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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Vanoli Cremona signs Blagota Sekulic

Blagota Sekulic will continue his career in Italy, where he will play for the first time. Vanoli Cremona has officially announced the signing of the 28-year-old Montenegrin forward. Sekulic arrives to Cremona after playing last season for Alba Berlin, averaging 9.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the BBL.

SOURCE: Gruppo Triboldi Basket

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Pepsi Caserta, interested in Mario Kasun

Pepsi Caserta could be interested in landing Mario Kasun next season. The 30-year-old Croatian center is a free agent after being released by Efes Pilsen a month ago, and was recently reported to be also on the radar of Unicaja. The Italian club was also interested in landing Dusan Kecman, but the 26-year-old Serbian guard will finally stay in Partizan.

SOURCE: Corriere di Caserta

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Panathinaikos could be also trying to sign Aleks Maric

Panathinaikos could be making a final push to land Aleks Maric. Partizan, his current team, reported that they have accepted an offer to trade the 25-year-old Australian-Serbian center from an unknown team (probably, Fenerbahce). Panathinaikos, though, could be trying to reach to an agreement for Maric, who would prefer to move to the Greek team. If Maric finally lands in Panathinaikos, the option of landing Sofoklis Schortsanitis would be definitely discarded.

SOURCES: Sport.gr, Superbasket

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Virtus Bologna and Benetton Treviso could be interested in Manolis Papamakarios

Manolis Papamakarios have attracted the interest of two important Italian clubs. Virtus Bologna and Benetton Treviso are reported to have the 29-year-old Greek guard on the radar, according to the Greek media. Papamakarios, now a free agent, has played since 2008 in Panellinios, averaging 7.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in the last Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketblog

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Panellinios, interested in Georgi Shermadini and Andreas Glyniadakis

Panellinios is looking for a replacement for the center Ian Vougioukas, recently signed by Panathinaikos. The main target of the Greek team is Georgi Shermadini, the 21-year-old Georgian center from Panathinaikos (also on the radar of AEK Athens), while Andreas Glyniadakis, the 27-year-old center from Olympiakos, is the alternative option.

SOURCE: Basketblog

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Dinamo Sassari, close to sign Dimitrios Tsaldaris

Dimitrios Tsaldaris could be announced soon as the new player of Dinamo Sassari, recently promoted to the Lega A. The 30-year-old Greek guard, who has been reported to been on the radar of Aris Thessaloniki, Cimberio Varese, Air Avellino and Scavolini Pesaro during the last days, would arrive to Sassari after finishing last season in Sutor Montegranaro, averaging 7.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in the Lega A.

SOURCE: L'Unione Sarda

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Lottomatica Roma signs Ali Traoré to a two-year contract

As expected, Ali Traoré is the new player of Lottomatica Roma. The Italian club has signed the 25-year-old French-Ivorian center to a two-year contract, with an option for a third year. Traoré arrives to Lottomatica after playing since 2008 for ASVEL Villerubanne, averaging 15.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the last French LNB.

SOURCE: Virtus Roma

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Aris Thessaloniki, in talks with Marc Salyers

Aris Thessaloniki is in primary talks with the agent of Marc Salyers to land him next season, according to the Greek media. The 31-year-old American forward is a free agent after playing last year for Le Mans, averaging 11.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in the last French LNB.

SOURCE: Athilika Nea

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Benetton signs Devin Smith to a two-year contract

Despite the first reports from the Turkish media about the arrival of Devin Smith, finally the 29-year-old American forward will play in Italy. Benetton Treviso has announced the signing to a two-year contract of Smith, who played last season for Panellinios. Smith averaged 13.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in the last Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Benetton Basket

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Indiana Pacers sign Lance Stephenson

The Indiana Pacers have officially announced the signing of Lance Stephenson. The 19-year-old guard was selected by the Pacers with the 40th overall pick in the last NBA draft. Stephenson arrives to the NBA after averaging 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during his freshman year in the University of Cincinnati

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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Belgacom Liège signs Michael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins will continue his career in Belgium. The 23-year-old American guard has signed by Belgacom Liège for the next season. Jenkins arrives to his new team from the Walter Tigers Tübingen, where he averaged 14.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in the last BBL.

SOURCE: RTBF

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Real Madrid signs Clay Tucker

As expected, Real Madrid has officially announed the signing of Clay Tucker. The 30-year-old American guard was signed to a one-year contract, with an option to an extra year. Tucker arrives to Real Madrid after averaging 12.5 points and 4.1 assists per game in the last ACB league for DKV Joventut.

SOURCE: Real Madrid

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Bizkaia Bilbao Basket signs Eduardo Hernández-Sonseca to an offer sheet

Eduardo Hernández-Sonseca could play next season for Bizkaia Bilbao Basket. The Spanish team has signed the 27-year-old center to an offer sheet. His team during the last three seasons, DKV Joventut, can match the offer during the next ten days. Hernández-Sonseca, who averaged 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in the ACB league.

SOURCE: ACB.com

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Galatasaray, in talks with Preston Shumpert

Galatasaray is interested in signing Preston Shumpert next season, and is currently in talks with with the 30-year-old American forward. Shumpert is a free agent after being released weeks ago by Efes Pilsen, where he averaged 11.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in the TBL.

SOURCE: Basket Dergisi

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Aris Thessaloniki, close to land Sam Van Rossom

Sam Van Rossom will likely play next season in Greece. Aris Thessaloniki is close to bring the 24-year-old Belgian guard on loan from Armani Jeans Milan. Last season, Van Rossom played for Scavolini Pesaro, also on loan, averaging 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in the Lega A.

SOURCE: Superbasket

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Olympiakos, interested in Nenad Krstic

Olympiakos is tracking the market for a replacement for Sofoklis Schortsanitis, who is close to land in Panathinaikos. The new target, according to the Greek media, is Nenad Krstic. The 26-year-old Serbian center, though, is under contract by the Oklahoma City Thunder until 2011. Krstic averaged 8.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in his second season with the Thunder.

SOURCE: Athilika Nea

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Chalon signs Marquez Haynes

New import signing for Chalon. The French team has landed Marquez Haynes for the next season. The 24-year-old guard arrives to Chalon after playing during the last two seasons for the University of Texas-Arlington, averaging 22.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in his senior year.

SOURCE: Catch and Shoot

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Cajasol signs Mindaugas Katelynas to an offer sheet

The ACB league has announced that Mindaugas Katelynas has been signed to an offer sheet by Cajasol, as expected. Meridiano Alicante, where the 27-year-old Lituanian forward played last season, has ten days to match the offer. Katelynas averaged 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: ACB.com

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Air Avellino signs Valerio Spinelli

Air Avellino has landed another player. The Italian club has officially announced the signing of Varelio Spinelli. The 31-year-old guard, who was also on the radar of Enel Brindisi, arrives to Avellino after playing last season for Carife Ferrara, averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 assists per game in the Lega A.

SOURCE: Scandone Basket

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Dinamo Sassari signs Mauro Pinton

Dinamo Sassari has officially announced the signing of Mauro Pinton. The 26-year-old Italian guard arrives to the recently promoted team after playing last season for Enel Brindisi, also a newcomer next season in the Lega A. In the last LegaDue, Pinton averaged 4.8 points and 2.0 assists per game

SOURCE: Dinamo Basket (.pdf)

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Efes Pilsen, interested in Lawrence Roberts

Efes Pilsen is very interested to land Lawrence Roberts next season. The 27-year-old American forward was one of the best players of Partizan in the last Euroleague, averaging 9.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his first year with the Serbian team. The former player of the Memphis Grizzlies is currently a free agent.

SOURCE: Basket Dergisi

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Paco Vázquez will stay next season in Bizkaia Bilbao Basket

Despite the rumors about his departure, Paco Vázquez will finally stay in Bizkaia Bilbao Basket at least for one more season. The Spanish team exercised the one-year extension clause of the contract of the veteran 36-year-old guard. Vázquez, in Bilbao since 2007, averaged 2.7 points and 0.5 assists per game last season.

SOURCE: ACB.com

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BG Göttingen signs Christoph Tetzner

Christoph Tetzner will play for BG Göttingen next season. The German team announced the signing of the 29-year-old forward, who lands in his new team after playing for six years in BBC Bayreuth. Tetzner helped his former team to promote to the BBL after averaging 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in the last German Pro A league.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Erdemirspor brings back James Thomas

Another player returns to Erdemirspor. After bringing back Antwain Barbour, the Turkish team has signed James Thomas. The 29-year-old American center was without a team after being waived last January by Banca Tercas Teramo, where he played just five games). Thomas was on the radar of Cimberio Varese, but will finally move to Erdemirspor, where he played during the 2008-09 season on loan from Fortitudo Bologna.

SOURCE: Basket Dergisi

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Krasnye Krylia signs Aleksandr Anisimov

Krasnye Krylia has announced the expected signing of Brion Rush, and has also landed Aleksandr Anisimov, both to two-year contracts. The 24-year-old Russian guard arrives to the team based in Samara after playing during seven years for Enisey Krasnoyarsk, averaging 4.1 points and 1.2 assists per game in the last Russian Super League.

SOURCE: BC Krasnye Krylia

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Krka Novo Mesto signs Dragisa Drobnjak

Dragisa Drobnjak is back to his country. The 31-year-old Slovenian forward was signed by the current champion of the national league, Krka Novo Mesto. Drobnjak arrives to his new team after finishing last season for Base Oostende after the bankrupt of Martos Napoli, his former team. Drobnjak averaged 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in the Belgian league.

SOURCE: Kosarka.si

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Virtus Bologna signs Jared Homan

As expected, Virtus Bologna has officially announced the signing of Jared Homan. The 27-year-old American-Bulgarian forward arrives to the Italian team after playing last season for Maroussi BC. Homan, who has also played in Turkey, Poland and Croatia during his career, averaged 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the last Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Virtus Bologna

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Ikaros Esperos, also interested in Deon Thompson

Deon Thompson has attracted the interest of another European team. Besides Hapoel Jerusalem, the recently promoted Greek team Icaros Esperos also wants to sign the 21-year-old forward from the University of North Carolina. Thompson played during the last four seasons for the Tar Heels, averaging 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in his senior year.

SOURCE: Basketblog

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Olympiakos, also in the mix to sign Alan Anderson

The future of Alan Anderson could be decided in the next days. Montepaschi Siena was the most interested team in the 27-year-old American guard, but Olympiakos could also have Anderson on the radar for the next season. The former NBA player was released by Maccabi Tel Aviv a month ago after averaging 13.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: La Nazione (.pdf)

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EnBW Ludwigsburg signs John Bowler to a one-year contract

EnBW Ludwigsburg has announced the signing to a one-year contract, with an option to an extra year, of John Bowler. The 26-year-old American center lands in his new team after playing during his four first years as a professional in Telekom Bonn. Last season, Bowler averaged 7.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in the BBL.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Atlanta Hawks, close to sign Josh Powell to a one-year, $1.1 million contract

The Atlanta Hawks are close to finalizing a one-year, $1.1 million deal with Josh Powell. The 27-year-old center would arrive to the Hawks after playing during the last two seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won the last two NBA championships. Powell averaged 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds during the 2009-10 season.

SOURCE: ESPN

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San Antonio Spurs sign Gary Neal to a three-year contract

Despite the interest of several European clubs, like Lottomatica Roma, Armani Jeans Milano or Unicaja (where he finished last season), Gary Neal will continue his career in the NBA. The 25-year-old American guard has signed a three-year contract to play for the San Antonio Spurs, after playing for the NBA franchise in the last Summer League. Neal will make his debut in the NBA after averaging 12.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Twitter Draft Express

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Oklahoma City Thunder sign Royal Ivey

Royal Ivey is the new acquisiton of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA franchise announced the signing of the 28-year-old guard, who finished last season in the Milwaukee Bucks after being traded by the Philadelphia 76ers on February. Ivey averaged 1.3 points and 0.6 assists per game for the Bucks.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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Portland Trail Blazers won't let Rudy Fernández leave to play in Europe

Despite the interest from several European teams for Rudy Fernández, the Portland Trail Blazers are not willing to let him go for free. The Blazers are looking for trading the 25-year-old guard to another NBA franchise, but will keep Fernández next season if they can't reach to an agreement to trade him.

SOURCE: The Columbian

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Panathinaikos signs Alfa Fasengas

The young prospect Alfa Fasengas has signed a contract with Panathinaikos. The 18-year-old Greek-Guinean player was training with Olympia Larisa, after starting playing basketball one year ago. Fasengas, though, is already a member of the Greek U19 national team, and will be sent off of loan next season by Panathinaikos.

SOURCE: Leoforos

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BC Donetsk denies any agreement with Sasa Obradovic

Despite the reports from the Serbian media about an agreement between BC Donetsk and Sasa Obradovic, the Ukrainian team has denied any deal with the 41-year-old coach. The main reason is that Donetsk, who went on bankrupt last season, doesn't know yet if will be able to participate in the next Ukrainian Super League.

SOURCE: BC Donetsk

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