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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Marko Jaric, interested in playing for Olympiakos

Marko Jaric, who won't continue in Real Madrid next season, could continue his career in Greece, where the 31-year-old Serbian guard played between 1996 and 1998. Jaric, who is not considering retirement, is interested in playing for Olympiakos, which is rumored to have the Serbian player on the radar. Last season, Jaric averaged 5.9 points and 2.2 assists per game in the ACB league.

SOURCE: Kosarka

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Pablo Aguilar, back to Real Madrid

According to the radio show Tirando a Fallar, Pablo Aguilar will be back to Real Madrid this summer. The Spanish club has an option to bring back the 21-year-old forward from CB Granada, where he has played during the last two seasons. Anyway, this doesn't mean Aguilar will play in Real Madrid, and could be sent on loan to another ACB team, with Cajasol, Unicaja and Caja Laboral as candidates, along with CB Granada.

SOURCE: Tablón Deportivo

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Carlo Recalcati, new head coach of Cimberio Varese

The former coach of the Italian national team is back to work. As expected, Cimberio Varese has announced officially that the 54-year-old coach will take the reign of the team, and will be introduced next Monday. This won't be the first stint of Recalcati in Varese, where he already worked as the head coach between 1997 and 1999.

SOURCE: Pallacanestro Varese

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Olympiakos and Dusan Ivkovic haven't reached to an agreement yet

Despite the earlier rumors, the negotiation between Olympiakos and Dusan Ivkovic is not done yet. The 67-year-old Serbian coach is demanding more salary than the Greek club is willing to pay. According to basketnet.gr, Ivkovic wants €1.8 million per year to sign for Olympiakos, while the club is just offering €1.3 million.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Aris Thessaloniki, interested in Kostas Sloukas and Dimitris Tsaldaris

The Greek prospect Kostas Sloukas hasn't had much playing time in his two seasons in Olympiakos. The 20-year-old guard played only 14 games in the last Greek A1 league, averaging 4.9 points and 1.4 assists in 10.9 minutes per game. Aris Thessaloniki has shown interest in landing Sloukas next season, whether loaned or transferred. Sloukas was born in Thessaloniki.

UPDATE: Another target for Aris is Dimitris Tsaldaris, who left the Greek club last season to play for Martos Napoli, and then for Sigma Montegranaro, where the 30-year-old guard averaged 7.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Tsaldaris played for Aris from 2006 to 2009.

SOURCE: Red Planet, Sport.gr

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Ryan Gomes will be waived by the Blazers

Ryan Gomes, acquired by the Portland Trail Blazers via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, will not be a player of his new team much longer. The Blazers are planning to waive him to avoid taking on the remaining three seasons of his contract, and save some salary cap. Gomes averaged 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds last season for the Timberwolves.

SOURCE: The Oregonian

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Maccabi Tel Aviv, close to sign Ian Vougioukas, interested in J.R. Bremer

Maccabi Tel Aviv is close to reach to a deal with Ian Vougioukas, the 25-year-old Greek center from Panellinios on loan from Olympiakos. Vougioukas admitted that David Blatt, head coach of Maccabi, has express interest on landing him. On the other hand, Maccabi has also on the radar J.R. Bremer. The American-Bosnian 29-year-old guard has played last season for Krasnye Krylya, averaging 14.4 points and 5.7 assists (league best) per game in the Russian Super League.

SOURCES: One, Walla Sport

Milos Vujanic, Temmu Rannikko, Álex Urtasun and Nacho Martín, on the radar of ViveMenorca

ViveMenorca keeps on tracking the market for new players. Milos Vujanic and Temmu Rannikko could be also candidates to strengthen the backcourt of the Spanish team. The Serbian 29-year-old Serbian guard played last season for CB Murcia and is a favorite for ViveMenorca, though his economical demands are too high for the team. Another player on the radar of ViveMenorca is Teemu Rannikko, the 29-year-old Finnish guard lately in CB Granada. On the other hand, ViveMenorca is also considering Álex Urtasun and Nacho Martín for the next season. Urtasun, who is also on the radar of Meridiano Alicante, is a free agent after being released by CAI Zaragoza, though he played last season on loan for Baloncesto León, while Nacho Martín played last year in LEB Oro in CAI Zaragoza, on loan from CB Granada.

SOURCES: Última Hora, Menorca.info

The father of Konstantin Anikienko denies the signing of the player for DKV Joventut

Despite the reports about the signing of Konstantin Anikienko for DKV Joventut, the father of the 18-year-old Ukrainian center, Pavel Anikienko, has denied it, and has assured that the player is still a member of BC Odessa. Anikienko was supposed to have been signed by Joventut to play in the affiliated team, CB El Prat, in LEB Silver.

SOURCE: Basket.com.ua

Vanoli Cremona, interested in Michael Bramos

Vanoli Cremona keeps on eyeing the Greek market. The Italian team is now reported to be interested in Michael Bramos. The 23-year-old forward has played last season in Peristeri in his first year as a professional, after playing college basketball in the University of Miami (Ohio). Bramos averaged 8.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in the last Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketnet

Jorge García won't play next season in Meridiano Alicante

More movements in Meridiano Alicante. The Spanish team has decided not to keep Jorge García, who will leave Alicante after two seasons. The 33-year-old forward, who arrived in 2008 from Fuenlabrada, averaged 3.7 points and 1.0 rebounds per game last season. Meridiano Alicante has also resigned Guillermo Rejón.

SOURCE: Información

Efes Pilsen signs Cenk Akyol

As expected, Cenk Akyol is back to Efes Pilsen after one year in Italy. The Turkish club has announced the signing of the 23-year-old guard, member of the Turkish team, to a two-year contract. Akyol, who has played during almost his entire career in Efes Pilsen, averaged 11.8 points and 2.5 rebounds last season in Air Avellino.

SOURCE: Efes Basket

Montepaschi Siena wants to keep Romain Sato

Despite the rumors about the interest of several European top clubs for Romain Sato (Khimki, Regal Barcelona and Real Madrid), Montepaschi Siena doesn't want to get rid of the 29-year-old Central African Republic forward, who was named the MVP of the last Lega A, who is at the end of his contract with the Italian team.

SOURCE: Corriere di Siena

Cajasol, interested in Kostas Vasileiadis

Kostas Vasileiadis is on the radar of another Spanish team, besides Bizkaia Bilbao Basket. After a good season in Xacobeo Blu:Sens, averaging 16.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, the Greek 26-year-old forward has attracted the interest of Cajasol. The Spanish club is looking for a replacement for Tariq Kirksay in case the 30-year-old American-French forward finally decides to leave the team.

SOURCE: Diario de Sevilla

Rudy Fernández could have a verbal agreement with Regal Barcelona

Rudy Fernández is still a player of the Portland Trail Blazers despite all the rumors about possible trades involving the 25-year-old Spanish guard in the Draft Day. According to Spanish sources, Fernández, who is not happy in the Blazers, could have reached to a verbal agreement with Regal Barcelona in case he decides to leave the NBA, despite the reports about a possible deal with Real Madrid, already denied by the player.

SOURCE: Sport.es

Nemanja Bjelica, considering to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves

Despite the rumors about a possible agreement with Benetton Treviso, Nemanja Bjelica hasn't decided yet his future. The 22-year-old Serbian forward was drafted with the 35th overall pick by the Washington Wizards, but his NBA rights were later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bjelica, who played last season for Red Star, is undecided about his future, but admits that his dream is to play in the NBA.

SOURCE: Zurnal

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Regal Barcelona could be interested in Kosta Perovic

Another team could be added to the list of candidates to land Kosta Perovic next season. Regal Barcelona is also reported to be interested in the 25-year-old Serbian center, who will probably leave Power Electronics Valencia despite having another year of contract. Perovic could replace Boniface N'Dong in the frontcourt of the current Euroleague champion.


Tadija Dragicevic wants to play in the NBA

Tadija Dragicevic is trying to earn a spot in the NBA. The 24-year-old Serbian forward will play for the Utah Jazz, the team that own his NBA rights, in the next Summer League. Dragicevic, who averaged 8.6 points and 3.5 rebounds last season in Lottomatica Roma (where the forward landed last January from Red Star), would like to play next season in the NBA.


Zoran Erceg and Mihalis Pelekanos will return to Olympiakos

The future of Zoran Erceg and Mihalis Pelekanos will be in Olympiakos. Both players were sent on loan last season by the Greek club (Erceg to Panionios, and Pelekanos to Maroussi). The Serbian 25-year-old forward averaged 14.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in Panionios, while the Greek 29-year-old forward posted 8.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in his stint in Maroussi.

SOURCE: Red Planet

Vinny Del Negro and Dwane Casey, top candidates for the head coaching job in the Los Angeles Clippers

The long list of candidates to become the new head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers could have been narrowed to just two names: Vinny Del Negro and Dwane Casey. Del Negro was recently fired by the Chicago Bulls after two seasons, while Casey is currently an assistant for Rick Carlisle in the Dallas Mavericks.


Ahmet Kandemir will be the new head coach of Antalya

Antalya has a new head coach to replace Altar Tunçkol, who parted ways with the team days ago. Ahmet Kandemir, who left Mersin Buyuksehir on February after a bad start of the season, will be the new head coach of the team. The Turkish coach has agreed to a one-year contract with Antalya.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

Ryan Richards will be sent on loan by Gran Canaria 2014 next season

Ryan Richards, the 49th overall pick in the last NBA draft, will be sent on loan again next season by Gran Canaria 2014. The 19-year-old British forward, in the Spanish team since 2009, was also loaned last season in the Swiss team BBC Monthey, averaging 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: La Provincia

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Boban Marjanovic will leave Hemofarm

The future of Boban Marjanovic is outside Serbia. The 21-year-old center will leave Hemofrarm after playing in the Serbian team since 2007, and doesn't want to play in the most important team of the zone, Partizan. Marjanovic, who averaged 9.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in the last Serbian Super League, plans to play in an European team.

SOURCE: Zurnal

Chris Monroe, close to land in Sutor Montegranaro

After finishing last season with Armani Jeans Milano, the future of Chris Monroe could be still in Italy. The 29-year-old American guard could be the next signing of Sutor Montegranaro for the next season. Monroe started the season in PAOK Thessaloniki, and then moved to Italy for the end of the Lega A with Armani Jeans Milano, averaging 7.5 points and 1.8 assists in 17.9 minutes per game.

SOURCE: Il Messaggero Marche (pdf)

DKV Joventut signs Konstantin Anikienko

DKV Joventut has signed Konstantin Anikienko to play for the affiliated LEB Silver team, CB Prat Joventut. The 18-year-old Ukrainian center arrives from BC Odessa, where he played five games this season. Anikienko averaged 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in the last Super League.


Virtus Bologna, interested in Angel Vassallo, Nicolò Melli and Marcelus Kemp

Canadian Solar Bologna is already tracking the market for new signings, and Angel Vassallo, Nicolò Melli and Marcelus Kemp could be on the radar of the Italian team. Vassallo, a 24-year-old Puerto Rican forward, started last season in Paris Levallois and has finished it in his country with the Gallitos de Isabela. Nicolò Melli, one of the best Italian prospects, is playing for the LegaDue team Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia, though Armani Jeans Milano and Montepaschi Siena are the front-runners to land the 19-year-old forward. Finally, Virtus could be also interested in Marcelus Kemp. The 26-year-old American guard, who played last season for Banco di Sardegna Sassari, is also on the radar of Ikaros Esperos.

SOURCES: Corriere dello Sport (pdf), Basketnet

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid, interested in Marc Fernández

Marc Fernández, who helped ViveMenorca to reach the ACB league, could leave the team. The Spanish club is undecided about exercising the extra year extension of his contract, and the player could become a free agent. Blancos de Rueda Valladolid is already reported to be interested in the 22-year-old forward, who averaged 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Última Hora