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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Bnei Hasharon, interested in Joshua Shipp

Bnei Hasharon is interested in signing one of the best players in the last Turkish league, Joshua Sheep. The 24-year-old American forward averaged 18.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for Bornova, being one of the top scorers of the TBL in his first year as a professional.


Nimrod Tishman leaves Florida to play in Israel

One of the best Israeli prospects, Nimrod Tishman, has left the University of Florida after one year in the NCAA. The 19-year-old guard played only 7 games in his freshman season after being one of the best players of the last U19 European Championship, averaging 18.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. Tishman, who played in the youth teams of Maccabi Tel Aviv, wants to play in the Israeli Super League next season.


Tom Thibodeau will be the new coach of the Chicago Bulls

As expected, Tom Thibodeau was signed by the Chicago Bulls to a three-year contract to become the new head coach of the franchise. The current Boston Celtics assistant will replace Vinny del Negro, fired a month ago. The deal won't be official until the end of the Finals, because NBA rules do not allow the announcement of significant transactions like a trade or coaching hire during the event.

SOURCE: Bulls.com (blog Sam Smith)

Muli Katzurin, also candidate to coach Hapoel Jerusalem

Hapoel Jerusalem hasn't still decided who will be the next head coach of Hapoel Jerusalem to replace Guy Goodes. The new candidate to join the short list is Muli Katzurin. The Israeli coach, currently in charge of the Czech team CEZ Nymburk, could be back to his country next season, after leaving the national team in 2004.


Ivan Déniz, new head coach of the Halcones de Xalapa

Ivan Déniz is back to the Mexican league. The Spanish coach, who has been in charge of the LEB Oro team Tenerife Rural and, most recently, the Venezuelan team Trotamundos de Carabobo, was signed by the Halcones de Xalapa. This will be the second stint of Déniz in Mexico after coaching the Soles de Mexicali from 2007 to 2009.

SOURCE: Mexicali Sport

Coca-Cola Tigers sign John Williamson and release Rashad Bell

The Coca-Cola Tigers have signed John Williamson as the third import of the season, after James Penny and Rashad Bell, who was signed less than a month ago. The American 24-year-old forward has played this season in Poland for Znicz Jaroslaw (17.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game) before moving to Sweden to sign for Plannja Basket Lulea (23.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game).

SOURCE: Gmanews.tv

Energa Czarni signs Zbigniew Bialek

Energa Czarni has signed Zbigniew Bialek. The Polish 27-year-old forward is back to the team based in Slupsk, after playing there between 2001 and 2004. Bialek, who played in the 2004 Summer League with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged 12.0 points and 6.2 rebounds last season with PGB Basket Poznan.


Pep Clarós, new head coach of the Mexican national team

Pep Clarós was appointed as the new head coach of the Mexican national team for the next Centrobasket. The Spanish coach is also working as an assistant of Pepu Hernández in DKV Joventut. Clarós has experience with the Mexican basketball, having coach Ciudad Victoria and Correcaminos de Reinosa previously.


Frank Vitucci, new head coach of Air Avellino

As expected, Frank Vitucci is the new head coach of Air Avellino. The Italian coach was signed to a two-year contract to replace Cesaro Pancotto, released by Avellino a week ago. Vitucci was without a team since being fired by Benetton Treviso last January, after working there, first as an assistant, and there as the head coach, since 2001.

SOURCE: Scandone Basket

Neven Spahija would consider to become an NBA assistant

Neven Spahija is still undecided about his future after leaving Power Electronics Valencia a couple of weeks ago. The Croatian coach is reported to have offers from several European clubs (like Efes Pilsen or Fenerbahce), but is also considering another choice: moving to the United States to become an assistant for a NBA team. Spahija also said he wouldn't mind to be back to Valencia in a couple of years.

SOURCE: Las Provincias

Regal Barcelona could have signed Nemanja Bjelica

According to Eurohopes, Nemanja Bjelica could have signed a contract with Regal Barcelona. The Spanish club hasn't decided yet if Bjelica would join the ACB team or would be loaned to his current team, Red Star. Barcelona was already reported to be behind the 22-year-old forward about two months ago. Bjelica is averaging 18.7 points and 7.2 rebounds in the Serbian Super League.

SOURCE: Twitter Eurohopes

Unics Kazan, interested in Yogev Ohayon, Milt Palacio and Alexander Rasic

Unics Kazan is reported to be interested in several guards for the next season. Yohev Ohayon (Hapoel Jerusalem), Milt Palacio (Caja Laboral) and Aleksandar Rasic (Partizan) are in the short list of the Russian team for the next season. The Russian team is currently fighting for the third place in the national league.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

Regal Barcelona has loan offers for Xavi Rey

Several teams are interested in loaning Xavi Rey for the next season, and have made offers to Regal Barcelona for him. The 22-year-old center won't continue next season in Cajasol, when he has played during the last year and a half, and is back to his club. Rey averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season.


Monty Williams will be the new coach of the New Orleans Hornets

The New Orleans Hornets will sign Monty Williams to a three-year contract to be the new head coach of the NBA franchise. Williams, currently an assistant coach in the Portland Trail Blazers, was the second choice after Tom Thibodeau decided not to accept the offer from he Hornets. Thibodeau would prefer to take over the Chicago Bulls.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

Alfonso Sánchez, Paulo Prestes and Rai López won't play for Unicaja next season

Unicaja sent three players on loan last season around the ACB league: Alfonso Sánchez (Xacobeo Blu:Sens), Paulo Prestes (CB Murcia) and Rai López (Lagun Aro GBC). None of them will make the Unicaja roster next season, as the Spanish club has decided. Sánchez won't be extended and will become a free agent, while Prestes and López could be sent on loan again.

SOURCE: Diario Sur

Quimsa signs Diego Lo Grippo

Finally, Diego Lo Grippo will play for Quimsa. One of the best players of the Argentinian LNB was signed to a two-year contract, after spending last season in Atenas de Córdoba. Lo Grippo, who go back to Argentina last season after 6 seasons in Spain, averaged 18.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last LNB.

SOURCE: Infoliga

Tibor Pleiss wants to play in an Euroleague team before moving to the NBA

Tibor Pleiss, one of the most interesting German prospects, wants to play next season in the Euroleague, and could have already offers from important clubs. The 20-year-old center, projected as a lottery pick for the 2011 draft, would move later to the NBA. Pleiss, the rookie of the year of the BBL, will play the German finals with his team, Brose Baskets Bamber, after averaging 8.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during the season.

SOURCE: Sport1

Ricky Rubio, planning to go to the NBA in 2011

Ricky Rubio told in an interview he won't leave his current team, Regal Barcelona, at least until 2011, ruling out any chance of moving to the NBA next summer. Rubio, drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves last year with the 5th pick, considers that he will fit in the NBA whenever he decides to play there. According to "Star Tribune", Rubio intends to exercise a $1.4 million opt-our clause to play in the NBA before the 2011-12 season.

SOURCES: Associated Press, Star Tribune

Hyères-Toulon signs Paccelis Morlende, Kevin Houston, Damir Krupalija, Jonte Flowers, Shaun Fein and Rick Hughes.

Hyères-Toulon has made six signings in a row for the next season. The French team has landed Paccelis Morlende (last season in Gravelines Dunkerque), Kevin Houston (without a team since being released by Rouen last December), Damir Krupalija (from Dijon), Jonte Flowers (from Vichy), Shaun Fein (from the ProB team Fos) and Rick Hughes (from Apoel Nicosia).

SOURCE: Basketnews

Unión Formosa signs Nicolás Aguirre

Nicolás Aguirre is the new point guard of Unión Formosa next season. The Argentinian team has signed the 22-year-old guard, who played last season in Boca Juniors. Aguirre averaged 9.7 points and 3.0 assists per game in the last LNB, and will join his former teammate in Boca, Gabriel Milukas, in his new team.

SOURCE: Infoliga

Ergin Ataman, with offers for the next season

Ergin Ataman is without a team after not being re-signed by Efes Pilsen after two years in the Turkish club. According to the coach, though, Ataman has several offers from other teams to continue his career. The 44-year-old coach has worked in his country and in Italy for two teams, Montepaschi Siena and Fortitudo Bologna.

SOURCE: Turkbasket