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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Trefl Sopot signs Jermaine Beal

Jermaine Beal will start his professional career in Poland. Trefl Sopot has signed the 23-year-old American guard for the next season. Beal, who played for the Miami Heat in the last NBA Summer League, arrives to his new team after four seasons in the University of Vanderbilt, averaging 14.6 points and 3.1 assists per game during his senior year.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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Boston Celtics, close to sign Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal could continue his career in the Boston Celtics. The veteran 38-year-old center would be close to sign a contract with the NBA franchise for the next season. The former MVP played last season for he Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Comcast Sportnet New England

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Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden signs Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson (not related to the Orlando Magic forward) will start his professional career in the Netherlands. The 22-year-old American guard was signed by Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden to a one-year season. Anderson has played during the last four seasons for the University of Nebraska, averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his senior year.

SOURCE: iBasketball

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DKV Joventut, close to sign Jordi Trias

Finally, DKV Joventut could be close to land another player during the next hours. Jordi Trias, who is set to leave Regal Barcelona, could be announced as the new player of the Spanish team. The 29-year-old forward was playing for Regal Barcelona since 2004, and averaged 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Sport.es

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New Yorker Phantoms sign LeMarr Greer

The New Yorker Phantoms have announced a new signing. The German club has landed LeMarr Greer, a 34-year-old American guard. Greer arrives to his new team after finishing last season in Israel, averaging 14.9 points and 2.8 assists per game for Ironi Nahariya. He previously played during the 2009-10 season in Jordan for ASU Sports Club.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Maccabi Tel Aviv decides to give up on Kyle Weaver

Despite the previous agreement between both parts, Kyle Weaver won't play next season for Maccabi Tel Aviv. The 24-year-old American guard wants to try to earn a spot in an NBA team in a training camp, and the Israeli team has decided not to wait for him. Maccabi will focus now on landing a big man. To reach to a definitive agreement with Sofoklis Schortsanitis is right now the main target for Maccabi.

UPDATE: 10 NBA teams are reported to be interested in Kyle Weaver for the next season.

SOURCE: Sport5, Twitter Marc J. Spears

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Mersin Buyuksehir and Dionte Christmas reach to an agreement

Dionte Christmas will continue his career in Turkey. The 23-year-old American guard has reached to an agreement to play next season for Mersin Buyuksehir. Christmas played during his first year as a professional in Israel, after failing to get a NBA contract, averaging 19.5 points and 2.9 assists per game for Hapoel Afula.

SOURCE: Mix Basket

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Maccabi Haifa signs Marco Killingsworth

As expected, Marco Killingsworth will play next season for Maccabi Haifa. The Israeli team has confirmed the signing of the 28-year-old American forward, who played last season for Maccabi Netanya. Killingsworth averaged 17.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in the Israeli Super League.

SOURCE: Sport5

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Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca signs Federico Aguerre

Finally, Federico Aguerre has decided to go back to Argentina. Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca has officially announced the signing of the 21-year-old forward to a two-year contract. Aguerre played last season in Spain for CB Prat, the LEB Silver affiliated team of DKV Joventut, where he averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Infoliga

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DKV Joventut signs Russell Robinson

As expected, Russell Robinson is the second signing announced today of DKV Joventut. The 24-year-old American guard will play next season for the Spanish team. Robinson arrives to the ACB league from the D-League, where he averaged 16.3 points and 5.6 assists per game last season for the Reno Bighorns.

SOURCE: Penya.com

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Uros Tripkovic will be officially a member of Unicaja next week

Finally, Uros Tripkovic will become an official member of Unicaja at the start of the next week, when he passes the physical exam with the Spanish team. The 23-year-old Serbian guard, who recently underwent surgery on a foot, was announced by Unicaja last Monday, but denied any agreement the day after.

SOURCE: Kosarka.rs

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DKV Joventut signs Carl English

As expected, DKV Joventut has officially announced the signing of Carl English for the next season. The 29-year-old Canadian guard arrives to his new team after playing last season for Caja Laboral, averaging 9.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the ACB league. English landed in Spain in 2007 to play for CB Gran Canaria.

SOURCE: Penya.com

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Orlando Magic and Jason Williams reach to an agreement

Jason Williams will keep playing for the Orlando Magic next season. The NBA franchise and the 34-year-old guard has reached to an agreement to re-sign his contract. Williams was signed last season by the Magic after one year retired, averaging 5.5 points and 3.3 assists per game.

SOURCE: NBA.com/Magic (blog)

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Minnesota Timberwolves waive Delonte West

Just a week after being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Delonte West was waived bt the NBA franchise. The 27-year-old guard arrived to the Wolves from the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he has played since 2008, averaging 8.5 points and 3.2 assists per game during the last season.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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Bremerhaven signs Jermaine Thomas

Eisbären Bremerhaven has announced a new signing for the next season. The German team has signed Jermaine Thomas, a 26-year-old American guard. Thomas arrives to Bremerhaven after playing last season in Hungary for Polaroid Lami-Ved Kormend, averaging 15.7 points and 4.4 assists per game in the national A Division.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Enel Brindisi signs Edin Bavcic

Enel Brindisi is tracking the Adriatic market to find a big man for the next season. According to the Italian media, the 28-year-old Serbian center Dragan Simic (from Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin), the 26-year-old Bosnian center Edin Bavcic (from Union Olimpija) and the 24-year-old Montenegrin center Vladimir Dragicevic (from Buducnost) are the main targets of the Italian team.

UPDATE: The agency of Edin Bavcic has just announced the signing of the Bosnian center for Enel Brindisi

SOURCE: Senzacolonne, Beobasket

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Kostas Pilafidis, new head coach of Iraklis

Iraklis has a new head coach for the next season. The recently promoted Greek team has signed Kostas Pilafidis to replace Leuterios Kakiouzis. This won't be the first stint of the 53-year-old coach, who started last season in Kavala, in Iraklis, where he worked during the 2001-02 season.

SOURCE: Superbasket

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Perlas signs Karolis Petrukonis

Karolis Petrukonis will play for Perlas Vilnius next season. The Lithuanian team, affiliated of Lietuvos Rytas, has signed the 23-year-old center to a one-year contract, with an option to an extra year. Petrukonis arrives from Techasas, where he averaged 7.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the last LKL.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

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ABC Amsterdam signs Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam

Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam will continue his career in the Eredivisie with ABC Amsterdam. The Dutch team has signed the 19-year-old center, who was a member of the U20 national team in the last Europan Championship, averaging 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 rebounds per game. Osaikhwuwuomwam played last season in the Italian Serie C division with UBC Latte Carso Udine

SOURCE: iBasketball

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Hapoel Jerusalem, close to sign Dion Dowell to a two-year contract

Dion Dowell could to follow his former coach Oded Katash, and his teammate Brian Randle, to Hapoel Jerusalem. The Israeli team is close to sign the 25-year-old American guard to a two-year contract, as the player has admitted. Dowell averaged 8.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in the last Israeli Super League.

SOURCE: One

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Nizhny Novgorod signs Semen Antonov to a two-year contract

Semen Antonov will play for the next two seasons in Nizhny Novgorod. The Russian team has officially announced the signing of the 21-year-old forward. Antonov arrives to Nizhny after playing last season in the Russian Super League B for Basket Tambov, averaging 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: BC Nizhny Novgorod

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Turow Zgorzelec signs David Jackson to a one-year contract

A new acquisition for Turow Zgorzelec. The Polish team has signed David Jackson to a one-year contract. The 24-year-old American guard will continue his career in Poland after two years in Europe, first in Montenegro, and last season in Slovakia. Jackson averaged 15.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for Pezinok in the last Slovakian Extraliga.

SOURCE: Sportowe Fakty

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Tibor Pleiss will continue in Brose Baskets Bamberg next season

Brose Baskets Bamberg has officially announced an agreement with Tibor Pleiss. The 20-year-old center has an opt-out clause to leave the current German champion, but has finally decided to stay at least for one more season. Pleisss was drafted with the 31st overall pick in the last NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets, through his rights were later traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Phoenix Hagen signs Ryan Appleby

Phoenix Hagen has announced the first signing for the next season. The German team has landed Ryan Appleby, a 26-year-old American guard. Appleby, a former member of the University of Washington, played recently in thet minor American league NABL for the Seattle Aviators.

SOURCE: Beko BBL

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CB Granada signs Rob Kurz

As expected, Rob Kurz will play next season for CB Granada. The 25-year-old American forward arrives to the Spanish team after playing last season for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 17.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Kurz was also signed by the Chicago Bulls, but was waived before making his debut with the NBA franchise.

SOURCE: CB Granada

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Igokea signs Mladen Pantic

Igokea has landed a new player. The Bosnian team has signed Mladen Pantic, an experienced 28-year-old Serbian center who arrives from Radnicki, averaging 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in the Adriatic League. Pantic has also played for FMP Zeleznik, Alba Berlin or Kavala during his career. Igokea has also extended the contract of the 26-year-old Serbian guard Marko Djerasimovic, who landed in the Bosnian team on March from Lukoil Akademik.

SOURCE: Kosarka.rs

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Paris Levallois signs Marcellus Sommerville to a one-year contract

As expected, Marcellus Sommerville was signed by Paris Levallois to a one-year contract. The 28-year-old American forward arrives to his new team after finishing last season in the champion of the last French LNB, Cholet Basket, where he averaged 7.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Sommerville also played for Chalon Saone with a temporary contract.

SOURCE: Paris Levallois

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Budocnost signs Marko Scekic

Marko Scekic will play next season in Montenegro. The 29-year-old Serbian center leaves EWE Baskets Oldenburg after two years in the German team to play for Buducnost. Scekic, who arrived to Oldenburg in 2008 from Turow Zgorzelec, averaged 8.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last BBL.

SOURCE: Ewe Baskets

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Dexia Mons signs Peter Van Paassen to a one-year contract

Peter Van Paassen is back to Belgium. Dexia Mons has signed the 31-year-old Dutch center to a one-year contract. Van Paassen, who played for Oostende from 2001 to 2003, arrives to Mons from Eiffel Towers Den Bosch, where he averaged 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in the last Eredivisie.

SOURCE: Le Soir

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Josh Heytvelt won't be sent on loan to Cimberio Varese

Finally, Josh Heytvelt won't play next season for Cimberio Varese. His current team, Lottomatica Roma, has decided not to sent on loan the 24-year-old American center to Varese, which will have to find an alternative. Heytvelt arrived on May to Lottomatica from Oyak Renault, and just played two games in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: La Provincia di Varese (.pdf)

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Dinamo Sassari could be close to sign Pape Sow

Dinamo Sassari could announce soon a new center for the team, Pope Sow. The 28-year-old Senegalese player would be back to Italy, after his previous stints in Napoli and Milano. Sow finished last season in Spain with Meridiano Alicante, averaging 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the ACB league.

SOURCE: La Nueva Sardenga (.pdf)

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Krasnye Krylia signs Gerald Green to a one-year contract

Krasnye Krylia has officially announced the signing of the former NBA player Gerald Green to a one-year contract. The 24-year-old American forward will continue his career in Russia, where he arrived last season to play for Lokomotiv Kuban. In the last Russian Super League, Green averaged 16.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: BC Krasnye Krylia

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Air Avellino signs Reyshawn Terry

As expected, Air Avellino has signed Reyshawn Terry for the next season. The 26-year-old American forward is back to Italy, where he played at the end of the 2008-09 season for Virtus Bologna. Terry arrive from Xacobeo Blu:sens, where he averaged 12.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per geme in the ACB league.

SOURCE: Gazzetta di Caserta

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KK Zagreb signs Mario Kasun to a one-year contract

As expected, Mario Kasun is back to Croatia. The 32-year-old center has signed a one-year contract, with an option to an extra year, with KK Zagreb. Kasun arrives to his new team after playing since 2008 for Efes Pilsen, averaging 8.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game during the last TBL, and was a free agent after being released by the Turkish team weeks ago.

SOURCE: Kosarka.hr

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Polpharma Starogard signs Tomasz Cielebak

Tomasz Cielebak is back to Poland. The veteran 34-year-old Polish forward has been signed by Polpharma Starogard for the next season, after spending the last one in Germany for the New Yorker Phantoms. Cielebak, who already played for Polpharma from 2002 to 2006, averaged 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in the last BBL.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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Portland Trail Blazers sign Armon Johnson

The Portland Trail Blazers have officially announced the signing of Armon Johnson. The 21-year-old guard was selected with the 34th overall pick in the last NBA draft by the Blazers after playing during the last three seasons for the University of Nevada, averaging 15.7 points and 5.6 assists per game during his junior year.

SOURCE: OregonLive

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Eli Rabi, main candidate to coach Maccabi Ashdod

Eli Rabi is the leading candidate to be the new head coach of Maccabi Ashdod, after Oren Aharoni decided not to accept the offer of the recently promoted team. The 42-year-old coach worked last season as the head coach of Hapoel Alufa, failing to avoid the relegation to the National Super League.

SOURCE: One

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CB Granada could be close to sign Rob Kurz

Rob Kurz could be the next signing of CB Granada, and the Spanish team could even announce his arrival soon, according to the Spanish media. This would be the first stint in Europe of the 25-year-old American forward, who played last season in the D-League for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Kurz was also signed by the Chicago Bulls, but was waived some weeks after before playing a game.

SOURCE: Solobasket

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