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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Spartak St. Petersburg signs Miha Zupan

Another new player for Spartak St. Petersburg. The Russian team has announced officially that Miha Zupan has been signed to a two-year contract. The Slovenian forward arrives to Spartak after playing last season for Trikala 2000. In the Greek team, despite some problems due to payment delays, Zupan averaged 13.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: BC Spartak

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Chicago Bulls officially announce the signing of Omer Asik

As expected, the Chicago Bulls have announced officially the signing of Omer Asik. The Turkish 24-year-old center arrives to the Bulls, the team that owned his NBA rights, from Fenerbahce. Asik, member of the Turkish national team, averaged 8.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the last TBL.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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Igokea releases Drago Karalic, and could hire Velimir Gasic to replace him

Igokea has a new head coach. The Bosnian club, which will play next season in the Adriatic League, is close to hire Velimir Gasic to take the reign of the team, former coach of Partizan and Radnicki, to replace Drago Karalic. The former coach of KK Borac was in charge of Igokea since 2008.

SOURCE: Sportal

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Los Angeles Clippers sign Willie Warren

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Willie Warren, the 54th overall pick in the last NBA draft. The 20-year-old guard arrives to the NBA from the University of Oklahoma. Last season, Warren averaged 16.3 points and 4.1 assists per game in his sophomore year with the Sooners.

SOURCE: NBA.com/clippers

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Unics Kazan signs Zakhar Pashutin

After two seasons in Spartak St. Petersburg, Zakhar Pashutin will move to the team coached by his brother. The veteran 36-year-old Russian guard will join Unics Kazan, where his brother, Evgeni Pashutin, is the new head coach. Zakhar Pashutin averaged 10.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: BC Spartak

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New Yorker Phantoms sign Kyle Visser

Kyle Visser is back to the New Yorker Phantoms. The German team has signed the 24-year-old center to a two-year contract. Visser played between 2007 and 2009 for the Phantoms in his first stint as a professional, landing last season in EnBW Ludwigsburg, where he averaged 10.7 points and 4.9 rebound per game in the BBL.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Atenas de Córdoba signs Elton Tyler

Atenas de Córdoba has signed the second import player of the roster. The Argentinian team has landed Elton Turner for the next season. The 31-year-old American center arrives to Atenas after playing in the Italian LegaDue between 2006 and 2009, averaging 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds in his last season with Carmatic Pistoia.

SOURCE: Basquetplus

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Brian Tolbert, close to be back to Hapoel Holon

After playing last season for Ironi Ashkelon, Brian Tolbert is in advanced talks to go back to Hapoel Holon, where he played in the 2008-09 season. The veteran 36-year-old American guard averaged 9.9 points and 2.4 assists per game in the last Israeli Super League, where he's playing since 2004 (with a brief stint in Ukraine)

SOURCE: One

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Miami Heat sign Zydrunas Ilgauskas to a one-year, $1.4 million contract

Zydrunas Ilgauskas will leave the Cleveland Cavaliers after 14 seasons to join his former teammate LeBron James in the Miami Heat. The 35-year-old Lithuanian center has signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract (veteran's minimum) with the Heat. Last season, Ilgauskas averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: NBA Fanhouse

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Minnesota Timberwolves send Al Jefferson to Utah Jazz

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Utah Jazz have reached to an agreement to send Al Jefferson to the Jazz in exchange of two first-round picks and a trade exception. The 25-year-old center, who arrived to the Wolves in 2007, averaged 17.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season.

UPDATE: Kosta Koufos will move to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange of Jefferson. The 21-year-old Greek-American center played for the Jazz since 2008.

SOURCE: Associated Press, Salt Lake Tribune

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Josh Childress is no longer player of Olympiakos

The two-year European stint of Josh Childress is over. The 27-year-old American forward has opted out of the final year of his contract with Olympiakos, where he landed in 2008. Childress, who will play in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns, averaged 15.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Charlotte Bobcats send Tyson Chandler to Dallas Mavericks in exchange of Erick Dampier

As expected, Tyson Chandler won't be traded to the Toronto Raptors. The Charlotte Bobcats have finally sent Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks, along with the French center Alexis Ajinca, in exchange of the center Erick Dampier, the guard Matt Carroll and the Mexican forward Eduardo Najera, according to Yahoo! Sports.

SOURCE: Twitter Adrian Wojnarowski

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Cibona signs Drago Pasalic to a one-year contract

Cibona has signed Drago Pasalic to a one-year, €150.000 contract, according to the Greek media. The 26-year-old Croatian forward is back to his country after five years playing for different European teams. Pasalic averaged 5.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game last season for Xacobeo Blu:Sens in the ACB league.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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The deal between the Raptors and the Bobcats is dead

One of the parts of the three-way trade between the Phoenix Suns, the Toronto Raptors and the Charlotte Bobcats is dead. Michael Jordan, owner of the Bobcats, finally decided not to trade Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw to the Raptors in exchange of José Manuel Calderón and Reggie Evans. The other part of the trade, that would send Hedo Turkoglu to the Suns in exchange of Leandro Barbosa, could be soon official.

SOURCE: Toronto Star

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Besiktas denies the rumors about the arrival of Luka Bogdanovic

Despite the informations from Serbia about a possible agreement between Besiktas and Luka Bogdanovic, the Turkish club has announced that the 25-year-old Serbian forward is not planning his signing. Bogdanovic, who has played during the last two seasons for DKV Joventut, was also reported to have offers from Cajasol and Unics Kazan.

SOURCE: BJK Basket

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Olin Gençlik, close to sign Vidas Ginevicius

Olin Gençlik could be close to land Vidas Ginevicius for the next season. The 32-year-old Lithuanian guard is without a team after being released by Lietuvos Rytas, where he played last season averaging 6.8 points and 3.7 assists per game in the LKL. This would be the second time Ginevicius plays outside Lithuania, after a two-year stint in Spartak Primorje, in Russia.

SOURCE: Fanatik

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Kostas Kaimakoglou will also play for Panathinaikos

Ian Vougioukas is not the only Greek player who has reached to an agreement with Panathinaikos. As expected, Kostas Kaimakoglou will also play next season for the "green" team, and will be announced soon. The 27-year-old forward arrives to Panathinaikos after playing since 2004 for Maroussi BC, averaging 10.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Sport.gr

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Krasnye Krylya signs Konstantin Nesterov

Konstantin Nesterov has left BC Triumph Lyubertsy after a season in the club. The 29-year-old forward will play for Krasnye Krylya, after being signed by the team based in Samara. Nesterov averaged 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in the last Russian Super League.

SOURCE: BC Triumph

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Khimki releases Robertas Javtokas

Robertas Javtokas is no longer player of BC Khimki. The Russian club has activated the early termination clause of his two-year contract. The 30-year-old Lithuanian center arrived to Khimki last summer from Dynamo Moscow, and averaged 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the last Russian Super League.

SOURCE: BC Khimki

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Vanoli Cremona signs Jasmin Perkovic to a one-year contract

Jasmin Perkovic leaves EWE Baskets Oldenburg after three seasons in the German team. The 29-year-old Croatian forward was signed by Vanoli Cremona to a one-year contract. Last season, Perkovic, who will play for the first time in the Lega, averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the BBL.

SOURCE: Kosarka.hr

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Besiktas, close to sign Luka Bogdanovic

Despite having offers from Unics Kazan and Cajasol, the future of Luka Bogdanovic could be in Turkey. The 25-year-old Serbian forward is in advanced talks with Besiktas for the next season. Bogdanovic averaged during his second season with DKV Joventut 9.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in the ACB league.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Tadija Dragicevic, considering two offers from Spain

Tadija Dragicevic finished last season in Lottomatica Roma after leaving Red Star, and the Italian club has already offered an extension. But the 24-year-old Serbian forward, who averaged 8.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in the last Lega A, could be also considering two offer from the Spanish league.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Ian Vougioukas will play for Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos has closed the deal with Ian Vougioukas, who will be a member of the Greek powerhouse next season. The 25-year-old center arrives to Panathinaikos after playing last season in Panellinios on loan from Olympiakos, averaging 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in the Greek A1 league per game.

SOURCE: Superbasket

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Maccabi Rishon LeZion, close to sign Carmel Bouchman

Carmel Bouchman will return to Israel after an unsuccesful season in the University of Temple. The 19-year-old center played just 9 games in his freshman year for the Owls, averaging 0.2 points and 0.3 rebounds in 1.3 minutes per game. His new destiny will probably be Maccabi Rishon LeZion.

SOURCE: Sport5

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Khimik signs Luka Drezga

Luka Drezga will continue his career in Ukraine. The 23-year-old Croatian guard was signed by Khimik to a one-year contract. Drezga, former player of Sibenik and Zagreb, averaged in the last Croatian A1 league 16.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for Trogir ZP.

SOURCE: Kosarka.hr

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Kavala, interested in Giorgos Tsiaras and Sotiris Karapostolou

Kavala is starting to tracking the market for new players, and is showing interest in Giorgos Tsiaras and Sotiris Karapostolou. Tsiaras, a 28-year-old forward, finished last season in the Czech Republic for CEZ Nymburk after leaving PAOK Thessaloniki, while Karapostolou, a 31-year-old guard, would arrive from Iraklis, recently promoted to the Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Unics Kazan sings Kelly McCarty and Hasan Rizvic

Unics Kazan has announced the expected signing of Slavko Vranes, but has also introduced Kelly McCarty and Hasan Rizvic as new players of the Russian team. The 34-year-old American-Russian forward arrives to Unics from BC Khimki, while the 26-year-old Bosnian center played last season for Azovmash Mariupol in the Ukrainian Super League.

SOURCE: Sports.ru

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Sutor Montegranaro, interested in Valerio Mazzola

Sharrod Ford is not the only player from Carife Ferrara on the radar of Sutor Montegranaro. The Italian team is also interested in signing Valerio Mazzola, and could have already made an offer to the 22-year-old Italian forward. Mazzola averaged 3.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Il Resto del Carlino (.pdf)

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Virtus Bologna, close to sign Jared Homan

Jared Homan could be the new player of Virtus Bologna next weekend. The 27-year-old American-Bulgarian forward is close to sign with the Italian team. Homan would arrive to Bologna after playing last season in Greece for Maroussi BC, averaging 9.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Corriere dello Sport (.pdf)

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ViveMenorca signs Jakim Donaldson

As expected, ViveMenorca has reached to an agreement to land Jakim Donaldson for the next season. The 26-year-old American forward will play for the first time in the ACB league after four seasons in the LEB Oro, where he has been the MVP during the last two years. Last season, Donaldson averaged 17.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game for Ciudad La Laguna.

SOURCE: Última Hora

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Townsville Crocodriles sign Gabriel Freeman

Gabriel Freeman will continue his career in Australia after playing during the last two seasons in the Philippines for the San Miguel Beermen. The 24-year-old American forward was signed by the Townsville Crocodriles for the next season. Freeman, currently playing the playoff of the PBA league, is averaging 22.1 points and 15.8 rebounds in the PBA.

SOURCE: NBL.co.au

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Panathinaikos, also interested in signing Rudy Fernández

Rudy Fernández has attracted the interest of the top European clubs if he decided to leave the NBA. Besides the interest from Regal Barcelona, Caja Laboral, Real Madrid and Olympiakos, the new team to be in the mix to land the 25-year-old Spanish guard is Panathinaikos, who could be willing to make a huge offer for Fernández, who is unhappy in the Portland Trail Blazers, and could even decide to leave the NBA despite having being under contract.

SOURCE: Sport.es

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Dallas Mavericks could be close to sign Romain Sato

Despite the huge interest of Olympiakos to sign Romain Sato, the 29-year-old Central African Republic forward could be close to reach to an agreement with the Dallas Mavericks. This would be the second stint in the NBA for Sato, currently a free agent after his contract with Montepaschi Siena expired, after being signed by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2004-05 season, but without playing a single minute. Sato, MVP of the last Lega A, averaged 14.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in the Italian league.

SOURCE: Superbasket

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Georgios Printezis rules out to move to Efes Pilsen

Georgios Printezis doesn't want to leave Unicaja. The 25-year-old Greek forward, who arrives last summer to the Spanish team, it's not interested in a possible offer from Efes Pilsen, which was reported to have Printezis on the radar for the next season. Printezis averaged 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the last ACB league, and is already looking forward for the next one.

SOURCE: Málaga Hoy

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Hapoel Jerusalem signs Moshe Mizrahi

Hapoel Jerusalem has completed the acquisition of Moshe Mizrahi. As expected, the 30-year-old guard was signed to a two-year contract by the Israeli team. Mizrahi arrives to Hapoel after playing during the last seasons for Maccabi Haifa, averaging 6.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. His arrival to Hapoel will also imply the departure of Sharon Shason, who will leave the team.

SOURCE: Sport5

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Unicaja signs Panchi Barrera

As expected, Panchi Barrera will be the back up point guard of Unicaja. The Spanish team has signed the 24-year-old Uruguayan guard to a one-year contract, with an option to another year. Barrera arrives to the ACB league after from Unión Atlética, averaging 13.3 points and 6.9 assists per game in the last Uruguayan league.

SOURCE: La Opinión de Málaga

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Washington Wizards reach to a one-year agreement with Hilton Armstrong

After playing for three different teams last year, Hilton Armstrong will move to the Washington Wizards next season. The NBA franchise have reached to a one-year agreement with the 25-year-old center, who was without a team since being waived last April by the Houston Rockets. Armstrong averaged 2.2 points and 2.5 rebounds last season.

SOURCE: The Washington Post

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Boniface N'Dong, Jordi Trias and Xavi Rey could leave Regal Barcelona

Regal Barcelona is planning to get rid of two frontcourt players, and the Senegalese center Boniface N'Dong and the forward Jordi Trias are the two main candidates. Both players are under contract with the Spanish team, but could receive a buy-out offer from the club, which will also release the center Xavi Rey, recently back to Regal Barcelona after his loan to Cajasol.

SOURCE: Sport.es

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Olympiakos, in talks with Benetton Treviso to swap Nemanja Bjelica for Zoran Erceg

Olympiakos is really interested in Nemanja Bjelica, but the three-year contract signed with Benetton by the 22-year-old Serbian forward (in case he doesn't decide to play in the NBA) is a serious obstacle. The Greek powerhouse is willing to offer the Serbian forward Zoran Erceg and cash considerations to bring Bjelica to the team.

SOURCE: Red Planet

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CSP Limoges signs Zack Wright

Second acquisition for CSP Limoges in a day. After landing Cedric Banks, from Orleans, the French team has signed Zack Wright to a two-year contract, with a early termination option at the end of the first one. The 25-year-old guard arrives to Limoges after playing last season for Le Mans, averaging 8.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in the LNB.

SOURCE: L'Équipe

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Dallas Mavericks and Ian Mahinmi reach to a 2-year, $1.8 million agreement

Ian Mahinmi will continue his career in the Dallas Mavericks, after reaching to a two-year agreement for veteran's minimum salary (around $1.8 million total). The 23-year-old French center arrives to Dallas after playing during the last two seasons in the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game during the last one.

SOURCE: Dallas Morning News

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Boca Juniors signs Scott Cutley

A new import player for Boca Juniors. The Argentinian team has signed Scott Cutley, a 25-year-old American center who played last season for Central Entrerriano. Cutley averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, but was unable to avoid the relegation of his team from the LNB.

SOURCE: Basquet Plus

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Orlando Magic reach to an agreement with Quentin Richardson

The Orlando Magic have agreed to a deal to sign free agent Quentin Richardson. The 30-year-old forward arrives to Orlando after playing last season for the Miami Heat, averaging 8.9 points and 4.9 assists per game. Previously, Richardson has played for the Los Angeles Clippers, the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks during his career.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

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