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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Al Hilal signs former NBA player DerMarr Johnson

Al Hilal has signed DerMarr Johnson to play the Asia club with the Saudi team. The 30-year-old forward, who was drafted 6th in 2000 by the Atlanta Hawks was playing lately in Puerto Rico for the Leones de Ponce before being released on March. In his NBA stint, Johnson was in Atlanta, New York, Denver and San Antonio.

SOURCE: Asia-Basket

Zalgiris fires Darius Maskoliunas and could be considering Marcus Brown as his replacement

As expected, Darius Maskoliunas is no longer the head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas. Maskoliunas replaced Ramunas Butautas on February, but the owner of the club, Vladimir Romanov, has decided to fire him despite on being in the middle of the finals of the Lithuanian league. The new head coach of the team could be the current player of Zalgiris, Marcus Brown, after the assistants of Maskoliunas refused to replace him.

SOURCES: Sportalas, Basketnews.lt

Lottomatica Roma could be interested in Josh Heytvelt

According to the Turkish media, Lottomatica Roma could be close to sign Josh Heytvelt for the rest of the season. The 23-year-old American center, who has played this season in Oyak Renault, has posted 17.3 points and 10 rebounds in the TBL. This is the first season of Heytvelt as a professional after leaving the Gonzaga University.

SOURCE: Mixbasket

Raja Bell wants to play for the Miami Heat

Raja Bell, a free agent after being waived on March by the Golden State Warriors, would consider any offer from the Miami Heat as the first choice to decide where to play next year. The Heat are planning to build a team around Dwyane Wade to become a contender for the NBA, and could consider Bell, raised in Miami.

SOURCE: Sun-Sentinel

David Blatt will stay in Aris Thessaloniki for two more years

David Blatt will stay for two more years as the head coach of Aris Thessaloniki, after reaching an agreement with the Greek club board. The 52-year-old coach, also in charge of the Russian National Team, arrived to Aris last January after the departure of Fotis Katsikaris, now in Bizkaia Bilbao Basket.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Kevin McHale wants to be the next Chicago Bulls head coach

Kevin McHale is interested in becoming the next Chicago Bulls head coach, though the NBA franchise hasn't contacted him yet. McHale, who left the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, is now working as a TV analyst. The Bulls are looking for a new head coach after firing Vinny Del Negro


Perth Wildcats sign Jeremiah Trueman

The Perth Wildcats have completed his roster with the signing of Jeremiah Trueman. The 22-year-old New Zealander center arrives from the local team Taranaki Mountain Airs, where he averaged 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds, and also played last season in the Australian NBL with the New Zealand Breakers, posting 2.4 points and 0.8 rebounds per game.


Iraklis, interested in Nikos Hatzivrettas and Savvas Iliadis

Iraklis will be back to the A1 next season after four years in the lower division. The historical team, based in Thessaloniki, is already planning the new stint in the A1, and is interested in landing two former players: Nikos Hatzivrettas, now playing for Aris Thessaloniki, and Savvas Iliadis, currently in Kavala.

SOURCE: Basketnet