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Monday, June 14, 2010

Juan Figueroa will play for Pinheiros in Brazil

As expected, Juan Figueroa has decided to play outside Argentina next season to land in the Brazilian league. The 24-year-old guard, who could play the next World Championship with the Argentinian national team, was signed by Pinheiros to a one-year contract. Figueroa arrives from Atenas de Córdoba, averaging 6.1 points and 3.1 rebounds last season in the Argentinian LNB.

SOURCE: Basquetplus

Capitanes de Arecibo sign Danilo Pinnock to replace Darius Rice

Third team in a few weeks for Danilo Pinnock. The 26-year-old American-Panamanian guard, who averaged 19.0 points and 4.7 rebounds for Maccabi Netanya in the last Israeli Super League, was signed by the Capitanes de Arecibo for the semifinals of the BSN league against the Piratas de Quebradillas. Darius Rice, who arrived to Puerto Rico weeks ago, was released to make room for the new player, who also landed in the Cocodrilos de Cáracas recently to play the Venezuela playoff.

SOURCE: El Nuevo Día

Aris Thessaloniki, also considering Sharon Drucker

A new name for the list of candidates to replace David Blatt in Aris Thessaloniki. Sharon Drucker, assistant of Pini Gershon in the new team of Blatt, Maccabi Tel Aviv, is also under consideration by the Greek team. The front runner to take over Aris, anyway, is Velimir Perasovic, according to the Greek media.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Xavi Rabaseda and Bojan Bogdanovic, also out of the next draft

More European players has also decided not to be candidates in the next NBA draft after applying the early entrance request. The last players to pull out their names are Xavi Rabaseda, from Regal Barcelona, and Bojan Bogdanovic, from Cibona. Other European prospects like Pablo Aguilar, Robin Benzing, Donatas Motiejunas or Mindaugas Kuzminskas also took the same decision.

SOURCE: Twitter Eurohopes

Charles Barton, new head coach of AZS Koszalin

AZS Koszalin has hired Charles Barton as the new head coach of the team. The 63-year-old American-Swedish coach was in charge for the last time of a team in the 2007-08 season, when led the Cypriot squad AEK Limassol to reach the EuroChallenge semifinals. Barton, who will replace Mariusz Karol in his new team, has also worked in Denmark, Israel, Germany and Sweden during his career.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

Linas Kleiza, closer to stay in Olympiakos for one more year

Linas Kleiza is willing to stay at least one more year in Olympiakos. The 25-year-old Lithuanian forward arrived last season to Greece after four seasons in the Denver Nuggets, and can activate an opt out clause on July 15 to go back to the NBA. But Kleiza, despite the interest of the Knicks, the Wolves and other American teams, will probably play for Olympiakos in the 2010-11 season. On the other hand, Josh Childress is still considering to leave Olympiakos this summer.

SOURCE: Red Planet

Pablo Aguilar decides to pull out from draft

Pablo Aguilar has withdrawn his name from the next NBA draft. The 20-year-old Spanish forward has made that decision after trying with several franchises in the United States during the last days. Aguilar, who has played during the last two seasons for CB Granada, has averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: CB Granada

Tomo Mahoric, new head coach of Vanoli Cremona

Vanoli Cremona has hired Tomo Mahoric as the new head coach of the Italian team to replace Attilio Caja. The 45-year-old Slovenian coach arrives from BC Kyiv, in Ukraine, and has also been in charge of several European teams like Union Olimpija, Slask Wroklaw and Lietuvos Rytas during his career.

SOURCE: Grupo Tribboldi Basket

Power Electronics Valencia signs Dusko Savanovic

As expected, Dusko Savanovic is the first signing of Power Electronics Valencia for the next season. The 26-year-old Serbian forward has played during the last two seasons for Cajasol, averaging 14.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. His arrival could also imply that Matt Nielsen won't be back to Valencia next season.

SOURCE: Diario de Sevilla

Maccabi Tel Aviv, also interested in Rok Stipcevic

The arrival of Jamon Lucas is getting harder for Maccabi, as the economic demands of the American player, last season in Maroussi, are also getting higher. The Israeli team is considering an alternative for Lucas, and a candidate could be Rok Stipcevic. The 24-year-old Croatian guard has played for KK Zadar during the last season, averaging 16.1 points and 4.0 assists in the last Croatian league.


Oyak Renault, interested in Baris Guney

Baris Guney could be the next target for Oyak Renault. The 26-year-old guard played during the last two seasons for Kepez Belediyespor, failing to avoid the relegation of his team from the TBL. Guney averaged 6.8 points and 3.6 assists last season in the Turkish league.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

Juventus, looking for a new head coach

Gintaras Kruckauskas won't continue as the head coach of Juventus next season, so the Lithuanian team is already tracking the market for a replacement. The 50-year-old coach didn't reach to an agreement with Juventus to extend his contract, after finishing the Lithuanian league in the fourth place.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Yunus Cankaya, Ceyhun Altay and Orhan Haciyeva could land in Turk Telekom

Turk Telekom is attracting Turkish players for the roster of the next season. Three new players, besides Ümit Turkoglu, are reported to be signed by the team based in Ankara next season: the guard Yunus Cankaya, from Banvit, the forward Ceyhun Altay, from Aliaga Petkim, and the forward Orhan Haciyeva, from Darufassaka.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

Dimitris Diamantidis extends his contract with Panathinaikos until 2013

As expected, Dimitris Diamantidis won't go anywhere next season. The captain of Panathinaikos has agreed to extend his contract with the Greek club until 2013. The 31-year-old guard could earn €5.5 million during the next three seasons in Panathinaikos. Diamantidis, in the team since 2004, averaged 9.0 points and 4.9 assists last season in the Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Marc Salyers won't play next season in Le Mans

After losing the French LNB final against Cholet, the first changes in Le Mans are coming. The coach of the team, J.D. Jackson, is unhappy with Marc Salyers, and has announced that he won't play next season in Le Mans. The 31-year-old American forward, who arrived last summer from Azovmash Mariupol, averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in the LNB.

SOURCE: Sport365

Boston Celtics could have made an offer for Semih Erden

Semih Erden could move to the NBA this summer. The Boston Celtics, the franchise that owns his rights after drafting him in 2008 (60th position), would have already made an offer for the 23-year-old Turkish center, currently playing for Fenerbahce since 2005. Erden averaged 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game in the last TBL.

SOURCE: Milliyet

Alfonso Sánchez and Unicaja part ways

As expected, Alfonso Sánchez is no longer player of Unicaja. The 23-year-old forward was on the Spanish team organization since 2003, though he has played in several teams on loan during his career. Last season, Sánchez played for Xacobeo Blu:Sens, averaging 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in the ACB league.

SOURCE: Unicaja Baloncesto

Fenerbahce, interested in Kaya Peker and Engin Atsur

Kaya Peker is in talks with Fenerbahce to land in the Turkish team after playing during the last two seasons for Efes Pilsen. Another player who is on the radar of Fenerbahce is Engin Atsur, from Besiktas. On the other hand, Omer Asik and Oguz Savas could leave Fenerbahce this summer.

SOURCE: Milliyet

Oldenburg signs Chris McNaughton

EWE Baskets Oldenburg has officially announced the arrival of Chris McNaughton. The 27-year-old German center arrives from BG Göttingen, averaging 7.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in the last BBL during his first year in the team. Oldenburg has signed McNaughton to a two-year contract.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

Pepsi Caserta, interested in Cenk Akyol

Cenk Akyol could be one of the main targets of Pepsi Caserta for the next season. The 23-year-old Turkish guard has played last season with Air Avellino, averaging 11.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Akyol could leave Avellino next season to play in an Euroleague team, and Caserta would be his chance to play in the top European. competition.

SOURCE: La Gazzetta di Caserta

Jim Bilba could become the new head coach of Cholet if Erman Kunter leaves

Cholet Basket, the new champion of the French LNB, could have to face the departure of his head coach Erman Kunter, who could be close to Efes Pilsen. In that case, the main candidate ro replace the Turkish coach could be Jim Bilba. The 42-year-old coach, a former European champion as a player with Limoges, is an assistant for Kunter since 2008.

SOURCE: L'Equipe

Emir Preldzic, happy in Fenerbahce, doesn't want to move to the NBA yet

Emir Preldzic, drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, is playing in Turkey for Fenerbahce, averaging 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in the last TBL. The 22-year-old forward, born in Slovenia, is happy in his current team and wants to stay there as much time as he can to improve his game, so Preldzic has no plans to try to play in the NBA.

SOURCE: Fenerbahce Ülker

Paris Levallois signs David Noel

As expected, David Noel won't play next season for Chorale Roanne. The new team of the 26-year-old forward will be Paris Levallois, who has signed Noel to a two-year contract. Last season, the former NBA player averaged 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in his first year in the French LNB.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Mindaugas Kuzminskas withdraws his name from the next NBA draft

Mindaugas Kuzminskas has decided to pull out of the 2010 NBA draft. The 20-year-old Lithuanian forward, who has played for Siauliai last season, will be back to Zalgiris to try to make a good Euroleague and attract more interest from the NBA franchises. Kuzminskas had modest expectations to be drafted this year.

SOURCE: Lithuania Basketball

Tutku Acik, close to Galatasaray

Tutku Acik could become a new player of Galatasaray soon. The 29-year-old guard, who has played during the last 5 seasons for Turk Telekom, is the main target of Galatasaray after not reaching an agreement with Engin Atsur, from Besiktas. Acik has averaged 6.7 points and 4.4 assists in the last TBL.

SOURCE: Milliyet