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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Erman Kunter turns down the offer from Efes Pilsen

Erman Kunter has rejected the one-year offer from Efes Pilsen to take over the Turkish team. Kunter could finally decide to stay three more years in his current team, Cholet Basket. Efes Pilsen is already looking for another coach, and could have Svetislav Pesic in the top of the candidates list to replace Ergin Ataman.

SOURCE: Turk Basket

Olympiakos could be also interested in Dusko Vujosevic

Dusko Vujosevic could be also another possible choice in the list of candidates to replace Panagiotis Giannakis in Olympiakos. The 51-year-old coach is in charge of Partizan since 2001, and of the Montenegrin national squad since 2007. Olympiakos could be also interested in signing another important key piece of Partizan, the Australian-Serbian 25-year-old center Aleks Maric, according to the Greek media.

SOURCE: Sportnet

Air Avellino, close to sign Marques Green

Air Avellino could sign Marques Green soon. The 28-year-old American guard played last season for Scavolini Pesaro, averaging 11.9 points and 5.0 assists in the last Lega A. Other targets of Avellino were Earl Calloway, from Cajasol, and Aaron Miles, from Aris Thessaloniki. The Italian team could be also interested in Andrea Pecile, who finished last season in the LegaDue with Riviera Solare Rimini. On the other hand, DeMarcus Nelson and Dee Brown will probably leave the team to try to play in the United States.

SOURCE: Il Mediano

Oyak Renault signs Kerem Özkan

Oyak Renault has landed Kerem Özkan for the next season. The 21-year-old center arrives to the team based in Bursa after three seasons in Besiktas. Özkan averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in just 8.4 minutes per game in the last TBL. The next target of Oyak Renault is now to sign a Turkish point guard.

SOURCE: Turkbasket

Vichy signs Thomas Larrouquis

Thomas Larrouquis will play for Vichy next season. The 25-year-old guard arrives to his new team after two seasons in Cholet Basket, averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in just 16 games played with the champion of the French LNB. Larrouquis also played in the ProA league for Limoges in the 2007-08 season.

SOURCE: L'Équipe

Olímpico de La Banda signs Nicolás De Los Santos

Nicolás De Los Santos is the new signing for Olímpico de La Banda for the next season. The 22-year-old Argentinian guard arrives to Olímpico after two seasons in Gimnasia y Esgrima de Comodoro Rivadavia, averaging 8.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in the last one

SOURCE: Infoliga

Sergey Monya, close to Khimki

Sergey Monya could be the first signing of Khimki for the next season. The 27-year-old Russian forward is playing for Dynamo Moscow since 2006, after his unsucessful stint in the NBA in the Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings. Monya, who averaged 13.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in the last Russian Super League, could have a two-year contract, $1.2 million per year offer from Khimki to leave Dynamo as a free agent.

SOURCE: Championat

David Melody leaves Vichy to play for Dijon

As expected, David Melody will follow his former coach, Jean-Louis Borg, from Vichy to Dijon. The 32-year-old French guard was signed to a three-year contract by JDA Dijon, and will play in the LNB ProB league. Melody, who was playing for Vichy since 2006, averaged 10.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Basketnews

Simas Jasaitis will leave Galatasaray

Simas Jasaitis won't play for Galatasaray next season. The 28-year-old Lithuanian forward, who arrived last season to the Turkish team from DKV Joventut, has rejected to continue in Galatasaray, and wants to go back to Spain. Jasaitis, a member of the Lithuanian national team, has averaged 13.6 points and 6.0 rebounds last season.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

Stefano Pillastrini will be the new head coach of Sutor Montegranaro after leaving Cimberio Varese

As expected, Stefano Pillastrini is officially no longer head coach of Cimberio Varese, after two seasons in charge of the Italian club. The next destiny of the 48-year-old coach will be Sutor Montenagraro, where Pillastrini already worked between 2003 and 2007. The new coach will replace Fabrizio Frates.

SOURCE: Pallacanestro Varese

Maccabi Tel Aviv, in talks with Jeff Foote

More rumors involving the frontcourt of Maccabi Tel Aviv. According to the Israeli media, Jeff Foote could be in talks with the club to be signed to a two-year contract. The 22-year-old American center has played during the last three seasons in the University of Cornell, averaging 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in his junior year.

SOURCE: Sport5

Tiago Splitter, closer to play in the NBA next season

Josean Querejeta, president of Caja Laboral, admitted that Tiago Splitter wants to play next season in the NBA, where the San Antonio Spurs own his rights, and that it will be normal his departure to the United States. The 25-year-old Brazilian center, MVP of the last ACB league, has an opt-out clause to move to the NBA next summer, after averaging 14.2 points and 7.8. rebounds last season. Splitter has been a member of Caja Laboral since 2000.


José Luis Pisani, new head coach of Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca

José Luis Pisani will be the new head coach of Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca for the next season. The 33-year-old coach (younger than some players of the team like Pepe Sánchez or Juan Alberto Espil) has worked in lower division teams like Ciudad de Belgrano and Oberá Tennis Club during his career.

SOURCE: Basquetplus

Antalya and Altar Tunçkol part ways

Altar Tunçkol is no longer the head coach of Antalya, after a year and a half in charge of the Turkish team. The 40-year-old coach didn't accept to extend his contract with Antalya due to the economic troubles of the Turkish club. Tunçkol was working in Antalya since 2007, when he arrived as an assistant.

SOURCE: Turkbasket

Diego Osella leaves Atenas de Córdoba

Diego Osella, currently the player with more games played in the Argentinian LNB (1.041), won't be extended by his last team, Atenas de Córdoba, and could decide his retirement. The 40-year-old center averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last season. Atenas is also in talks with James Williams in case they don't bring back Albert White to the team, and is considering to sign an Argentinian player now in Europe.

SOURCE: Basquetplus

Chester Simmons and Sharon Sasson could leave Hapoel Jerusalem

Despite having a contract with Hapoel Jerusalem, Sharon Sasson could be released soon by the Israeli team. The Israeli forward is already on the radar of Galil Gilboa and Ironi Ashkelon in case the former player of Maccabi leaves Hapoel. Another player with an uncertain future in the Israeli team is Chester Simmons, who could be also released by Hapoel.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

Galatasaray, close to sign Bekir Yarangüme

Bekir Yarangüme could be close to be the new signing of Galatasaray. The 33-year-old forward has played during the last three seasons in Turk Telekom in his second stint in the team based in Ankara, averaging 8.4 points and 4.1 rebounds last season. Yarangüme was also on the radar of Banvit, but Galatasaray seems the most likely destination.

SOURCE: Turkbasket

Matt Nielsen could be soon a new player of Fenerbahce

The arrival of Matt Nielsen to Fenerbahce could be closer than expected. Dusko Savanovic, new player of the former team of the 32-year-old Australian forward, Power Electroncics Valencia, told in an interview that Nielsen won't be back to Valencia, and will probably move to Turkey, where Fenerbahce is the most interested team in signing him. Neven Spahija, new coach of the Turkish team, worked with Nielsen in Lietuvos Rytas and in Power Electronics Valencia.

SOURCE: Diario Crítico de la Comunitat Valenciana

Budivelnik signs Andriy Agafanov

As expected, Andriy Agafanov, member of the Ukrainian national team, is the new player of Budivelnik. The 25-year-old Ukrainian guard arrives from Khimik, where he averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per games last season. Budivelnik also brought back Dmytro Zabirchenko, who played last season in BC Kyiv on loan.

SOURCE: Ukr Basket

Besiktas signs Cüneyt Erden

After a troubled season, Cüneyt Erden has become the new player of Besiktas. The 33-year-old guard started last season with Kepez, but had to leave the team due to the economical situation of the team to land in Bornova in December, averaging 7.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in the last TBL.

SOURCE: Turkbasket

Montepaschi Siena, also interested in Ibrahim Jaaber

Ibrahim Jaaber is becoming one of the most wanted players of the summer in Europe. Besides the interest of Bizkaia Bilbao Basket and Unicaja, other Italian team like Montepaschi Siena could have the 26-year-old American-Bulgarian guard on the radar. According to the Italian press, even Panathinaikos could be eyeing Jaaber for the next season, who is currently playing for Lottomatica Roma.

SOURCE: Il Cittadino

Unicaja, interested in Terrell McIntyre and Ibrahim Jaaber

The extension of the contract of Omar Cook is not as clear as it seems weeks ago, and Unicaja could be looking for another point guard. The two main candidates are Terrell McIntyre (Montepaschi Siena), with Fenerbahce also in the list of candidates to land him next season, and Ibrahim Jaaber (Lottomatica Roma), who could be also on the radar of Bizkaia Bilbao Basket.

SOURCES: La Opinión de Málaga, Sur

Tom Izzo rejects the offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers to become the new head coach

Tom Izzo has decided to continue as the head coach of the Michigan State University and turn down an offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers that would double his current salary. The Cavs are looking for a replacement for the recently fired coach Mike Brown, and could now turn their eyes to Byron Scott.


Gabriel Fernández, close to Monte Hermoso

The recently promoted club El Nacional has given his place in the Argentinian LNB to a new club in the same city, who could be named Monte Hermoso Básquet. The new team is interested in hiring Gabriel Fernández to be the star of the roster. The veteran 33-year-old center averaged last season 12.2 points and 4.9 rebounds for Obras Sanitarias, which could be interested in letting Fernández go to land Juan Pedro Gutiérrez, if the Argentinian center finally leaves CB Granada

SOURCE: Basquetplus

Atenas de Córdoba signs Diego Gerbaudo

The current runner-up of the Argentinian LNB, Atenas de Córdoba, has signed Diego Gerbaudo for the next season. The 20-year-old guard, who played in the youth team of Real Madrid during two years, arrives from Unión de Formosa, averaging 5.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game.

SOURCE: Basquetplus

Leuven Bears sign Brandon Freeman

Brandon Freeman is the new player of the Leuven Bears. The Belgium team has signed the American 27-year-old guard who played last season for Pepinster, averaging 14.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in his first season. Leuven is now looking for a point guard and a small forward.

SOURCE: Leuven Bears

Olímpico de La Banda signs Enzo Ruiz

Enzo Ruiz is the new player of Olímpico de La Banda. The 21-year-old guard arrives from Unión de Sunchales, a team that has decided not to play in the LNB next season, where he has played during the last three years. Ruiz averaged 6.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game last season.

SOURCE: Basquetplus