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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Gravelines Dunkerque, interested in Dounia Issa and Rudy Jomby

Gravelines Dunkerque, still fighting in the French LNB semifinals, is reported to be in talks with the forwards Dounia Issa, from Vichy, and Rudy Jomby, from Le Havre, for the next season. Issa averaged 9.0 points and 10.8 rebounds this season, while Jomby posted 7.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: La Voix des Sports

Pini Gershon will stay in Maccabi next season

Despite the painful defeat against Galil Gilboa in the Israeli Super League final, Shimon Mizrahi, president of Maccabi Tel Aviv, announced that Pini Gershon will remeain as the head coach of the team for the next season. The veteran coach, in charge of the team since 2008, has another year of contract

SOURCE: Sport5

Melbourne Tigers, to bring back Julius Hodge next season

The Melbourne Tigers are close to land again to the Australian NBL the former NBA player Julius Hodge. The 26-year-old guard went to Venezuela weeks ago to play for the Trotamundos de Carabobo. The Tigers expect Hodge to join the team at the start of the next season

SOURCE: Gaze Hoops

Predrag Drobnjak won't play for PAOK Thessaloniki next season

PAOK Thessaloniki won't extend the contract of Predrag Drobnjak. The 34-year-old Montenegrin center is a free agent, and is looking forward to play for two more years. The former NBA player between 2001 and 2005, who arrived to PAOK last summer from Efes Pilsen, has averaged 8.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in the Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Sabit Hadzic will be the new head coach of the Bosnian NT

As expected, Sabit Hadzic will be the new head coach of the Bosnian national team. The president of the Bosnian Federation, Nihad Imanovic, confirmed he has proposed Hadzic to the board that has to make the final decision. Hadzic was also in charge of the Bosnian NT between 1997 and 2001.

SOURCE: Dvevni Avaz

Obras Sanitarias, interested in Juan Pedro Gutiérrez and Juan Manuel Locatelli

Obras Sanitarias is targeting two former players of the Argentinian team for the next season. One of them is Juan Pedro Gutiérrez, who has played for the last 6 years in Spain for CB Granada, and could leave the team this summer. The second one is Juan Manuel Locatelli, from Atenas de Córdoba, the best forward of the Argentinian LNB during the last two seasons.

SOURCE: Basquetplus

Minnesota Timberwolves, eyeing Ante Tomic

Kurt Rambis, head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, attended to the game between Caja Laboral and Real Madrid in the ACB league. According to "Noticias de Álava", Rambis paid special attention to Ante Tomic, drafted in 2008 by the Utah Jazz. The Croatian 23-year-old center is averaging 7.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 20 minutes per game in the ACB league with Real Madrid.

SOURCE: Noticias de Álava

Lior Eliyahu and Yotam Halperin, main targets for Maccabi Tel Aviv

After a disappointing season, Maccabi Tel Aviv is planning the next one to win again the Israeli Super League. The two main targets to improve the rosters are two former players: Lior Eliyahu (now playing for Caja Laboral) and Yotam Halperin (currently in Olympiakos). Both players are not happy in their current teams, and could agree to be back to Maccabi


Mark Jackson, to be interviewed by the Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks will interview Mark Jackson for the head coaching job on Saturday. The former NBA player and current TV analyst will be the third candidate to be part of the Hawks interviews to find a replacement for Mike Woodson, after Dwane Casey and Avery Johnson. Jackson has never been an assistant or a head coach since retiring as a player in 2004

SOURCE: FanHouse

Federico Kammerichs, waiting for an offer from Spain

Federico Kammerichs, the best player last year in Regatas Corrientes, could be on the radar of Atenas de Córdoba in case Diego Lo Grippo leaves the team to land in Quimsa. But the 28-year-old Argentinian forward could be interested in returning to Spain, where he played between 2001 and 2008 before joining Regatas Corrientes. Kammerichs, who has averaged 13.5 points and 11.8 rebounds this season, is waiting for an offer from Spain.

SOURCE: Basquetplus

Air Avellino releases Cesare Pancotto

Cesare Pancotto is no longer the head coach of Air Avellino, after the Italian team has decided to activate the termination clause of his contract, after just one season. Pancotto arrived to Avellino after being in charge of Fortitudo Bologna the season before, and led the team to the semifinals of the Italian Cup, and to the playoff of the Lega.

SOURCE: Scandone Basket

Suzuki Manresa, close to sign Iikka Maki

Another Nordic prospect for Suzuki Manresa. After reaching to an agreement with the Swedish guard Markus Eriksson, the ACB team is close to land Iikka Maki. The 16-year-old guard would arrive from the Finnish team Honka, at his home country, and was tested by Manresa some weeks ago. Eriksson and Maki would play for the junior team of Manresa, CBiUM Albert Disseny.

SOURCES: Eurohopes, Regió 7

Atléticos de San Germán sign Ernest Brown to replace Mario Austin

Ernest Brown is the new player of the Atléticos de San Guzmán. The 31-year-old center, a former player of the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, replaced Mario Austin, who arrived to Puerto Rico last month. Brown has played this season in Bulgaria (Lukoil Akademik), China (Beijing Ducks) and Venezuela (Toros de Aragua) before landing in the Puerto Rican BSN league.

SOURCE: Primera Hora

Sabit Hadzic, front-runner to be the next Bosnian NT coach

The top candidate for be appointed as the new coach of the Bosnian national team could be Sabit Hadzic. Another name considerated was Jasmin Repesa, but his current club, Benetton Treviso, is not willing to let him take the job. Hadzic would be back to the Bosnian NT after leading the squad to three European Championship between 1997 and 2001.

SOURCE: Dvevni Avaz

Jacek Winnicki, new head coach of Turow Zgorzelec

Jacek Winnicki will be appointed as the new head coach of PGE Turow Zgorzelec next week to replace Andrej Urlep, hired last December by the Polish team. The 43-year-old coach was in charge of the women team Lotos Gydnia last season. Winnicki's only experience in the PLK as a head coach was in the 2002-03 season, with Slask Wrocklaw.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

Regatas Corrientes, close to sign Nicolás Romano and targeting Juan Pablo Cantero

Nicolás Romano will be player of Regatas Corrientes the next season. The 22-year-old Argentinian forward played last season for Quilmes, averaging 11.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. The next target for Regatas is Juan Pablo Cantero, who is set to leave Atenas de Córdoba soon.

SOURCE: Basquetplus