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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Chicago Bulls and Carlos Boozer reach to a five-year, $80 million agreement

Carlos Boozer will continue his career in the Chicago Bulls. The 28-year-old forward has reached to a five-year, $50 million agreement with the Bulls. Boozer will leave the Utah Jazz, when he has played since 2004 after spending his first two years as a professional in he Cleveland Cavaliers. Last season, Boozer posted 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Twitter Chad Ford

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AZS Koszalin signs Marcin Sroka and Przemyslaw Luszczewski

Marcin Sroka and Przemyslaw Luszczewski are back to AZS Koszalin. The Polish team has signed for the next season Sroka, a 29-year-old forward who arrives from Energa Czarni, and Luszczewski, a 30-year-old forward, last season in Sportino Inowroclaw. This won't be the first experience of both players in Koszaslin. Sroka played there in the 2004-05 season, while Luszczewski did it from 2007 to 2009.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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Cedevita releases Ricardo Marsh, Jermaine Anderson, Srdan Subotic and Nino Primorac

Besides the official signing of Vedran Vukusic to a two-year contract, Cedevita has also announced that four teams of the last season roster won't continue in the Croatian team. The American forward Ricardo Marsh, the Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson and the Croatian guards Srdan Subotic and Nino Primorac have left the team, and are now free agents.

SOURCE: KK Cedevita

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Miroslav Raduljica will play for Efes Pilsen

Efes Pilsen and FMP Zeleznik have reached to an agreement for the transfer of Miroslav Raduljica to the Turkish team. The 22-year-old Serbian forward, who averaged 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League, already reached to an agreement with Efes Pilsen, but the Serbian team blocked his departure until now. Raduljica will sign a multi-year contract with Efes Pilsen.

SOURCE: Novosti

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Energa Czarni signs Hubert Mazur

Energa Czarni has landed Hubert Mazur for the next season. The 26-year-old Polish guard was signed by his new team to a one-year contract. Mazur arrives to Energa Czarni after playing during the last two seasons for Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski, averaging 17.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the last Polish 1Liga.


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BC Odessa signs Vadim Matyukevych

BC Odessa has reached to an agreement to land Vadim Matyukevych the next season. The 30-year-old center arrives to his new team after playing last season for MBC Mykolaiv, averaging 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game in the last Ukrainian Super League.


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Unicaja, also in the fight to land Ian Vougioukas

Unicaja is also interested in Ian Vougioukas, and has made an offer for the 25-year-old center, last season in Panellinios, who is also considering other options from Maccabi Tel Aviv and Panathinaikos. The Greek powerhouse could be the front-runner in the race to sign Vougioukas, and is also optimistic about re-signing Mike Batiste, whose contract with Panathinaikos is expired.

SOURCE: Sport.gr

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Cedevita signs Vedran Vukusic

Vedran Vukusic won't continue another season in Cibona Zagreb, though he won't change of city. The 28-year-old Croatian forward has signed a two-year contract to play for Cedevita. Vukusic, who has been a member of Cibona since 2007, averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League.

SOURCE: Kosarka

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Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh confirm they will play together in the Miami Heat

Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh have confirmed that they will play together in the Miami Heat. Wade will extend his expiring contract with the Heat, where he's playing since 2004, while Bosh will leave the Raptors, his only franchise as a professional, to land in Miami. It's still uncertain if Chris Bosh will arrive as a free agent or via sign-and-trade with the Toronto Raptors.


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Portland Trail Blazers, in talks to send Rudy Fernández to Miami Heat in exchange of Mario Chalmers

The Portland Trail Blazers and the Miami Heat are in talks since before the night draft to send the Spanish guard Rudy Fernández to the Heat in exchange of guard Mario Chalmers and a first-round pick. This trade could be also expanded to send forward Michael Beasley to Portland, and guard Andre Miller to Miami. Anyway, according to Andy Miller, the agent of Rudy Fernández and Andre Miller, this trade is unlikely.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports, The Oregonian

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Robertas Javtokas, unsure about his future in BC Khimki

Robertas Javtokas was signed to a two-year contract last summer by BC Khimki, but doesn't know yet if he will play next season in the Russian team. Khimki has made several signings for the frontcourt, and the 30-year-old Lithuanian center, who averaged 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season, admitted that he could play elsewhere next season. In that case, Javtokas would want to join an Euroleague team, though being reported to be on the radar of Unics Kazan recently.

SOURCE: Basketnews.lt

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Kevin Durant signs a five-year, $85 million extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder

According to his verified Twitter acount, Kevin Durant has signed a five-year extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 21-year-old forward has played during his three years as a professional for the franchise (still named Seattle Supersonics during the 2007-08 season), averaging 30.1 points (top scorer) and 7.6 rebounds per game in the last one.

UPDATE: The agent of Durant, Aaron Goodwin, confirmed the deal, which would be worth $85 million.

SOURCES: Twitter Kevin Durant, Twitter J.A. Adande

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Filip Videnov, on the radar of Aris Thessaloniki, could play next season in Spain

Filip Videnov is not a player of Olin Gençlik, despite the earlier reports. The 30-year-old Bulgarian guard, who finished last season in FMP Zeleznik, is still a free agent, and Aris Thessaloniki could be interested in landing him, after another target of the Greek team, Kostas Sloukas will probably stay in Olympiakos. But Videnov could be decided to go back to Spain, where he has played for Real Madrid and CB Granada during his career.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Valdemaras Homicius, new head coach of Triumph Lybertsy

Triumph Lybertsy has a replacement for Stanislav Eremin, who left the Russian team days ago. Valdemaras Homicius was hired by Triumph for the next season, as the club has announced. The 51-year-old Lithuanian coach arrives to his new destiny after his stint in Unics Kazan, being recently replaced by Evgeni Pashutin.

SOURCE: BC Triumph

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Vanoli Cremona signs Je'Kel Foster

It's official. As expected, Vanoli Cremona has announced the arrival of Je'Kel Foster, who has been signed to a one-year contract by the Italian team. The 26-year-old American guard arrives to Cremona after two years in EWE Baskets Oldenburg, where he averaged 13.0 points and 5.7 assists per game in the last BBL.

SOURCE: Grupo Tribboldi Basket

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Melbourne Tigers sign T.J. Campbell

Another import player for the Melbourne Tigers. The Australian team has signed T.J. Campbell for the upcoming season. The 22-year-old American guard arrives to the Tigers from the University of Portland, averaging last season 12.4 points and 5.2 assists per game in his final year.

SOURCE: The Big Tip

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Spartak St. Petersburg signs Aleksey Kotishevskiy

Aleksey Kotishevskiy is back to Russia. Spartak St. Petersburg has signed the 25-year-old Russian forward to a one year contract, with an option for an extra year. Kotishevskiy played last season in Serbia for Radnicki, averaging 7.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League.

SOURCE: Eurobasket

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Unics Kazan signs Slavko Vranes

Unics Kazan has signed Slavko Vranes to a one-year contract, according to the agency of the player. The 27-year-old Montenegrin center arrives to the Russian team after three seasons in Partizan, averaging 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague with the Serbian club.

SOURCE: Beobasket

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Vanoli Cremona, in talks to land Je'Kel Foster

Air Avellino is not the only team from the Lega A interested in Je'Kel Foster. Besides Air Avellino, Vanoli Cremona is also trying to sign the American 26-year-old guard, a free agent since being released days ago by EWE Baskets Oldenburg, and will make a final push to convince him to land in the Italian club. Foster averaged 13.0 points and 5.7 assists per game in the last BBL.

SOURCE: La Provincia di Cremona (.pdf)

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Chris Bosh could have decided to play in Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade

The future of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade could be related. According to ESPN, both players have decided to play together in the Miami Heat, where Wade is playing since 2004. Bosh, who has played for the Toronto Raptors during his whole professional career, and Wade could announce his final decision tomorrow, on Thursday.


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Montepaschi Siena, interested in Bo McCalebb

Montepaschi Siena is tracking the market for a replacement for Terrell McIntyre, recently signed by Unicaja, and has another top playmaker on the radar: Bo McCalebb. The 25-year-old guard, one of the best players in the last Euroleague averaging 13.4 points and 3.4 assists per game, is on the radar of several top European teams.

SOURCE: La Nazione Siena (.pdf)

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Alba Berlin signs Yassin Idbihi and Patrick Femerling, and releases Adam Chubb

Just a day after leaving the New Yorker Phantoms, Yassin Idbihi has a new team. The 26-year-old center, member of the German national team, was signed to a three-year contract by Alba Berlin. Idbihi arrives to the historic club after averaging 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last season in the BBL.

UPDATE: The veteran 35-year-old center Patrick Femerling, who played last season for Antalya, is also back to Germany after being signed to a one-year contract by Alba Berlin. The German team also released the 28-year-old American forward Adam Chubb

SOURCES: Lumani 10.7, Alba Berlin, Alba Berlin

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ViveMenorca, interested in Albert Miralles

ViveMenorca has shown interest for Albert Miralles. The 28-year-old center, who averaged 8.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in the last ACB league, is currently a free agent, though his last club, Lagun Aro GBC, can match any offer coming from the ACB.. His high economic demands are also an obstacle for ViveMenorca, a recently promoted team.

SOURCE: Última Hora

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Robertas Giedratis, new head coach of Juventus

It's official. As expected, Robertas Giedratis is the new head coach of Juventus. The 39-year-old coach will take over the Lithuanian team after four seasons working for Siauliai as an assistant, with brief experiences as interim head coach. Giedratis replaces Gintaras Kruckauskas.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

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Regal Barcelona extends Terence Morris' contract to two more seasons

Terence Morris will continue playing for Regal Barcelona at least until 2011. The Spanish team has extended the contract of the 31-year-old American forward to a two-year contract, but with an early termination option at the end of the 2010-11 season. Morris. who landed in Barcelona last summer from CSKA Moscow, averaged 7.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: FC Barcelona
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Murat Didin, new head coach of the Düsseldorf Giants

The Düsseldorf Giants has reached to an two-year (with two other optional years) agreement with Mirat Didin, who will be the head coach of the German team. The 55-year-old Turkish coach, who has been in charge of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners since 2007 until last April, will replace Hansi Gnad, the coach of the team since March.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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Siarka Tarnobrzeg signs Pawel Storozynski

Pawel Storozynski will play for the recently promoted team Siarka Tarnobrzeg. The 31-year-old French-Polish forward arrives from Sportino Inowroclaw, where Storozynski finished last season from Trefl SSA Sopot. In 10 games played in the last PLK, Storozynski averaged 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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Sutor Montegranaro, close to land Allan Ray

Allan Ray could continue his career in Italy. The 26-year-old American guard, who is playing in the Lega since landing in Lottomatica Roma in 2007, could be close to sign a contract with Sutor Montegranaro. Last season, Ray didn't played anywhere after ending the 2008-09 season in Carife Ferrara.

SOURCE: Pianeta Basket

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Asefa Estudiantes and Iker Iturbe part ways

Asefa Estudiantes has announced that Iker Iturbe won't be extended by the Spanish team. The 33-year-old forward went back to Estudiantes, where he played between 2002 and 2007, in 2008, but last season Iturbe didn't play a single game due to an illness. In his last active season, the 2008-09, Iturbe averaged 6.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Club Estudiantes

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Cajasol, close to announce the signing of Txemi Urtasun

As expected, Txemi Urtasun will play for Cajasol next season. The Spanish team is expected to announce officially the arrival of the 26-year-old forward soon. Urtasun has played during the last two seasons for Meridiano Alicante, averaging 10.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in the last ACB league. Days ago, the club and the player agreed to part ways, so Urtasun will be signed by Cajasol as a free agent.

SOURCE: Diario de Sevilla

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Upstairs / Weert signs Kenneth van Kempen

Upstairs / Weert has signed Kenneth van Kempen. This will be the first professional stint of the 23-year-old Dutch center, who has played during the last four seasons in thet University of Ohio, averaging 6.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in his senior year.

SOURCE: Court Side

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Peñarol signs Tony Stockman

Peñarol has completed the roster with a foreign player. The Argentinian team has signed Tony Stockman, a 28-year-old American guard. Stockman, who played for the Clemson Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes during his career in the college, arrives to Peñarol from Franca, of the Brazilian league, averaging 13.0 points and 2.3 assists.

SOURCE: Infoliga

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CSP Limoges signs Stanley Dubois

CSP Limoges, recently promoted to the French LNB, has made the first signing for the next season. Stanley Dubois will join Limoges after his stint in the formative Canarias Basketball Academy. The 19-year-old guard averaged 2.9 points and 0.9 rebounds per game in thte last U19 World Championship with the French squad.

SOURCE: Le Populaire

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Vinny Del Negro will be the new head coach of Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have finally made the decision. Vinny Del Negro will be the head coach of the NBA franchise after reaching to an agreement with the Clippers. Del Negro, who was in the final short list along with Dwane Casey, was in charge of the Chicago Bulls during the last two seasons, and will replace Kim Hughes at the help of the Clippers.


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Mihailo Uvalin, new head coach of Red Star

Aleksandar Trifunovic won't be back next season to Red Star. The Serbian team hasn't reached to an agreement with his former coach, who will be replaced by Mihailo Uvalin. The 39-year-old coach will be back to Red Star, where he worked as an assistant in the 2002-03 season. His last job as a coach was in Ukraine, before being released last April by Politekhnika Halychyna.

SOURCE: Zurnal

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No agreement yet between Olympiakos and Vassilis Spanoulis

Despite the first reports about a possible agreement between Olympiakos and Vassilis Spanoulis, other Greek sources say the opposite thing. The 27-year-old could have turned down a three-year, €7.2 million from Olympiakos. In the last days, CSKA Moscow could be also in the mix to sign Spanoulis, whose contract with Panathinaikos has expired.

SOURCE: Superbasket

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Gran Canaria 2014, also interested in Xavi Rey

Mamadou Samb is not the only young big man from Regal Barcelona on the radar of Gran Canaria 2014. The Spanish team is also interested in Xavi Rey. The 22-year-old center was released from Cajasol after being loaned during the last season and a half, averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in the last ACB league. CAI Zaragoza could be also targeting Rey.


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Portland Trail Blazers sign Luke Babbitt

The Portland Trail Blazers have announced the signing of Luke Babbitt. The 21-year-old forward was drafted with the 16th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the last NBA draft, and then traded to the Blazers. Babbitt arrives to Portland after averaging 21.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the University of Nevada in his sophomore year.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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