Dragons will have to find a replacement for the head coach Thorsten Leibenath, who won't be extended by the German club. The 35-year-old coach was hired in 2008, coming from the Giessen 46ers, and hasn't been able to qualify the Dragons for the playoff in the last two season.


Edwin Jackson, close to extend his contract with ASVEL Villeurbanne until 2013

One of the top French prospects, Edwin Jackson, is close to extend his contract with ASVEL Villeurbanne until 2013. The 20-year-old guard, who has declared elegible for the next NBA draft, was loaned this season in Rouen, averaging 10.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in the LNB. Jackson won't be loaned again next season, and will play for Villeurbanne.

SOURCE: Le Progrès

Ventspils fires Silvano Poropat

Ventspils has decided to release the head coach Silvano Poropat, after failing to reach the Latvian league finals against VEF Riga. The Croatian coach was appointed last January to replace Agris Galvanovskis, after being in charge of the German team Ludwigsburg for five seasons.


Simas Jasaitis wants to play in Spain next season

Simas Jasaitis, who has just finished the season with Galatasaray, wants to come back to Spain next season. The 28-year-old Lithuanian forward played the last two seasons for Tau Vitoria and Joventut, until signing last summer for the Turkish team, averaging 13.6 points and 6.0 rebounds in the TBL.

SOURCE: Basketnews.lt

Virtus Bologna officially signs Aaron Jackson

As expected, Canadian Solar Bologna has announced the signing of Aaron Jackson. The American guard, who will turn 24 on Thursday, arrives from the Turkish team Antalya to replace Petteri Koponen, injured. Jackson has averaged 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in the the TBL.

SOURCE: Virtus Bologna

Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns, also eyeing Mindaugas Kuzminskas

The Lithuanian prospect Mindaugas Kuzminskas keeps on attracting the interest of the NBA franchises. Besides the New York Knicks, representatives from the Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns are in Lithuania scouting the 20-year-old forward from Siauliai. The Portland Trail Blazers also sent a scout in the last Baltic League Final Four to follow Kuzminskas.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Khimki, sure to keep Keith Langford for the next season

Khimki has answered to the rumors about the interest of Maccabi Tel Aviv for Keith Langford, who was reported to be already negociating with the Israeli team to play there in the 2010-11 season. According to the Russian club, Langford, with contract signed for the next season, hasn't talked with Maccabi and isn't considering to leave Khimki.

SOURCE: Championat

Estudiantes, also interested in Txemi Urtasun

The good season of Txemi Urtasun, named MVP of the last week in the ACB league, is attracting the interest of several teams. The Spanish forward of Meridiano Alicante is on the radar of Cajasol and, recently, Estudiantes. His current team wants to extend his expiring contract, but the payment delays of the club could be an obstacle.

SOURCE: SOURCE: Diario Información

Vladimir Golubovic could leave Caja Laboral before the playoff

Caja Laboral is waiting for the evolution of the injuries of Lior Eliyahu and Stanko Barac to make a decision about Vladimir Golubovic. The Slovenian forward, who arrived to Vitoria with a temporary contract from Union Olimpija, would be released if Eliyahu or Barac finally recover from their injury. If not, Golubovic will continue in the team for the rest of the season, and Eliyahu or Barac will be deactivated.

SOURCE: Noticias de Álava

Pooh Jeter wants to play in the NBA next season

Eugene "Pooh" Jeter will try to earn a spot in a NBA roster next season. The 26-year-old American guard, now playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, will play in the next NBA Summer League to reach his goal. Jeter, who started the season in the Spanish team Unicaja, is averaging 11.6 points and 1.7 assists in the Israeli Super League

SOURCE: DraftExpress

Perth Wildcats sign Cameron Tovey and Matt Knight

The Perth Wildcats have added two new pieces for the next season. The Australian team have signed Matt Knight to a 3-year contract, and Cameron Tovey to a 2-year contract. Knight, who was named the NBL's Most Improved Player of last season, arrives from the defunct Syndey Spirit, while Tovey played last season for the Townsville Crocodriles.


Power Electronics Valencia, also interested in Sergio Rodríguez

Sergio Rodríguez is still undecided about to stay in the NBA or to go back to Europe, and several teams in Spain are waiting for his final decision. Besides Real Madrid and Caja Laboral, another team is reported to be interested in landing Rodríguez, who ended last season in the Knicks. Power Electronics Valencia, which will play in Euroleague next season, could have also made an offer for the 23-year-old guard.


Sydney Kings announced their first seven players: Luke Cooper, Julian Khazzouh, Taj McCullough...

The Sydney Kings are back to the NBL after a year and a half out due to financial difficulties, and have announced their first 7 signings. Ben Knight, Luke Martin and Graeme Dann, former Kings, will be back to the team, along with Bjagoj Janev, former player of the Singapore Slingers. The other players will be Luke Cooper (from the Alaska Anchorage college), Julian Khazzouh (recently in Ironi Ramat Gan, in Israel) and Taj McCullough (now playing in Latvia for the VEF Riga). The head coach will be Ian ‘Moose’ Robilliard.

SOURCE: Gaze Hoops

John Calipari, not interested in coaching the Chicago Bulls

Despite the first rumors about a possible interest of John Calipari to take the reign of the Chicago Bulls, the head coach of the University of Kentucky said in his Twitter he already has the best job. The 51-year-old coach, with NBA experience after being in charge of the New Jersey Nets between 1996 and 1999, told he's very happy with the Wildcats.

SOURCE: Twitter John Calipari

0800 Easy LPG Bay Hawks sign Jon Rogers

Jon Rogers is the replacement for Jamil Terrell in the 0800 Easy LPG Bay Hawks. The 25-year-old American center was playing in the ABA, in the United States, for the Southeast Texas Mavericks. Rogers, who has also played recently in Norway and the Czech Republic, will bring size to the New Zealander team, now placed fifth in the NBL.

SOURCE: The Nelson Mail

Maccabi Tel Aviv, in talks with Keith Langford

Maccabi Tel Aviv is reported to be in talks with Keith Langford to land the American guard next season. The negotiations between the Israeli team and the 26-year-old player, now in Khimki, would be at a preliminary state. Langford averaged 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Sport 5

John Calipari, interested in the Chicago Bulls' coaching job

Just hours after the official firing of Vinny Del Negro, the first candidates to replace him are being reported. The first one is John Calipari, currently head coach of the University of Kentucky. The most important player of the Bulls, Derrick Rose, was coached by Calipari in Memphis during his college year.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports