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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sarunas Jasikevicius won't continue in Panathinaikos

Thanasis Giannakopoulos, co-owner of Panathinaikos, confirmed that Sarunas Jasikevicius won't be re-signed by the Greek team. According to Giannakopoulos, the coach Zeljko Obradovic is not interested in keeping the 34-year-old Lithuanian guard, who has played for Panathinaikos since 2007. Maccabi has shown interest in bringing back Jasikevicius, who played for the Israeli team from 2003 to 2005.

SOURCE: Prasina Nea

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Peristeri, close to sign Manolis Papamakarios

Finally, Manolis Papamakarios will be back to his first team as a professional. Peristeri is close to announce the signing of the 29-year-old guard, who has played during the last two seasons for Panellinios. In the 2009-10 A1 league, Pampamakarios averaged 7.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Basketblog

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Dexia Mons lands Ben McCauley

Ben McCauley will continue his career in Belgium. Dexia Mons has officially announced the signging of the 23-year-old American center for the next season. McCauley started his career as a professional in France last season, averaging 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for Strasbourg.

SOURCE: Dexia Mons-Hainaut

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Maccabi Tel Aviv, again interested in Sarunas Jasikevicius

One of the new signings of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Mikhail Torrance, collapsed during a practice and is currently in "critical but stable" condition. The Israeli team is already looking for a replacement for Torrance, and has reactived the interest for a former player, Sarunas Jasikevicius, and has already contacted him. The veteran 34-year-old Lithuanian guard, though, still wants to re-sign with Panathinaikos.

SOURCE: NBA Fanhouse, One, Prasina Nea

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Strasbourg inks John McCord and Pervis Pasco

As expected, John McCord is back to Strasbourg, where he played from 2004 to 2008. The French team has officially announced the signing of the veteran 37-year-old American-British forward for the next season. McCord, who arrives from Limoges CSP, is not the only new player of Strasbourg. The club has also landed Pervis Pasco, who will play for the first time in France. The 30-year-old American center averaged 6.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in the last Lega A for Angelico Biella.

SOURCE: SIG Basket

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Benetton could release Davor Kus

Benetton Treviso wants to release Davor Kus before the next season, despite having a contract until 2011. The Italian club wants to sign a power forward to take the place of the 32-year-old Croatian guard, who arrived last summer to Benetton Treviso. In the 2009-10 Lega A, Kus averaged 11.7 points and 2.8 assists per game.

SOURCE: Corriere dello Sport (.pdf)

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Lottomatica Roma, close to sign Charles Smith

Charles Smith could be back to Italy five years after leaving Scavolini Pesaro. A expected, Lottomatica Roma is close to land the 35-year-old American guard, a free agent after being released by Efes Pilsen days ago. The former NBA player averaged 12.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in the last TBL.

SOURCE: Corriere dello Sport (.pdf)

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Menorca Bàsquet extends Caio Torres' contract

Finally, Menorca Bàsquet has decided to complete the frontcourt of the team keeping Caio Torres in the roster. The Spanish team has announced the re-signing of the 23-year-old Brazilian center, in Menorca since 2009, who averaged 10.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the last LEB Oro, helping his team to promote to the ACB league.

SOURCE: Menorca Bàsquet

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Kavala and Kelvin Lewis reach an agreement

Kelvin Lewis will play in Greece. Kavala and the 22-year-old American guard are reported to have reached an agreement for the next season. Lewis will start his professional career in the Greek team after three years in the University of Houston, averaging 15.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

UPDATE: Kavala has made official the signing of Kelvin Lewis for the next season

SOURCE: Basketblog, Kavala BC

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Chris Oakes will finally play for BK Ventspils next season

Chris Oakes has finally decided to accept the one-year offer from BK Ventspils to play in Latvia next season. The 22-year-old American center agreed initially to sign a contract with Radnicki, but wasn't happy with the one-week try-out that the Serbian team wanted him to pass. In Ventspils, Oakes will start his professional career after averaging 10.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game during his senior year with the University of San Jose State.

SOURCE: Sportski Zurnal

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