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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Nikola Vujcic and Scoonie Penn will leave Olympiakos

Nikola Vujcic and James "Scoonie" Penn are at the end of their contracts with Olympiakos, and won't be extended by the Greek team. The 31-year-old Croatian center arrived to Olympiakos two seasons ago from Maccabi Tel Aviv, while the 33-year-old American guard replaced Von Wafer months ago. Penn could be considering his retirement as a professional player this summer.

SOURCE: Superbasket

Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca signs Ariel Eslava and Ed Nelson

Two more players for Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca. The Argentinian team has signed the 31-year-old forward Ariel Eslava, who was playing for Lanús averaging 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, and Ed Nelson, who was last season in Quilmes posting 30.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in the LNB.

SOURCE: La Nueva Provincia

Rasho Nesterovic, considering to play in Europe next season

Rasho Nesterovic isn't happy with his last season in the Toronto Raptors, and is considering whether to stay in the NBA or the go back to Europe after 11 seasons in the United States. The 34-year-old Slovenian center will listen to offers from both sides to decide where to play next season.

SOURCE: RTV Slovenia

Dan Shamir could leave Bnei Hasharon to become assistant of David Blatt in Maccabi Tel Aviv

David Blatt couldn't be the only new coach to land in Maccabi Tel Aviv. Dan Shamir, now in charge of Bnei Hasharon, could leave his current team to become Blatt's assistant. Shamir already worked with Blatt in Dinamo Moscow, before landing in Hapoel Jerusalem in 2007, and then in Bnei Hasharon last season.


Maccabi Tel Aviv and Stephane Lasme part ways

As expected, Maccabi Tel Aviv has announced officially that Stephane Lasme is no longer player of the team, after not picking up the option to extend him for another season. The 27-year-old Gabonese forward, who arrived to Maccabi last season from Partizan, averaged 6.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Maccabi Tel Aviv

Cedevita signs Vedran Princ

Cedevita has made the first acquisition for the next season. The Croatian team has signed Vedran Princ to a two-year contract. The 28-year-old guard arrives from Ventspils, where Prince ended the season after being released by Cibona Zagreb, averaging 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds for the Latvian team.

SOURCE: Kosarka.rs

Oded Katash, new head coach of Hapoel Jerusalem

Finally, the new head coach of Hapoel Jerusalem will be Oded Katash, who led last season Galil Gilboa to the Israeli championship, for the next two seasons. Katash will replace Guy Goodes, who ironically could be the next coach of Galil Gilboa. The other candidate for the job vacancy in Hapoel Jerusalem was Arik Shivek.

SOURCES: Walla Sport, Walla Sport

Galatasaray, Besiktas and Banvit, interested in Ermal Kuqo

Ermal Kuqo could leave Efes Pilsen next season. The Turkish team hasn't decided yet to activate the extension clause of the 30-year-old Albanian-Turkish center. In case Kuqo become a free agent, several teams could be interested like Besiktas or Banvit. The front runner to land Kuqo next season, anyway, could be Galatasaray.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

Arvydas Macijauskas announces his retirement

One of the best European shooters of the last years, Arvydas Macijauskas, has decided to retire. The 30-year-old Lithuanian guard was trying to recover from the injuries that have forced to be out of the courts since 2006 (except during the 2007-08 season, in Olympiakos), but has decided to quit. Now, Macijauskas is considering to become a coach.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Jure Zdovc could replace David Blatt in Aris Thessaloniki

The return of David Blatt to Maccabi Tel Aviv is almost confirmed, and Aris Thessaloniki has to move to find a replacement for his former coach. The chosen one could be Jure Zdovc. The Slovenian coach is currently in charge of Union Olimpija, and was already rumored to leave the team a month and a half ago due to the financial problems of his club.

SOURCE: Basketnet

David Blatt will be the new head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv

As expected, David Blatt will replace Pini Gershon in the bench of Maccabi Tel Aviv. The American-Israeli coach has reached to an agreement with the club to take over the Israeli team. The deal is expected to be official in a few days. Blatt, who is also the head coach of the Russian national team, and coached last year with Aris Thessaloniki, already worked for Maccabi between 2000 and 2004.


David Noel won't extend his contract with Chorale Roanne

David Noel will become a free agent this summer, after not agreeing to extend his contract with his last team, Chorale Roanne. The 26-year-old forward arrived last summer to the French team, averaging 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and helping his team to reach the LNB and the EuroChallenge semifinals.

SOURCE: Le Progrès

Dimitris Diamantidis wants to stay in Panathinaikos

Dimitris Diamantidis is at the end of his expiring contract with Panathinaikos, but he has no intention of playing anywhere, according to the 30-year-old Greek guard. Diamantidis is playing in Panathinaikos since 2004, and averaged 9.4 points and 3.3 assists in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Dusan Ivkovic could be the new head coach of Olympiakos, and Vassilis Spanoulis the first signing

Dusan Ivkovic could be the replacement of Panagiotis Giannakis in Olympiakos. The veteran 67-year-old coach, now in charge of the Serbian national team, would be back to Olympiakos after winning the only Euroleague in the history of the Greek club in 1997. According to Jonas Vianauskas, GM of Lietuvos Rytas, Ivkovic wants the 18-year-old center Jonas Valanciunas as the second signing of Olympiakos next season. The first one would be Vassilis Spanoulis, from Panathinaikos. Real Madrid is also reported to be interested in the 27-year-old Greek guard, who is also considering to go back to the NBA.

SOURCES: Mondo, Krepsinis

Ramunas Siskauskas could leave CSKA Moscow to play for Real Madrid

Ramunas Siskauskas could be considering to play again for his former coach Ettore Messina in Real Madrid, according to the Spanish media. The Lithuanian 31-year-old guard, in CSKA Moscow since 2007, averaged 13.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague. It would be the third time Siskauskas and Messina are in the same team, after their stints in Benetton Treviso and CSKA Moscow.


Gravelines Dunkerque signs Rudy Jomby

As expected, Rudy Jomby will play for Gravelines Dunkerque. The French club announced that the 22-year-old forward was signed to a 3-year contract. Jomby arrives to Gravelines after four seasons in Le Havre, averaging 7.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the last LNB.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid and Víctor Baldo part ways

Víctor Baldo is no longer player of Blancos de Rueda Valladolid. The Spanish team has announced the departure of the 33-year-old center, who arrived to Valladolid in the 2008-09 season from Tau Cerámica. Baldo averaged 1.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per game last season in the ACB league.

SOURCE: Piratas del Basket

SLUC Nancy signs Victor Samnick

SLUC Nancy has signed Victor Samnick to a two-year contract. The 30-year-old French-Cameroonian forward will be back to his former club, where he played between 2006 and 2009. Last season, Samnick played for ASVEL Villeurbanne, averaging 9.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in the LNB before being released on April.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Yotam Halperin will leave Olympiakos, and gets closer to Maccabi Tel Aviv

Despite having another year of contract with Olympiakos, the Greek club has told Yotam Halperin to find another team after two seasons in the team. The 26-year-old Israeli guard could be back to Maccabi, his former team, where he played between 2001 and 2008, with a brief stint in Union Olimpija. Halperim averaged 5.4 points and 1.0 assists per game in the last Euroleague.


Viktor Khryapa, considering offers from the NBA

Viktor Khryapa admitted in an interview to have offers to go back to the NBA, where he played for the Portland Trail Blazers and the Chicago Bulls between 2005 and 2008. The current forward of the CSKA Moscow will decide his future next summer. The 27-year-old forward, who averaged 10.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the last Euroleague, could be on the radar of the New Jersey Nets.

SOURCE: Championat

Maccabi Tel Aviv, in talks with Tal Burstein

The formal conversations between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Tal Burstein has started. The Israeli guard could be back to Maccabi after spending last season in Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada, averaging 9.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in the ACB league. Burstein left Maccabi last summer after 9 seasons in the team.

SOURCE: Sport5

Carlos Jiménez will play for Unicaja one more year

Despite some unreliable rumors about his retirement, Carlos Jiménez will play one more season for Unicaja. The former captain of the Spanish national team has agreed to extend his contract with Unicaja for another year after four seasons in the club. The 34-year-old forward has averaged 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds this season in the ACB league.

SOURCE: Piratas del Basket

Politekhnika Halychyna signs Vyacheslav Bogdanov

Politekhnika Halychyna has made the first signing for the next season. The Ukrainian team has landed Vyacheslav Bogdanov, who played last season in his country, Belarus, for Grodno-93. The 27-year-old forward will be back to Ukraine after playing there for several teams (Odessa, Vozko, Khimik, BC Donetsk) until 2009.

SOURCE: iSport

Sutor Montegranaro and Fabrizio Frates part ways

Fabrizio Frates is no longer the head coach of Sutor Montegranaro, after the Italian club has decided to activate the early termination clause of his contract. This decision arrives after one of the most succesful seasons of the team, finishing in the 6th position of the Lega A. The next team of Frates could be Vanoli Cremona.

SOURCES: Sutor Basket, Corriere dello Sport

Zeljko Obradovic and Jasmin Repesa, candidates to coach Efes Pilsen

Efes Pilsen is considering several candidates to replace Ergin Ataman. Besides Neven Spahija, Erman Kunter and Rimas Kurtinaitis, two more names could be in the short list of the Turkish club. Zeljko Obradovic, who could be considering to leave Panathinaikos, and Jasmin Repesa, currently in charge of Benetton Treviso, are the two new candidates for the Efes Pilsen bench.

SOURCE: Fanatik

Arik Shivek, close to be the next head coach of Hapoel Jerusalem

Finally, Arik Shivek, current head coach of the Israeli national team, will leave the Belgian club Dexia Mons to take over Hapoel Jerusalem. Shivek is in talks with representatives of the Israeli club to sign a two-year contract with Hapoel. The last time Shivek coached an Israeli team was in 2001, when he left Hapoel Tel Aviv.


Rimas Kurtinaitis, possible candidate for Zalgiris Kaunas

Zalgiris Kaunas wants a Lithuanian coach to take over the team the next season. One of the candidates, according to the club, could be Rimas Kurtinaitis. The coach, recently released by Lietuvos Rytas, could be also in the short list of Efes Pilsen, Unics Kazan and Khimki and Benetton Treviso.

SOURCE: Lietuvos Rytas

Damir Mrsic, undecided about his retirement

Damir Mrsic, the older player in the Euroleague during the last seasons, doesn't know yet if he will continue playing basketball. The 39-year-old Bosnian guard, in Fenerbahce since 2004, could decide to retire after 22 seasons as a professional or to stay another season in the Turkish team.

SOURCE: Dvevni Avaz

Monty Williams, officially new head coach of the New Orleans Hornets

As expected, the New Orleans Hornets have hired Monty Williams as the new head coach of the team. The 38-year-old coach worked during the last five seasons as an assistant of Nate McMillan in the Portland Trail Blazers, and previously with the San Antonio Spurs. This will be the first experience of Williams as a head coach.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid could have signed Rafa Huertas

Rafa Huertas could be the first signing of Blancos de Rueda Valladolid for the next season. The 25-year-old guard has played during the last three seasons in the Spanish LEB Oro for Melilla Baloncesto, averaging 9.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. Huertas would replace Fede Van Lacke, who will probably leave the club.

SOURCE: Valladolid Deporte