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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Olímpico de La Banda signs Cristian Romero

Cristian "Kily" Romero is the new signing for Olímpico de La Banda. The 26-year-old forward arrives from Atenas de Córdoba, where he averaged 7.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game for the Argentinian LNB runner-up. Olímpico is now interested Leonel Schattman, from Unión de Sunchales, also on the radar of Obras Sanitarias.

SOURCE: Infoliga

Lietuvos Rytas lands Siknius, Kelys, Dambrauskas, Bendzius and Staniulis for the next season

Lietuvos Rytas has announced the arrival of five new players. As expected, Arvydas Siksnius was signed from Siauliai. Zydrunas Kelys, Paulius Dambrauskas, Eimantas Bendzius and Giedrus Staniulis, from Perlas Vilnius will complete the Lietuvos Rytas roster for the next season.

SOURCE: BC Lietuvos Rytas

Martynas Mazaika, to leave AEK Athens

The brief stint of Martynas Mazeika in AEK Athens could be over. The 25-year-old Lithunian guard, who arrived to the Greek team last January from VEF Riga, is at the end of his contract. Mazeika, who has averaged 4.1 points and 1.1 assists in AEK Athens, wants to play at least another year in Greece.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Obras Sanitarias, close to sign Leonel Schattmann and Alexis Elsener

Obras Sanitarias are close to land Leonel Schattmann and Alexis Elsener for the next season. Schatmann was playing last season in Unión de Sunchales, averaging 14.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, while Elsener helped El Nacional to promote to the LNB posting 14.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in the TNA.

SOURCE: Basquetplus

Brian Goorjian, new head coach of the DongGuan New Century Leopards

Brian Goorjian is the new head coach of the DongGuan New Century Leopards, replacing Jun Sun. The 56-year-old coach, born in the United States, is one of the most succesful coaches in the Australian basketball, with six NBL titles. Goorjian was in charge of the Leopards Youth team since last year.

SOURCE: Asia-Basket

Federico Kammerichs re-sign with Regatas Corrientes

Finally, Federico Kammerichs won't leave Argentina, despite his early interest in playing in Spain. The 28-year-old forward, one of the best players in the Argentinian LNB, has extended his contract with Regatas Corrientes. Kammerichs has averaged 13.5 points and 11.8 rebounds this season with Regatas.

SOURCE: Infoliga

Marco Pellin, in talks with Le Mans, also interested in Ben Dewar

Marco Pellin, who has played this season for Chorale Roanne, is in talks to join Le Mans next season. The 22-year-old guard averaged 4.1 points and 4.0 assists with Roanne. Le Mans is also interested in Ben Dewar, who will leave ASVEL Villeurbanne. The 28-year-old forward has posted 9.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in the LNB this season.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Meridiano Alicante, interested in Álex Urtasun, twin brother of Txemi Urtasun

The extension of Txemi Urtasun is getting more difficult, and the Spanish guard is reported to be close to Cajasol. His team last season, Meridiano Alicante, could replace him with Álex Urtasun, twin brother of Txemi, who was playing last season in Baloncesto León, in LEB Oro, on loan from CAI Zaragoza. Gran Canaria 2014 could be also interested.

SOURCE: Información

Randy Livingston, new head coach of the Idaho Stampede

The only player ever to have his jersey retired in the Idaho Stampede, Randy Livingston, is back to the D-League team to become the new head coach. Livingston, who was an assistant coach for the Maine Red Claws last season, will replace Bob McKinnon, who decided to step down almost a month ago.

SOURCE: NBA Fanhouse

Spartak St. Petersburg, interested in Davon Jefferson

Spartak St. Petersburg, coached by the Israeli coach Davon Jefferson, is interested in signing Davon Jefferson for the next season. The 23-year-old forward has been one of the best foreign players in the Israeli Super League, averaging 17.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in Maccabi Haifa, where Jefferson is playing since 2008.


Minnesota Timberwolves, scouting Nemanja Bjelica

The coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kurt Rambis, attended the Serbian Super League game between Red Star and Radnicki to watch Nemanja Bjelica in action. The Serbian forward will be elegible in the next NBA draft, and could be picked in the second round. Bjelica is averaging 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in the Serbian league.

SOURCE: Sportske

Montepaschi Siena, interested in Doron Perkins, could be close to sign Nicolò Melli

Montepaschi Siena could be close to land the young prospect Nicolò Melli, who played last season for Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. The 19-year-old forward was reported to be next to Armani Jeans Milano, but Montepaschi could finally sign him after playing 222.000 euros to Reggio Emilia. The current Italian champion is also interested in signing Doron Perkins, and could have offered a contract to the American guard, who has played last season for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

SOURCES: Informazione di Reggio Emilia, Walla Sport

Stefano Pillastrini will be the new head coach of Air Avellino

Air Avellino could have found the replacement for Cesare Prancotto, recently released from the Italian team. The new head coach will be Stefano Pillastrini, who has been in charge of Cimberio Varese. The 48-year-old Italian team was also on the radar of Vanoli Cremona for the next season.

SOURCE: La Gazzetta dello Sport

Maccabi Tel Aviv releases Andrew Wisniewski

Maccabi Tel Aviv hasn't activated the contract extension of Andrew Wisniewski, so the American 29-year-old guard is now a free agent. Wiskiewski, who arrived to Maccabi last summer from Spartak St. Petersburg, averaged 8.8 points and 2.6 assists per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

Cajasol could be close to land Robert Archibald and Txemi Urtasun

Cajasol could be close to land the first to signings of the new season. The Spanish team is the front-runner in the fight to ink Txemi Urtasun, who will likely leave Meridiano Alicante, replacing Andrés Miso. The other player to land in Cajasol could be Robert Archibald. The British center is at the end of his expiring contract with Unicaja.

SOURCES: El Diario de Sevilla, Sur

Kavala, interested in Alexis Kyritsis and Milt Palacio for tthe next season

Kavala, after hiring Dimitri Pritfis as the new head coach, is starting to track the market for new signings. The Greek team wants the return of Milt Palacio, who was signed by Caja Laboral for the rest of the season, and the signing of Alexis Kyritsis, playing for PAOK Thessaloniki since 2008.

SOURCE: Basketnet