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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Lior Lubin, new head coach of Galil Gilboa

Oded Katash is close to become the new Hapoel Jerusalem coach, and his former team, Galil Gilboa, has already appointed a replacement. Lior Lubin, who was working as assistant for Katash, will be the new head coach of the current champions of the Israeli Super League for the next season.

Milovan Rakovic could be the first signing of Montepaschi Siena for the next season

Milovan Rakovic could have reached to an agreement with Montepaschi Siena to play in the Italian team for the next three seasons. The 25-year-old Serbian center, who has played this season for Spartak St. Petersburg, would replace Benjamin Eze in the roster of Montepaschi. Rakovic has averaged 15.4 points and 6.4 rebounds this season in the Russian Super League.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Vassilis Spanoulis, closer to stay in Panathinaikos

The talks between Panathinaikos and Vassilis Spanoulis about the contract extension of the player could be close to end with a deal. The decission of the coach Zeljko Obradovic to stay in Panathinaikos for two more years could make Spanoulis to resign for the Greek club, ruling out the options to play in the NBA, Real Madrid or Olympiakos.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Banvit signs Mutlu Akpinar

Mutlu Akpinar is the new player of Banvit. The 27-year old Turkish has left his club during since 2000, Turk Telekom, to sign for his new team, becoming the second acquisition for Banvit after Bora Pacun. Last season, Akpinar averaged 3.8 points and 1.0 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game in the TBL.

SOURCE: Basketbol Haber

Houston Rockets, in talks with Minnesota Timberwolves for Nikola Pekovic

The Houston Rockets and the Minnesota Timberwolves could be in talks to trade the NBA rights of Nikola Pekovic. The 24-year-old Montenegrin center, who is reported to have also an offer from Real Madrid, could decide to leave his current team, Panathinaikos, to play in the NBA next season. The Rockets would be willing to pay a bigger salary to Pekovic than the Wolves.

SOURCE: Canis Hoopus

Strasbourg signs Aymeric Jeanneau

Aymeric Jeanneau will play for Strasbourg after being signed to a 3-year-old contract by the French team. The 31-year-old guard will be back to Strasbourg after four seasons in ASVEL Villeurbanne, averaging 4.4 points and 4.3 assists per game in the last one. Jeanneau played for Strasbourg from 2004 to 2006.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Fenerbahce could land Marko Tomas next season

Fenerbahce could be close to sign Marko Tomas for the next season. The 25-year-old Croatian forward would join the new coach Neven Spahija to the Turkish team after a season in Cibona. The economical situation of his current team would allow Tomas to move to Turkey, when would also join another Croatian player like Roko-Leni Ukic.

SOURCE: 24 Sata

Tomas Pacesas could have an offer from Olympiakos

According to the Polish press, Tomas Pacesas could have an offer to take over Olympiakos next season. The Lithuanian coach, in charge of Asseco Prokom since 2007, would have attracted the interest from the Greek team to replace Panagiotis Giannakis. Asseco Prokom was the rival of Olympiakos in the quarterfinals of the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

Erdemirspor signs Altan Erol

Erdemirspor has signed Altan Erol for the next season. The 27-year-old Turkish guard has played during the last three seasons for Mersin Buyuksehir, averaging 5.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game last season in the TBL. Erol also played previously for Oyak Renault.

SOURCE: Turkbasket

Rosasport Radom signs Michal Przybylski and Robert Cetnar

Michal Przybylski and Robert Cetnar will join Rosasport Radom next season. The Polish team has promoted from the 1Liga and will play next season in the PLK. Przybylski arrives from Polonia Warszawa, while Cetnar played last sason in the 1Liga team Politechnika Radomska.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

Ivica Skelin, new head coach of Pepinster

RBC Verviers-Pepinster has announced the hiring of Ivica Skelin as the new head coach of the Belgian team. The 48-year-old Croatian coach will be back to Pepinster, where he worked from 2006 and 2008, after two seasons in the Leuven Bears. Pepinster has signed Skelin to a one-year contract.

SOURCE: RBC Verviers-Pepinster

Efes Pilsen, interested in David Andersen

Still without a coach, Efes Pilsen is already tracking the market for the next season, and could have another player on the radar. Besides the already reported interest for Terrell McIntyre, another name could be David Andersen, from the Houston Rockets. The 29-year-old Australian center has made a far from impressive season in the NBA, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game, and could decide to return to Europe despite having another year of contract with the Rockets.

SOURCE: Turkbasket

Marteen Leuren could leave NGC Cantu

Marteen Leuren, one of the best players last season in NG Cantu, could leave the club this summer. The 24-year-old American forward arrived form Darufassaka last preseason, averaging 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the Lega. Canadian Solar Bologna could be interested for him, and Leuren is also considering to go back to the United States.

SOURCE: Corriere di Como

Svetislav Pesic, another candidate to coach Olympiakos

Olympiakos is still looking for a replacement for Panagiotis Giannakis, still not officially released. The list of candidates has another name. The veteran 60-year-old Serbian coach Svetislav Pesic, without a team since leaving Red Star in 2009, could be another option for Olympiakos. Pesic won an Euroleague in 2003 as a head coach with Regal Barcelona.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Maccabi Tel Aviv, interested in Jamon Lucas

Jamon Lucas could be another target for Maccabi Tel Aviv. The 25-year-old American guard, who has played last season for Maroussi BC, averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 assists per game in the last Euroleague, and could have attracted the interest of the new coach of Maccabi, David Blatt, previously in Greece coaching Aris Thessaloniki.

SOURCE: Basketblog

Caja Laboral and Asseco Prokom, interested in Thomas Kelati

Besides Unicaja, there are two teams interested in landing Thomas Kelati next year. Caja Laboral is one of them, while the other one is Asseco Prokom, though the Polish team has almost ruled out his signing due to the high salary demanded by the American-Eritrean guard. Kelati is at the end of his expiring contract with Power Electronics Valencia, and averaged 8.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCES: Sur, Sports.pl

Larry Drew will be the new head coach of the Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have finally decided to promote Larry Drew to become the next head coach of the team and replace Mike Woodson. Drew, a former NBA player, has been an assistant in the Hawks for the last 6 seasons, and worked before in several teams since starting his coaching career on 1992 in the Los Angeles Lakers, also as an assistant.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports