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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cedevita releases Andija Zizic

Andrija Zizic is no longer player of Cedevita. The new coach of the Croatian team, Aleksandar Petrovic, has decided not to keep him in the roster. The 30-year-old center arrived this season to Cedevita after playing last season for CAI Zaragoza, in Spain, and has averaged 11.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in the Croatian league.

SOURCE: Sportal.hr

Olympiakos wants an experienced coach: Messina, Scariolo and Pianigiani, the favorites

Olympiakos is already tracking the market to find a new head coach to replace Panagiotis Giannakis. According to "Superbasket", there's nothing reliable about the possible arrival of Dusan Ivkovic, and there are other names on the table. The three favorites coaches are Ettore Messina (under contract by Real Madrid until 2012), Sergio Scariolo (also attached to another year with Khimki) and Simone Pianigiani, now in Montepaschi Siena, who could be available at the end of the season.

SOURCE: Superbasket

Daniel Strauch retires

Daniel Strauch has decided to retire from professional basketball due to severe problems with his Achilles tendon. The 29-year-old German forward was playing for EWE Baskets Oldenburg since 2003. Strauch only played 14 games in the last BBL and 3 in the Euroleague this season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in the German league.

SOURCE: Kicker

Arik Shivek extends his contract with Dexia Mons

Despite the inicial reports, Arik Shivek will finally coach Dexia Mons for a second season. Shivek, also in charge of the Israeli national team, was one of the candidates to take over Hapoel Jerusalem, but it seems almost sure the new coach of the team will be Oded Katash, from Galil Gilboa.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

Avery Johnson, close to be the new coach of the New Jersey Nets

The New Jersey Nets could have reached to an agreement with Avery Johnson to be the new head coach of the NBA team. Johnson was without a team since being released from the Dallas Mavericks in 2008, and was working as an analyst for the ESPN. The 45-year-old coach will replace Kiki Vandeweghe in the Nets' bench.


Rudy Fernández laughs at rumors about his arrival to Real Madrid

Rudy Fernández has flatly denied the rumors about his future as a player of Real Madrid. The current guard of the Portland Trail Blazers said that he laughs everytime there are news about his signing for the Spanish team. In the Catalan radio "Rac 1", the 25-year-old player told that his future is in the NBA, though he wants to would like to be traded to another team.

SOURCE: Twitter Al Primer Toc

Saulius Stombergas leaves Unics Kazan

Saulius Stombergas won't be back to Unics Kazan next season. The veteran 36-year-old Lithuanian forward played his last game with the Russian team today against Dinamo Moscow, according to the coach of Unics, Valdemaras homicius. Stombergas who arrived to Unics Kazan this season after a year without playing, has averaged 6.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in the Russian Super League.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

ASVEL Villeurbanne signs Clifford Hammonds

Clifford Hammonds is the new player of ASVEL Villeurbanne. The 24-year-old American guard will play next season for the French team, as the club has announced. Hammonds arrives from Peristeri, where he averaged 12.9 points and 3.9 assists per game. The new signing of ASVEL has Euroleague experience, after playing five games with Efes Pilsen in the 2008-09 season.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Zeljko Obradovic will be the head coach of Panathinaikos for two more years

Despite the early rumors about his departure after winning the last Greek championship, Zeljko Obradovic won't leave Panathinaikos. The president of the club, Thanasis Giannakopoulos, confirmed that the 50-year-old Serbian coach will be in charge of the team for two more years. Obradovic is the head coach of Panathinaikos since 1999.

SOURCE: Superbasket

Galatasaray signs Ermal Kuqo

As expected, Galatasaray will be the new team of Ermal Kuqo. The 30-year-old Albanian-Turkish center was signed to a two-year contract by his new team. Kuqo arrives to Galatasaray after playing last season for Efes Pilsen, averaging 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Galatasaray

Etha Engomis signs Valdas Dabkus

Valdas Dabkus will play next season in the Cypriot league. The 26-year-old Lithuanian forward was signed by Etha Engomis. Dabkus arrives to Cyprus after playing last season in the Lithuanian team Rudupis, averaging 20.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the last Baltic League.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Vuk Radivojevic could be the next signing for Trabzonspor

Another player could join Trabzonsport for the next season. Vuk Radivojevic, currently playing for Red Star, could have agreed to terms with the Turkish team. The 27-year-old Serbian guard, who was close to leave Red Star a couple of months ago, is averaging 13.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in the Serbian Super League.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

Unicaja and Jiri Welsch part ways

After four seasons in Unicaja, Jiri Welsch won't continue his career in the Spanish club. Unicaja has decided not to extend his contract. The 30-year-old Czech forward, who arrived in 2006 from the Milwaukee Bucks after three years in the NBA, averaged 6.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Unicaja Baloncesto

Sarunas Jasikevicius wants to stay in Panathinaikos

According to the agent of Sarunas Jasikevicius, Maurizio Balducci, the 34-year-old Lithuanian guard wants to stay in Panathinaikos next season, slamming the rumors about a possible arrival of Jasikevicius to Maccabi Tel Aviv. Balducci admitted conversations with Maccabi, but expressed the interest of Jasikevicius to stay in Athens. Panathinaikos has a team option to extend the contract of the player until the end of the 2010-2011 season.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Oldenburg signs Robin Smeulders

EWE Baskets Oldenburg has made the first signing of the next season. Robin Smeulders will play for the German team, after being signed to a 2-year contract. The 22-year-old German-Dutch forward arrives from the NCAA, after playing three seasons for the University of Portland. Smeulders averaged in his senior year 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.


VEF Riga, interested in Rimas Kurtinaitis

Valdis Valters, vice president of basketball operations of VEF Riga, admitted via Twitter the interest of the Latvian team to hire Rimas Kurtinaitis, currently without a team after being released by Lietuvos Rytas, to replace Donaldas Kairys. Kurtinaitis and Valters, former players of the Soviet national team, are reported to be close friends.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Dusan Vukcevic will leave Virtus Bologna

The captain of Canadian Solar Bologna, Dusan Vukcevic, won't play next season for the Italian team. The 34-year-old guard will be released after two stints in Bologna, the first one during the 2005-06 season, and the last one since 2008. Vukcevic has averaged 8.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in the Lega A this season.

SOURCE: Il Resto del Carlino

Dimitris Mavroeidis will play for Bizkaia Bilbao Basket

As expected, Dimitris Mavroeidis could be close to become a new player of Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, coached by Fotis Katsikaris. The Spanish team is reported to have reached to an agreement with the 24-year-old Greek center, who played last season for Maroussi, averaging 9.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in the Euroleague.

SOURCE: El Mundo Deportivo

Faruk Akagün will be the new coach of Turk Telekom

Turk Telekom has decided to hire Faruk Akagün to be the new head coach to replace Ercüment Sunter. The Turkish team considered other candidates like Murat Didin or Ergin Ataman, but finally Akagün, who was working as a scout for the Detroit Pistons, will be the chosen one. The veteran coach has won two Turkish championships in his career, with Efes Pilsen (1979) and Galatasaray (1990).

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks, interested in Rudy Fernández

Despite the reports about the possible signing of Rudy Fernández by Real Madrid, the stint of the 25-year-old Spanish guard in the NBA could not be over. Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks could be interested in a trade for the player, who confessed to be unhappy in his current team, the Portland Trail Blazers. In case Fernández gets traded, he wouldn't go back to Europe.


David Blatt still wants some days to accept the offer from Maccabi Tel Aviv

David Blatt admitted to be negociating with Maccabi Tel Aviv, but considers premature to talk about a deal done. The Israeli-American coach even let the door open to the possibility of going back to Aris Thessaloniki next year, though the Greek team could be already considering Jure Zdovc as his replacement. Blatt told that he will decide his future in a few days.

SOURCE: Championat

Stephen Arigbabu retires

Georgios Bartzokas, coach of Maroussi, confirmed in the press conference after the last game of the year against Panellinios that Stephen Arigbabu has decided to retire after this season. The 38-year-old German center arrived to Maroussi this season after a long career. Arigbabu, who has played in Germany, Greece and Italy, was also a member of the German national team that won a bronze medal with them at the 2002 FIBA World Championship and a silver medal at the EuroBasket 2005.

SOURCE: Sport24

Real Madrid could have signed Rudy Fernández

A Spanish newspaper has published that Rudy Fernández will play for Real Madrid, earning €2.3 million ($2.75 million) per year. The 25-year-old Spanish guard, who has averaged 8.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game this season, is under contract by the Portland Trail Blazers until 2012.

SOURCE: Marca.com