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Sunday, July 18, 2010

James Jones, back to the Miami Heat after agreeing to a one-year, $1 million deal

James Jones was waived weeks ago by the Miami Heat, but will be back to his former team since 2008. The 29-year-old forward has agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with the Heat, turning down larger offers from other teams like the San Antonio Spurs. Jones averaged 4.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Miami Herald

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Anwil Wloclawek signs Dominic Calegari

Dominic Calegari is the new acquisition of Anwil Wloclawek. The Polish team has signed the American forward was signed to a one-year contract by the Polish team, though Anwil could terminate his contract on September if the club decides so. Calegari has played during the last four seasons for the University of California-Davis, averaging 16.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his senior year.

SOURCE: Pomorska

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Panathinaikos, interested in Sofoklis Schortsanitis

Sofoklis Schortsanitis is back to Greece after playing the last NBA Summer League with the Los Angeles Clippers. The 25-year-old center wants to play in the NBA next season, but Panathinaikos is interested in signing him if the Clippers, the team that owns his rights in the NBA, doesn't make an offer for Schortsanitis, who played during the last five seasons for Olympiakos.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Orleans signs Amara Sy

After finishing last season in CB Murcia, Amara Sy is back to France. The 28-year-old forward has signed a two-year contract with Orleans. Sy played last year for the D-League team Bakersfield Jam before joining CB Murcia on January, averaging 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Entente Orléanaise

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Panathinaikos signs Romain Sato to a three-year, $7 million contract

Finally, the agreement between Panathinaikos and Romain Sato has arrived. The Greek team has reached to a three-year, $7 million deal with the 29-year-old Central African forward. The last MVP of the Lega A arrives to Panathinaikos after four seasons in Montepaschi Siena.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Spartak St. Petersburg, interested in Yuval Naimy

Spartak St. Petersburg is interested in landing Yuval Naimy for the next season. The 24-year-old guard is playing since 2008 for Hapoel Jerusalem, and averaged 11.0 points and 4.1 rebounds last season in the Israeli Super League. Hapoel is considering Gal Mekel, who has played during the last two seasons for Galil Gilboa loaned by Maccabi Tel Aviv, as a candidate to replace him.

SOURCE: One

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Hapoel Jerusalem, in talks with Luka Zoric

Luka Zoric could land in Hapoel Jerusalem next season. The Israeli team is in talks with the 25-year-old Croatian center, who averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in the last Adriatic League with KK Zagreb. Zoric would be signed to a two-year contract by Hapoel, though the Israeli club would have to negotiate a transfer with KK Zagreb. The player is still under contract with the Croatian team.

SOURCE: One

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Sasa Obradovic could be the new head coach of Igokea

Igokea could be close to hire Sasa Obradovic as the new head coach of the Bosnian team, which will participate next season in the Adriatic League. The 41-year-old Serbian coach, who would replace Drago Karalic, started last season in Turow Zgorzelec, before being released months later

SOURCE: Mondo

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Maccabi Tel Aviv, in talks with Randolph Morris

Another name for the long list of candidates to land in Maccabi Tel Aviv next season. The Israeli team is currently in talks with Randolph Morris, though no agreement is expected soon. The 24-year-old center has played during the last two seasons for the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in the last one.

SOURCE: One

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Lottomatica Roma, interested in Charles Smith

Lottomatica Roma is looking for an experienced guard for the next season. The Italian club was interested in Gary Neal, but the deal with the former player of Benetton Treviso and Unicaja is almost impossible, and Lottomatica is considering another difficult option: Charles Smith. The 34-year-old American guard is a free agent after being released by Efes Pilsen days ago.

SOURCE: Il Tempo

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Virtus Bologna, interested in Gerald Fitch and Giuseppe Poeta

Virtus Bologna has showed interest to land Gerald Fitch next season, according to the Italian media. The 27-year-old American guard played last season for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, averaging 17.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. The Spanish team signed Fitch last season to a two-year contract, so Virtus would have to negociate with Fuenlabrada to sign Fitch, with experience in Italy after playing for Pallacanestro Cantù in the 2007-08 season. Another target for Virtus Bologna is Giuseppe Poeta. The 24-year-old guard, recently in Banca Tercas Teramo, is also on the radar of several Italian and Spanish teams.

SOURCES: Corriere dello Sport (.pdf), Il Tempo (.pdf)

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Unicaja, Caja Laboral, Cajasol and Estudiantes, interested in Pablo Aguilar

Pablo Aguilar won't play next season for Real Madrid, despite the Spanish club exercised the option to bring him back from CB Granada days ago. The 21-year-old forward doesn't want to be sent out on loan again, and could be traded to another Spanish club. Unicaja, Caja Laboral, Cajasol and Asefa Estudiantes (Aguilar could be included in a trade operation for Carlos Suárez, on the radar of Real Madrid) are interested in landing Aguilar next season.

SOURCE: El Desmarque de Málaga

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Unicaja makes a two-year offer to Thomas Kelati

Unicaja is pushing hard to bring back Thomas Kelati, who played for the Spanish team during the 2008-09 season. The 27-year-old American-Polish, on the radar of several European teams, guard has already a two-year offer from Unicaja. The Spanish club is also waiting to know how much time Juan Dixon will be sanctioned due to test positive in an anti-doping test to sign him. On the other hand, Unicaja has also received proposals to sign several guards, like Uros Tripkovic (DKV Joventut), Gerald Green (Lokomotiv Kuban), Lynn Greer (Fenerbahce) or Gary Neal (who finished last season in Unicaja)

SOURCES: Sur, Sur, La Opinión de Málaga, Málaga Hoy

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Aris Thessaloniki, in talks with Julian Sensley

More players on the radar of Aris Thessaloniki. The Greek club is also interested in Julian Sensley for the next season. The 27-year-old American-German forward finished last season in the D-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, averaging 11.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Both parts are already in talks.

SOURCE: Sport24

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Real Madrid parts ways with Axel Hervelle, who will play for Bizkaia Bilbao Basket

Real Madrid and Axel Hervelle have reached to an agreement to terminate the contract of the 27-year-old Belgican forward, which expiring in 2011. Hervelle will return, as expected, to Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, where he was playing on loan since last January. Hervelle averaged 7.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: El Correo

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Stephon Marbury turns down the offer from Hapoel Jerusalem

Finally, Stephon Marbury won't play in the Israeli Super League. The 33-year-old American guard turned down the offer to play for Hapoel Jerusalem next season. Marbury, a former NBA All-Star, played last season in China for Shanxi, averaging 22.9 points and 9.5 assists per game.

SOURCE: New York Post

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