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Monday, June 7, 2010

Zeljko Obradovic, considering to leave Panathinaikos

Despite the (troubled) win in the last Greek league, Zeljko Obradovic could be considering to close his stint in Panathinaikos, after 4 Euroleagues and 8 Greek championships conquered for the "green" team. The 50-year-old coach, in the Athens team since 1999, could decide to continue his career in another European team. Dimitris Itoudis, his assistant, could be a candidate to replace him.

SOURCE: Basketblog

Damir Krupalija denies any agreement with Hyères Toulon

Damir Krupalija isn't yet a player of Hyères-Toulon, according to the player. The 29-year-old forward was reported to be signed by the French team, after three seasons in Dijon, but Krupalija only admitted contacts with Hyères-Toulon, haven't reached yet to an agreement. Krupalija averaged 9.1 points and 6.7 rebounds last season in the French LNB.

SOURCE: SportSport

Alan Anderson and Stephane Lasme will leave Maccabi Tel Aviv next season

Alan Anderson and Stephane Lasme won't continue playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv, and the official announcement of their releasement is expected soon. Anderson is on the radar of Real Madrid and Cibona Zagreb for the next season, while Lasme was reported to attract some interest from the Toronto Raptors a couple of months ago.


Chalon signs Steed Tchicambound and Ilian Evtimov

Two new signings for Chalon. The French team has landed Steed Tchicambound and Ilian Evtimov for the next season. The 29-year-old French guard arrives from Nancy, when he averaged 10.9 points and 4.7 assists last season, while the 27-year-old Bulgarian forward, younger brother of Vasco Evtimov, played last season in Apoel Nicosia, averaging 10.9 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Cypriot team in the last EuroChallenge.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Atenas de Córdoba signs Miguel Gerlero

Atenas de Córdoba, current runner-up of the Argentinian league, has signed Miguel Gerlero for the next season. The 22-year-old forward arrives from the TNA league team 9 de Julio de Río Tercero, where he averaged 10.2 points and 2.7 rebounds. Gerlero played as a junior in Atenas de Córdoba during the 2005-06 season.

SOURCE: Infoliga

Gravelines Dunkerque signs Dounia Issa

As expected, Gravelines Dunkerque has inked Dounia Issa. The French team has signed Issa to a two-year contract. The 29-year-old forward arrives from Vichy, where he averaged 9.0 poins and 10.8 rebounds per game. The next target for Gravelines Dunkerque is Rudy Jomby, from Le Havre.

SOURCE: La Voix du Nord

Bayern Munchen signs German NT coach, Dirk Bauermann

The basketball section of the German club Bayern Munich has made an important hiring. The club, now playing in the ProA league (the second division) has signed Dirk Bauermann to be the new head coach. Bauermann is in charge of the German national team since 2003 and won seven BBL titles with Bayer Leverkusen between 1990 and 1996, and two with Brose Baskets Bamberg in 2005 and 2007.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

Regal Barcelona, Caja Laboral and Cajasol, interested in Nicholas Spires

Three Spanish teams are trying to chase the Swedish (born in the United Kingdom) prospect Nicholas Spires. Regal Barcelona (who tested the 16-year-old forward weeks ago), Caja Laboral and Cajasol are reported to be interested in signing Spires, currently playing in Sweden for Södertälje BK.

SOURCE: Eurohopes

Bnei Hasharon, interested in Tre Simmons

After the arrival of Dan Grunfeld, Bnei Hasharon has turn his eyes to Tre Simmons. His current team, Hapoel Jerusalem, hasn't decided yet to extend his contract, and Bnei Hasharon could try to land him in case Simmons become a free agent. The 27-year-old forward, who arrived last summer to Hapoel from Maccabi Tel Aviv, averaged 13.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season.


Valdemaras Homicius, candidate to coach Zalgiris Kaunas

Valdemaras Homicius could be the main candidate to be the next head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas, after a troubled season that ended with the player Marcus Brown as an interim coach. The Lithuanian coach, in charge of Unics Kazan since 2007, could leave the team next season according to several rumors.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

David Blatt, already in talks with Maccabi Tel Aviv

After the decision of Pini Gershon of leaving the bench of Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Israeli team is moving fast to replace him. The chosen one is David Blatt, who is already in talks with Maccabi. The current coach of the Russian national team was in charge of Aris Thessaloniki last season.

SOURCE: Sport Express

The agent of Jonas Valanciunas denies a formal offer from Olympiakos

Sarunas Broga, agent of Jonas Valanciunas, admitted a strong interest for the Lithuanian center from Olympiakos and from Spanish top clubs, but denied any formal offer from the Greek powerhouse. The 18-year-old player is currently playing for Lietuvos Rytas.


Trabsonspor signs Mutlu Demir

A new signing for the recently promoted team to the TBL, Trabzonspor. The Turkish team has reached to an agreement with Mutlu Demir, a 23-year-old center who played last season for Oyak Renault. Demir averaged 7.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the last Turkish league.

SOURCE: Basketbol Haber

Benetton could have signed Stefan Markovic

As expected, Stefan Markovic could be player of Benetton Treviso next season, according to the Eurohopes twitter. The 22-year-old guard, who is playing for Hemofarm since 2006, could have signed a contract with the Italian team. Markovic averaged 9.4 points and 4.7 assists per game in the last Adriatic League

SOURCE: Twitter Eurohopes

Pini Gershon is no longer head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv

As expected, Pini Gershon was appointed as the new manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv, stepping down from his head coach duties. Gershon was in charge of Maccabi since 2008 in his third stint in the Israeli club, and led the team to three Euroleagues in 2001 (Suproleague), 2004 and 2005. His replacement in the bench could be David Blatt.


The agent of Sergio Rodríguez denies any agreement with Real Madrid

José Ortiz, agent of Sergio Rodríguez, admitted contacts between the Spanish guard and Real Madrid. But, according to the agent, the club hasn't signed yet any contract to Rodríguez, who still has to decide to accept an extension offer from the New York Knicks or to go back to Spain to play for Real Madrid.


Limoges, interested in Aymeric Jeanneau

The historic Limoges is back to the LNB ProA, the top French division. One of the first signings for the next season could Aymeric Jeanneau, who was released by ASVEL Villeurbanne after four seasons in the former French champion. The 31-year-old guard averaged 4.4 points and 4.3 assists in the last LNB ProA.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Olympiakos, interested in Jonas Valanciunas

One of the best European prospects, Jonas Valanciunas, is on the radar of Olympiakos for the next season. The 18-year-old Lithuanian center, who is playing for Lietuvos Rytas, could have an offer from the Greek club. Valanciunas, projected as a top pick in the 2011 NBA draft, has also attracted the interested of other top Spanish clubs, according to the Lithuaninan media.

SOURCE: Basketnews.lt

Bizkaia Bilbao Basket could have signed Carl English and Kostas Vasileiadis

Bizkaia Bilbao Basket could have made the first two signings of the next season: Carl English and Kostas Vasileiadis. The 29-year-old Canadian guard already admitted he didn't expect to stay in Caja Laboral, while the 26-year-old Greek forward will leave Xacobeo Blu:Sens after the relegation of the team from the ACB league.

SOURCE: Solobasket

David Blatt could be the next head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv

Pini Gershon has expressed to the board of Maccabi Tel Aviv his desire of leaving the head coach duties to become the new team manager. In that case, the Israeli team has Blatt as the top candidate to replace Gershon, who could also decide to leave the club. Blatt, also coach of the Russian national team, was in charge of Aris Thessaloniki last season.


Cajasol, interested in Jamont Gordon

Jamont Gordon is the main alternative for Cajasol to Earl Calloway, in case the American guard signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv next season. Gordon, who has averaged 13.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in the last Euroleague for Cibona Zagreb, is also on the radar of several teams like Caja Laboral, Lottomatica Roma or Khimki.

SOURCE: Diario de Sevilla

Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca, interested in Ed Nelson and Mariano Ferro

The new project of Pepe Sánchez, new owner of Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca, keeps on tracking the market. The new two targets are Ed Nelson and Mariano Fierro. The 28-year-old American center would arrive from Quilmes, after ruling out the signing of Tyler Field. Fierro, an Argentinian 24-year-old forward, played last season for Boca Juniors.

SOURCE: Basquet Plus

Vassilis Spanoulis, undecided about his future

After the end of the Greek league, Vassilis Spanoulis will have to decide his future. The 27-year-old guard could stay in Panathinaikos, his current team, but has also other choices, like trying to go back to the NBA (Spanoulis played for the Houston Rockets in the 2006-07 season) or playing in another European team. Real Madrid is reported to be interested in him. The player doesn't know anything yet, and told that the decision is not in his hands.

SOURCE: Sport24

Panagoitis Giannakis, to part ways with Olympiakos

Panagoitis Giannakis won't probably stay as the head coach of Olympiakos next season. The Greek coach is at the end of his contract, and it seems unlikely the club will extend it. Olympiakos, despite having one of the most expensive rosters in Europe, has only won the Greek Cup this season.

SOURCE: Sport24

Louis Bullock could leave Real Madrid this summer

Despite having another year of contract, Louis Bullock could leave Real Madrid this summer after 6 years in the Spanish team. The club would try to negociate the termination of the 34-year-old guard contract, who would become a free agent. Bullock has averaged 10.1 points and 1.5 assists this season.


Aris Thessaloniki, interested in Steven Smith

Steven Smith is one of the targets for Aris Thessaloniki for the next season. The 27-year-old American forward, who played in Greece in the 2008-09 season for Kolossos Rhodes, has averaged 16.9 points and 7.5 rebounds in 11 games this season for Ironi Nahariya, where he arrived last January.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Sergio Rodríguez leaves the NBA to sign for Real Madrid

According to a Spanish newspaper, Sergio Rodríguez is the first signing of Real Madrid for the next season. The 23-year-old guard could have been signed to a 3-year contract, earning €1.5 million per season ($1.8 million). Rodríguez, who was at the end of his expiring contract with the New York Knicks, would be back to Spain after four years in the NBA.

SOURCE: Marca.com

Rimas Kurtinaitis could be the next coach of Efes Pilsen

Rimas Kurtinaitis, recently released from Lietuvos Rytas, is attracting the interest of several European teams for the next season. One of them is Efes Pilsen, who could be the final destiny of the Lithuanian coach. Other teams reported to be behind Kurtinaitis are Benetton Treviso, Khimki and Unics Kazan, in case they decide to part ways with their respective coaches (Jasmin Repesa, Sergio Scariolo and Valdemaras Homicius).

SOURCE: Lietuvos Rytas

Maccabi Haifa, close to sign Bar Timor

The Israeli prospect Bar Timor has left his team, Hapoel Haifa, and could be close to land in the other important club of the city, Maccabi Haifa. The 18-year-old guard, one of the better players of Israel in the last Albert Scheitzer tournament, averaged 6.8 points and 2.1 asists in the National League last season.