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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CSKA Moscow, in talks with Boban Marjanovic

Boban Marjanovic decided days ago to leave Hemofarm, and play outside Serbia for the first time in his career. The main candidate to land the 21-year-old center could be CSKA Moscow, which is reported to be already in talks to sign Marjanovic next season, according to the Serbian media. Marjanovic averaged 9.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in the last Adriatic League for Hemofarm.

SOURCE: Mondo

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Peja Stojakovic will retire in the NBA

Despite some rumors weeks ago about a possible comeback to Europe, Peja Stojakovic has no intention to play anywhere else but in the NBA. The 33-year-old forward, who is playing in the NBA since 1999, told in a basketball camp in Greece that he will retire there. Last season, Stojakovic averaged 12.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for the New Orleans Hornets.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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CSKA Moscow, interested in Uros Tripkovic

Uros Tripkovic wants to play for an Euroleague next season, and there could be one interested in landing the 23-year-old Serbian guard. CSKA Moscow could have Tripkovic, who will leave DKV Joventut this summer, for the next season. The new head coach of CSKA, Dusko Vujosevic, worked with Tripkovic in Partizan before the guard moved to the ACB league.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Pepsi Caserta releases Andrea Michelori

Andrea Michelori is no longer player of Pepsi Caserta, after the Italian club has decided to terminate his contract. The 32-year-old forward arrived to Caserta in 2008 from Virtus Bologna, and averaged 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the last Lega A. Michelori has also played in Milano, Biella and Cantù. Montepaschi Siena was reported to be interested in the player.

SOURCE: Juve Caserta

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Nizhny Novgorod signs Vukasin Aleksic

Nizhny Novgorod will play next season in the new elite league with the nine teams of the last Russian Super Legue. The club has made a new signing, landing Vukasin Aleksic, who played last season for Radnicki. The 25-year-old Serbian guard averaged 9.6 points and 4.2 assists per game in the last Adriatic league.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Maccabi Tel Aviv signs Richard Hendrix to a two-year contract

It's official. Maccabi Tel Aviv has signed Richard Hendrix to a two-year contract, as the Israeli team has announced in the website of the club. The 23-year-old American center arrives to Maccabi after averaging 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in the last ACB league for CB Granada.

SOURCE: Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Amaré Stoudamire opts ouf of contract and becomes a free agent

Amaré Stoudamire is a free agent after deciding to opt out of his contract with the Phoenix Suns. The 27-year-old All-Star center, who averaged 23.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, will forfeit the $17.6 million he would have earned next season in the Suns. Anyway, Phoenix will try to resign Stoudamire to a long-term contract.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

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Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, close to land Kostas Vasileiadis

Kostas Vasileiadis could be close to sign a three-year contract with Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, according to the Greek media. The 26-year-old, who averaged 16.0 points and 2.8 rebounds last season with Xacobeo Blu:Sens, has been in contact with the coach of Bilbao Basket, Fotis Katsikaris, and could reach to an agreement with the Spanish club soon. Other teams interested in Vasileiadis are Cajasol and Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada.

SOURCE: Sport24

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Heiko Schaffartzik leaves the New Yorker Phantoms

Heiko Schaffartzik has decided to leave the New Yorker Phantoms to make a career outside Germany. The 26-year-old guard, member of the German national team, arrived to the Phantoms last season from the Giessen 49ers, averaging 10.5 points and 3.4 assists per game in the last BBL.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Maccabi Tel Aviv could be close to sign Richard Hendrix

Maccabi Tel Aviv could sign soon Richard Hendrix for the next season. The 23-year-old American center played last season for CB Granada, averaging 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in the last ACB league. Hendrix, though will be in the next Summer League with the Indiana Pacers, and has also declared his first target is to play in the NBA.

SOURCES: Sport5, Tide Sports

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Regal Barcelona releases Lubos Barton

As expected, Lubos Barton will not continue his career in Regal Barcelona after two seasons. The Spanish team has not exercised the option to extend his contract. The 30-year-old Czech forward only played 6 games this season in the ACB league due to an Achilles tendon injury, averaging 5.2 points and 0.8 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: FC Barcelona

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Hyères-Toulon signs Tony Washam

Hyères-Toulon has signed Tony Washam for the next season. The 27-year-old forward arrives to France after five seasons in Israel, averaging 18.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in the last Israeli Super League for Maccabi Netanya, where Washam was playing since February 2009.

SOURCE: L'Équipe

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Chicago Bulls waive Rob Kurz and Chris Richard

The Chicago Bulls have announced that Rob Kurz and Chris Richard have been waived by the NBA franchise. Both players arrived to the Bulls in the middle of the last season from the D-League. Kurz landed in Chicago in April from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, while Richard was re-signed last March from the Tulsa 66ers.

SOURCE: NBA.com

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Galatasaray, close to land Josh Shipp

After a succesful first season in Bornova, Josh Shipp could be close to land in Galatasaray next season. The 23-year-old guard averaged 18.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the last TBL, being one of the best players last season in Turkey. Galatasaray would pay $180.000 to Bornova in exchange of Shipp.

SOURCES: Pota 6, Salsa Basket

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BBC Bayreuth signs Simon Schmitz

BBC Bayreuth has announced a new arrival to the team. The German club has signed Simon Schmitz for the next season. The 20-year-old guard arrives to Bayreuth, recently promoted to the BBL, from the Pro A team Science City Jena, averaging 10.0 points and 2.9 assists per game.

SOURCE: BBC Bayreuth

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Terrell McIntyre will play for Unicaja next season

According to the Greek media, Terrell McIntyre has decided to accept the offer from Unicaja. The 33-year-old guard will be signed to a two-year contract by Unicaja, turning down the offers from Olympiakos and Panathinaikos. McIntyre will arrive to Unicaja after playing for Montepaschi Siena since 2006.

UPDATE: The agent of McIntyre has told Panathinaikos to improve their offer until 18:30 (local Greek time). If the Greek club decides not to, McIntyre will sign for Unicaja.


UPDATE 19:07 (local Greek time): Panathinaikos didn't improve the offer for McIntyre, so the player could be soon announced by Unicaja.

SOURCE: Basketnet, Prasina Nea, Prasina Nea

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Unicaja officially releases Zabian Dowdell

As expected, Zabian Dowdell is no longer player of Unicaja. The Spanish team has decided not to activate the extension clause in the contract of the 25-year-old American guard, who landed in Unicaja last January. Dowdell averaged 6.4 points and 1.9 assists per game in 14.4 minutes per game during the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Unicaja Baloncesto

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Aris Thessaloniki, interested in landing Jeff Foote on loan

Aris Thessaloniki, which recently hired the former Maccabi assistant Sharon Drucker as the new head coach, could be interested in landing one player of the Israeli team on loan. Jeff Foote, a 22-year-old American center signed days ago by Maccabi after playing during four years in the University of Cornell, is the target of the Greek team for the next season.

SOURCE: One

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Blancos de Rueda Valladolid, interested in Peter Lorant

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid keeps on targeting players from the Spanish LEB Oro for the new season, and the new player on the short list of the ACB team is Peter Lorant. The 24-year-old Hungarian center, who has played during the last three seasons for Autocid Ford Burgos, averaged 9.3 points and 4.4 rebounds last season.

SOURCE: El Día de Valladolid

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Sofoklis Schortsanitis, on his way to Los Angeles to negociate with the Clippers

Sofoklis Schortsanitis has taken a flight to Los Angeles to negociate a contract to play for the Clippers, according to the Greek media. The 25-year-old center, who was drafted in 2003 by the Clippers, is a free agent after his contract with Olympiakos, wher Schortsanitis has played since 2005, has expired.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Travis Hansen could play in Greece next season

Travis Hansen will leave Real Madrid this summer. The 32-year-old American-Russian guard mentioned in an interview Athens as his new destination for the next season. According to the American media, Olympiakos would be an option for Hansen if Josh Childress finally leaves the Greek team.

SOURCE: KSL

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Maccabi Haifa and Galil Gilboa, interested in Raviv Limonad

Raviv Limonad will be released from Maccabi Tel Aviv, and the official announcement could be close to arrive. The 25-year-old guard, who averaged 8.3 points and 1.9 assists per game in the last Israeli Super League, could be on the radar of Maccabi Haifa, Galil Gilboa and other European teams for the next season.

UPDATE: Maccabi Tel Aviv has announced officially the releasement of Limonad.

SOURCES: Sport5, Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Cuttino Mobley wants to play again

Cuttino Mobley is out of the courts since November 2008 when, while passing a physical test to become a new player of the New York Knicks, a potencially fatal heart condition was detected. Mobley was waived officially by the Knicks months ago, and the 34-year-old guard says he's ready to play again.

SOURCE: New York Daily News

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John Turek leaves Phoenix Hagen to play in the Netherlands

John Turek won't continue playing for Phoenix Hagen next season. The 25-year-old American center will return to Gas Terra Flames Groningen, the champion of the last Dutch league. Turek, who played for Groningen in the 2005-06 season, averaged 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for Phoenix Hagen in the last BBL.

SOURCES: Schoenen Dunk, Gas Terra Flames

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Olympiakos, interested in Trajan Langdon

The new Olympiakos of Dusan Ivkovic continues tracking the market. Another candidate to land in the Greek team could be Trajan Langdon, who has played during the last five seasons for CSKA Moscow. The 34-year-old guard averaged 13.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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ViveMenorca releases Marc Fernández

Marc Fernández is no longer player of ViveMenorca, after the Spanish team has decided to activate the early termination clause of his contract. The 22-year-old forward has played during the last three seasons in ViveMenorca, averaging 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in the last Spanish LEB Oro. Blancos de Rueda Valladolid is reported to be interested in Fernández.

SOURCE: Menorca Bàsquet

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Sergio Rodríguez could be announced by Real Madrid next week

Despite Sergio Rodríguez hasn't signed anything yet with Real Madrid, the 23-year-old could be officially a player of the Spanish team next week, according to the Spanish media. Rodríguez, who finished last season in the New York Knicks, could be announced by Real Madrid on June 8th. This will be the comeback to the ACB league for Rodríguez, who left Estudiantes in 2006 to start a four-year career in the NBA.

SOURCE: As

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Dijon signs Samba Dia

More players from the ProA league for JDA Dijon. The French club, recently relegated to the ProB league, has signed to a two-year contract Samba Dia, who arrives to his new team after two seasons in Chorale Roanne. In the last one, the 24-year-old Mauritanian center averaged 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Lottomatica Roma, interested in Bojan Bogdanovic and Devin Smith

Bojan Bogdanovic is on the radar of Lottomatica Roma. The 21-year-old Croatian forward played last season for Cibona, averaging 8.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League. Another alternative for the Italian team would be Devin Smith. The 29-year-old American forward, also on the radar of Air Avellino and Benetton Treviso, played last season for Panellinios.

SOURCE: Corriere dello Sport

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Aris Thessaloniki, interested in Gary Forbes

Gary Forbes is the new target of Aris Thessaloniki for the next season. The 25-year-old American-Panamian forward started last season in Vanoli Cremona, but was released last January, and then moved to Ironi Ramat-Gan, averaging 20.3 points (league best) and 8.7 rebounds per game in the Israeli Super League. Other Israeli teams have also showed interest in Forbes.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Vassilis Spanoulis could be announced today as new player of Olympiakos

Vassilis Spanoulis could be today, officially, new player of Olympiakos. According to the Greek media, a three-year, €2.4 million per year contract agreement between the 27-year-old guard and Olympiakos could be announced today. Spanoulis would have refused the offer to continue and Panathinaikos, and accept the one coming from the biggest rival of his former team.

SOURCE: Red Planet

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CSKA Moscow, also interested in Mike Batiste

CSKA Moscow has also expressed interest for Mike Batiste, according to the Greek press. The 31-year-old American center, who is playing in Panathinaikos since 2003, is reported to be also on the radar of Real Madrid and Efes Pilsen. Batiste, now a free agent after his contract with Panathinaikos has expired (though the Greek club wants to resign him), averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last A1 league.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Paul Pierce opts out, and is a free agent

Paul Pierce will join the list of free agents this summer. The 32-year-old forward has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Boston Celtics, and to become a free agent. Pierce, who is playing for the Celtics since being drafted in 1999, averaged 18.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Benjamin Eze will play in Khimki

Another player for Khimki. The Russian team has reached to an agreement with Benjamin Eze. The 29-year-old Nigerian center will be signed to a two-year contract, with an option for a third one, by Khimki. Eze, who was playing for Montepaschi Siena since 2005, averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

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Unicaja, now interested in Esteban Batista

After missing the chance of signing Kosta Perovic, who finally landed in Regal Barcelona, Unicaja wants another big man for the frontcourt, and could be also interested in Esteban Batista, who is on the radar of several European teams. The 26-year-old is under contract in Ayuda en Acción Fuenlabrada, where Batista averaged 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Sur

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Uros Tripkovic will leave DKV Joventut

Uros Tripkovic won't play next season for DKV Joventut. The 23-year-old Serbian guard, who landed last season in the Spanish team from Partizan, is under contract until 2011, but Joventut wants to buy-out his high contract due to the budget reduction expected by the club. Tripkovic is currently training in the United States, and wants to play for an Euroleague team next season.

SOURCE: El Punt

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