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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Power Electronics Valencia could be interested in David Blatt to replace Neven Spahija

Power Electronics Valencia is considering several names to replace Neven Spahija, the coach of the team until days ago. Another name, according to the Greek media, is David Blatt, who is reported to be in talks with Aris Thessaloniki to extend his contract for two more years. Blatt is represented by the same agent, Gorka Arrinda, of the two last head coaches of Valencia, Fotis Katsikaris and Neven Spahija. If Blatt is signed to take over Valencia, the ACB rules would force him to leave the Russian national team before starting the season. Aris Thessaloniki is already tracking the market in case the Greek team has to hire a replacement for Blatt, with Giannis Sfairopoulos, from Kolossos Rhodes, and Georgios Bartzokas, from Maroussi, as the two first candidates.

SOURCE: Basketnet

ASVEL Villeurbanne, to release Curtis Borchardt, and shows interest for Mickael Gelabale

A lot of movements in ASVEL Villeurbanne. The French team has activate the termination clause of the contracts of Curtis Borchardt and Mindaugas Lukauskis (though the Lithuanian forward will be offered to sign a new contract). Other players that will leave ASVEL are Eric Campbell, who will be back to Israel, Aymeric Jeanneau and Ben Dewar. For the next season, besides Ricardo Greer, the French team is also targeting Mickael Gelabale, from Cholet.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Jason Gardner and Oldenburg part ways

Jason Gardner has left EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The 29-year-old American guard, who arrived to the German team three years ago, has averaged 8.6 points and 2.6 assists in 28 games in the BBL. On the other hand, Oldenburg has extended Rickey Paulding contract for two more years.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

Marinos de Anzoátegui sign Larry O'Bannon

Larry O'Bannon will play the finals of the Venezuelan league with the Marinos de Anzoátegui. The 26-year-old guard arrives from Maccabi Rishon LeZion, averaging 16.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in the Israeli Super League. The Marinos will try to win again the title in the LPB, as in 2009.

SOURCE: Solo Deportes

Phil Jackson doesn't want to go back to the Chicago Bulls

Phil Jackson has answered to the rumors about an interest of the Chicago Bulls or the New Jersey Nets to bring him back. The coach that won 6 rings with the Bulls in the 90's is not interested in take over any other team, and that there's a 90 percent change he will decide to stay in the Los Angeles Lakers or retire.

SOURCE: Sports Illustrated

New Orleans Hornets make an offer to Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau could be the next coach of the New Orleans Hornets. According to ESPN, the NBA franchise have already made an offer to the current assistant of Doc Rivers in the Boston Celtics. The answer of Thibodeau, though, could have to wait until the end of the playoff, where the Celtics are fighting to win a spot for the NBA Finals.


Omar Cook will stay in Unicaja one more year

Unicaja will extend Omar Cook for one more year, activating a clause in his contract. The 28-year-old American-Montenegrin guard, who arrived to Unicaja in 2008 from Red Star, is one of the key players of Unicaja and the ACB league leader in assists, averaging 8.9 points and 6.0 assists per game. Cook was also on the radar of teams like Efes Pilsen and Maccabi Tel Aviv, but will finally stay in Spain.

SOURCE: La Opinión de Málaga

Melbourne Tigers sign Wade Helliwell

The Melbourne Tigers have signed Wade Helliwell to a 2-year contract. The 32-year-old Australian center will be back to his country after six years in Europe, playing in Italy and Greece. Last season, Helliwell played for PAOK Thessaloniki, averaging 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: NBL.com.au

Power Electronics Valencia wants Velimir Perasovic as the new head coach

Power Electronics Valencia is already looking for a replacement for Neven Spahija, and is eyeing the current head coach of Cibona Zagreb, Velimir Perasovic. The former player knows well the ACB league as a player and as a coach (with Tau Cerámica), before spending the last three seasons in Cibona. Another choice could be Paco Olmos, now in the LEB Oro team ViveMenorca, who was already in charge of Valencia between 2002 and 2004.

SOURCE: La Verdad de Alicante

Kim Tillie, officially signed by ASVEL Villeurbanne

As expected, Kim Tillie will play for ASVEL Villeurbanne. The 21-year-old French center, who arrives from the University of Utah, was signed to a 2-year contract (with two more optional years). The former player of Antibes and Paris Basket Racing averaged 7.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in his senior year with the Utes.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Trabzonspor signs Ersin Görkem

Another signing for the recently promoted Trabzonspor. The Turkish team have announced the arrival of Ersin Görkem, arriving from Kepez. The 33-year-old guard averaged 12.8 points and 4.6 rebounds last season, but failed to avoid the relegation of his team from TBL. Görkem will provide experience to his new team.

SOURCE: Turkbasket

Arvydas Siksnius and Brad Newley could be the first two signings of Lietuvos Rytas for the next season

After winning the Lithuanian league against Zalgiris, Lietuvos Rytas is already planning the next season. According to the president of the club, Gedvydas Vainauskas, the team will release four players next season. To replace them, the Lithuanian champions will make some additions, and two players are already signed. They could be Arvydas Siksnius, from Siauliai, and Brad Newley, from Besiktas.

SOURCE: Lithuania Basketball

Unics Kazan denies rumors about Stanislav Eremin

Unics Kazan is not interested in hiring Stanislav Eremin for the next season. The Russian team was reported to be in talks with the coach of Triumph Lybertsy to replace Valdemaras Homicius, in charge of Unics since 2007, but it was denied in the official page of the club. Unics Kazan is currently playing the semifinals of the Russian league.

SOURCE: Championat