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Monday, June 28, 2010

Olympiakos, interested in Romain Sato to replace Josh Childress

Another top European club in the mix to land Romain Sato. The Greek team could be interested in signing the 29-year-old Central African Republic forward to replace Josh Childress, in case the 27-year-old American player decides to go back to the NBA. Sato, the MVP of the last Lega A, where he averaged 14.7 points and 4.3 rebounds, is also on the radar of Regal Barcelona and Real Madrid.

SOURCE: Red Planet

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Berni Rodríguez extends his contract with Unicaja

Finally, the captain of Unicaja will stay in the Spanish team, at least, until 2012. Berni Rodríguez has agreed to resign to a two-year contract with the Unicaja with a option to be extended in the next for another year in the next two seasons. The 30-year-old guard, who has played for Unicaja since 1999, averaged 7.8 points and 2.4 assists per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: ACB.com

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Maccabi Haifa, close to sign Sasa Bratic, also interested in Derrick Low

Maccabi Haifa could be close to announce the signing of Sasa Bratic. The Israeli teams is in advanced talks with the 28-year-old Serbian forward, who averaged 11.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in the last Israeli Super League for Hapoel Holon. Maccabi Haifa is also interested in Derrick Low, a 24-year-old American guard who posted 15.1 points and 4.3 assists per game in the last Baltic League for Siauliai.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

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Georgios Bartzokas, also a candidate to coach Zalgiris Kaunas

The list of candidates to coach Zalgiris Kaunas next season has another name. The new one is Georgios Bartzokas, currently in charge of Maroussi BC, though the 42-year-old coach could leave the Greek club this summer. Other names that could be in the short list of Zalgiris are Rimas Kurtinaitis, Aco Petrovic, Stevan Karadzic and Aleksandar Trifunovic.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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PBG Poznan signs Vladimir Tica and Goran Bajic

Two more players who will land in PBG Poznan next season. The Polish team has signed Vladimir Tica and Goran Bajic. Tica, a Serbian 29-year-old forward, arrives from AZS Koszalin, where he averaged 11.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, while Bajic, a Serbian 26-year-old center, posted 7.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League for Bosna Sarajevo.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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New Jersey Nets waive Keyon Dooling

The New Jersey Nets have announced that Keyon Dooling has been waived. The 30-year-old guard, who averaged 6.9 points and 2.5 assists per game last season, was playing for the Nets during the last two seasons. Dooling was at the last year of his $3.8 million contract, though he has only guaranteed $500.000.

SOURCE: NBA.com

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Efes Pilsen signs Andrew Wisniewski

Efes Pilsen has announced the signing of Andrew Wisniewski. The 29-year-old American guard, who was released by Maccabi Tel Aviv weeks ago, was signed to a one-year contract by the Turkish team. Wisniewski, in his only year in Maccabi, averaged 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Efes Basket

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Regal Barcelona signs Kosta Perovic

As expected, Regal Barcelona has announced officially the signing of Kosta Perovic, who will play for the Spanish club for the next three seasons. The 25-year-old Serbian center arrives from Power Electronics Valencia, where he was playing since 2008. Last season, Perovic averaged 8.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: FC Barcelona

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Felipe Reyes extends his contract with Real Madrid for three more years

Felipe Reyes won't leave Real Madrid. The 30-year-old center has agreed with the Spanish team to extend his contract until the 2012-13 season, according to a statement from the club. Reyes, who is playing for Real Madrid since 2004, averaged 9.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Real Madrid

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Partizan promotes Vlada Jovanovic to new head coach, and signs Dragan Milosvaljevic

As expected, Vlada Jovanovic will be the replacement of Dusko Vujosevic, new head coach of CSKA Moscow in Partizan. The 36-year-old Serbian coach was working since 2006 as an assistant for Vujosevic, and will enjoy his first experience as a head coach in a senior team. The Serbian has also signed Dragan Milosavljevic, the 21-year-old forward from Radnicki.

SOURCE: B92

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Olympiakos and Dusan Ivkovic agree to a two-year contract

The deal could be done. Olympiakos have finally reached to an agreement with Dusan Ivkovic to hire him as the new head coach of the team. The veteran 67-year-old Serbian coach will be signed to a two-year contract by the Greek club. Ivkovic, also coach of the Serbian squad, is back to Olympiakos after leading the team to the only Euroleague of its history, in 1997.

UPDATE: Ivkovic will sign his two-year contract tomorrow, on Wednesday, and the official announcement will arrive soon.

SOURCE: Superbasket

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Jérémy Leloup won't be back to Le Mans, and will play for Dijon

After playing last season on loan for Vichy, Jérémy Leloup has decided not to go back to his team, Le Mans, and opted out of his contract to sign for Dijon, recently relegated to the French ProB league. The 23-year-old forward averaged 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Darjus Lavrinovic is still player of Real Madrid

Despite the first reports from the Spanish press about Darjus Lavrinovic, the 30-year-old Lithuanian center is still player of Real Madrid. According to Jorge Pérez, spokesman of the Spanish club, Lavrinovic would be a free agent on June 30th in case Real Madrid decides not to activate the extension clause of his contract, and the decision is not yet taken.

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Real Madrid offers the returning of Rimantas Kaukenas to Montepaschi Siena in exchange of Romain Sato

According to the Italian media, Real Madrid has offered Rimantas Kaukenas to make easier the arrival of Romain Sato to the Spanish team. The 32-year-old Lithuanian forward won't continue in Real Madrid, which could try to convince him to go back to Siena, where he played between 2005 and 2009. Montepaschi, though, doesn't want to get rid of Sato.

SOURCE: Corriere di Siena

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Nemanja Bjelica will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves

According to his agent, Boris Tanjevic, Nemanja Bjelica won't play in Europe next season, despite the rumors about his possible signing by Benetton Treviso. The Serbian 22-year-old forward from Red Star was drafted with the 35th overall pick by the Washington Wizards, and then traded to the Minnesota Tibmerwolves, where Bjelica expects to play next season.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Kosta Perovic and Power Electronics Valencia part ways

As expected, Kosta Perovic won't continue in Power Electronics Valencia. The Spanish club has announced that the 25-year-old Serbian center has agreed to terminate his contract. Perovic signed a three-year contract with Valencia in 2008, and was recently reported to be close to land in Regal Barcelona by the Serbian media.

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Caja Laboral releases officially Carl English

As expected, the stint of Carl English in Caja Laboral is over. The Spanish club has announced officially the departure of the 29-year-old Canadian guard, who arrived last season from Gran Canaria 2014. English averaged 9.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Saski Baskonia

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Bostjan Nachbar wants to go back to the NBA

Bostjan Nachbar still doesn't know if he will continue in Efes Pilsen. The 29-year-old Slovenian forward will decide his future in the next days, though he doesn't rule out the possibility of returning the Turkish team. But the desire of Nachbar is to go back to the NBA, where he played between 2002 and 2008, even next season. Nachbar averaged 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in the TBL last season.

SOURCE: Kosarka.si

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Asefa Estudiantes and Javier Beirán part ways, while Daniel Clark and Richard Nguema could leave

As expected, Javier Beirán is no longer player of Asefa Estudiantes after agreeing with the Spanish club to terminate his contract. The 23-year-old forward, who averaged 1.9 points and 1.0 rebounds per game last season, will probably play for Gran Canaria 2014 next season. Richard Nguema could also leave Estudiantes to make room for the young prospect Jaime Fernández. On the other hand, Daniel Clark, despite having an extension offer from Asefa Estudiantes, could also decide to leave the Spanish club.

SOURCE: El Mundo Deportivo

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Earl Calloway and Carlos Cabezas, candidates to replace Terrell McIntyre in Montepaschi Siena

Montepaschi Siena is already looking for a replacement to Terrell McIntyre, and the two main candidates to be the starting point guard of the Italian team are Earl Calloway and Carlos Cabezas. The 26-year-old American guard played last season for Cajasol, while the 29-year-old Spanish guard would arrive from Khimki.

SOURCE: Corriere di Siena

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Vanoli Cremona, interested in Billy Keys

The future of Billy Keys could be again in Italy. The 32-year-old American guard, who has played during his career for Roseto and Varese, is on the radar of Vanoli Cremona for the next season. Keys, who averaged 10.8 points and 2.5 assists per game in the last Euroleague for Maroussi BC, will leave the Greek team.

SOURCE: La Provincia di Cremona

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Enel Brindisi, interested in Andre Collins, K.C. Rivers and Miha Zupan, among others

Enel Brindisi is tracking the market for new players. The recently promoted Italian team is reported to be interested in Andre Collins (recently released by Canadian Solar Bologna, and also on the radar of Cimberio Varese), K.C. Rivers (recently in Benetton, has also attracted the interest of Air Avellino), Miha Zupan (who played briefly last season in Brindisi), Valerio Amoroso (from Banca Tercas Teramo) and Valerio Spinelli (from Carife Ferrara)

SOURCE: Nuovo Quotidiano di Puglia

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Aleks Maric and Jan Vesely won't leave Partizan

Despite the constant rumors about the interest of several European teams for Aleks Maric and Jan Vesely, Partizan has no intention of letting them go. Dragan Todoric, sport's director of the Serbian team, told that both players are happy in Partizan, and that the club won't accept any offers for them. On the other hand, as expected, the assistant Vlada Jovanovic is close to replace Dusko Vujosevic, recently hired by CSKA Moscow, as the new head coach of Partizan.

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Armani Jeans Milano, close to sign Nicolò Melli

As expected, Nicolò Melli could have already decided to play for Armani Jeans Milano. The 19-year-old Italian forward would leave the LegaDue team Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia to play next season in the Euroleague team. Melli, one of the top Italian prospects, averaged 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in the last LegaDue before suffering a season-ending injury.

SOURCE: Tuttosport

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Chris Bosh could finally land in the Miami Heat

Despite the rumors about his posible signing with the Chicago Bulls to play with LeBron James, the Miami Heat could be also an option for the 26-year-old forward. The agent of Bosh denied that the player, who is at the end of his contract with the Toronto Raptors, has already decided to play anywhere, but Charlie Villanueva, a former teammate in Toronto, told via Twitter than Bosh is headed to Miami. The All-Star player also told to a Miami local newspaper than the Heat are in "top contention" to land him.

SOURCES: NBA.com, Twitter Charlie Villanueva, Miami Herald

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Terrell McIntyre turns down the offers from Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, and could be close to sign for Unicaja

The future of Terrell McIntyre could be, finally, far from Greece. The 33-year-old American guard could have turned down the offers from Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, and Unicaja would have taken the lead in the fight to sign McIntyre, who will leave Montepaschi Siena. The American player could even sign his contract with the Spanish team today. Unicaja was also considering other alternatives to McIntyre like Darius Washington and Ibrahim Jaaber, both from Lottomatica Roma.

SOURCES: La Opinión de Málaga, Sur

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Oyak Renault signs Alper Özcan

Another new player for Oyak Renault. The Turkish team has signed Alper Özcan to a three-year contract. The 20-year old guard played last season for Darufassaka, averaging 3.1 points and 2.1 assists in 22.5 minutes per game. Previously, Özcan played during two seasons for CASA TED Kolejliler in the TBL.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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Unicaja, in talks with CB Granada to sign Pablo Aguilar

The future of Pablo Aguilar is unclear. The 21-year-old Spanish forward could return to Real Madrid in the next days, but his team during the last two years, CB Granada, has the option to transfer him before Real Madrid exercises the option to bring him back. Unicaja could be interested in signing Aguilar, and could have already made an offer to Granda, including Guillem Rubio in the trade operation. Unicaja is also eyeing Nemanja Bjelica, from Red Star, as another alternative for the power forward option.

SOURCE: La Opinión de Málaga

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Sun Yue wants to play for the Washington Wizards

Sun Yue will try to go back to the NBA. The 24-year-old Chinese guard, who failed to have an important role in the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008-09 season, will play the Summer League with the Washington Wizards, and will try to earn a spot in the NBA franchise. Yue has played this season in the Beijing Olympians, a team who has played in American minor leagues.

SOURCE: Sina

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