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  News archive July 2011


July 31, 2011 - Miljenovic Lifts Serbia Over Italy, Into Final
Nenad Miljenovic scored 20 points as Serbia came back from a 16-point deficit to beat Italy 67-60 to advance to the final of the U18 European Championship and go for their third title in five years. Nikola Jankovic and Vasilje Micic both added 11 points for Serbia, who won the U18 titles in 2007 and 2009 as well as 2005 as Serbia & Montenegro.

July 31, 2011 - FIBA clears NBA players to play abroad during lockout
FIBA has confirmed it will approve the transfer of players under contract with the NBA deciding to play for clubs of FIBA affiliated leagues during the on-going lockout. During a lockout NBA players who continue to be under contract with an NBA team are free to play anywhere they want, whether for their national teams and/or for club teams.

July 30, 2011 - Partizan MT:S picks up playmaker Law
Perennial Serbian and Adriatic League champion Partizan mt:s enhanced its backcourt for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by signing guard Acie Law to a one-year deal, the club announced Friday. Law (1.90 meters, 26 years old) arrives from Golden State of the NBA, where he averaged 5.1 points in 40 games last season.

July 30, 2011 - Buducnost inks Bozovic for 2 years
KK Buducnost announced its first signing for the upcoming season, in which the team will try to battle its way to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague through the Qualifying Rounds. Buducnost bolstered its frontcourt by inking Milivoje Bozovic to a two-year deal.

July 30, 2011 - CEZ Nymburk extends Lenzly
Perennial Czech League champions CEZ Basketball Nymburk reached a new agreement with combo guard Mike Lenzly to keep him in the team next season. Lenzly (1.89 meters, 30 years old) will enter his third season with Nymburk, to which he helped to win back-to-back Czech League and Czech Cup titles, as well as reaching the Eurocup Quarterfinals in 2010.

July 30, 2011 - Krka updates roster with Balazic, Pavic, Baxter & Jordan
KRKA Novo Mesto updated its roster this week by re-signing team captain Jure Balazic for two seasons and adding guard Jimmy Baxter and center Jerome Jordan. Big man Balazic (2.04 meters, 30 years old) helped the club to the Slovenian league and FIBA EuroChallenge titles last season.

July 29, 2011 - Azovmash pens Slipenchuk to 3-year deal
Azovmash Mariupol signed guard Artem Slipenchuk to a three-year contract on Friday. Slipenchuk (1.92 meters, 21 years old) began last season with Budivelnik, but soon moved to Kryvbasbasket, where he averaged 5.8 points and 4.3 assists per game in the Ukrainian League.

July 29, 2011 - Brose Baskets adds scoring ace Tucker
German League champion Brose Baskets added more fire power to its team by inking versatile forward PJ Tucker to a one-year deal, the club announced Friday. Tucker (1.96 meters, 26 years old) arrives from Quebradillas Pirates, where he finished a very eventful 2010-11 season, averaging 15.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in 15 Puerto Rican League games.

July 29, 2011 - Hapoel Migdal announces Izraeli
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem strengthened its backcourt for the upcoming future by inking Guni Izraeli to a two-year deal, the club announced Friday. Izraeli (1.82 meters, 26 years old) will join forces with recently extended playmaker Yuval Naimy at point guard.

July 29, 2011 - Lokomotiv Kuban tabs Rivers
Lokomotiv Kuban added more fire power to its roster by inking shooting guard KC Rivers to a one-year deal, the club announced Friday. Rivers (1.96 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Canadian Solar Bologna, where he averaged 17.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17 Italian League games last season. He had started the 2010-11 season with Chorale Roanne, averaging 10.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 6 Eurocup games before joining Virtus.

July 29, 2011 - PGE Turow adds size with Lauderdale
PGE Turow improved its frontcourt for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by inking big man Dallas Lauderdale to a one-year deal, the club announced Friday. Lauderdale (2.03 meters, 22 years old) just finished his college career at Ohio State University, where he averaged 4.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 37 NCAA games last season.

July 29, 2011 - Noah Nearing France Return
France are hoping to have Joakim Noah back in their EuroBasket training camp next week but there was more bad news on the injury front following a second straight victory over Canada. Les Bleus topped the Canadians 86-69 in Toulouse a day after enjoying a 106-44 rout in Pau, but once again the news was dominated by the injuries that have hit the squad.

July 29, 2011 - Gasol Going For Gold Again
Only one colour interests Pau Gasol when it comes to international basketball: Gold. The Spain star insists there can be no other target for Spain when they defend their title at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. "We can only go for gold," he told AS. "An ambitious and highly competitive team likes ours cannot look for anything other than that, but always with respect for the opponents.

July 28, 2011 - Panathinaikos inks Pat Calathes
Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Panathinaikos will have more of a family feel this season after the club signed the older brother of one of its rising stars. The Greens signed forward Pat Calathes, whose younger brother Nick Calathes played a major role toward lifting the team to the Euroleague title last season.

July 28, 2011 - Real Madrid lands Pocius
Real Madrid improved its backcourt for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by inking shooting guard Marty Pocius to a two-year deal, the club announced Thursday. Pocius (1.96 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Zalgiris Kaunas, where he averaged 10.9 points and 2.3 assists in 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season. In his two seasons with Zalgiris, Pocius has helped his former team win the Lithuanian League and the Lithuanian Cup titles in 2011, and lift back-to-back Baltic League trophies.

July 28, 2011 - Olympiacos signs Howard
A successful college forward is set to make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut, as Olympiacos announced the arrival of Matt Howard for the upcoming season. Howard (2.03 meters, 22 years old) arrives from Butler University, where he averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 35 NCAA games last season.

July 28, 2011 - Union Olimpija invests in Blazic
Union Olimpija got stronger for the upcoming future by inking guard Jaka Blazic to a three-year deal, the club announced Thursday. Blazic (1.93 meters, 20 years old) arrives from Geoplin Slovan, where he comes off a breakout season. He averaged 9.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 30 Slovenian League games this season.

July 28, 2011 - EB renews broadcast agreement with NTV-Plus
Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that its games will continue to be broadcast in Russia thanks to a new agreement with NTV-Plus. All Russian fans will be able to keep watching Euroleague Basketball games during the next three years - until the end of the 2013-14 season - through NTV-Plus, owned by Gazprom-Media, the largest Russian media holding.

July 28, 2011 - Lokomotiv Kuban extends Massey
Lokomotiv Kuban announced a new agreement with power forward Jeremiah Massey to extend his contract until the end of the 2011-12 season. Massey (2.02 meters, 29 years old) averaged 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 35 Russian League games last season. He helped Loko to make it to the Russian League semifinals and the EuroChallenge title game.

July 28, 2011 - Benetton Basket inks Moore
Benetton Basket found a new guard for the upcoming season, none other than E'Twaun Moore, who is set to make his Eurocup debut in 2011-12. Moore (1.92 meters, 22 years old) arrives from Purdue University, so Benetton will be the first stop in his professional career.

July 28, 2011 - Power Electronics keeps Pietrus
A former Eurocup winner will be back to the competition next season, as Power Electronics Valencia reached a new agreement with power forward Florent Pietrus to keep him in the team for one more year. Pietrus (2.02 meters, 30 years old) averaged 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 20 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season, in which Power Electronics made it to the Quarterfinal Playoffs and was one win away from reaching the Final Four.

July 27, 2011 - Olympiacos re-signs center Glynadakis
Olympiacos reached an agreement with center Andreas Glyniadakis to extend his contract until for one more season, the club announced on Wednesday. Glyniadakis (2.15 meters, 30 years old) averaged 2.7 points and 0.7 rebounds in just three Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season, but increased his output to 4.7 points and 2.3 boards in the Greek League.

July 27, 2011 - Spirou tabs Green, keeps Broyles
Spirou Basket kept getting ready for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by inking power forward Caleb Green to a one-year deal and extending Dwayne Broyles until the end of the 2011-12 season.

July 27, 2011 - Artland adds Hilliard, Holston
Artland Dragons got closer to complete its roster for the upcoming Eurocup Qualifying Round by inking playmaker David Holston and swingman Anthony Hilliard to respective one-year deals. Holston (1.70 meters, 25 years old) arrives from another Eurocup Qualifying Round, Pinar Karsiyaka, where he played in each of the last two seasons.

July 27, 2011 - Mavrokefalides banned for two months
In a rather bold move the Greek Basketball Federation have decided to punish Loukas Mavrokefalides with a two-months ban from any competition. The player, who cited personal problems, had declined an invitation to join the Greece NT earlier in the summer. This was the second summer in a row the player refused to play for Greece and apparently the Federation decided to use him as an example for future cases.

July 27, 2011 - Nizhny Novgorod tab Bremer
The surprise of the Russian Professional Basketball League last season Nizhny Novgorod signed J.R. Bremer for the point next season. The former NBA All-Rookie has led the Russian League in assists over the past three seasons with a playoff record of 15 assists in one game this past playoff season.

July 27, 2011 - Union Olimpija adds Capin at guard
Union Olimpija Ljubljana has fortified its backcourt with a familiar face, Slovenian national team player Aleksandar Capin. The veteran guard has spent the past season-and-a-half with Lithuanian powerhouse Zalgiris Kaunas, which he helped win the Lithuanian League and Cup and the Baltic League titles last season.

July 27, 2011 - Hapoel Migdal signs Jackson
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem improved its roster for the upcoming future by inking small forward Luke Jackson to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Jackson (2.01 meters, 29 years old) arrives from Idaho of the NBA Development League, where he averaged 14.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 18 games last season.

July 26, 2011 - Caja Laboral signs Bjelica for 2 years
Caja Laboral signed forward Milko Bjelica to a two-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Bjelica (2.07 meters, 27 years old) has been a double-digit Euroleague scorer over the past two seasons with Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania. Last season he averaged 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague contests.

July 26, 2011 - Maccabi Electra pens Ohayon to 3-year deal
Maccabi Electra signed point guard Yogev Ohayon to a three-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Ohayon (1.88 meters, 24 years old) arrives from rival Hapoel Jerusalem, where he averaged 4.8 points, 3 assists and 1.5 steals per game in the Eurocup and 8.5 points, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game in the Israeli League.

July 26, 2011 - Nachbar out of Eurobasket
Bostjan Nachbar is set to miss Eurobasket 2011 after having to go through surgery to fix a problem in his ankle. After consulting the medical team of the Slovenia NT it was decided that the player should undergo an urgent operation, so he wouldn't aggravate the problem.

July 26, 2011 - Alba Berlin locks up prospect Ney through 2015
Alba Berlin locked up promising swingman Joey Ney for the next four years. Ney (1.97 meters, 18 years old) played for Berlin's ProB squad last season and averaged 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

July 26, 2011 - Anadolu Efes lands Kinsey
A versatile veteran has switched Turkish Airlines Euroleague powerhouses as Anadolu Efes announced Tuesday the arrival of swingman Tarence Kinsey on a one-year deal. Efes also has an option to extend his contract until the end of the 2012-13 season. Kinsey (2.00 meters, 27 years old) arrives from cross-town rivals Fenerbahce Ulker, where he averaged 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 14 Euroleague games last season.

July 26, 2011 - Panathinaikos extends Perperoglou
Turkish Airlines Euroleague reigning champion Panathinaikos reached a new agreement with small forward Stratos Perperoglou to stay together next season, the club announced Tuesday. Perperoglou (2.03 meters, 26 years old) averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 Euroleague games with the Greens last season, in which he won the Greek League and the Euroleague titles with Panathinaikos.

July 26, 2011 - Karsiyaka lands Mire Chatman
An experienced point guard has the chance to return to the Eurocup next season, as Pinar Karsiyaka announced the arrival of Mire Chatman, who inked a one-year deal with his new club on Tuesday. Chatman (1.87 meters, 32 years old) arrives from Besiktas JK, where he averaged 19.7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 8 Eurocup games last season.

July 26, 2011 - Gran Canaria 2014 brings back Palacios
After two years on loan, Gran Canaria 2014 has announced that big man Juan Palacios will play for the team next season. Palacios (2.03 meters, 26 years old) arrives from U.B. La Palma, where he became one of the best players in the Spanish second division last season.

July 26, 2011 - For Batum It's Gold, Then Olympics
Nicolas Batum is not beating around the bush when it comes to France's goal at the EuroBasket. "I want a gold medal," Batum told French sports daily L'Equipe. "We'll see how the journey goes, but I am playing for a title." Joakim Noah's dominant presence in the paint can prove a catalyst for France's gold medal effort, believes Batum.

July 26, 2011 - Dragicevic Believes In Montenegro Potential
Vladimir Dragicevic has hailed Montenegro's preparations for EuroBasket 2011 as they look forward to competing in their first major tournament. The squad have spent the last week in Zlatibor as they begin tuning up for the tournament in Lithuania, and Dragicevic is impressed with the progress they have made.

July 26, 2011 - BK Prostejov tabs Pandula
BK Prostejov improved its perimeter for the upcoming future by inking small forward Dusan Pandula to a two-year deal on Monday. Pandula (1.96 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Mlekarna Miltra Novy Jicin, where he averaged 9.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 34 Czech League games last season.

July 25, 2011 - PGE Turow keeps big man Kickert
In an effort to keep the core of last season’s Polish League runner-up squad together heading into the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, PGE Turow Zgorzelec re-signed Australian big man Daniel Kickert for the coming season. Kickert (2.08 meters, 28 years old) joined Turow midway through last season and averaged 9.3 points and 2.8 rebounds over 25 games.

July 25, 2011 - Asvel Baskets adds versatile forward Thompson
Asvel Basket made an important pick up at small forward by signing Dijon Thompson, who comes off an injury-plagued year with Spartak St. Petersburg. Thompson (2.01 meters, 28 years old) averaged 12 points, 6 rebounds and 1.7 steals in the FIBA EuroChallenge and 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals in the Russian League, but missed the second half of the season with a knee injury.

July 25, 2011 - Spartak signs former Euroleague champ Halperin
Spartak St. Petersburg added a great deal of talent and experience to its backcourt by signing two-time Euroleague champ and former All-Euroleague selection Yotam Halperin to a two-year deal. Halperin (1.96 meters, 27 years old) has spent the past three seasons in Greece with Olympiacos Piraeus.

July 25, 2011 - Lokomotiv Kuban lands center Brezec
Eurocup newcomer Lokomotiv Kuban found a center to steamroll the opposition by signing Primoz Brezec, who was the most dominant player of the Eurocup regular season last year. With fellow Russian side Krasnye Krylia, Brezec (2.16 meters, 31 years old) led the competition with 20.8 points per game and was second with 9.7 rebounds per game.

July 25, 2011 - Rising star Mirotic shines at under-20s
Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic, chosen as the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Rising Star, made history at the European under-20 Championships in Bilbao, Spain. Mirotic, chosen as the tournament's MVP, led the Spanish national team to the gold medal and broke the competition's scoring record, averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds in 9 games.

July 25, 2011 - BC Donetsk inks Kovalenko, Nelson
BC Donetsk got closer to complete its roster for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by inking shooting guard DeMarcus Cousins and big man Vitaly Kovalenko to respective one-year deals. Kovalenko (2.01 meters, 27 years old) arrives from BC Kyiv, where he averaged 10.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 46 Ukrainian League games last season.

July 25, 2011 - Emporio Armani inks Hairston at forward
Emporio Armani Milan agreed to terms with second-year forward Malik Hairston, who played a big role in leading Montepaschi Siena to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four last season. Hairston (1.98 meters, 24 years old) was the Euroleague's weekly MVP after both Games 2 and 4 of the playoffs to lead his former team over Olympiacos and into the Final Four.

July 25, 2011 - Basile returns to Italy
Gianluca Basile is set to return to Italy as he has signed a contract with Cantu. The former international Italian had previously spent the last six seasons abroad, playing for Barcelona. But after an injury plagued campaign last season he was released on free.

July 25, 2011 - Dexia Mons-Hainaut extends Taylor
Dexia Mons-Hainaut reached a new agreement with small forward Ronell Taylor to keep him in the team until the end of the 2012-13 season. Taylor (1.96 meters, 28 years old) averaged 14.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals in 38 Belgian League games last season. He helped Mons to win the Belgian Cup title and reach the Belgian League semifinals.

July 25, 2011 - Elan Chalon completes roster with Smith, Delaney
Elan Chalon rounded up his roster for the upcoming Eurocup Qualifying Round by extending swingman Bryant Smith and inking guard Malcolm Delaney. Smith (1.96 meters, 33 years old) averaged 4.7 points in 33 French League games last season. He helped Chalon to win the French Cup title and reach the Semaine des As final.

July 25, 2011 - FIBA refuses to insure Khryapa for Eurobasket
Viktor's Khryapa participation in Eurobasket is on thin ice after FIBA refused to insure the player for the tournament. According to CSKA president Andrey Vatutin the insurance carrier of FIBA is refusing to insure the player after the injury problems which the player faced last year.

July 24, 2011 - Spanoulis to miss Eurobasket
Greek international combo guard Vasilis Spanoulis will have to skip the upcoming Eurobasket due to injury. Spanoulis had to leave Greece NT training camp yesterday after being in pain during the previous days.

July 24, 2011 - Olympiacos tabs rookie Lucas at point
Olympiacos found a young playmaker to help run the show by signing Kalin Lucas over the weekend. Lucas (1.85 meters, 22 years old) arrives from Michigan State University, where he was a four-year starter and helped the Spartans reach the 2009 NCAA Tournament championship game.

July 23, 2011 - Fratello begins his adventure with Ukraine
Ukraine coach Mike Fratello has begun preparing his squad for Eurobasket in Lithuania, by taking them to Klaipeda - where they will play their Group D games. The former Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies coach, turned TV analyst has taken the national team to Lithuania's third largest city to begin training camp.

July 23, 2011 - Spartak adds Dragicevic, Sergeev
Spartak St. Petersburg added two more important pieces to the puzzle for the upcoming season by signing power forward Vladimir Dragicevic and point guard Pavel Sergeev. Dragicevic (2.05 meters, 25 years old) agreed to a three-year deal. He has spent most of his career with Buducnost in his native Montenegro, but finished last season with Caja Laboral in Spain. He averaged 4.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in eight games with Laboral at the end of the Spanish League regular season and into the playoffs.

July 22, 2011 - Nowitzki Will Play At The EuroBasket
Dirk Nowitzki has firmly declared his readiness to play for Germany at the EuroBasket. The German Basketball Federation published an announcement on their website on Friday afternoon with Nowitzki, as well as Chris Kaman, stating their intention to put on the national team shirt in Lithuania. The presence of Nowitzki, who earlier this summer led the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA title, means the 24-team EuroBasket will include one of the best players in the world.

July 22, 2011 - Gran Canaria extends center Rey through 2014
Gran Canaria 2014 locked up blossoming center Xavi Rey for the next three seasons, the club announced Friday. Rey (2.09 meters, 24 years old) comes off a breakout season in which he averaged 10.5 points, 4 rebounds and 1 block over 22-plus minutes in the Eurocup and 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in the Spanish League.

July 22, 2011 - Benetton Basket signs forward Moldoveanu
Benetton Basket Treviso announced on Friday the signing of Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu, who will make his professional debut with the club this season. Moldoveanu (2.06 meters, 23 years old) arrives from American University in the United States’ capital, where he averaged 20.4 points and 6.4 rebounds as a senior last year.

July 22, 2011 - BC Donetsk signs Radenovic
BC Donetsk signed big man Ivan Radenovic to a two-year contract on Friday. Radenovic (2.08 meters, 27 years old) is a versatile power forward who arrives from Spanish club Menorca Basquet, for whom he averaged 11.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in the Spanish League last season.

July 22, 2011 - Brose Baskets lands Jenkins
A veteran scorer is set to return to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, as German League champion Brose Baskets signed shooting guard Julius Jenkins to a two-year deal on Friday. Jenkins (1.87 meters, 30 years old) arrives from Alba Berlin, where he has played for the last five seasons. He averaged 12 points and 3.4 assists in 11 Eurocup games last season, in which he helped the team to reach the German League finals.

July 22, 2011 - VEF Riga inks Kavaliauskas
VEF Riga reached an agreement with center Antanas Kavaliauskas, who inked a one-year deal with the Latvian League champion on Friday. Kavaliauskas (2.08 meters, 26 years old) arrives from Prima Veroli, where he averaged 9.9 points on 66.2% two-point shooting and 4.6 rebounds in 37 Italian second division games last season.

July 22, 2011 - Reds pick up Kyle Hines
Olympiacos moved to reshape its frontcourt by signing one of the breakout players from last season, Kyle Hines (1.98 meters, 24 years old). The big man dominated off the bench in 10 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games for Brose Baskets Bamberg, where he averaged 12.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

July 22, 2011 - Alba Berlin tabs scoring guard Weaver
Alba Berlin added scoring punch to its backcourt with the signing of Kyle Weaver. The shooting guard joined Spirou Charleroi midway through last season and helped the club win the Belgian championship. Weaver (1.98 meters, 25 years old) averaged 8.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in six regular season games and was the leading scorer in the clinching game of the playoff finals with 14 points and 7 rebounds.

July 22, 2011 - Efes big man Gonlum suffers knee injury
Anadolu Efes could be without one of its frontcourt pillars for much, if not all, of the coming season after big man Kerem Gonlum suffered a knee injury while training with the Turkish national team. Gonlum, who started 15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season and averaged 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, apparently damaged his anterior cruciate ligament during a collision with another player.

July 22, 2011 - Brose Baskets playmaker Goldsberry needs surgery
Brose Baskets Bamberg point guard John Goldsberry could miss the entire 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season to undergo knee surgery. He is scheduled to have the operation on his left knee next week in the United States and will travel to Germany afterwards for his rehabilitation period.

July 21, 2011 - Norrkoping finds new coach in Burke
Norrkoping Dolphins reached an agreement with Paul Burke to promote him to the head coach spot next season. As such, Burke will try to lead the Dolphins to the Eurocup - and become the first Swedish team to do so - by surviving the Qualifying Round against Telenet Oostende. Burke, age 38, has coached the Dolphins' women's team in the last two seasons.

July 21, 2011 - Artland holds on to Hartenstein
Artland Dragons announced a new deal with backup center Florian Hartenstein on a contract extension through the end of the 2011-12 season. Hartenstein (2.06 meters, 33 years old) averaged 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 17 German League games last season. This will be his third season in Quakenbrueck.

July 21, 2011 - Khimki brings back Mozgov, adds Quinn
BC Khimki Moscow Region brought a familiar face back and announced a new player with the signing of Timofey Mozgov and Chris Quinn on Thursday. Mozgov (2.16 meters, 25 years old) played four seasons with the club from 2006 through 2010. He averaged 6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 16 Euroleague games as a reserve in his final season with the club, 2009-10.

July 21, 2011 - Alba Berlin extends Taylor
Alba Berlin reached a new agreement with combo guard Bryce Taylor to stay together for one more season. Taylor (1.93 meters, 24 years old) averaged 7.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 11 Eurocup games with Alba last season. He shined in the 2009-10 Eurocup, averaging 18.5 points in 6 regular season games with Telekom Baskets Bonn.

July 20, 2011- Banvit adds scoring ace Erdogan
A long-heard rumor came true on Tuesday when Banvit announced the arrival of scoring machine Serkan Erdogan, who inked a two-year deal with his new club. Erdogan (1.90 meters, 32 years old) began his career in 1994 with Kolejliler Ankara, proceeded to Tuborg Spor Kulubu Izmir from 1995 to 1998 and Tofas Spor Kulubu Bursa the following season.

July 20, 2011 - Emporio Armani Milan tabs Giachetti at guard
Emporio Armani Milan added some experience to its backcourt by signing veteran combo-guard Jacopo Giachetti, who has spent the past seven seasons playing for Virtus Roma. Giachetti (1.90 meters, 27 years old) has played in five Euroleague seasons. Last year he averaged 5.7 points and 1.7 assists over 18 minutes in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, but was limited to six games due to a knee injury.

July 20, 2011 - Panathinaikos keeps Tsartsaris
A familiar face - not to mention one of the biggest winners in European club basketball - will be back to Panathinaikos next season, as the reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions announced a new agreement with big man Kostas Tsartsaris to stay together for one more year. Tsartsaris (2.10 meters, 31 years old) will enter his 10th consecutive season with Panathinaikos, to which he has helped to reach its current golden age.

July 20, 2011 - Union Olimpija lands Thompson
Union Olimpija fortified its frontcourt for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by inking power forward Deon Thompson to a two-year deal, the club announced Wednesday. Thompson (2.03 meters, 22 years old) arrives from Ikaros Kallitheas, where he averaged 14.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25 Greek League games last season.

July 19, 2011 - Cibona inks Marcinkovic
Cibona improved its frontcourt for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Round by inking swingman Pavle Marcinkovic to a three-year deal on Monday. Marcinkovic (1.97 meters, 22 years old) arrives from Zadar, his only club until this moment. He averaged 6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 25 Adriatic League games last season.

July 18, 2011 - Anadolu Efes also lands Batista
Anadolu Efes Istanbul kept improving its froncourt for the upcoming future by inking center Esteban Batista to a three-year deal, the club announced Monday. Batista (2.08 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Caja Laboral, where he arrived midway through last season. He averaged 8.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in 10 Euroleague games. Batista started the 2010-11 season with Fuenlabrada, averaging 12.9 points and 8.4 rebounds before joining Laboral in January.

July 18, 2011 - Alba Berlin inks Marko Simonovic
German finalists Alba Berlin announced a new name on Monday in order to make its roster even stronger for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds that the German squad will start against VEF Riga. The new addition is forward Marko Simonovic (2.03 meters, 25 years old) arriving from Buducnost of Montenegro, where last season he averaged 10.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in six Eurocup appearances.

July 17, 2011 - Milano adds big, young Radosevic
The 2011-12 roster of Emporio Armani Milano keeps filling with talent with the announcement on Sunday that young big man Leon Radosevic will join the Italian club, too. Radosevic (2.08 meters, 21 years old) arrives from Cibona Zagreb, the club he grew up with.

July 16, 2011 - Gravelines Dunkerque tabs promising Loum
To gear up for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds this fall, BCM Gravelines Dunkerque has signed promising young big man Abdoulaye Loum, who was one of the top performers in the French juniors last season. Loum (2.08 meters, 20 years old) arrives from STB Le Havre, where he made a token appearance in three first-division games while playing mainly in the country's top junior league.

July 16, 2011 - Milano lands Drew Nicholas
A two-time Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion and former Top Scorer Trophy winner switched teams and countries on Saturday as Emporio Armani Milano announced the arrival of shooting guard Drew Nicholas, last seen raising the continental trophy with Panathinaikos in the spring. Nicholas (1.93 meters, 30 years old) averaged 9.8 points and 1.7 assists in 20 Euroleague games last season, helping Panathinaikos reach the pinnacle of European competition for the second time in their three seasons together.

July 16, 2011 - Brose Baskets adds forward Slaughter
German champion Brose Baskets Bamberg kept loading up for 2011-12 with the signing on Saturday of forward Macus Slaughter for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. Slaughter (2.04 meters, 26 years old) arrives from Valladolid of the Spanish League, where he averaged 9.9 points and 6 rebounds in 34 games last season.

July 15, 2011 - Union Olimpija signs Ben Woodside
Union Olimpija announced on Friday the addition of point guard Ben Woodside with a one-year contract. Woodside (1.80 meters, 26 years old) arrives from BCM Gravelines of the French League. Last season, he averaged 13.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists to lead his team to the French Cup title and the French League semifinals.

July 15, 2011 - Anadolu Efes brings in Vujacic
Anadolu Efes Istanbul improved its backcourt for the upcoming season by inking shooting guard Sasha Vujacic to a one-year deal and an option for another, the club announced on Friday. Vujacic (2.00 meters, 27 years old) arrives from New Jersey, where he averaged 11.4 points and 2.3 assists in 56 NBA games last season.

July 15, 2011 - Alba Berlin tabs Torin Francis
German runners-up Alba Berlin is shaping up for the new season and its imminent Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds duel against VEF Riga as the team announced on Friday the addition of big man Torin Francis for the next two seasons. Francis (2.10 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Panellinios of the Greek League, where last year he averaged 15.7 points and 8.2 rebounds in six Eurocup Last 16 games.

July 15, 2011 - VEF Riga extends Janicenoks
Latvian champ and Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds participant VEF Riga announced on Friday the contract extension of small forward Kristaps Janicenoks for the next three years. Janicenoks (1.96 meters, 28 years old) averaged 20.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 steals in six Eurocup regular season games.

July 14, 2011 - Partizan tabs Cakarevic
Partizan mt:s Belgrade reached an agreement with versatile forward Marko Cakarevic, who signed a three-year contract with the reigning Serbian League and Adriatic League champion on Wednesday. Cakarevic (2.00 meters, 23 years old) comes off a breakout season with Radnicki, where he averaged 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 16 Serbian League games last season, helping his team to reach the semifinals.

July 14, 2011 - Unics lands Henry Domercant
A veteran bomber is back to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, as Unics announced the arrival of Henry Domercant, who inked a two-year deal with the reigning Eurocup champion on Thursday. Domercant (1.92 meters, 30 years old) arrives from Spartak St.Petersburg, where he averaged 15.7 points and 1.3 steals in 33 Russian League games last season.

July 14, 2011 - Charleroi, Vilnius chosen to host Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds
Two cities whose hearts beat for basketball – Charleroi, Belgium and Vilnius, Lithuania – have been chosen to jump-start the new 2011-12 season as the hosts of Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds next fall. The 6,000-seat Spiroudome in Charleroi and the 11-000-seat Siemens Arena in Vilnius both will host qualifying-round games between September 29 and October 2.

July 14, 2011 - Real Madrid adds scoring guard Carroll
Real Madrid added more fire power to its roster by inking last season's Eurocup top scorer Jaycee Carroll to a three-year deal, the club announced Thursday. Carroll (1.88 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Gran Canaria, where he averaged 19 points on 42.3% three-pointers, 87.8% free throws, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 12 Eurocup games last season.

July 13, 2011 - Zalgiris signs Rakovic
One of the best newcomers to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague last season switched teams on Saturday, when Milovan Rakovic was officially loaned to Zalgiris Kaunas from Montepaschi Siena for one year. Rakovic (2.08 meters, 26 years old) was his team's top rebounder and third-best scorer at the most recent Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona, where Siena finished third.

July 13, 2011 - VEF Riga extends Cain
VEF Riga reached a new agreement with forward Tyler Cain to extend his contract until the end of the 2012-13 season, the club announced Wednesday. Cain (2.04 meters, 22 years old) averaged 4.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 6 Eurocup games last season.

July 13, 2011 - Lokomotiv Kuban keeps Shukhovtsov
Lokomotiv Kuban reached a new agreement with center Grigori Shukhovtsov to extend his contract for two more years - until the end of the 2012-13 season - on Wednesday night. Shukhovtsov averaged 4.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 36 Russian League games last season.

July 13, 2011 - Olympiacos extends Printezis
Olympiacos BC reached a new agreement with versatile forward Georgios Printezis to extend his contract until the end of the 2011-12 season, the club announced Wednesday. Printezis (2.02 meters, 26 years old) rejoined the Reds in April and helped the win to win the Greek Cup and reach the Greek League finals.

July 12, 2011 - Lietuvos Rytas lands Roberts
Lietuvos Rytas improved its frontcourt for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by inking power forward Lawrence Roberts to a two-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Roberts (2.06 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Anadolu Efes, where he averaged 6.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 16 Euroleague games last season.

July 12, 2011 - BC Donetsk inks prospect Lypovyy
A familiar face will be back in BC Donetsk next season, none other than Oleksandr Lypovyy, who inked a five-year deal with the Ukrainian powerhouse on Tuesday. Lypovyy (2.00 meters, 19 years old) was sent to Donetsk on loan from BC Kyiv last March and averaged 2.7 points in 19 Ukrainian League games, helping the team to reach the finals.

July 12, 2011 - Etha Engomis adds size with Dawson
Etha Engomis improved its frontcourt for the upcoming Eurocup Qualifying Round by inking center Mark Dawson to a one-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Dawson (2.08 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Ilysiakos Athens, where he averaged 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in 14 Greek League games last season.

July 11, 2011 - Bilbao Basket lands Grimau
Bizkaia Bilbao Basket added much-needed experience for its upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut next season by inking swingman Roger Grimau to a two-year deal, the club announced Monday. Grimau (1.96 meters, 32 years old) arrives from FC Barcelona Regal, where he had played for the last eight seasons, becoming the team's captain.

July 11, 2011 - Real Madrid extends Velickovic
A former Turkish Airlines Euroleague Rising Star award winner is staying put, as Real Madrid reached a new agreement with forward Novica Velickovic to extend his contract until the end of the 2012-13 season, the club announced Monday. Velickovic (2.05 meters, 24 years old) averaged 3.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 19 Euroleague games last season, helping his team to reach the Final Four.

July 11, 2011 - Spartak St. Petersburg lands Mavrokefalidis
Spartak St. Petersburg kept improving its froncourt for the upcoming Eurocup Qualifying Rounds by inking big man Loukas Mavrokefalidis to a two-year deal, the club announced Saturday. Mavrokefalidis (210, 26) arrives from Olympiacos, where he averaged 8.4 points and 4 rebounds in 18 Euroleague games last season.

July 11, 2011 - Azovmash brings back Rizvic
A familiar face is back in Mariupol, Ukraine, none other than Hasan Rizvic, who agreed to a two-year deal with Azovmash this weekened. Rizvic (2.10 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Unics, where he averaged 5.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 16 Eurocup games last season, helping his team to win the title.

July 11, 2011 - Oostende tabs Rich, Sakota
BC Oostende keeps improving its roster with the initial goal of getting to the Eurocup next season by inking versatile forward Dusan Sakota and combo guard Jason Rich. Sakota (2.09 meters, 25 years old) has been sidelined since April 2010 due to a stomach injury that needed him to go into an induced coma for several days.

July 11, 2011 - Artland Dragons keeps Bailey
Artland Dragons reached a new agreement with guard Bryan Bailey to extend his contract until the end of the 2011-12 season, the club announced this weekend. Bailey (1.85 meters, 31 years old) averaged 11.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 41 German League games last season, helping Artland to reach the semifinals.

July 11, 2011 - Prostejov tabs Venta
Prostejov find a new point guard in its fight to each the Eurocup through the Qualifying Round by inking Matej Venta to a one-year deal this weekend. Venta (1.87 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Hopsi Polzela, where he averaged 10.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25 Slovenian League games last season.

July 10, 2011 - Milano inks Bourousis for two years
Emporio Armani Milan confirmed the addition of former All-Euroleague team member forward Ioannis Bourousis for the next two seasons. Bourousis (2.10 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Greek League runners-up Olympiacos, for whom he averaged 10.7 points and 6.6 rebounds last season in 18 Turkish Airlines Euroleague appearances over 17 minutes per game.

July 9, 2011 - Zouros names Greece squad
Elias Zouros has named the 16-men preliminary squad of the Greek National Team. Zouros delayed his announcement as he was waiting for Bourousis anti-doping test results. The former Olympiacos player was found clean and the green light was given by the Greek Basketball Federation to the coach.

July 9, 2011 - Galatasaray tabs Songaila
In another impressive move Galatasaray has tabbed former NBA veteran Darius Songaila. The Lithuanian has an eight seasons experience in NBA and although he has only played ten official games last season he will bring a lot to table, especially at the Euroleague qualifying round where Galatasaray will take part, starting from the game against PAOK.

July 8, 2011 - Donetsk brings forward Saltovets back
BC Donetsk signed forward Oleg Saltovets for the coming season after he played for the club last season on loan. Saltovets (2.02 meters, 34 years old) had been under contract at BC Kyiv, which loaned him to Donetsk, but after that deal expired, Saltovets and Donetsk decided to extend the relationship for the 2011-12 season.

July 8, 2011 - Brose Baskets keeps guard Schmidt
Brose Baskets Bamberg announced that young guard Daniel Schmidt's contract has been extended for the 2011-12 season. Schmidt (1.86 meters, 20 years old) saw extremely limited action last season at Bamberg.

July 8, 2011 - Bilbao lands Raul Lopez
Spanish runners-up Turkish Airlines Euroleague debutante Bizkaia Bilbao Basket announced on Friday the addition of point guard Raul Lopez for the next two seasons. Lopez (1.82 meters, 31 years old) arrives from BC Khimki Moscow region where last year he averaged 8.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 10 Euroleague appearances.

July 8, 2011 - Fifth annual European Basketball Marketing Summit
The European Basketball Marketing Summit '11, held in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday and Friday, attracted more than 60 representatives from European clubs and 14 countries across the continent to hear from experts and discuss together ways of better serving fans, sponsors and communities.

July 8, 2011 - NGC Cantu links Lighty
NGC Cantu improved its backcourt for its upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague return this season by inking versatile swingman David Lighty to a two-year deal, the club announced Friday. Lighty (1.95 meters, 23 years old) just finished his college career at Ohio State University (NCAA).

July 8, 2011 - BC Donetsk lands Michael Lee
BC Donetsk improved its frontcourt for its upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds debut by inking power forward Michael Lee to a one-year deal, the club announced Thursday. Lee (2.07 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Radnicki Kragujevac, where he averaged the Adriatic League top scorer last season.

July 8, 2011 - Zalgiris tabs high-flying Weems
Zalgiris Kaunas added some athleticism on the wings with the signing of Sonny Weems to a one-year deal. Weems (1.98 meters, 25 years old) will make his European basketball debut this season with the Lithuanian champs. He arrives from Toronto of the NBA, where he averaged 9.2 points and 2.6 rebounds last season over 59 games as a part-time starter.

July 7, 2011 - Cholet Basket keeps big man Falker
Cholet Basket re-signed big man Randal Falker for the coming season, which will be his third with the club. Falker (2.01 meters, 25 years old) led Cholet with 5.9 rebounds and was sixth in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague with 1.3 blocks per game last season despite coming off the bench for just 21 minutes per game.

July 7, 2011 - VEF Riga locks up Janicenoks for 3 years
Turkish Airlines Euroleague hopeful VEF Riga made sure to keep its leader by signing guard Kristaps Janicenoks to a three-year contract extension. Janicenoks (1,96 meters, 28 years old) starred for VEF last season in the Eurocup when he ranked second in the competition in the regular season with 20.3 points per game and tied for third with 2.5 steals per game.

July 7, 2011 - Lietuvos Rytas lands high-scoring guard Rice
Lietuvos Rytas upgraded its offense with the addition of high scoring guard Tyrese Rice, who arrives from German side Artland Dragons. The sides agreed to a one-year contract with an option for a second season. Rice (1.85 meters, 24 years old) was the German League runner up in scoring last season with 17.2 points per game and ranked fourth with 5.1 assists per game.

July 7, 2011 - Caja Laboral brings in Lampe for 2 years
One day after its starting center transferred elsewhere, Caja Laboral reacted with a big signing of its own by grabbing Maciej Lampe for two seasons. Lampe (2.10 meters, 26 years old) arrives from Eurocup champion Unics Kazan, where he spent the past two seasons.

July 7, 2011 - Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw 2011-12
The thoughts of sneakers squeaking and balls sailing through the nets were on the minds of all Thursday as the draws for the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season and Qualifying Rounds and the Eurocup Qualifying Round took place in Barcelona, Spain.

July 7, 2011 - bwin partners with Euroleague Basketball
The bwin sports brand has today become the new sponsor for Euroleague Basketball, the most important professional club basketball competition in Europe. bwin’s marketing and media rights agreement for Euroleague events runs until June 2014.

July 7, 2011 - Euroleague assembly meets before 2011-12 draw
The Euroleague Commercial Assets board and assembly met in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday, to point the way to an exciting new 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague that will give 38 teams from 18 countries the chance to call themselves continental champions next spring.

July 7, 2011 - Eurocup Clubs Commission meeting in Barcelona
The Eurocup Clubs Commission met Wednesday in Barcelona prior to the 2011-12 Eurocup Qualifying Round draw to continue discussions on how to improve the competition and establish a framework designed to meet all the needs of the clubs.

July 6, 2011 - A new home for European basketball
On the eve of group draws that signal the start of the 2011-12 season, a new era of growth in European basketball was celebrated Wednesday night with the inauguration of the recently completed Euroleague Basketball headquarters in Barcelona, Spain. An estimated 200 representatives from across the breadth of the European basketball family joined in festivities that symbolized the consistent expansion that the sport has achieved since Euroleague Basketball was founded in 2000.

July 6, 2011 - Valencia gets big man Ogilvy
Power Electronics Valencia found an anchor inside by signing Australian center A.J. Ogilvy. The deal, which is pending a physical examination, is for one season with an option for 2012-13. Ogilvy (2.11 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Turkish club Besiktas ColaTurka, for whom he averaged 7.8 points, 5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks.

July 6, 2011 - Cibona adds Rudez & Kovacevic at wings
Cibona continued its preparation for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by signing swingmen Damjan Rudez and Hrvoje Kovacevic from Croatian League rival Cedevita Zagreb. Rudez (2.03 meters, 25 years old) was one of the stars of Cedevita's charge to the Eurocup Finals last season, during which he averaged 13.2 points over 16 games.

July 6, 2011 - Lokomotiv inks Zabelin
Eurocup debutante Lokomotiv Kuban announced on Wednesday the addition of power forward Artem Zabelin for the next season. Zabelin (2.15 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Russian champs CSKA Moscow where he has been the last four campaigns.

July 6, 2011 - Turkey Squad Includes Preldzic, Kanter
The EuroBasket Women may be over but the applause being directed at silver-medal winners Turkey sure isn't. At Tuesday's Turkish Basketball Federation press conference to announce the preliminary squad for the EuroBasket in Lithuania, the attention deservedly fell on coach Ceyhun Yildizoglu and his magnificent squad that made history in Poland.

July 6, 2011 - Germany NT preliminary squad announced
German National selector Dirk Bauermann has announced his 16-men preliminary squad for Eurobasket 2011. Dirk Nowitzki's name is not amongst them, but it is means little as he will join the team on a latter stage.

July 6, 2011 - Efes announces Barac
Efes Anadolu has officially announced the signing of Stanko Barac. Barac has been in Efes' radar for a long time now and after weeks of negotiations between Efes and Caja Laboral the deal was closed with the Turkish giants paying a reported fee of 1.2M euros for the player's buyout.

July 6, 2011 - CSKA lands Teodosic
A former Euroleague MVP has switched allegiances with the news that Russian champion CSKA Moscow has signed playmaker Milos Teodosic to a three-year deal. Teodosic (1.95 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Olympiacos, where he averaged 10.9 points on 89.8% free throw shooting and 3.6 assists in 18 Euroleague games last season.

July 6, 2011 - Serbia Start Preparations With Doubts
Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic is facing some serious obstacles ahead of the EuroBasket in Lithuania concerning player availability. The veteran tactician announced a 19-man squad for the national team's first training camp but only 15 of those called showed up for the opening day. Some were absent with permission, like captain Nenad Krstic, who is completing his move from the NBA to CSKA Moscow, but others like Miroslav Raduljica have informed the coach that they will not be with the team.

July 5, 2011 - CSKA re-signs big center Sokolov
CSKA Moscow re-signed Dmitry Sokolov, one of its top players in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague last season, to a two-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Sokolov (2.14 meters, 26 years old) has spent the past two seasons with CSKA. Last year he posted 8.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 22 minutes over 10 Euroleague games.

July 5, 2011 - Cibona signs big man Suton
Cibona Zagreb signed promising big man Goran Suton to bolster the club as it aims to return to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague via the Qualifying Rounds. Suton (2.08 meters, 25 years old) split last season between Spartak St. Petersburg in Russia and Angelico Biella in Italy. He averaged 9 points and 7.4 rebounds over 25 Italian League games for Biella.

July 5, 2011 - Euroleague Basketball referees working on their game, too, this summer
Three off-season camps designed to help Euroleague Basketball referees hone their skills have been completed successfully in locations around Europe, with a fourth scheduled for later this summer. The first camp was held during the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona, Spain, during the first weekend of May.

July 5, 2011 - Skyliners sign Katzurin as boss
Fraport Skyliners of Germany announced the addition of Muli Katzurin as head coach for the next season. Katzurin, 57, arrives from Alba Berlin of Germany, a team he joined last January and led them to the German League finals, lost to Brose Baskets.

July 5, 2011 - Valencia names Olmos new coach
Power Electronics Valencia stepped into its history books to bring back one of the most successful head coaches in club history, Paco Olmos, as its new boss. The 41-year-old Valencia native was at the helm when Valencia won the 2003 ULEB Cup.

July 5, 2011 - Valencia brings in Markovic
Power Electronics Valencia will put the ball in the hands of the Eurocup’s all-time leading assist man next season after signing Stefan Markovic to a two-year deal. Markovic (1.91 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Benetton Treviso, whom he helped to the Eurocup Final last season.

July 5, 2011 - Lokomotiv brings in Bykov
Eurocup newcomer Lokomotiv Kuban announced the addition of guard Sergey Bykov for the next campaign. Bykov (1.90 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Russian champs CSKA Moscow, where last season he averaged 2.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 5 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games.

July 5, 2011 - Valencia inks guard San Miguel
Power Electronics Valencia hired another new point guard, Rodrigo San Miguel, as it returns to the competition it has won twice so far, the Eurocup, for the 2011-12 season. San Miguel (1.86 meters, 26 years old) has played five full seasons in the Spanish League, the last three for Manresa.

July 5, 2011 - Lokomotiv tabs Shabalkin
Lokomotiv Kuban keeps getting ready for its Eurocup debut in the 2011-12 season by inking versatile forward Nikita Shabalkin to a two-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Shabalkin (2.05 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Dynamo Moscow, where he averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 27 Russian League games last season.

July 5, 2011 - Skyliners ink Johannes Herber
Fraport Skyliners kept getting ready for its Eurocup return in the 2011-12 season by inking swingman Johannes Herber to a two-year deal, the club announced Friday. Herber (1.97 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Walter Tigers Tuebingen, where he averaged 6.6 points and 2 assists in 34 German League games last season.

July 5, 2011 - Lokomotiv keeps Chalmers, Sheleketo
Lokomotiv Kuban announced new agreements with scoring guard Lionel Chalmers and forward Maksim Sheleketo, who will keep playing for the Russian powerhouse next season. The club kept an option to extend Sheleketo's contract until the end of the 2012-13 season.

July 5, 2011 - Benetton tabs Gal Mekel
Benetton Basket has found a new point guard in Gal Mekel, who will play for the Italian powerhouse next season. Mekel (1.95 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Hapoel Gilboa/Galil, where he has played in the last three seasons.

July 5, 2011 - 2011-12 Eurocup participating teams
The list of teams that will make up the 2011-12 Eurocup has been announced by Euroleague Basketball. For the third season in a row, the competition will be filled by teams in three different ways: by direct qualification to the Eurocup Regular Season, by promotion from the Eurocup Qualifying Round and by demotion following the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds.

July 5, 2011 - Unicaja adds Rowland at point
Just days after announcing playmaker Kris Valters, Unicaja signed point guard EJ Rowland, who penned a two-year deal with his new club on Tuesday. Rowland (1.88 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Italian side Vanoli Cremona, where he averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 assists and a league-best 2.9 steals in 30 games last season.

July 5, 2011 - Benetton inks Djordjevic as new coach
Benetton Basket has found a new coach in Sasha Djordjevic, who inked a one-year deal with his new club on Saturday. Djordjevic, age 43, returned to the sidelines for the first time since 2007, as his only previous coaching experience was with Armani Jeans Milano. He arrived to Milano in January 2006, replacing Lino Lardo, and helped the club to reach the Italian Cup and the Italian League semifinals in 2007.

July 5, 2011 - Skyliners keep guard Robertson
German League semifinalist Fraport Skyliners has started gearing up for the 2011-12 Eurocup Regular Season by re-signing spectacular guard Quantez Robertson to a new two-year contract. Robertson (1.88 meers, 27 years old) averaged 7.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27 minutes per game last season.

July 5, 2011 - Gortat Gives Thumbs-Up To Poland
Marcin Gortat has announced his intention to play for Poland at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. The 2.13m Phoenix Suns center has returned to Europe from the United States and revealed he will suit up for the Poles when they play in Group A against Spain, Turkey, Lithuania, Great Britain and a team that comes from the Additional Qualifying Round.

July 5, 2011 - Turkey NT preliminary squad announced
Turkish National selector Orhun Ene has announced the 18-men list of the preliminary squad of the team. Obviously the big news comes from the calling of Emir Preldzic, who seems to have been given the green light by FIBA.

July 5, 2011 - Partizan extends team's backbone
Serbian and Adriatic League champ Partizan Belgrade announced a major contract extension to several veteran players to secure the core of the team for the next Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. The three extended players are guard Dusan Kecman, big man Rasko Katic and guard Petar Bozic.

July 5, 2011 - Efes signs youngster Balbay
Anadolu Efes Istanbul made official the addition of young guard Dogus Balbay for the next three seasons. Balbay (1.85 meters, 22 years old) arrives from the NCAA as he played for the Univeristy of Texas. Last season he averaged 4.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 36 games.

July 4, 2011 - 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Draw seeds, info
The draw will be held according to seeds. The 22 directly qualified teams will be divided into six seeds with four teams in each, in accordance with the Club Ranking described in Appendix I of the Euroleague Basketball Club Licensing Rules. The performance of teams in European competitions during a three year period will be used. Each club will get 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw or loss from the Regular Season onwards.

July 4, 2011 - UNICS extends Petr Samoylenko
Eurocup champion and Turkish Airlines Euroleague debutante Unics announced on Monday a contract extension with the team captain, guard Petr Samoylenko, for the next season. Samoylenko (1.86 meters, 34 years old) averaged 2.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 14 Eurocup appearances last season, to help Unics become Eurocup champ for the first time.

July 4, 2011 - PAOK extends Markopoulos as head coach
PAOK Thessaloniki decided to give continuity to its project by extending the contract of head coach Soulis Markopoulos for three more seasons until the end of the 2013-14 campaign. Markopoulos, 62, has spent the last two seasons already at PAOK and led the team to the third place in the Greek League last season.

July 4, 2011 - Asvel confirms Kim Tillie
Asvel Basket made official this weekend the extension of power forward Kim Tillie for the next two seasons and an option for two more in order to strengthen the team for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds. Tillie (2.11 meters, 22 years old) averaged 4.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in four Eurocup games last season.

July 3, 2011 - Danilochkina Heads All-Tournament Team
Russia guard Elena Danilochkina was named as the Most Valuable Player of EuroBasket Women 2011 after sparking her country to a third championship in eight years. The 25-year-old emerged as her team's most influential player in Poland, shooting over 50% from the field to lead the Russians in scoring while hitting 18 points in both the quarter and semi-finals.

July 3, 2011 - Golden Russia Down Turkey In Style
It wasn't the smoothest of rides but a rampant Russia finally reached their destination to top the podium and be crowned EuroBasket Women 2011 champions. Their stuttering and unconvincing start to the tournament was little more than a distant memory as they swept aside Turkey with a classy and powerful performance to make up for missing out on top spot in the Final two years ago.

July 3, 2011 - France Defeat Czechs To Conquer Bronze
Two years after claiming gold, France secured the consolation of bronze at EuroBasket Women with a 63-56 victory over the Czech Republic in Lodz. Both teams came to Poland with greater ambitions in mind. Both have the consolation of places at next year's Olympic qualification tournament.

July 3, 2011 - Montepaschi Siena inks forward Summers
Italian champion Montepaschi Siena has put some young energy into its lineup by signing forward DaJuan Summers to help try to get back to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four next season. Summers (2.03 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Detroit of the NBA, where he played in 66 games over two seasons, averaging 3.2 points in 9 minutes per game.

July 3, 2011 - CSKA brings Ponkrashov back again
CSKA Moscow welcomed back a familiar face to the club ahead of the new season by signing combo-guard Anton Ponkrashov to a multi-year deal. Ponkrashov (2.00 meters, 25 years old) previously played two Euroleague seasons with CSKA and reached the Euroleague title game in 2007 and the Final Four in 2010.

July 3, 2011 - Galatasaray tabs leader in Lakovic
A former Euroleague champion and All-Euroleague guard has found a new home with the announcement Saturday that Galatasaray Cafe Crown has signed Jaka Lakovic to help lead its upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds effort. Lakovic (1.86 meters, 32 years old) arrives from Regal F.C. Barcelona of Spain as one of the most accomplished Euroleague players all century.

July 2, 2011 - AJ Milano puts Fotsis at forward
A current and three-time continental champion has decided to take his talents to a new country as Armani Jeans Milano of Italy announced Friday that it has signed forward Antonis Fotsis for two seasons. Fotsis (2.09 meters, 30 years old) arrives from defending champ Panathinaikos, with whom he won the Turkish Airlines Euroleague title in May to go along with previous ones in 2000 and 2009.

July 2, 2011 - Cantu goes big with rebounder Parakhouski
Turkish Airlines Euroleague newcomer Cantu of Italy added strength to its frontline Friday with the signing of big man Artsiom Parakhouski for the upcoming 2010-11 season. Parakhouski (2.11 meters, 23 years old) debuted as a pro last season with VEF Riga of Latvia, winning that country's national title and participating in the Eurocup.

July 1, 2011 - Unicaja announces Kristaps Valters
Spanish power Unicaja made official on Friday the addition of guard Kristaps Valters for one season with an option for another. Valters (1.91 meters, 30 years old) arrives from another Spanish League team, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, where last season he averaged 10.3 points and 4.2 assists per game.

July 1, 2011 - Galatarasay gets swingman Gordon
Turkish runners-up Galatasaray Cafe Crown announed on Friday the addition of versatile swingman Jamon Gordon to help the team try to make through the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds next fall. Gordon (1.91 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Greek side Olympiacos, where last season he averaged 4.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 19 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games.

July 1, 2011 - Executives of the Year: Pavlos and Thanassis Giannakopoulos, Panathinaikos
A quarter of a century spent building their club into the most successful in modern European basketball has resulted in Pavlos and Thanassis Giannakopoulos of Panathinaikos Athens being voted Executives of the Year for the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season.

July 1, 2011 - Montenegro Name Preliminary Squad
Montenegro coach Dejan Radonjic has announced his 16-man preliminary squad for the EuroBasket. Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic and Lottomatica Roma's Vladimir Dasic are included as well as Nikola Vucevic, the 20-year-old who was just taken in the first round of the NBA Draft by Philadelphia.

July 1, 2011 - NBA lockout is here!
Well, what we suspected would happen for months now is just hours before realisation. As the NBA announced NBA team owners are locking the players out and the league is suspended. Negotiations between the two parties broke off minutes ago (Thursday afternoon in Manhattan). This means that at least a part of the 2011/12 NBA season will be lost and along with it tens of millions of dollars in the form of players wages, TV rights revenues, tickets sales, sponsorships etc.




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