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Friday, May 21, 2010

Gran Canaria 2014, interested in Álex Urtasun to replace Josh Fisher

Gran Canaria 2014 is interested in hiring Álex Urtasun for the next season. The Spanish guard has played last season in the Spanish LEB Oro for Baloncesto León, though his rights are owned by CAI Zaragoza. Álex Urtasun, brother of the Meridiano Alicante player Txemi, would replace Josh Fisher in Gran Canaria, who is set to leave the team.

SOURCE: Diario de León

Jurgen Van Meerbeeck, new head coach of Leuven Bears

Jurgen Van Meerbeeck is the new head coach of Leuven Bears, arriving from Pepinster. Four players have decided to follow Van Meerbeck from his former team: John Tofi, Chris Devine, Niels Marnegrave and Thomas Creppy. Dior Lowhorn, a senior from the San Francisco college, will also join the Belgian team

SOURCE: Sport.be

Olímpico de la Banda lands Lucas Picarelli

Olímpico de la Banda has signed Lucas Picarelli for the next season. The 28-year-old Argentinian guard played last season for Regatas Corrientes, averaging 7.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 22 mintues per game. Picarelli has also played for River Plate, Estudiantes de Olavarría, Ben Hur de Rafaela and Peñarol during his career.

SOURCE: Infoliga

Ratiopharm Ulm signs Walt Baxley

Ratiopharm Ulm has announced the first signing for the 2010-11 season. The German club will land Walt Baxley, who arrives from the Pro A team Saar-Pfalz Braves. The 26-year old guard, who has also played during his career in Iran and Poland, averaged 19.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Basketball Ulm

Miljan Goljovic announces his retirement

Miljan Goljovic, former player of teams like Partizan, Trabzonspor or Lietuvos Rytas, has decided to retire as a professional player. The 38-year-old Slovenian forward played last season in his country for KK Lasko, averaging 12.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 29.1 minutes per game during his last season as a player.


Henrik Rödl, new head coach of TBB Trier

TBB Trier has signed to a 3-year contract Henrik Rödl as the new head coach of the German team. The former European champion as a player arrives to Trier from the second team of ALBA Berlin, where he was also the head coach of the senior team between 2005 and 2007. Rödl will replace Aaron McCarthy, hired last March.


Vichy extends Kareem Reid and brings back Curtis Sumpter

Kareem Reid will remain in Vichy for two more seasons, despite the rumors about his arrival to Dijon. The American 34-year-old guard will have as a teammate Curtis Sumpter. The 26-year-old forward is back to Vichy, where he played in the 2007-08 season. Sumpter arrives from Dexia-Mons, in Belgium.

SOURCES: Basketnews, Basketnews

Artur Kolodziejski and John Bowler leave Telekom Bonn

Telekom Bonn won't have on the next season roster two of the most important players of the team: Artur Kolodziejski and John Bowler. The 30-year-old Polish guard, who was the captain of the team, agreed to terminate his contract after five years in Bonn, while the 26-year-old American center, in the team since 2006, expressed his desire to leave the German league next season.

SOURCES: Telekom Baskets Bonn, Telekom Baskets Bonn

Dimitris Priftis, new head coach of Kavala

Kavala has decided to hire Dimitris Priftis to replace Vangelis Alexandris, recently released from the Greek team. The new head coach was working as an assistant of David Blatt in Aris Thessaloniki, and is also assistant of Jonas Kazlauskas in the Greek national team.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Rimas Girskis, close to be the next head coach of Nevezis

Rimas Girskis could accept to become the new head coach of Nevezis next week. The 60-year-old coach is without a team since leaving Azovmash Mariupol at the start of this season. Girskis would be back to Lithuania for the first time since 1999, after coaching in Russia, China and Ukraine.

SOURCE: Lietuvos Rytas

Uros Tripkovic wants to play in an Euroleague team

Uros Tripkovic has ended the ACB season after failing his team, DKV Joventut, to qualify for the playoffs. The 23-year-old Serbian guard is considering to play next season in an Euroleague team, despite having another year of contract with Joventut. One option could be to go back to his former team, Partizan, though it doesn't seem realistic, according to the player.

SOURCE: Sportske

Doug Collins will be the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers

As expected, The Philadelphia 76ers have reached to an agreement with Doug Collins. The 58-year-old coach will finally be the replacement of Eddie Jordan in the NBA team. The 76ers will sign Collins to a 4-year contract, and his announcement could be made today. Collins is expected to hire former player Aaron McKie as an assistant.

SOURCE: Philly

ASVEL Villeurbanne signs Leo Westermann

One of the finest French prospects, Leo Westermann, was signed by ASVEL Villeurbanne for two seasons (with an extra two-year team option). The 17-year-old guard was one of the stars of the INSEP, the French farm team that recently won the last Nike International Junior Tournament, in Paris, and will have his first chance in the professional basket in Villeurbanne.


Juventud Sionista signs Pedro Franco and Pablo Moldú

Juventud Sionista has made the first two signings for the next season. The Argentinian team will add the guard Pedro Franco, a former player of Sionista who has spent the last three seasons in Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca, and the guard Pablo Moldú, who has played the last three seasons for Libertad de Sunchales. Both players were signed by Sionista to a two-year contract

SOURCE: Infoliga

Elad Hasin, new head coach of Maccabi Haifa

Maccabi Haifa has decided the replacement for the recently released head coach Avi Ashkenazi. The Israeli club has appointed the young 30-year-old coach Elad Hasin to take the reign of the club next season. Hasin was an assistant of Ashkenazi during the last two seasons. Hasin also served in 2003 as a scout at the University of Memphis with John Calipari.

SOURCE: Walla Sport