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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Phil Jackson will be back to the bench of the Lakers for one last season

Finally, Phil Jackson will try to complete his fourth "three-peat" of his career. The 64-year-old coach, who has guided his teams to eleven NBA Championships (6 with the Bulls, 5 with the Lakers), has decided not to retire due to his health problems, and take the reign of the Los Angeles Lakers for one more season. Jackson said in a statement that this will be his last stand.

SOURCE: NBA.com

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Khimki signs Kresimir Loncar and Alexey Savrasenko

As expected, Khimki has signed Kresimir Loncar, according to the Russian media. The Croatian 27-year-old center arrives from Unics Kazan, averaging 12.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in his second season. Khimki has also landed Alexey Savrasenko, who played last season for Dynamo Moscow. The 31-year-old Russian-Greek center averaged 6.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in the last Russian Super League.

SOURCE: Sports.ru

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Maccabi Haifa signs Derek Glasser

As expected, Maccabi Haifa has signed Derek Glasser for the next season. The 22-year-old American guard will spend his first year as a professional in Israel, after averaging 10.1 points and 4.8 assists per game in his senior year with the University of Arizona State. The next player to land in Haifa could be Sasa Bratic, from Hapoel Holon.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

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Memphis Grizzlies and Rudy Gay agree to a five-year, $82 million deal

Rudy Gay will continue his career in the only team he has played as a professional. The 23-year-old forward has agreed to re-sing with the Memphis Grizzlies to a five-year, $82 million contract. Gay, who was also on the radar of the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaged last season 19.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in his fourth year with the Grizzlies.

SOURCE: NBA.com

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Unicaja announces an agreement with Terrell McIntyre

Terrell McIntyre will play for the next two seasons for Unicaja, as the Spanish club has announced. The 32-year-old American guard arrives from Montepaschi Siena, where McIntyre has played since 2006, averaging 12.5 points and 5.1 assists per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: ACB.com

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The president of Montepaschi Siena admits that Terrell McIntyre will play for Unicaja

The possible end of the "affair" Terrell McIntyre could have arrived. According to the Greek media, the president of Montepaschi Siena, Ferdinando Minucci, has admitted that the 33-year-old American guard will finally play for Unicaja. In that case, the signing of McIntyre to a two-year contract could be officially announced soon by the Spanish team.


UPDATE: Unicaja will announce officially the signing of McIntyre in minutes

SOURCE: Superbasket, La Opinión de Málaga

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Minnesota Timberwolves and Darko Milicic agree to a four-year, $20 million deal

Darko Milicic will continue his career in the NBA. The 25-year-old Serbian center has reached to a four-year, $20 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Milicic landed in the Wolves last February via trade from the New York Knicks, and averaged 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game with his new team.

SOURCE: Twitter Chad Ford

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CSKA Moscow signs Sergei Bykov

Sergei Bykov will leave Dynamo Moscow after 9 seasons (one on loan to Universitet Surgut). The 27-year-old guard will play for CSKA Moscow, after the current champion of the Russian Super League has signed him to a two-year contract with an option to a third year. Bykov, a member of the Russian national team, averaged 18.7 points and 4.0 assists per game last season.

SOURCE: CSKA Basket

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Strasbourg signs LaQuan Prowell and Abdoulaye Mbaye

Two new players for Strasbourg. The French team has signed LaQuan Prowell and Abdoulaye Mbaye. Prowell is a 25-year-old American forward who averaged 9.0 points and 3.3 rebounds last season for Paris Levallois, while Mbaye, a 21-year-old French guard, posted 10.1 points and 2.3 assists per game in the last LNB for Dijon.

SOURCE: L'Équipe

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Kresimir Loncar leaves Unics Kazan, and could be close to land in Khimki

Kresimir Loncar has decided not to extend his contract with Unics Kazan, and become a free agent. The 27-year-old Croatian center leaves the Russian team after two seasons. Loncar, who averaged 12.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in the last Russian Super League, is on the radar of Khimki, and could be signed soon by the runner-up of the last domestic league.

SOURCE: Championat

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Panathinaikos will make a push to land Aleks Maric and Terrell McIntyre

Panathinaikos is close to lose two major key players. Nikola Pekovic will play next season in the NBA, while Vassilis Spanoulis is closer to accept an offer from Olympiakos. The Greek powerhouse is working now to land the two main targets to replace them: Aleks Maric and Terrell McIntyre. The 26-year-old Australian-Serbian center is not in the trading block, according to his current club, Partizan, but Panathinaikos is willing to make a huge offer to the Serbian team. On the other hand, Montepaschi Siena considers that the 33-year-old American guard is still a member of the Italian team, despite the reports about a possible signing by Unicaja.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Benneton Treviso signs Massimo Bulleri to a two-year contract

Massimo Bulleri is back officially to Benetton Treviso. The 31-year-old Italian guard played between 1999 and 2005 with Benetton, and also was loaned for 8 games to his new team in 2009 by Olimpia Milano. In his last season with Armani Jeans, Bulleri averaged 7.1 points and 1.9 assists per game in the Lega A. Benetton has signed Bulleri, who will also become the captain of the team, to a two-year contract.

SOURCE: Benetton Basket

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Cleveland Cavaliers and Byron Scott agree to a three-year contract

Finally, Byron Scott will be the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both parts have reached to an agreement on a three-year contract. The 49-year-old coach, who has been also in charge of the New Jersey Nets and the New Orleand Hornets during his career, will replace Mike Brown, fired a month ago.

SOURCE: The Plain Dealer

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Marcelus Kemp, still in talks with Virtus Bologna

Marcelus Kemp is not yet player of Virtus Bologna, despite the rumors. The 26-year-old American guard is still in talks with the Italian club, but both parts haven't reached yet to an agreement. Kemp helped Banco di Sardenya Sassari to promote to the Lega A last season, averaging 21.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, and is also on the radar of Ikaros Esperos.

SOURCE: Pianeta Basket

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Drew Gooden will play for the Milwaukee Bucks

Drew Gooden has reached to an agreement to play for the Milwaukee Bucks. The NBA team will sign the 28-year-old center to a five-year, $32 million contract. Gooden has played in 8 different teams in the last 8 years, finishing last one in the Los Angeles Clippers (after being traded by the Washington Wizards) and averaging 14.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

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Maccabi Haifa, close to sign Derek Glasser

Derek Glasser will start his professional career in Maccabi Haifa, according to the Israeli media. The 22-year-old American guard will be signed by Maccabi Haifa after averaging 10.1 points and 4.8 assists per game in his senior year for the University of Arizona State.

SOURCE: One

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Bizkaia Bilbao Basket signs Dimitris Mavroeidis

As expected, Dimitris Mavroeidis is the new player of Bizkaia Bilbao Basket. The 24-year-old Greek center arrives to the Spanish team from Maroussi BC, when he averaged 9.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague. Bizkaia Bilbao Basket has signed Mavroeidis to a three-year contract.

SOURCE: ACB.com

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Atlanta Hawks, close to re-sign Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson, one of the top free agents of the NBA summer, could decided to stay in Atlanta. The Hawks have offered a $119 million, six-year contract to the 29-year forward, who averaged 21.3 points and 4.9 assists per game. Johnson, in the Hawks since the 2005-06 season, could be close to accept the offer.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

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Turk Telekom, interested in Heiko Schaffartzik

A day after the official announcement of the departure of Heiko Schaffartzik from the New Yorker Phantoms to play outside Germany, the 26-year-old guard has attracted the interest of Turk Telekom. Schaffartzik, a member of the German national team, averaged 10.5 points and 3.4 assists per game in the last BBL.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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Zalgiris Kaunas and Spartak St. Petersburg, interested in Darius Washington

Zalgiris Kaunas has a new coach, and now is looking for a point guard. A candidate could be Darius Washington. The 24-year-old American guard finished last season in Lottomatica Roma, averaging 5.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in five games. Previously, Washington posted 15.4 points and 3.0 assists per game for Galatasaray in the TBL. Spartak St. Petersburg and other Italian teams could be also interested in Washington.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

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Cholet signs Luc-Arthur Vebobe

Cholet Basket has signed Luc-Arthur Vebobe. The 30-year-old forward was the best rebounder of the last French ProB league, averaging 11.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game for Antibes. Vebobe will be back to the ProA league, where he doesn't play since the 2004-05 season.

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Bayern Munich signs Demond Greene

Another elite player who will play for Bayern Munich in the German Pro A league next season. Bayern has announced the signing of Demond Greene, a member of the German national team who played last season in Greece for Olympia Larissa. The 31-year-old American-German guard averaged 11.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in the last Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Olin Gençlik signs Seth Doliboa

More movements in the recently promoted team Olin Gençlik, who has landed the first import signing for the next season. The Turkish team has added to the roster Seth Doliboa, a 29-year-old American forward who played last season in Germany for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Doliboa averaged 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the last BBL.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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Gran Canaria 2014, also interested in Taurean Green and Michael Bramos

Himar Ojeda, sport's director of Gran Canaria 2014, admitted the interest of the Spanish club for Giuseppe Poeta and Javier Beirán. According to Ojeda, other names on the radar of Gran Canaria 2014 are the 24-year-old American guard Taurean Green, who played last season for AEK Athens, and Michael Bramos, the 23-year-old American-Greek center, who would arrive from Peristeri. Vanoli Cremona is also reported to be interested in Bramos. On the other hand, Marcus Norris and Melvin Sanders could leave the team.

SOURCE: Canarias Ahora

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Greg Brunner, close to Benetton Treviso

Greg Brunner is a free agent after being released officially by Sutor Montegranaro hours ago, but his future could be solved soon. The 26-year-old American center, who averaged 12.7 points and 8.4 rebounds in the last Lega A, could be close to land in Benetton Treviso for the next season. Brunner will become soon a Swiss citizen.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

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SLUC Nancy signs Tremmell Darden

SLUC Nancy has a replacement for Ricard Greer, who won't continue in the team and could be headed to ASVEL Villeurbanne. Nancy has signed Tremmell Darden, a 29-year-old American forward who played last season for Strasbourg, averaging 12.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in the last LNB. On the other hand, the French forward Lesly Bengaber could leave the team.

SOURCE: L'Ést Republicain

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Linas Kleiza, considering to go back to the NBA

Linas Kleiza told that there are a 50-50 chance he decides to opt out of his contract with Olympiakos to go back to the NBA. The 25-year-old Lithuanian forward was signed last season by the Greek club after four seasons in the Denver Nuggets, averaging 17.1 points (best scorer) and 6.5 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague. Days ago, the Nuggets extended a qualyfing offer for Kleiza, who wants a long-term contract in the NBA.

SOURCE: Lietuvos Rytas

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CSKA Moscow, interested in Milos Teodosic and Terrell McIntyre

CSKA Moscow continues tracking the market, and could be interested in two of the best point guards in Europe: Milos Teodosic and Terrell McIntyre. The 23-year-old Serbian is a free agent, though Olympiakos will try to resign him this summer. On the other hand, the 33-year-old American guard reached to an agreement with Unicaja, but the Spanish team is still waiting for the official confirmation of his former team, Montepaschi Siena.

SOURCES: Sports.ru, Sur

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Sydney Kings sign Rod Grizzard, Jared Scoines and Ben Madgen

The Sydney Kings have completed the roster for the upcoming season with three more signings. The Australian team has landed the American forward Ron Grizzard (who averaged 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for Maccabi Rishon LeZion in Israel last season) and the Australian guards Jared Scoines (recently playing for the Ballarat Miners in the SEABL) and Ben Madgen (arriving from the University of Augusta State after averaging 18.4 points per game)

SOURCE: NBL.co.au

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Minnesota Timberwolves and Nikola Pekovic reach to a three-year, $13 million contract agreement

Finally, Nikola Pekovic will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves next season. The Montenegrin 24-year-old center has reached to a verbal agreement with the NBA franchise to a three-year, $13 million contract. Pekovic arrives to the Timberwolves after two seasons in Panathinaikos, averaging 14.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Alan Anderson and Thomas Kelati, first alternatives to Rudy Fernández in Real Madrid

Real Madrid wants to sign Rudy Fernández in case the Spanish 25-year-old decides to rennounce to play in the NBA, or reaches to an agreement with the Portland Trail Blazers to buy-out his contract. But the difficulty of the operation are forcing the Spanish club to find alternatives in the market. The high demands of Romain Sato to sign a contract with Real Madrid are reducing the list to two names: Alan Anderson, a free agent since being released by Maccabi Tel Aviv, and Thomas Kelati.

SOURCE: As

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Richard Jefferson opts out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs

Unexpectedly, Richard Jefferson has decided to opt out of the final season of his contract and become a free agent. The 30-year-old forward will forfait $15.2 million with this decision, and expected move due to have a supposed lower market value as a free agent. Last season, Jefferson averaged 9.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game after arriving to the Spurs in the preseason via trade.

SOURCE: San Antonio Express-News

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CSKA Moscow could have signed Boban Marjanovic to a €1.5 million, three-year contract

CSKA Moscow could announce soon the arrival of Boban Marjanovic, according to the Serbian media. The Russian team would have signed the 21-year-old Serbian center to a €1.5 million, three-year contract. Marjanovic left Hemofarm days ago, where he averaged 9.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, to continue his career outside Serbia.

SOURCE: B92

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Brian Shaw won't be the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Finally, Brian Shaw won't take over the Cleveland Cavaliers despite the earlier reports. The 44-year-old coach, working during the last five years as an assistant of Phil Jackson in the Los Angeles Lakers, wasn't able to meet the timeline set by the Cavaliers to find a new coach, according to Shaw. The top candidate to replace Mike Brown as the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers is now Byron Scott.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

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Asefa Estudiantes, Gran Canaria 2014 and CB Granada, interested in Paulo Prestes

Paulo Prestes is back to Unicaja after playing last season for CB Murcia on loan, averaging 9.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in the last ACB. But the 22-year-old Brazilian center, will be sent again to another team, and Asefa Estudiantes could be the runner-up to land Prestes, with Gran Canaria 2014 and CB Granada also among the interested teams. Prestes was drafted days ago with the 45th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

SOURCE: Sur

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Sutor Montegranaro releases Greg Brunner

Sutor Montegranaro has announced that Greg Brunner won't continue in the team. The Italian club has exercise the option to release the 26-year-old center, who has become a free agent. Brunner, who arrived last season from Angelico Biella, averaged 12.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Sutor Basket

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CB Granada releases Nacho Martín

Nacho Martín won't be back next season to CB Granada. The Spanish team has decided to activate the clause to terminate the contract of the 27-year-old forward, who played last season on loan in the Spanish LEB Oro for CAI Zaragoza. Martín. ViveMenorca is reported to be interested in Martín, who averaged 6.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Ideal

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