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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Phoenix Suns sign Matt Janning to a multi-year contract

Matt Janning will have the chance to make his debut as a professional in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns. The 22-year-old guard played with the Suns in the last Summer League, convincing the franchise to extend him an offer. Janning arrives to Phoenix after four seasons in the Northeastern University, averaging 15.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game during his senior year.

SOURCE: NBA.com/Suns

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Friesland Aris signs Joshua Kramer and Mark Sánchez

Joshua Kramer and Mark Sánchez are the two new players of Friesland Aris. The Dutch team has signed both players for the next season. Kramer, a 20-year-old, arrives from Den Helder Seals while Sánchez, a 23-year-old Mexican-American forward, is back to Europe after a short experience at the start of last season with Hapoel Holon. He played more recently in Mexico for the Lobos Grises de Durango.

SOURCE: Nos

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Monte Hermoso Básquet signs Garrison Johnson

Garrison Johnson will start his professional career in Argentina. Monte Hermoso Básquet has signed the 22-year-old American guard, who will arrive to his new team after playing during the last four seasons for the University of Jackson State. In his senior year, Johnson averaged 18.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Basquetplus

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Dexia Mons signs Marcus Hatten and Quincy Taylor

Dexia Mons has landed two new players. The Belgian team has signed Marcus Hatten and Quincy Taylor for the next season. Hatten, a 29-year-old guard, played last season in the Italian LegaDue for UCC Casalpusterlengo, while the 28-year-old guard Taylor arrives to Mons after two seasons in AEL Limassol, in Cyprus.

SOURCE: Catch and Shoot

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Boston Celtics sign Shaquille O'Neal

It's official. As expected, Shaquille O'Neal will play next season for the Boston Celtics, as the NBA franchise has announced. The veteran 38-year-old center will try to win his fifth title (he previously won three with the Los Angeles Lakers, and one with the Miami Heat) with the Celtics after playing last season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he averaged 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: NBA.com/Celtics

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Dinamo Sassari signs James White

According to HoopsHype, the agent of James White has confirmed the signing of the 25-year-old guard for the next season. White will join the recently promoted Italian team after playing last season in Russia, averaging 14.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in the Russian Super League for Spartak St. Petersburg.

SOURCE: Twitter HoopsHype

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EWE Baskets Oldenburg signs Steven Smith to a one-year contract

EWE Baskets Oldenburg has officially announced the arrival of a new player. The German team has signed Steven Smith to a one-year contract, with an option to an extra year. The 27-year-old American forward played last season in Israel, averaging 16.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: EWE Baskets

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Kavala signs Nejc Strnad to a one-year contract

Nejc Strnad will continue his career in Greece. The 27-year-old Slovenian guard has left his team since 2007, Zlatorog Lasko, to play for Kavala. The Greek club has signed Strnad to a one-year contract. Strnad averaged, as the captain of Zlatorog, 14.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in the last Slovenian league.

SOURCE: Kosarka.si

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Union Olimpija releases Pawel Kikowski

Pawel Kikowski is no longer a member of Union Olimpija. The Slovenian team has officially announced the releasement of the 24-year-old Polish gurad, who signed a three-year contract with Union Olimpija in 2009. Kikowski averaged 4.0 points and 0.4 assists per game in the last Adriatic League.

SOURCE: Union Olimpija

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Asefa Estudiantes retains Daniel Clark

Asefa Estudiantes has decided to match the offer sheet extended by Assignia Manresa to Daniel Clark to retain the player. The Spanish team has even decided to add another year to the Clark's contract, who will stay in Asefa Estudiantes, where he's playing since 2005. Last season, the 21-year-old British center averaged 4.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in the ACB league.

SOURCE: ACB.com

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Le Havre signs Wesley Wilkinson

Wesley Wilkinson will play next season in France, after four years in Belgium. Le Havre has announced the singing of the 26-year-old American forward. Wilkinson was playing since 2007 for Spirou Charleroi, averaging 9.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in the last Belgian league.

SOURCE: Catch and Shoot

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Ilisiakos, interested in Trenton Marshall

Ilisiakos is reported to be interested in Trenton Marshall, who will start his professional career next season. The 22-year-old forward played last season for the University of Jacksonville State, averaging 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his junior year.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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CAI Zaragoza and Roberto Guerra part ways

As expected, Roberto Guerra won't play next season for CAI Zaragoza in the ACB league. Both parts have agreed to part ways, as the Spanish club has officially announced. The 27-year-old forward was playing for CAI Zaragoza since 2008, averaging 1.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in the last Spanish LEB Oro.

SOURCE: Basket Zaragoza

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Limoges CSP signs Xane D'Almeida

Xane D'Almeida is back to Limoges CSP. The French team has signed the 27-year-old Senegalese-French guard, who played last season for Dijon. D'Almeida, who played during the 2008-09 season for Limoges, averaged 5.2 points and 3.0 assists per game in the last LNB for JDA Dijon.

SOURCE: Catch and Shoot

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Dinamo Sassari and Will Solomon reach to a one-year agreement

According to the Greek media, Will Solomon has turned down the offer from PAOK Thessaloniki, and has reached to a one-year agreement with Dinamo Sassari. The 32-year-old American guard was without a team after leaving Fenerbahce last November after just four games played during the 2009-10 season.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Igokea signs Cedomir Vitkovac

Igokea has made another addition for the next season. The Bosnian team has signed Celomir Vitkovac, a 27-year-old Serbian forward who played last season in Buducnost. Vitkovac, former player of Red Star and Partizan, averaged 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the Adriatic League for the Montenegrin team.

SOURCE: Mondo

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Peristeri signs Julian Sensley

Julian Sensley will continue his career in Greece. Peristeri has signed the 27-year-old American forward for the next season. Sensley, who arrives from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he averaged 11.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the last D-League, will play for the first time in Greece.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Cibona, interested in Mario Delas

Mario Delas will be sent on loan next season by his current team, Zalgiris Kaunas. Siauliai was reported to be interested in landing him, but now there is another contender. According to the head coach of Cibona, Zrdravko Radulovic, the Croatian team has shown interested to bring Delas next season on loan.

SOURCE: Slobodna Dalmacija

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Maroussi makes an offer to Manolis Papamakarios

Another team interested in Manolis Papamakarios. Maroussi has extended an offer to the 29-year-old Greek guard, who was also on the radar of Virtus Bologna and Benetton Treviso. Papamakarios didn't reach to an agreement to extend his contract with Panellinios, where he's playing since 2008, averaging 7.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in the last Greek A1 league.

SOURCE: Basketnet

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Boston Celtics and Shaquille O'Neal reach to a one-year agreement

As expected, Shaquille O'Neal has agreed to join the Boston Celtics next season. The veteran 38-year-old center has reached to a one-year deal with the current NBA runner-up. O'Neal will try to win his fifth title in Boston, after playing last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The former MVP averaged 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet New England

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Siauliai signs Paulius Knyza

Siauliai has added a new prospect for the next season. The Lithuanian team has signed Paulius Knyza, a 18-year-old guard who played last season in the NKL for Mazeikiai, averaging 4.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. This will be the second stint of Knyza in the top Lithuanian league, after appearing in 11 games with Suduva during the 2008-09 season.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

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Dewarick Spencer could leave Le Mans

Dewarick Spencer and Le Mans are in talks to extend the contract of the 28-year-old American guard. The French team has made a €130.000 offer, but the agent of Spencer wants to double that salary. Spencer, who was playing for Le Mans since 2008, averaged 18.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last French LNB.

SOURCE: Catch and Shoot

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Fileni Jesi, close to land Matías Nocedal

Matías Nocedal is close to continue his career in Italy. The 20-year-old Argentinian guard would be sent on loan from Caja Laboral to Fileni Jesi, according to the Italian media. Nocedal played last season, also on loan, in the Spanish LEB Oro team Aguas de Sousas Ourense, averaging 6.2 points and 1.8 assists per game.

SOURCE: Il Resto del Carlino

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Sakalai signs Rimvydas Brencius

Sakalai is still active in the market, and has landed a new young prospect for the next season. The Lithuanian team has signed Rimvydas Brencius to a long-term contract. The 18-year-old forward made his debut in the LKL last season with Neptunas, playing four games with the team based in Klaipeda.

SOURCE: Krepsinis

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Vanoli Cremona, interested in Simas Jasaitis

According to the Italian media, Simas Jasaitis is on the radar of Vanoli Cremona for the next season. The 28-year-old Lithuanian forward, who has also reported to be in talks with Asseco Prokom days ago, played last season in Turkey for Galatasaray, averaging 13.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the TBL.

SOURCE: La Provincia (.pdf)

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CB Granada signs Mario Fernández

As expected, Mario Fernández will continue his career in CB Granada. The Spanish team has announced the signing to a one-year contract, with an option to an extra year, of the 26-year-old guard. Fernández arrives to Granada after playing last season for DKV Joventut, averaging 2.7 points and 2.6 assists per game in the ACB league.

SOURCE: CB Granada

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WCAA Giants, close to sign Djero Riedewald

Djero Riedewald will play next season for WCAA Giants. The 20-year-old forward is expected to sign today or tomorrow a one-year contract with the Dutch team. Riedewald will be back to the Netherlands, after playing in the NCAA with the University of Tennesee-Martin, and then in the Spanish LEB Plata with CB L'Hospitalet, where he averaged 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: iBasketball

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Pape Sy, drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, will continue next season in Le Havre

Pape Sy, selected with the 53rd overall pick in the last NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, will continue at least another season in Le Havre. The 22-year-old French guard hasn't received any offer from the Hawks, and won't opt out of his contract with Le Havre, when he has played during his entire career, averaging 5.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in the last French LNB.

SOURCE: Catch and Shoot

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Maccabi Ashdod signs Meir Tapiro

As expected, Meir Tapiro is officially a new member of Maccabi Ashdod. The recently promoted team has signed the veteran 35-year-old guard. Tapiro, who will join the 9th team in his career, played last season for Maccabi Rishon LeZion, averaging 9.6 points and 6.4 assists per game.

SOURCE: Sport5

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Aris Thessaloniki, in talks with J.K. Edwards

J.K. Edwards could be the new signing of Aris Thessaloniki. The Greek team has extended an offer to the 26-year-old American forward, and is expecting an answer within the next 48 hours. Edwards has played since 2008 for Gravelines Dunkerque, averaging 14.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in the last French LNB.

SOURCE: Athilitika Nea

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Alba Berlin signs Hollis Price, and releases Steffen Hamann and Rashad Wright

Alba Berlin has officially announced the signing of Hollis Price to a one-year contract. The 30-year-old American guard is back to the German team (where he played during the 2005-06 season) after finishing last season in the Artland Dragons. On the other hand, Alba Berlin has also released the 29-year-old German guard Steffen Hamann, and the 28-year-old American guard Rashad Wright

SOURCE: Alba Berlin

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CEZ Nymburk signs Weyinmi Efejuku to a one-year contract

CEZ Nymburk has made another signing for the next season. The current Czech champion has landed Weyinmi Efejuku, a 23-year-old Nigerian-Jamaican guard who started his professional career last season in the Spanish LEB Oro for Tenerife Rural, though he moved last December to Latvia to play for Barons Riga, averaging 18.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in the last LBL.

SOURCE: Basket Nymburk

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Regatas Corrientes, interested in Bruno Zanotti

Bruno Zanotti could be back to Regatas Corrientes. The Argentinian team is in advanced talks with the 27-year-old Paraguayan forward for the next season, who already played last season for Regatas from October until March, when Zanotti went back to his country to play for Libertad.

SOURCE: Diario Época

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Brose Baskets Bamber extends Predrag Suput's contract

The current German champion, Brose Baskets Bamberg, has extended the contract of Predrag Suput for another season, with an option to an extra year. The 32-year-old Serbian forward is playing for Brose Baskets since 2007, and averaged 14.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the last BBL.

SOURCE: Kosarka.rs

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Lagun Aro GBC signs Jimmy Baron to a one-year contract

According to the head coach of Lagun Aro GBC, Pablo Laso, the Spanish team is looking for an American shooting guard for the next season, and the main target could be Jimmy Baron. The 24-year-old player started his professional career last season in Mersin Buyuksehir, where he averaged 16.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in the TBL.

UPDATE: UPDATE: Lagun Aro GBC announces the signing of Jimmy Baron to a one-year contract

SOURCES: Salsa Basket, Diario Vasco, Guipuzkoa Basket Club

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Real Madrid wants Carlos Suárez in 2011

Real Madrid won't make yet any offer to land Carlos Suárez this summer. The 24-year-old Spanish forward, who averaged 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the last ACB league, hasn't reached to an agreement with his current club, Asefa Estudiantes, to extend his contract, which expires in 2011. Real Madrid will wait until then to try to sign Suárez, also on the radar of Unicaja.

SOURCE: As

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DKV Joventut, close to sign Will McDonald

Will McDonald is close to become a member of DKV Joventut for the next season. The 30-year-old American-Spanish center is under contract with Gran Canaria 2014, but his current team wants to release him this summer. McDonald averaged 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game last season. Besides McDonald, DKV Joventut also considered the option of the 23-year-old Ukrainian center Vyacheslav Kravtsov, and even the 25-year-old Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis, who was offered to the Spanish team.

SOURCE: El Punt

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Caja Laboral, in talks with Real Madrid to land Pablo Aguilar

Pablo Aguilar, now a player of Real Madrid, has confirmed that his current team is in talks with Caja Laboral for his signing. The 21-year-old forward admitted to be attracted with the idea of playing for Caja Laboral next season. In the last ACB league, Aguilar averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for his former team, CB Granada.

SOURCE: Noticias de Álava

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Obras Sanitarias signs Alexis Elsener and Julián Aprea

Two new signings for Obras Sanitarias. The Argentinian team has landed, as expected, Alexis Elsener, and Julián Aprea. Elsener, a 22-year-old guard, arrives from El Nacional, where he averaged 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in the last TNA, while the 22-year-old center Aprea played last season in the Liga B for Gimnasia Villa del Parque, posting 16.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Infoliga

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Power Electronics Valencia, in talks for Xavi Rabaseda

Power Electronics Valencia has asked Regal Barcelona for getting Xavi Rabaseda on loan next season. The 21-year-old forward, who played last season for the affiliated team, CB Cornellà, is also on the radar of other ACB teams like Menorca Bàsquet and Meridiano Alicante. Last season, Rabaseda averaged 14.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in the LEB Oro.

SOURCE: Superdeporte

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