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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Red Star signs Darko Balaban

Darko Balaban will continue his career in Red Star. The 20-year-old center has took this decision after playing during the last three seasons for Partizan, but failing to have a major role in the current Serbian champion. Balaban just played five games between the Adriatic League and the Serbian Super League during the 2009-10 season.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Giessen 46ers sign Zachery Peacock to a one-year contract

The Giessen 46ers have officially announced the signing of Zachery Peacock to a one-year contract. The 22-year-old American forward will start his professional career in the German team, after playing during the last four seasons for the University of Georgia Tech. In his senior year, Peacock averaged 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Beko BBL

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Maccabi Tel Aviv, in advanced talks with Sofoklis Schortsanitis

The Israeli media has reported that Sofoklis Schortsanitis could be close to reach to a multi-year agreement with Maccabi Tel Aviv. The 25-year-old Greek center, who was also in talks with Panathinaikos, would be willing to join Maccabi Tel Aviv, after playing during the last five seasons for Olympiakos.

SOURCE: Sport5

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Bnei Hasharon signs Lee Nailon

Lee Nailon is back to Bnei Hasharon. The Israeli team has signed the 35-year-old forward for the next season. Nailon played last season in Puerto Rico, finishing last season in the Leones de Ponce, averaging 16.6 and 6.3 rebounds per game in the BSN. This will be the second stint of Nailon in Bnei Hasharon, where he played during the 2006-07 season.

SOURCE: Walla Sport

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Ikaros Esperos signs Deon Thompson

Finally, Deon Thompson will start his professional career in Greece. The 21-year-old American forward, who was also on the radar of Hapoel Jerusalem, has reached to an agreement to play for Ikarus Esperos next season. Thompson arrives to the Greek team after playing 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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Chris Lofton extends his contract with Asefa Estudiantes

Despite the rumors about a possible interest from Cajasol to land him, Chris Lofton will continue his career in Asefa Estudiantes. The 24-year-old American guard arrived to the Spanish club last December, after playing with a temporary contract with Caja Laboral. Lofton averaged 12.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in the ACB league with his current team

SOURCE: El Magata

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Brose Baskets Bamberg could have signed Kyle Hines

According to his Twitter acount, Kyle Hines has signed a contract to play for Brose Baskets Bamberg. The 23-year-old American forward has played during his first two years as a professional in the Italian LegaDue for Prima Veroli, averaging 18.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Twitter Kyle Hines

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Maccabi Ashdod, in advanced talks with Nimrod Tishman

Maccabi Ashdod is close to sign the veteran Meir Tapiro, but is also in advanced talks with one of the top Israeli prospects: Nimrod Tishman. The 19-year-old guard, who left the University of Florida to go back to his country, is in advanced talks to land in the recently promoted team next season.

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Shaquille O'Neal could be considering to move to Europe

Shaquille O'Neal is a free agent after his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers expired. The veteran 38-year-old wants to play for an NBA title contender, and the Cavs are also willing to sign him to a short deal contract. But O'Neal is also considering to play overseas, and have tested the European market. The former MVP of the NBA would be looking for a $10 million contract.

SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Aleksandar Rasic could leave Partizan if Sherron Collins arrives

Partizan is waiting for the arrival of Sherron Collins to the Serbian team. The 23-year-old American guard, who will start his professional career after four seasons in the University of Kansas, could be still expecting to earn a spot in a NBA team. If Collins finally decide to move to Partizan, the Serbian team would open the exit door to Aleksandar Rasic, despite having another year of contract. The 26-year-old guard averaged 7.3 points and 2.3 assists per game in the last Euroleague.

SOURCE: Sportske

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Lanús signs Gabriel Fernández, Mariano Byro and José Muruaga

Lanús has announced three new signings. The Argentinian team has landed, as expected, Gabriel Fernández, a 33-year-old center from Obras Sanitarias, Mariano Byro, a 28-year-old forward who arrives from Olímpico de La Banda, and the 25-year-old guard José Muruaga, who played last season for Quimsa.

SOURCE: Basquetplus

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Sakalai signs Arvydas Gydra and Justas Kaziliunas

Two new acquisitions for Sakalai. The Lithuanian team has signed Arvydas Gydra to a two-year contract, and Justas Kaziliunas for the next season. Gydra, a 20-year-old forward, arrives to Sakalai from the NKL team Akademija Vilnius while the 25-year-old guard Kaziliunas has played during the last two seasons for Suduva.

SOURCES: Basketnews.lt, Basketnews.lt

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Patrick Mills doesn't want to play in Europe, and Lottomatica Roma is considering Jeremy Pargo as an alternative

Despite the interest of Lottomatica Roma to land Patrick Mills, the 21-year-old Australian guard doesn't want to move to Europe, so the Italian club is already looking for an alternative. The first choice would be Jeremy Pargo, the 24-year-old American guard, who played last season in Israel for Galil Gilboa, averaging 14.1 points and 4.5 assists per game.

SOURCE: Corriere dello Sport (.pdf)

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Unicaja signs Uros Tripkovic

Finally, Uros Tripkovic will play in Unicaja for the next two seasons. Both part have reached to an agreement that will bring the Serbian 24-year-old guard to the Spanish team, after playing last season for DKV Joventut. Unicaja have also agreed to a deal with Joventut, which would receive €200.000 euros to release the Serbian shooting guard.

UPDATE: Unicaja has officially announced the signing of Tripkovic.

SOURCE: La Opinión de Málaga, Unicaja Baloncesto

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Nemanja Bjelica could decided his future today

The decision of Nemanja Bjelica about his future could be soon announced. According to the Serbian media has reported that Caja Laboral, one of the main contenders to sign the 22-year-old forward, has given Bjelica an ultimatum until today. The other candidate is Olympiakos, which could have offered less money that Caja Laboral for Bjelica, but would be the preferred choice of the player due to his good relationship with the coach, Dusan Ivkovic, also in charge of the Serbian national team.

SOURCE: Sportal

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Rytis Vaisvila, new head coach of Neptunas

After working last season as the head coach of the Liaoning Panpan Hunters, in China, Rytis Vaisvila is back to Neptunas. The Lithuanian club has hired the 39-year-old coach for the next season to replace Paulius Juodis, who took the reign of Neptunas last season, leading the team to the 12th place in the LKL.

SOURCE: Basketnews.lt

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