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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Aco Petrovic, officially new head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas

As expected, Aco Petrovic is the new head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas. The 50-year-old Serbian coach, without a team since being fired by Red Star last December, was signed to a one-year contract by the Lithuanian team, with an option for a second year. Petrovic will replace the player Marcus Brown as the head coach of the team.

SOURCE: Zalgiris

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Portland Trail Blazers waive Ryan Gomes

As expected, The Portland Trail Blazers have decided to waive Ryan Gomes, who has become a free agent. The 27-year-old forward was acquired days ago via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he averaged 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per season. This move will save the Blazers about $8 million.

SOURCE: Oregon Live

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Olympiakos and Patrick Beverley will part ways

Patrick Beverley will try to earn a spot in the NBA, and will play next summer for the Miami Heat, the team that own his rights. Despite having a contract with Olympiakos since 2011, the Greek team won't have any problem in agreeing to a buy-out with the 21-year-old American guard, who averaged 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague. In any case, Beverly won't probably go back to Europe next season.

SOURCE: Red Planet

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Dirk Nowitzki will be a free agent this summer

Dirk Nowitzki has officially notified to the Dallas Mavericks that he is opting out of his final year of contract with the NBA team, and that he will become a free agent this summer. The German 31-year-old forward will rennounce to next season scheduled $21.5 million salary by opting out. The Mavericks, though, will try to resign him.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Olin Genclik signs Can Akin

As expected, Can Akin will play for the recently promoted team Olin Genclik. The 27-year-old guard arrives from Galatasaray, where he averaged 3.4 points and 1.7 assists per game in the last TBL. The next player to arrive to Olin Genclik could be Murat Kaya, who won't either continue in Galatasaray next season.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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Yao Ming, back to the Houston Rockets

Finally, Yao Ming won't opt out of his contract with the Houston Rockets, and will remain in the team during the 2010-11 season, making $17.7 million in his final contract year. The 29-year-old Chinese center, who was injured during the last whole season, had an option to leave the team and become a free agent this summer.

SOURCE: MyFox Houston

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Pau Orthez signs Demetric Bennett

Demetric Bennett is a new member of Pau Orthez for the next season in the LNB Pro A. The 25-year-old American guard arrives to the French team from the Italian LegaDue, averaging 15.8 points and 4.3 assists per game for Snaidero Udine. Bennett has also played in Poland for Czarni Slupsk since leaving the University of South Alabama.

SOURCE: Le Monde

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Brian Shaw, close to be the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Brian Shaw will very likely replace Mike Brown as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 44-year-old coach was working during the last five seasons as an assistant of Phil Jackson in the Los Angeles Lakers. The other candidate to take the coaching job in the Cavaliers was Byron Scott.

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Olímpico de La Banda signs Cristian Amicucci

Cristian Amicucci is the new signing of Olímpico de La Banda for the next season. The 24-year-old center arrives from Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca, where he averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the last LNB. Amicucci has also played for Quimsa, El Nacional and Unión de Sunchales during his career.

SOURCE: Infoliga

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Ludwigsburg signs Johnanes Lischka

Johannes Lischka is the first signing of EnBW Ludwigsburg for the next season. The 23-year-old forward arrives to the German team after playing during the last three seasons in Giessen 46ers, averaging 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game in the last BBL, and was signed to a two-year contract by Ludwigsburg.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Miami Heat waive James Jones

The Miami Heat has announced that James Jones has been waived. The 29-year-old forward, who averaged 4.1 points and 1.3 rebounds last season, was signed in 2008 to a four-year contract by the Heat, though only $1.85 million of his contract was guaranteed if the franchise decided to waive him.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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Aco Petrovic will be the new head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas

Finally, the new coach of Zalgiris Kaunas will be Aco Petrovic. The 50-year-old head coach, who was in charge of Red Star until last December, will replace Marcus Brown, who was acting as a player-coach in the Lithuanian league finals. Petrovic will sign his contract with Zalgiris soon.

SOURCE: Lietuvos Rytas

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Chorale Roanne signs K.C. Rivers

K.C. Rivers won't play next season in Italy, despite the interest of Enel Brindisi and Air Avellino to land him. The 23-year-old, who averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the last Lega A, will play for Chorale Roanne next season. The French team has signed Rivers to a one-year contract.

SOURCE: L'Équipe

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CSKA Moscow releases Pops Mensah-Bonsu

CSKA Moscow won't extend Pops Mensah-Bonsu for another season, as the president of the team, Andrey Vatunin, has confirmed. The 26-year-old center arrived last January to the Russian team after being waived by the Toronto Raptors. In his stint with CSKA Moscow, Mensah-Bonsu averaged 4.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Gazeta.ru

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New Jersey Nets send Yi Jianlian to Washington Wizards in exchange of Quinton Ross and $3 million

The New Jersey Nets will send Yi Jianlian to the Washington Wizards in exchange of Quinton Ross and $3 million. This movement will allow the Nets to clear more cap space to make a run for LeBron James and other top agents. Jianlian arrived two seasons ago to the Nets from the Milwaukee Bucks, while Ross was a member of the Wizards since last February, after being traded by the Dallas Mavericks.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

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Pallacanestro Cantù signs Denis Marconato

Denis Marconato will continue his career in Pallacanestro Cantù. The veteran Italian 34-year-old center arrives to his new team from Montepaschi Siena, where Marconato played last season. The former member of the Italian squad averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Libero

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Perlas hires Nerijus Zabarauskas as the new head coach, and signs Evaldas Lengvinas

Perlas Vilnius, the affiliated team of Lietuvos Rytas, has decided to hire Nerijus Zabarauskas as the new head coach of the Lithuanian team. The former coach of Sakalai and Nevezis will replace Marius Linartas. On the other hand, Perlas has also landed Evaldas Lengvinas, a 21-year-old guard who averaged 14.7 points and 1.5 assists per game for Nafta-Uni-Laivite in the NKL.

SOURCES: Krepsinis, Krepsinis

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Antalya, interested in Emre Bayav

Antalya continues tracking the market for new players. The Turkish team is reported to be interested in Emre Bayav. The 22-year-old center played last season for Aliaga Petkim, but the injuries only allowed him to play 10 games, averaging 3.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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Henk Norel, close to extend his contract with DKV Joventut

Henk Norel is stay two more years in DKV Joventut. The 22-year old Dutch center, who averaged 6.4 points and 1.6 rebounds per game last season, was on the radar of several Spanish teams during the last days, but finally Norel would have decided to extend his contract with Joventut for two more seasons.

SOURCE: Solobasket.com

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Nemanja Bjelica doesn't rule out yet to play in Europe next season

Despite his agent told that Nemanja Bjelica will be headed to the NBA, the Serbian 22-year-old forward hasn't ruled out completely the idea of playing en Europe for one or two more years. Bjelica, whose NBA rights are owned by the Minnesota Timberwolves, was reported days ago to have reached to an agreement with Benetton Treviso.

SOURCE: Mondo

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Ivan Paunic and Bojan Popovic, waiting for an offer from Partizan

Despite the rumors that inked the future of Ivan Paunic and Bojan Popovic to Partizan, both players are still waiting for an offer from the Serbian team. Both players, though, wouldn't mind to play in Partizan next season. Paunic played last season for Aris Thessaloniki, while Popovic finished it in Efes Pilsen.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Siarka Tarnobrzeg signs Kevin Goffney

Siarka Tarnobrzeg, recently promoted to the PLK, has signed Kevin Goffney for the next season. The 24-year-old forward, who played between 2007 and 2009 for the University of Chattanooga, was inactive last season due to an injury. Goffney averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in his senior year with the Mocs.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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Pablo Aguilar is officially back to Real Madrid

CB Granada has officially announced that, as expected, Pablo Aguilar is back to Real Madrid, which had excercised the option to re-acquire his rights. The 21-year-old Spanish forward has played during he last two seasons for CB Granada, averaging 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: CB Granada

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Spirou Charleroi signs Christophe Beghin

Christophe Beghin is back to Charleroi. The Belgian 30-year-old, who has played during the last two seasons for Antwerp Giants, was signed by Spirou Charleroi, his previous team before joining the Giants. Benghin averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in the last Belgian league.

SOURCE: RTBF

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Walter Tigers sign Anatoly Kashirov

Anatoly Kashirov leaves Mitteldeutscher BC, and will play next season in Tübinguen for the Walter Tigers. The 23-year-old Russian center, who played in Euroleague in his earlier stint in CSKA Moscow between 2006 and 2008, averaged 12.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in the last BBL, and has signed to a one-year contract with the Tigers.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada, also interested in Kostas Vasileiadis

Kostas Vasileiadis is one of the most interesting free agents of the ACB league, and another team has increased the list of teams that have the 26-year-old Greek forward on the radar. Besides Bizkaia Bilbao Basket and Cajasol, Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada is also reported to be interested in Vasileiadis, who averaged 16.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season for Xacobeo Blu:Sens.

SOURCE: Diario de Sevilla

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CAI Zaragoza signs Joan Riera

The new project of CAI Zaragoza in ACB has a new player. As expected, the Spanish team has signed Joan Riera, who arrives from the LEB Oro team Bàsquet Mallorca. This will be the second stint of the 30-year-old guard, who played briefly for Estudiantes in the 2008-09 season. In the last one, Riera averaged 14.6 points and 2.1 assists per game in LEB Oro.

SOURCE: El Periódico de Aragón

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Base Oostende signs Will Thomas

Base Oostende has announced the arrival of Will Thomas to the Belgian club. The 23-year-old forwward played last season for Belgacom Liège, averaging 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, and being named the MVP of the Belgian league. Thomas was signed to a one-year contract, with an option to extend it to an extra year.

SOURCE: BC Oostende

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Hapoel Jerusalem, close to sign Jason Rich

Jason Rich could become soon a new member of Hapoel Jerusalem. The Israeli team is close to reach to an two-year agreement with the 24-year-old guard, who played last season for Maccabi Haifa. Rich averaged 14.4 points and 3.1 assists per game in his first season in the Israeli Super League.

SOURCE: Sport5

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Dijon signs Elson Mendy

After five seasons playing for Strasbourg in the ProA league, Elson Mendy has left the team to play for Dijon in the ProB. The 22-year-old Senegalese forward, who averaged 4.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game last season, was announced as the new signing of Dijon for the 2010-11 season.

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Vassilis Spanoulis, closer to Olympiakos

Vassilis Spanoulis could be close to decide his future. The 27-year-old guard could finally be ready to accept the offer from Olympiakos and leave Panathinaikos, his team since 2005 (with a brief one-year stint in the Houston Rockets). Olympiakos could have offered Spanoulis a €2.4 million per year contract.

SOURCE: Red Planet

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Virtus Bologna signs Valerio Amoroso

Virtus Bologna has reached to an agreement with Valerio Amoroso. The 29-year-old forward was signed to a two-year contract by the Italian team. Amoroso arrives from Banca Tercas Teramo, where has played since 2008. In the last Lega A, the new player of Virtus averaged 12.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

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Galatasaray, also interested in Esteban Batista

Esteban Batista is on the short list of several European teams. Besides Caja Laboral and Maccabi Tel Aviv, the new team that is interested in the 26-year-old Uruguayan center is Galatasaray. Batista, though, is still under contract by his team, Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada, where he averaged 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in his first year in the ACB league.

SOURCE: Maliano

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Marko Keselj, Nemanja Nedovic, Elmedin Kikanovic and Lazar Radosavljevic leave Red Star

The Serbian forwards Marko Keselj and Lazar Radosavljevic, the Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic, the Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic won't be back to Red Star. The four players have asked for the early termination of his contract due to the payment delays of the Serbian club, and will become free agents.

SOURCE: B92

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Antalya and Galatasaray, interested in Muratcan Guler

Muratcan Guler could leave Besiktas Cola Turka after two seasons in the team. The 30-year-old guard hasn't reached to an agreement to stay in Besiktas, and could have decided to leave the team. Antalya and Galatasaray are reported to be interested in the player. Guler, who averaged 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds last season in the TBL, arrived to Besiktas in 2008 from Turk Telekom.

SOURCES: Mixbasket, Mixbasket

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Minnesota Timberwolves could have offered a $15 million, 3-year contract to Nikola Pekovic

Nikola Pekovic will have to decide his future before July 15th. The 24-year-old Montenegrin center could opt out of his contract with Panathinaikos, paying $1 million to the Greek club, and move to the NBA. According to the Greek media, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team that own his NBA rights, would have offered a $15 million, 3-year contract to land Pekovic next season.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Armani Jeans Milano, interested in Kristaps Valters

According to the Latvian press, Armani Jeans Milano could join the list of teams that are interested for Kristaps Valters. The Latvian 29-year-old guard will leave DKV Joventut this summer, despite having another year of contract. Other teams that are reported to be interested for Valters are his former club in the 2008-09 season, Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada, and ViveMenorca.

SOURCE: Sporta Centrs

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Gran Canaria 2014, interested in Alejandro Navajas

Alejandro Navajas could be one of the targets of Gran Canaria 2014 for the next season. The 23-year-old forward has played during the last years for Clínicas Rincón, the affiliated team of Unicaja. In the last Spanish LEB Oro, Navajas averaged 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game.

SOURCE: Sur

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Paris Levallois signs Nigel Wyatte

Nigel Wyatte is back to Paris Levallois after one season. The 28-year-old American center played last season for Le Portal, averaging 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Wyatte arrived to France in 2008 after 3 seasons in Spain with Paris Levallois, where he played during the 2008-09 season in the Pro B league

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Tufan Ersoz, close to play for Pinar Karsiyaka

Tufan Ersoz could be close to land in Pinar Karsiyaka, after a troubled season in Galatasaray. The 29-year-old guard was suspended for four months due to changing his uniform with Cemal Nalga to avoid the suspension of the center, recently signed by Lietuvos Rytas. Ersoz, who has also faced injury problems during his career, only played five games in the last TBL, averaging 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds. His new destiny will probably be Pinar Karsiyaka.

SOURCE: Mixbasket

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