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Friday, July 2, 2010

Lagun Aro GBC, close to sign Javi Salgado

Javi Salgado will continue his career in Lagun Aro GBC. The 29-year-old guard has finally decided to leave Bizkaia Bilbao Basket due to being relegated to a less important role next season. Salgado, who has played during his whole career for Bilbao Basket, averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 assists per game last season.

SOURCE: Solobasket

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Paulius Jankunas, also on the radar of Unics Kazan

Another player of Khimki who has attracted the interest of Unics Kazan. Besides Kelly McCarty and Robertas Javtokas, Paulius Jankunas could be also a target for the team now coached by Evgeni Pashutin. The 26-year-old Lithuanian forward averaged, who arrived last season to Khimki, averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the Russian Super League.

SOURCE: Championat

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Milwaukee Bucks and John Salmons reach to a five-year, $39 million agreement

John Salmons has agreed to re-sign with the Milwaukee Bucks. Both parts have verbally agreed to a five-year, $39 million deal. The 30-year-old guard arrived to Milwaukee last February from the Bulls via trade, and averaged 19.9 points and 3.3 assists per game last season for the Bucks.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Hapoel Holon lands Jamie Arnold

As expected, Hapoel Holon has reached an agreement to sign Jamie Arnold. The veteran 35-year American forward will be back to Israel, where he played for Hapoel Galil, Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv during his career. Last season, Arnold started playing for Peristeri, and moved later to Armani Jeans Milano, averaging 5.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: One

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Benetton Treviso signs Greg Brunner

As expected, Greg Brunner will play for Benetton Treviso. The Italian club has officially announced the arrival of the 26-year-old American center, who was released days ago by Sutor Montegranaro. Brunner averaged last season 12.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Benetton Basket

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Maccabi Haifa signs Jonhatan Nir

Another addition for Maccabi Haifa. The Israeli team has signed Jonhatan Nir to a two-year contract. The 24-year-old forward, member of the Israeli national team, arrives to Haifa from Hapoel Holon. Last season, Nir averaged 9.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the Israeli Super League.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

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Boston Celtics sign Avery Bradley

The Boston Celtics have announced that Avery Bradley was signed by the NBA franchise. The 19-year-old guard was drafted by the Celtics with the 19th overall pick in the last NBA draft, after averaging 11.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in his freshman year with the University of Texas.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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Phoenix Suns agree to terms with Hakim Warrick

Hakim Warrick will play for the Phoenix Suns. The 27-year-old forward has reached to a four-year, $18 million deal with the NBA team. Warrick ended last season in the Chicago Bulls after being traded by the Milwaukee Bucks on February, averaging 8.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Bulls.

SOURCE: Twitter Marc J. Spears

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Unics Kazan, close to sign Kelly McCarty and Robertas Javtokas

Unics Kazan could be close to land two players from Khimki, according to the Russian press: Kelly McCarty and Robertas Javtokas. The 34-year-old American-Russian forward averaged 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the last Russian Super League, while the 30-year-old Lithuanian center posted 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Soviet Sport

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Sutor Montegranaro releases Luca Lechthaler

Luca Lechthaler won't continue next season playing for Sutor Montegranaro. The Italian tema has announced that the loan of the 24-year-old center won't be extended. Lechthaler was sent on loan to Montegranaro by Montepaschi Siena last season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Sutor Basket

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Poitiers, interested in Carl Ona Embo

Carl Ona Embo could be back next season to France. The 20-year-old guard played last season in Itally for Angelico Biella, averaging 3.9 points and 1.1 assists per game in the last Lega A. Poitiers is reported to be interested in bringing back to France, though Ona Embo is also in talks with Biella to extend his contract.

SOURCE: Le Nouvelle République

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Hapoel Jerusalem signs Lior Hakmon

New player for Hapoel Jerusalem. As expected, the Israeli team has signed Lior Hakmon to a two-year contract. The 24-year-old forward arrives to Jerusalem after playing during the last season for Maccabi Netanya, averaging 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in the last Israeli Super League.

SOURCE: Sport5

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Energa Czarni signs Krzysztof Roszyk

Energa Czarni has landed Krzysztof Roszyk. The Polish team has signed Roszyk to a one-year contract, with an option to extend it to another year. The 32-year-old forward arrives to his new team after two seasons in Turow Zgorzelec, averaging 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in the last PLK.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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Hapoel Holon, close to sign Jamie Arnold

As expected, Hapoel Holon could be the next stage in the long career of Jamie Arnold. The veteran 35-year-old forward is close to sign a deal with the Israeli team. Arnold finished last season in Armani Jeans Milano, averaging 5.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, after playing in the Greek A1 league for Peristeri

SOURCE: Sport5

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Blancos de Rueda Valladolid, interested in Nacho Martín

Nacho Martín is a free agent after his club, CB Granada, decided to release him. The 27-year-old forward, who averaged last season 6.1 points and 3.3 rebounds on loan for CAI Zaragoza in the Spanish LEB Oro, could be on the radar of Blancos de Rueda Valladolid for the next season. Nacho Martín was born in Valladolid.

SOURCE: El Día de Valladolid

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Boston Celtics and Paul Pierce reach to a four-year agreement

Paul Pierce will finally continue in the Boston Celtics. The 32-year-old forward opted out of the final year of his contract days ago, but has reached to an agreement with the Boston Celtics, where Pierce is playing since 1999, to a four-year contract. Pierce averaged 18.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season.

UPDATE: Pierce will earn $61 million with this four-year contract.

SOURCE: Boston Herald, Boston Herald

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Ali Traoré leaves ASVEL Villeurbanne, and could be headed to Lottomatica Roma

Ali Traoré won't continue in ASVEL Villeurbanne. The 25-year-old French center, who averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season, was on the radar of Montepaschi Siena, but his final destination could be Lottomatica Roma, according to the French media. The Italian team should first release Andre Hutson.

SOURCE: Basketnews

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Real Madrid signs Sergio Rodríguez

As expected, Real Madrid has officially announced the signing of Sergio Rodríguez, who will play for the Spanish team until the 2012-13 season. The 23-year-old guard arrives to Real Madrid after four seasons in the NBA, averaging 6.6 points and 3.2 assists per game last one for the Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks.

SOURCE: Real Madrid

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Maccabi Haifa signs Robert Rothbart

New addition for Maccabi Haifa. The Israeli team has signed Robert Rothbart for the next season. The 24-year-old center played last season for Maccabi Netanya, averaging 4.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. On the other hand, the 31-year-old guard Dror Hajaj won't continue in Maccabi Haifa, after being signed by Ironi Ashkelon.

SOURCE: Sport5

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Galatasaray signs Josh Shipp

It's official. As expected, Galatasaray has announced an agreement with Josh Shipp for the next season. The 23-year-old American guard arrives to the Turkish team after averaging 18.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for Bornova last season in his first year as a professional. Shipp played for UCLA until his senior year in 2009.

SOURCE: Galatasaray

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Orlando Magic sign Daniel Orton

The Orlando Magic have signed Daniel Orton, as the player has admitted. The 19-year-old center was drafted with the 29th overall pick in the last NBA draft by the Magic, after averaging 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game in his freshman year with the University of Kentucky.

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

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Aris Thessaloniki, interested in bringing back Spencer Nelson

After failing to get a contract in the Utah Jazz, Spencer Nelson went back last season to the Greek league to play for Peristeri, averaging 8.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Now, Aris Thessaloniki, his former team during the 2008-09 season, is interested in signing again the 29-year-old American forward, who could soon get an Azerbaijani passport.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Dexia Mons signs Sébastien Bellin

Sébastien Bellin is the first signing of Dexia Mons for the next season. The 32-year-old Belgian center arrives from Optima Gent, averaging 10.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season. Bellin has also played for other Belgian teams like Wevelgem, Antwerp Giants and Base Oostende.

SOURCE: RTBF

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Los Angeles Clippers could be willing to offer Sofoklis Schortsanitis a two-year, $5 million contract

Sofoklis Schortsanitis is already in Los Angeles to negociate his possible signing for the Clippers. According to the Greek media, the NBA franchise is willing to offer the 25-year-old center a two-year, $5 million contract to play for the Clippers. In that case, Schortsanitis would agree to leave Olympiakos and continue his career in the NBA.

SOURCE: Sport24

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BBC Bayreuth releases Thomas Jackson and Eddie Seward

BBC Bayreuth has announced that Thomas Jackson and Eddie Seward won't continue in the German team. Both players were in the roster that reached the promotion to the BBL last season. Jackson averaged 9.6 points and 2.9 assists per game last season, while Seward posted 8.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Maccabi Tel Aviv, close to sign Sarunas Jasikevicius to a two-year contract

The return of Sarunas Jasikevicius to Maccabi is getting closer. The 34-year-old Lithuanian guard, a free agent since being released by Panathinaikos weeks ago, could be announced soon by the Israeli team. Jasikevicius would sign a two-year, €1.2 million contract with Maccabi, where he played between 2003 and 2005. Last season, Jasikevicius averaged 8.0 points and 2.5 assists per game in the last Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Ynet

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Tomislav Mijatovic could be the next head coach of Cibona

Tomislav Mijatovic, who was working as an assistant of Velimir Perasovic in Cibona, could be his replacement in the Croatian team. The 34-year-old coach told that the club has already chosen him as the new head coach of Cibona, which were also considering other names like Slobodan Subotic (recently released from Cedevita) and Veljko Mrsic.

SOURCE: 24Sata

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Toronto Raptors and Amir Johnson agree to a five-year, $34 million deal

Amir Johnson will stay in the Toronto Raptors, where he landed last summer via trade from the Detroit Pistons. The 23-year-old forward has agreed with the Raptors to a five-year, $32 million contract, to be officially announced next week. Johnson averaged 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Partizan, close to land Jaka Klobucar

Despite being on the radar of Scavolini, the future of Jaka Klobucar could be in Serbia. Partizan is reported to be close to sign the 22-year-old Slovenian guard, who has played during the last two seasons in Union Olimpija. Klobucar averaged 11.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in the last Slovenian league.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Virtus Bologna signs Marcelus Kemp

Finally, Marcelus Kemp is already player of Virtus Bologna. The 26-year-old American guard has reached to an agreement to play next season for the Italian team. Kemp arrives to Virtus after averaging 21.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in the Italian LegaDue for Banco di Sardegna Sassari.

SOURCE: Virtus Bologna

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Turk Telekom signs Heiko Schaffartzik, Larry Owens, Diamon Simpson and Marquis Gilstrap

Turk Telekom has announced an agreement with four players. The Turkish team has landed, as expected, the 26-year-old German guard Heiko Schaffartzik, who left the New Yorker Phantoms days ago. Turk Telekom has also inked Larry Owens (last season in the Tulsa 66ers), Diamon Simpson (who finished last season in the PBA playing for the Alaska Aces) and Marquis Gilstrap (from the University of Iowa State)

SOURCE: Hurriyet

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Scavolini, close to sign Marco Cusin, interested in Nemanja Aleksandrov and Jaka Klobucar

Marco Cusin has left Vanoli Cremona after averaging 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the last Lega A. His next destiny will be Scavolini Pesaro, who is close to reach to an agreement with the 25-year-old Italian center. Scavolini is also interested in Nemanja Aleksandrov, a free agent since leaving Union Olimpija a couiple of months ago. Another player who could be on the radar of Scavolini is Jaka Klobucar, who also played last season for the Slovenian team.

SOURCE: Il Resto del Carlino

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Caja Laboral signs David Logan

It's official. As expected, David Logan is already player of Caja Laboral. The Spanish team has signed the 27-year-old American-Polish guard to a three-year contract. Logan, who averaged 15.3 points and 3.4 assists per game in the last Euroleague, arrives to Caja Laboral after two seasons in Asseco Prokom.

SOURCE: Saski Baskonia

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Erdemirspor signs Eren Beyaz

Erem Beyaz will play next season for Erdemispor. The 24-year-old center has reached to an agreement with the Turkish team. Beyaz played just 6 games last season for Galatasaray, averaging 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in the last TBL, failing to have an important role in his already former team.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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ViveMenorca interested in Xavi Rabaseda, and CAI Zaragoza in Xavi Rey

Two of the best prospects of Regal Barcelona will likely be sent on loan to another team. Xavi Rabaseda, who averaged 14.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in the last Spanish LEB Oro for CB Cornellà, the affiliated team of Regal Barcelona, is on te radar of ViveMenorca. On the other hand, Xavi Rey, who won't continue in Cajasol after averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, could have attracted the interest of CAI Zaragoza.

SOURCE: El Punt

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Byron Scott, new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers

As expected, Byron Scott will be the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 49-year-old coach, without a team since being fired at the start of the last season by the New Orleans Hornets, has signed a four-year contract with the Cavs. Scott replaces Mike Brown, fired a month ago.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Unics Kazan, also interested in Jaycee Carroll

More teams interested in the top scorer of the last ACB league. Jaycee Carroll is also on the radar of Unics Kazan for the next season. The 27-year-old American guard, who averaged 18.8 points and 3.5 rebounds last season for Gran Canaria 2014, could have also the option to go back to Italy to play for Virtus Bologna.

SOURCE: Canarias Ahora

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Power Electronics Valencia and Cajasol, also interested in Darius Washington

More teams on the mix to land Darius Washington. Besides the interest of Spartak St. Petersburg and Zalgiris to land the 24-year-old American guard, now Cajasol and Power Electronics Valencia could be also serious contenders to sign the player. Washington, who averaged 5.0 points and 2.4 rebound per game for Lottomatica Roma at the end of the season, could want to stay in Italy, though.

SOURCE: Championat

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Phoenix Suns and Channing Frye agree to a five-year, $30 million deal

Channing Frye will remain in the Phoenix Suns, after agreeing with the NBA franchise to a five-year, $30 million deal. The 27-year-old center, who arrived last summer to the Suns from the Portland Trail Blazers, averaged 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Khimki, interested in Maurice Evans

Khimki is interested in a top American small forward. Besides Romain Sato, from Montepaschi Siena, another candidate could be Maurice Evans. The 31-year-old American forward could be back to Europe (he played for Olympiakos and Benetton Treviso) after six years in the NBA, averaging 5.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season with the Atlanta Hawks.

SOURCE: Championat

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Power Electronics Valencia, also interested in Paulo Prestes

Unicaja has another offer to loan Paulo Prestes, and could be the favorite one. Power Electronics Valencia is also interested in landing the 22-year-old Brazilian center, who was drafted days ago by the Minnesota Timberwolves. CB Granada, Gran Canaria 2014 and Asefa Estudiantes are the other contenders to get Prestes for the next season.

SOURCE: Málaga Hoy

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ASVEL Villeurbanne signs Mickaël Gelabale and Davon Jefferson

ASVEL Villeurbanne has announced the official signing of two new players: Mickaël Gelabale and Davon Jefferson. As expected, finally Gelabale has landed in ASVEL Villeurbanne after averaging 10.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the last LNB for Cholet. Jefferson, who was also on the radar of ASVEL since days ago, was one of the top scorers and rebounders of the last Israeli Super League, posting 17.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for Maccabi Haifa.

SOURCE: ASVEL Basket

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Utah Jazz sign Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans

The Utah Jazz have signed the rookie forwards Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans for the next season. Both players were drafted last week, Hayward with the 9th overall pick, and Evans with the 56th overall pick. Both will participate in the next Summer League with the Jazz. Hayward arrives after averaging 15.5 points and 8.2 rebounds for Baylor in his sophomore year, while Evans, in his senior year with Western Kentucky, posted 10.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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Memphis Grizzlies waive Lester Hudson

The Memphis Grizzlies have waived Lester Hudson. The 25-year-old guard arrived last January to Memphis after being released by the Boston Celtics, playing just 9 games (4.0 points and 1.1 rebounds per game) with the Grizzlies. The arrival of other two guards like Xavier Henry and Greivis Vazques, both drafted days ago, was definitive for the luck of Hudson, who is now a free agent.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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