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Friday, July 9, 2010

New York Knicks send David Lee to the Golden State Warriors in exchange of Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf

It's official. As expected after LeBron James decided to play for the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks have sent the forward David Lee (via sign-and-trade) to the Golden State Warriors in exchange of the forward Anthony Randolph, the guard Kelenna Azubuike and the center Ronny Turiaf, plus a 2012 second round draft pick.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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BC Odessa signs Ilya Korotkov and Yuri Zozulia

BC Odessa has announced officially the arrival of Ilya Korotkov and Yuri Zozulia. Korotkov is a 24-year-old forward who has played during the last two seasons for Kryvbasbasket, averaging 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 4.8 minutes per game, while Zozulia, a 21-year-old guard, played last season in the Higher League (the second Ukrainian division) for the Cherkasy Monkeys.

SOURCE: BC Odessa

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New York Knicks could be interested in Uros Tripkovic

Uros Tripkovic could be on the radar of the New York Knicks to complete the roster of the NBA team for the next season. The 23-year-old Serbian guard attracted the interest of the Knicks during some trainings in the United States weeks ago. The NBA franchise would be waiting for the complete recovery of a foot surgery he underwent after his post-season try-outs, and then maybe offering a contract. Tripkovic played last season for DKV Joventut, averaging 9.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in the ACB league, and CSKA Moscow is also reported to be interested in him.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Los Angeles Clippers sign Brian Cook to a two-year, $2.5 million contract

Brian Cook, who was without a team since being released by the Houston Rockets last February, will play for the Los Angeles Clippers. The NBA team has signed the 29-year-old forward to a two-year, about $2.5 million contract. Cook has averaged during his seven-year professional career 5.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Twitter Marc J. Spears

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Tofas signs Tomislav Ruzic and Austin Nichols

Tomislav Ruzic is back to Turkey for the third time. The 30-year-old Croatian center, who has played for Besiktas and Kepez, was signed by Tofas Bursa after playing during the last two seasons in KK Zadar. Tofas has also landed Austin Nichols, a 28-year-old American guard who played last season for Orleans.

SOURCE: Tofas Spor

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Charlotte Bobcats and Tyrus Thomas agree to a five-year, $40 million deal

The Charlotte Bobcats and Tyrus Thomas have reached to a five-year, $40 million agreement. The 23-year-old forward will continue in the Bobcats, where he landed last February via trade, despite the interest of the New Jersey Nets in signing him. Last season, Thomas averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: The Star-Ledger

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Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia and Nicolò Melli part ways

Nicolò Melli is no longer player of Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. The young 19-year-old Italian forward agree to terminate his contract with the LegaDue team after 6 years. Melli, who averaged 10.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game last season, will be soon signed for Armani Jeans Milano.

SOURCE: Pallacanestro Reggiana

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Chalon signs Alade Aminu

Alade Aminu will play for the first time in Europe. The 22-year-old forward, who played last season in the D-League for the Erie BayHawks and the Bakersfield Jam, was signed by the French team Chalon for the next season. Aminu, who was even signed by the Miami Heat on March (though without debuting in the NBA), averaged 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in the last D-League.

SOURCE: Elan Chalon

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Cimberio Varese signs Kristjan Kangur

Kristjan Kangur is the first acquisition of Cimberio Varese for the next season. The 27-year-old Estonian forward arrives to Varese after finishing last season in Virtus Bologna. Kangur, who was previously playing for ASVEL Villeurbanne, averaged 7.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Pallacanestro Varese

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Zastal Zielona Gora signs Zarko Comagic

Zastal Zielona Gora, who promoted last season to the PLK, has signed Zarko Comagic for the next season. The 25-year-old forward is back to Europe after playing during the last two years in the University of North Arizona, averaging 9.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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Banca Tercas Teramo signs Casey Shaw

Banca Tercas Teramo has signed the veteran 34-year-old American-Italian center Casey Shaw, who has played during the last two seasons for Scavolini Pesaro. Shaw, former player of teams like Virtus Roma, Olimpia Milano or Pallacanestro Cantù, averaged 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game during the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

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Pau Orthez signs Laurent Sciarra

As expected, Laurent Sciarra will continue his long career in Pau-Orthez. The 37-year-old guard, former member of the French national team, arrives to the recently promoted team for Orleans, where he averaged 3.8 points and 5.0 assists (5th in the league) per game in the last LNB.

SOURCE: L'Équipe

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Turow Zgorzelec signs Robert Tomaszek

Robert Tomaszek won't leave Poland next season. The 29-year-old Polish center, who has played in Germany, the United States, the Czech Republic and Ukraine during his career, went back to Poland to play for PBG Poznan last season, averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the PLK. Tomaszew will play next season for Turow Zgorzelec.

SOURCE: Probasket

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Olympiakos will try to sign David Andersen

Linas Kleiza won't be back to Olympiakos after agreeing to a deal with the Toronto Raptors, and Olympiakos is looking for another high profile player for the next season. The main candidate is David Andersen, who has just finished an unsuccesful season with the Houston Rockets, averaging just 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game, after moving to the NBA last summer from Regal Barcelona. The Australian 30-year-old forward, though, is under contract until 2012, with a team option to terminate the relationship in 2011.

SOURCE: Sport.gr

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Dynamo Moscow signs Petr Gubanov

More movements between the top Russian teams. Dynamo Moscow has announced the arrival of Petr Gubanov, who was signed to a one-year contract. The 23-year-old forward lands in Dynamo from BC Khimki, where he played last season. Gubanov, who was released by his former team a couple of weeks ago, averaged 3.0 points and 1.1 assists in 9.1 minutes per game in the Russian Super League.

SOURCE: Dynamo Basket

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Igokea, close to sign Zarko Rakocevic

Igokea, the Bosnian team which will play in the next Adriatic League, is close to land Zarko Rakocevic. The 26-year-old Montenegrin center started last season in Partizan, but played during almost the whole season for Bosna Sarajevo, averaging 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League.

SOURCE: SportSport

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Partizan signs Rasko Katic

Rasko Katic will continue his career in Partizan next season. The 29-year-old center, who played last season for Hemofarm, has agreed to sign for the Serbian champion and replace Slavko Vranes, who moved to Unics Kazan. Katic averaged 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League in his return to Serbia, after playing during four years for the Walter Tigers, in Germany.

SOURCE: Kosarka.rs

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Vanoli Cremona, interested in Trent Plaisted and Brian Cusworth

Vanoli Cremona is looking for an American center, and there are already two candidates. One of them is Trent Plaisted, a 23-year-old former player of Angelico Biella who averaged 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League with Zadar. The other target is Brian Cusworth, last season in Assignia Manresa, where the 26-year-old center posted 9.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in the ACB league.

SOURCE: La Provincia di Cremona (.pdf)

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Vanoli Cremona signs Lorenzo D'Ercole

Lorenzo D'Ercole will play next season in Vanoli Cremona. The Italian team has announced officially that both parts have reached to an agreement. The 22-year-old guard arrives to Cremona from Montepaschi Siena, where D'Ercole averaged 1.5 points and 0.7 assists in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Grupo Tribboldi Basket

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CAI Zaragoza signs Chad Toppert

CAI Zaragoza has announced that Chad Toppert was signed to a one-year contract, with an option for a second one. The 24-year-old American-German forward arrives to CAI from the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, of the D-League, averaging 11.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last season. Toppert could play with the German national team in the next World Championship.

SOURCE: Basket Zaragoza

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Flavio Stückemann leaves Artland Dragons to play for BG Karslruhe

Flavio Stückemann is no longer player of the Artland Dragons. The 25-year-old German guard was signed to a one-year contract by BG Karsluhe, a team of the Pro A league, for the next season, after two years playing for the Dragons. Last season, Stückemann played just 10 games in the BBL, averaging 0.5 points and 0.2 assists per game.

SOURCE: Lumani 107

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Rasho Nesterovic doesn't rule out to go back to Union Olimpija

Rasho Nesterovic is currently a free agent, after his contract with the Toronto Raptors expired last season. The 34-year-old Slovenian center, who averaged 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, is considering to go back to Europe after 12 seasons in the NBA, and he even doesn't rule out to play again for Union Olimpija, despite the huge economic crisis of the Slovenian club. Nesterovic was a member of Olimpija between 1995 and 1997.

SOURCE: Dvevnik

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Maccabi Haifa signs Sasa Bratic, the next target is Derrick Low

As expected, Maccabi Haifa has signed Sasa Bratic. The 28-year-old Serbian forward arrives to Haifa after averaging 11.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season for Hapoel Holon in the Israeli Super League. The next target of Maccabi Haifa is now Derrick Low, the 24-year-old American guard who averaged 15.1 points and 4.3 assists per game for Siauliai in the last Baltic League.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

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Antalya signs Gökper Gan and Sahin Ekmen

As expected, Antalya has announced the signings of the guard Gökper Gan, who played last season for Pinar Karsiyaka, and the forward Sahin Ekmen, from Bornova for the next season. The Turkish team also announced officially the arrivals of the guard Muratcan Galer, from Besiktas, and the forwards Hagi Dogan, from TED Kolejiler and Erdinç Balto, from Turk Telekom.

SOURCE: Sporx

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Artland Dragons sign Johannes Strasser

After three seasons playing for Telekom Bonn, Johannes Strasser has decided to continue his career in the Artland Dragons. The German team has signed the 28-year-old guard to a one-year contract. Strasser averaged 4.8 points and 1.6 assists per game last season for Telekom Bonn.

SOURCE: Artland Dragons

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Pepsi Caserta signs Martin Colussi

Finally, Pepsi Caserta has signed Martin Colussi to a three-year contract. The 29-year-old forward arrives to Caserta after three seasons in Edimes Pavia, from LegaDue, where he was the captain of the team. Last season, Colussi averaged 14.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per game last season.

SOURCE: Juve Caserta

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Bennet Cantù extends Ben Ortner

Despite the interest of Virtus Bologna to land Ben Ortner, the Austrian 27-year-old center will continue his career in Bennet Cantù. The Italian club has announced the extension of Ortner's contract for two more season. Ortner averaged 10.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Pallacanestro Cantù

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Montepaschi Siena signs Pietro Aradori

Finally, Montepaschi Siena has landed one of the most interesting Italian prospect. The current champion of the Lega A has signed Pietro Aradori to a three-year contract, as the Italian club has announced. Aradori arrives to Siena after two seasons in Angelico Biella, averaging 17.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Mens Sana Basket

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Meridiano Alicante signs Álex Urtasun

Just a few days after Txemi Urtasun left Meridiano Alicante to land in Cajasol, his twin brother will replace him. As expected, Álex Urtasun has been signed by Meridiano Alicante to a two-year contract. The 26-year-old guard, a free agent since being released by CAI Zaragoza days ago, arrives to Alicante after averaging 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for the Spanish LEB Oro team, Baloncesto León, where he was sent on loan last season.

SOURCE: ACB.com

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BG Göttingen signs Kyle Bailey

Kyle Bailey is back to BC Göttingen. The German club has announced the signing of the 28-year-old American guard, who averaged 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in the last BBL for EnBW Ludwigsburg. This will be the third stint of Bailey in Göttingen, where he also played during the 2006-07 and the 2008-09 seasons.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Antalya signs Erdinç Balto, close to land Gökper Gen and Sahin Ekmen

New signing for Antalya, who has also landed Erdinç Balto. The 20-year-old Turkish forward arrives from Turk Telekom, through he played most of the season for Genc Telekom, the affiliated TB2L team, averaging 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Antalya is also close to sign Göpker Gen, a 21-year-old guard from Pinar Karsiyaka, and Sahin Ekmen, a 21-year-old forward, last season in Bornova.

SOURCE: Salsa Basket

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Lester Hudson, Antonio Anderson and Samuel Mejía, among other players, targets of Angelico Biella

Angelico Biella is eyeing several American players for the next season. According to the Italian media, Oliver Laffayette (from the Boston Celtics), Lester Hudson (recently waived by the Memphis Grizzlies), Jermaine Beal (from the University of Vanderbilt), Antonio Anderson (recently playing for the Caciques de Humacao, in Puerto Rico), Samuel Mejía (from Cholet Basket) and Riste Stefanov (from AEK Athens) are on the radar of the Italian team.

SOURCE: Il Biellese (.pdf)

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Lottomatica Roma, Power Electronics Valencia and Armani Jeans Milano, interested in Marko Keselj

Marko Keselj won't continue in Red Star due to the payment delays of the Serbian team, and several Euroleague teams are starting to show interest in the 22-year-old forward. Lottomatica Roma, Power Electronics Valencia and Armani Jeans Milano are reported to be in the mix to land Keselj, who averaged 9.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Drew Nicholas agrees to extend his contract with Panathinaikos

Drew Nicholas won't leave Panathinaikos. The 29-year-old American guard has reached to an agreement with the Greek club to a two-year extension. Nicholas, who averaged 10.0 points and 2.1 assists per game last season, is playing for Panathinaikos since 2008. On the other hand, Mike Batiste, also in talks to extend his contract, will likely continue playing for Panathinaikos.

SOURCE: Superbasket

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Pepsi Caserta, interested in Guido Rosselli

Guido Rosseli could be back to the Lega A. The 27-year-old guard, who played last season for Prima Veroli, is on the radar of Pepsi Caserta for the next season. Rosselli averaged 11.0 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. The other target of Caserta was Martin Colussi, but the player of Edimes Pavia won't likely be signed.

SOURCE: Gazzetta di Caserta

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Miami Heat sign Mike Miller

The Miami Heat have signed Mike Miller to a five-year, $30 million conract. The 30-year-old forward will land using the cap room left by the trade of Michael Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Miller arrives to the Heat as a free agent after averaging in his first season in the Washington Wizards 10.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Sun Sentinel

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Vichy signs Jamal Shuler

JA Vichy has announced the arrival of Jamal Shuler. The 24-year-old American guard was signed by the French team for the next season. Shuler arrives to Vichy after playing during the last two years in Germany for TBB Trier, averaging 9.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the last BBL.

SOURCE: JA Vichy

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Bayern Munich signs Artur Kolodziejski

Artur Kolodziejski has a new team after leaving Telekom Bonn. The 30-year-old Polish guard was signed to a one-year contract by Bayern Munich, from the German Pro A league. Kolodziejski has played during the last five years for Telekom Bonn and was even named as the captain of the team, averaging 3.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: FC Bayern Basketball

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Sigma Barcellona signs Michael Hicks

One of the best scorers of the Lega A will continue his career in the LegaDue. Michael Hicks was announced as the new player of Sigma Barcelonna, recently promoted to the second Italian division. The Panamian 33-year-old guard leaves Scavolini after four seasons in Pesaro, averaging 15.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in he last one.

SOURCE: Barcellona Basket

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Michael Beasley, traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves

To make cap room for the signing of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat have agreed to trade Michael Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange of a 2011 second-round draft pick. The 21-year-old forward averaged in his second season as a professional 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Virtus Bologna, interested in Ben Ortner, while Michele Maggioli leaves the team

Michele Maggioli is no longer player of Virtus Bologna after accepting a three-year contract with Aurora Jesi, a LegaDue team, where the 31-year-old center played from 2004 to 2009. To replace him, Virtus Bologna is interested in the Austrian 27-year-old center Ben Ortner, who averaged 10.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the last Lega A for Bennet Cantù.

SOURCE: Bologna Basket

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Los Angeles Clippers sign Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes

The Los Angeles Clippers announced the arrival of two new players for the next season rosters: the guard Randy Foye and the forward Ryan Gomes. Foye was a free agent after his contract with the Washington Wizards, where he land last summer, expired, while Gomes was waived days ago by the Portland Trail Blazers after being traded there in the draft day.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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LeBron James will play for the Miami Heat

As expected, LeBron James has finally announced where he will continue his career. The 25-year-old forward has decided to sign with the Miami Heat, along with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. James, who has won the MVP during the last two years, averaged 29.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game in the 2009-2010 season for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

UPDATE: LeBron James will be signed to a five-year contract by the Heat.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Milwaukee Bucks sign Larry Sanders

The Milwaukee Bucks have announced that the rookie forward Larry Sanders has been signed by the NBA franchise. The 21-year-old player arrives to Milwaukee from the University of Virginia Commonwealth after being selected with the 15th overall pick in the last NBA draft. In his junior year, Sanders averaged 14.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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