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Home - News archive June 2010

  News archive June 2010

June 30, 2010 - Unicaja interested in Batista
It seems that his new Spanish passport and his excellent season with Fuenlabrada last year has made Esteban Batista a desired man all over the continent. After Unicaja Malaga lost Kosta Perovic to Barcelona, Batista is reported to be one of their main targets for the paint along with Robert Archibald.

June 30, 2010 - Hansen wants to play for Olympiacos
Travis Hansen talked to the "SportBeat" show of US-American TV and expressed his desire to play for Olympiacos next season. Hansen is still under contract with Real Madrid, but he is not in the plans of coach Ettore Messina.

June 30, 2010 - Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) in big trouble
Historic Serbian club Crvena Zvezda is close to bankruptcy. Zvezda ows big ammounts of money not only to their players, but also to managers and other clubs. Marko Keselj, Lazar Radosavljevic, Nemanja Nedovic and Elmedin Kikanovic have already left the club as they have not been paid for a very long time.

June 30, 2010 - Big Sofo flying to LA
Sofoklis Schortsanitis got on a plane to Los Angeles, early this morning, in order to meet with the management of the LA Clippers and negotiate the terms of a contract.

June 30, 2010 - Spanoulis to become Red today
The manager of Vassilis Spanoulis is in Athens today in order to finalize the deal of his other client, Dusan Ivkovic, with Olympiacos and Greek media are buzzing that Spanoulis couls also sign a contract with the Reds and be announced today.

June 30, 2010 - Olympiacos targeting Langdon
Another name is added to the long list of candidate players for Olympiacos. According to Greek media, Trajan Langdon is being targeted by the Greek club.

June 30, 2010 - CSKA interested in Batiste
After Real Madrid and Efes Pilsen, Mike Batiste could be in the radar of CSKA also, in the frame of Dule Vujosevic' new project, according to Greek media.

June 30, 2010 - ZALGIRIS hires Aco Petrovic as head coach
Zalgiris Kaunas announced the signing of Aco Petrovic as its new head coach on Tuesday evening. Petrovic, 50, signed a one-year deal with an option for the 2011-12 season. He started last season at Crvena Zvezda in his native Serbia, but left the post early in the season.

June 30, 2010 - Chorale Roanne adds scoring ace KC Rivers
Chorale Roanne started to get ready for the 2010-11 Euroleague Qualifying Round by landing scoring machine KC Rivers, who inked a one-year with his new team on Tuesday. Rivers (196, 23) arrives from Benetton Basket, where he averaged 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 8 Eurocup games last season.

June 30, 2010 - GasTerra completes roster with John Turek
Dutch League champion GasTerra Flames got ready for the 2010-11 Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by inking center John Turek to a one-year deal. Turek (205, 27) arrives from Phoenix Hagen, where he averaged 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 28 German League games last season.

June 30, 2010 - 17 players in the Croatian preparation squad
Mario Kasun will not take part as he already announced his retirement from the NT last September. Other notable absences include Nikola Vujcic and Sandro Nicevic.

June 30, 2010 - Archibald wanted by Zalgiris, likely to stay in Unicaja
Having appointed Aco Petrovic as the new head coach, Zalgiris are now looking to add some new players to the roster. Krepsinis.net quotes Spanish media which suggests that the club is showing interest in Scottish center Robert Archibald.

June 29, 2010 - CANTU tabs veteran center Marconato
NGC-Bennet Cantu added size and experience ahead of its return to the Eurocup by signing veteran center Denis Marconato to a two-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. Marconato (211, 35) arrives from Montepaschi Siena, where he averaged 2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12 Euroleague games last season.

June 29, 2010 - Aguilar back to Real Madrid
Pablo Aguilar, who was recently called to the preparation of the Spanish NT, is officially back to Real Madrid. 21-year old Aguilar, returns to the Spanish capital after two years with Granada. He averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds last season in the ACB.

June 29, 2010 - 15mil for Pekovic?
According to Greek media Nikola Pekovic has received an improved offer by the Minnesota Timberwolves, namely 15 million dollars for 3 seasons. The player is receiveing high pressure from the NBA club to join them this season. If this offer turns out to be true, Nikola Pekovic has really something to think about.

June 29, 2010 - Kaukenas not going to Turkey
It seems that Head Coach Kestutis Kemzura will have to cope without yet another star in the WC held in Turkey. Rimantas Kaukenas has turned down the invitation to Lithuania's NT, due to family reasons. That's another huge blow for Lithuania as Sarunas Jasikevicius and Ramunas Siskauskas are also not going to participate.

June 29, 2010 - Cajasol interested in Vassiliadis
With the negotiations with Tariq Kirksay taking longer than wished for, Cajasol is examining other options, one of them being Kostas Vassiliadis.

June 29, 2010 - Spirou Basket brings back Chris Beghin
A familiar face is back in Charleroi, none other than center Christophe Beghin, who inked a three-year deal with Spirou Basket. Beghin (207, 30) arrives from Antwerp Giants, where he averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 35 Belgian League games last season.

June 29, 2010 - PARTIZAN tabs guard Dragan Milosavljevic
Shortly after naming Vlada Jovanovic as its new head coach, Partizan Belgrade signed shooting guard Dragan Milosavljevic, making him the team's first new addition for the coming season. Milosavljevic (21, 198) arrives from fellow Serbian side Radnicki, with whom he reached the Serbian Superleague semifinals last year.

June 29, 2010 - UNICAJA, captain Rodriguez stay together
Unicaja captain Berni Rodriguez, who has become the face of the club over his decade-plus of service there, signed a contract extension that could keep the guard with the club through the end of his career.

June 28, 2010 - Efes Pilsen inks Wisniewski
After Velimir Perasovic, Erwin Dudley and Cenk Akyol, Efes Pilsen announced the signing of US-guard Andrew Wisniewski, via their official website.

June 28, 2010 - Olympiacos agreed terms with Ivkovic
According to Greek sources, Olympiacos have agreed terms with coach Dusan Ivkovic, on a 2-year deal and the only thing missing is an official announcement.

June 28, 2010 - Rimantas Kaukenas joins the absentees list for Lithuania
Lithuanian national team suffered another blow after Real Madrid shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas chose not to play for his country in World Championship 2010. Kestutis Kemzura, head coach of Lithuania NT, told to BTV Sport News that the 33-year-old veteran guard will not play due to family reasons.

June 28, 2010 - Zisis to renew with Siena
Accoring to Greek website gazzetta.gr, Greek guard Nikos Zisis, agreed terms with Montepaschi Siena on a deal that will keep him with the club until the summer of 2013.

June 28, 2010 - REGAL FC Barcelona adds Perovic at center
Euroleague champion Regal FC Barcelona has made its first off-season move, reaching an agreement-in-principle with center Kosta Perovic, who is set to ink a three-year deal with the Spanish powerhouse.

June 28, 2010 - PARTIZAN names Vlada Jovanovic new coach
After Dusko Vujosevic left Partizan to sign for CSKA on Friday, the club turned around and tabbed his assistant as the new head coach. Vlada Jovanovic, 37, who spent the last five years working under Vujosevic, has been handed the reins to the club.

June 28, 2010 - Dynamo extends Aleksey Zhukanenko
Dynamo Moscow has started to get ready for the Eurocup Qualifying Rounds by extending center Aleksey Zhukanenko, who inked a new contract until the end of the 2010-11 season. Zhukanenko (210, 24) comes off a career-best season, in which he averaged 6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 8 Eurocup games last season - including the qualifying rounds.

June 28, 2010 - MADRID extends Felipe Reyes
A signature big man is staying put long-term, as Real Madrid has announced a new agreement with power forward Felipe Reyes, who extended his contract until the end of the 2012-13 season, the club confirmed Monday. Reyes (203, 30) arrived at Real Madrid in 2004 and has helped his team win two Spanish Leagues titles in 2005 and 2007- earning playoffs MVP honors that season.

June 28, 2010 - Referees sharpen skills at camps
The first of three camps that Euroleague Basketball is running this summer for its referees was held over the weekend in Douai, France. A total of 10 officials were on hand to sharpen their skills under the tutelage of the Euroleague Basketball Technical Commission, headed by refereeing supervisor Costas Rigas.

June 28, 2010 - Poeta, a man sought after, AJ Milano calling Jaric
According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Giuseppe Poeta has drawn quite some interest from European clubs. After AJ Milano and Benetton Treviso with confirmed interest, Gran Canaria and DKV Joventut have entered the race to acquire his signature.

June 27, 2010 - ANWIL re-signs forward Nikola Jovanovic
Anwil Wloclawek re-signed forward Nikola Jovanovic over the weekend for the coming season. Jovanovic (205, 29) was one of Anwil’s top players last season when it reached the Polish League finals. He led the team in scoring with 13.8 points and added 4.9 rebounds for Prokom in the regular season and improved to 14.5 points, 6 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots in the playoffs.

June 27, 2010 - Marko Jaric would like to continue his career in Olympiacos
Marko Jaric spoke to kosarka.rs and told that he's still not sure about his future but he also made it known that the possibility of playing for Olympiacos next season interests him.

June 27, 2010 - Real Madrid released Darjus Lavrinovic too
The mass-firing at Real Madrid continues. Darjus Lavrinovic is the latest player who was released by the Spanish giants. However, this might not mean that Lavrinovic will not play in Real Madrid next season.

June 26, 2010 - World Championship Round Up 7
With just under 60 days until the World Championships. Preparations and warm-up games are starting to take shape - as coaches come closer towards making their decisions about who to take to Turkey in late August.

June 26, 2010 - Prokom bring in Szubarga
GKK Arka S.A. informs that agreement with Krzysztof Szubarga was reached. 26 years old Poland National Team playmaker will join the team in the next season. Krzysztof averaged 11.2ppg and 6.8apg in 33 Polish League games.

June 26, 2010 - Efes Pilsen gets Cenk Akyol
After a season's break Cenk Akyol returns to Efes Pilsen for the second time. As Efes Pilsen announced the played signed a two-years deal. Cenk Akyol has played for Efes Pilsen for six seasons. His first stint was in 2003-2008 and his second was in 2008-09 season.

June 25, 2010 - Le Mans brings back center Alain Koffi
After a year away, center Alain Koffi is returning to his boyhood club Le Mans Sarthe Basket. Koffi (207, 26) arrives from DKV Joventut, where he averaged 5.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in the Eurocup last season.

June 25, 2010 - UNICS Kazan names Evgeny Pashutin head coach
UNICS Kazan named Evgeny Pashutin as its new head coach on Friday. Pashutin agreed to a two-year deal with Kazan, shortly after he left CSKA Moscow. Pashutin, 41, spent just one season as the CSKA head coach, during which he guided the team to the Russian League and Cup double as well as the Euroleague Final Four.

June 25, 2010 - EFES PILSEN lands Erwin Dudley
Efes Pilsen announced on Friday the addition of power forward Erwin Dudley (204, 29) for the upcoming season. Dudley arrives from Turk Telekom, where he has performed the last five seasons in which he averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per night.

June 25, 2010 - Olympiacos want Siskauskas to replace Childress
Josh Childress is unlikely to remain in Greece next season after he was told by Olympiacos to look for another team. Though the Greek giants are not going to leave an empty small forward position. According to basketnet.gr, Ramunas Siskauskas is wanted by Olympiacos to replace Childress.

June 25, 2010 - Drucker new Aris coach
As TalkBasket wrote days ago, Sharon Drucker is now officially the new coach of Aris Thessaloniki, replacing David Blatt who took over Maccabi Tel Aviv. Drucker signed a 1-year deal and is expected to arrive to Thessaloniki on Monday, June 28 and he will presented to the press at the same day.

June 25, 2010 - Koffi returns to Le Mans
Le Mans have announced the return of Alain Koffi to the team of his heart where he has already spent seven seasons, before taking a short break last season to play in ACB.

June 25, 2010 - CSKA gets coaching master Vujosevic for three years
Russian champs CSKA Moscow signed coaching great Dusko Vujosevic to a three-year deal, the club announced Friday. Vujosevic, 51, arrives from Partizan Belgrade, where he had become one of the faces of the franchise. He coached the Serbian powerhouse from 2001 with no interruption, leading it to nine consecutive national championships, four cups and the last four Adriatic League titles, becoming the most successful coach in that club's illustrious history.

June 24, 2010 - FB ULKER inks Peker, extends Savas
Fenerbahce Ulker remained busy in its preseason preparations and shored up its frontline by signing big man Kaya Peker from Efes Pilsen for two years and re-signing Oguz Savas for two more years. Peker (208, 29) is among the premier big men in Turkish basketball and averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 16 Euroleague appearances last season.

June 24, 2010 - ASVEL tabs Zizic
French side ASVEL Villeurbanne has announced the signing of international Croatian power forward/center Andrija Zizic for one year. Zizic had to move back to Croatia last year due to personal reasons and had the chance to revive his career over there.

June 24, 2010 - Dusan Ivkovic new-old Olympiacos coach
Dusan Ivkovic has arrived to Athens Internaitonal Airport and is expected to meet with Olympiacos owners, the Angelopoulos brothers in order to sign his contract with the Reds.

June 24, 2010 - Childress close to returning to the NBA
According to Greek sources Josh Childress will not continue with Olympiacos and is close to returning to the NBA after two seasons in Euroleague and Greek A1.

June 24, 2010 - Real Madrid want Batiste
Real Madrid made an offer to Mike Batiste for the next two seasons. Batiste is probably looking at his last big contract, as he will be turning 33 in November, so he knows he has to consider every offer even though Panathinaikos is his first option.

June 24, 2010 - Eurocup 2010/11 participants
Euroleague have announced the teams that will take part in next season's Eurocup (regular season and qualifying rounds) competition. Check out the entire list of 40 teams.

June 24, 2010 - Club Executive of the Year: Przemyslaw Seczkowski, CEO Asseco Prokom
The most successful season ever by a Polish team in European basketball history has ended with Przemyslaw Seczkowski, the CEO of Asseco Prokom Gdynia, being voted Club Executive of the Year in Euroleague Basketball.

June 24, 2010 - 17 for Greece
The pre-eliminary squad was announced and it includes 17 players. Most noteable absence is of course that of Teo Papaloukas who will not be participating for the second season in a row.

June 24, 2010 - Unicaja looking to add McIntyre
With most of their backcourt gone, Unicaja Malaga are looking to add players in the perimeter and the number 1 target of Head Coach Aito Reneses is no other than Terrell McIntyre.

June 24, 2010 - Benetton lands Bjelica!
After all the talks about Barcelona being interested in the player, it is Benetton Treviso afterall who landed the 22-year old Serbian international.

June 24, 2010 - Kaboom! Vujosevic in CSKA?
Yes...Kaboom! If this turns out to be true. Greek sports website gazzetta.gr, quoting own sources, states that Dule Vujosevic seems to be very close to CSKA Moscow.

June 24, 2010 - Markovic officially to Benetton
As Benetton Treviso officially announced through via website, Serbian International signed a contract with the club that will keep him in Italy for the next two seasons.

June 24, 2010 - Valencia tries to keep Martinez
Eurocup winners Power Electronics Valencia are seeing a good part of the squad being disassembled this summer, with coach Neven Spahija leaving for Fenerbahce, Matt Nielsen probably following him, Kosta Perovic being on the market due to his big contract and Rafa Martinez having offers from Unicaja Malaga, Caja Laboral and Barcelona.

June 23, 2010 - Del Negro to replace Repesa in Benetton?
Benetton Treviso might be coached by NBA coach next season. Krepsinis.net reports that Vinny Del Negro who was in charge of Chicago Bulls through 2008-2010 could be the one to replace Jasmin Repesa in Treviso.

June 23, 2010 - List of Euroleague 2010/11 participants
Euroleague has decided which teams will participate during the next season's edition of Euroleague both directly in the group stage and those who will fight for a spot playing in the qualifying round. Find out all the teams and with what criteria they were chosen.

June 23, 2010 - Euroleague Commercial Assets meeting
The Euroleague Commercial Assets (ECA) board members met Wednesday in Barcelona to prepare for the General Assembly that will take place on July, 7 in Barcelona, a day before the Euroleague Draw. The meeting began with a brief review of the 2009-10 season, where all present agreed that the season offered a very high sporting standard that allowed fans to enjoy very entertaining and tense games.

June 23, 2010 - Fenerbahce lands Marko Tomas
Fenerbahce have announced the signing of 25 year old Croatian international guard Marko Tomas for the next two seasons, after the wish of the coach Neven Spahija.

June 23, 2010 - Partizan: Vesely is not for sale
Partizan are trying to keep a hold of the players that are still under contract and build next year's squad on them, as many of their core players have ending contracts this summer, like Bo McCalebb and Lawrence Roberts.

June 23, 2010 - Spanoulis getting closer to Olympiacos
As days go by and Panathinaikos-Spanoulis don't seem to come to an agreement, the player is reported to getting closer to the other Greek powerhouse, Olympiacos.

June 23, 2010 - Macvan even closer to Maccabi
According to kosarka.rs Milan Macvan, that was reported to have agreed terms with Maccabi about a month ago, has become even closer now. Reportedly the two parts have come to an agreement regarding the compensation for Hemofarm, as the Serbian International is still under contract.

June 23, 2010 - 15 for Spain preparation squad
15 players will meet in Madrid on the 15th of July for the preparation of the Spanish National Team. Pau Gasol is of course not amongst them, nor are NT regulars, Carlos Cabezas and Raul Lopez.

June 23, 2010 - Bilbao agrees with Jackson
24-year old combo guard Aaron Jackson is the latest signing of Bilbao Basket. As the club officially announced the two parts agreed upon a 1+1 seasons contract.

June 23, 2010 - Barcelona interested in Maric, Bouroussis?
According to Spanish sources two more names have popped up and are being projected as targets by the Catalan club, namely Aleks Maric and Yannis Bouroussis.

June 23, 2010 - Mickeal: I will not continue under these conditions
What just happened there? Pete Mickeal doesn't want to continue with Barcelona after such a successful season? The player's representatives, David Watts and David Carro, tried to shed some light on the situation. Pete Mickeal signed a 1+1 contract last summer with Barcelona and was very happy with this outcome stating that he likes Barcelona, that he wants to retire there and that the most important thing for him is stability.

June 23, 2010 - Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year: Xavi Pascual, Regal FCB
After leading his team to the Euroleague title in dominant fashion, Regal FC Barcelona head coach Xavi Pascual has been voted winner of the Euroleague Basketball Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy for the 2009-10 season. In just his second full campaign as head coach at this level, Pascual guided Barcelona to the best record in the Euroleague this season and to the club's second Euroleague crown.

June 22, 2010 - Jamont Gordon and Kosta Perovic on CSKA's list
Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow is already looking at potential additions to the team for the next season's campaign. According to Spanish media, CSKA eyes last season discovery Jamont Gordon from Cibona and Eurocup champion Kosta Perovic of Power Electronics Valencia.

June 22, 2010 - Ivkovic agrees with Olympiacos
According to Greek media the new coach of Olympiacos will be legendary Serbian coach Dusan Ivkovic, as Ettore Messina, who was the primary target, will continue with Real Madrid.

June 22, 2010 - AJ Milano targeting Kaukenas
After it was made known that Rimantas Kaukenas is not in the plans of Ettore Messina for the upcoming season and Real Madrid did not extend the player's contract, the 33-year old Lithuanian is looking at a return to the Italian League, in the jersey of AJ Milano.

June 22, 2010 - Kirksay asks for 600k euros from Cajasol
According to Diario de Sevilla, Tariq Kirksay's agent asked for 600.000 net (1 million gross) euros and a 2-year contract in order for his player to continue with the club.

June 22, 2010 - Joventut interested in Hosley
Quinton Hosley's 22.9 points and 11.7 rebounds in last season's edition of the Turkish League with Pinar Karsiyaka did not go unnoticed. DKV Joventut is reported to have the player high in their transfers list.

June 22, 2010 - Big Sofo offered to Caja Laboral
According to Spanish website solobasket.com, Sofoklis Schortsanitis was offered to the Spanish Champions Caja Laboral. Many bigs have been reported to interest Caja Laboral upon the departure of Tiago Splitter, including Kosta Perovic and Miroslav Raduljica.

June 22, 2010 - Anderson released by Maccabi
It was known for quite a while that Maccabi will not keep Alan Anderson. The Israeli club did not activate the option they had to renew Anderson, so now the 27-year old American is a free agent.

June 22, 2010 - Panathinaikos interested in McCalebb?
According to various Greek media that recreated a story by Spanish El Correo, Panathinaikos is reported to be interested in Bo McCalebb, along with Barcelona and Maccabi of course.

June 22, 2010 - Domercant targeted by Fenerbahce
It seems like Fenerbahce is aiming high next season with Neven Spahija at their bench as they are reported to be interested in most hot names of the offseason. Latest player to be reportedly targeted by the Turkish club, is Henry Domercant.

June 22, 2010 - Roberts, McCalebb to leave Partizan
Five players of Partizan have expiring contracts this summer including Bo MaCalebb and Lawrence Roberts, who after an amazing season have drawn the interest of many top clubs and it will be almost impossible for the Serbian club to renew them.

June 22, 2010 - Barcelona interested in Vesely
Barcelona is looking to reinforce the SF position and the main target is no other than Jan Vesely of Partizan, who had a superb season with the Serbian Champions.

June 22, 2010 - Unicaja lays eyes on McIntyre, Perovic
Zabian dowdell and Gary Neal will most likely not continue with Unicaja Malaga and the planning for next season is well underway. Main targets are Terrell McIntyre who is a free agent and Kosta Perovic of Valencia.

June 22, 2010 - Nuggets extend Kleiza
The Denver Nuggets, who own Linas Kleiza's rights in the NBA, extended a qualifying offer to the player, thus making him a restricted free agent.

June 22, 2010 - Koufos says no to Greek NT
The pre-eliminary squad has yet to be announced by Head Coach Jonas Kazlauskas, yet Kostas Koufos will most likely not be joining the preparation of the Greek NT for the upcoming World Championship in Turkey.

June 22, 2010 - Jaric, Kaukenas, Hansen, Dasic and VDS expected to leave Real Madrid
According to the Russian sports website championat.ru Real Madrid has decided to part ways with five players. Mako Jaric, Travis Hansen, Rimantas Kaukenas, Tomas Van den Spiegel and Vladimir Dasic are expected to either be released soon or called to discuss the termination of their contracts soon.

June 21, 2010 - Nadjfeji joins FC Bayern
The first addition of this season's offseason for the ambitious FC Bayern is Aleksandar Nadjfeji, previously with Tubingen in the German first league. Nadjfeji's new contract will keep him in the Bavarian capital for the next three seasons.

June 21, 2010 - LOTTOMATICA extends head coach Boniciolli
Lottomatica Roma president Claudio Toti announced Monday that head coach Matteo Boniciolli will remain at that position for two more seasons. Toti was speaking at a press conference at the Palazzetto dello Sport di Viale Tiziano in which Bogdan Tanjevic was introduced as Roma’s new sporting director.

June 21, 2010 - Real Madrid and Louis Bullock part ways
After six years, two ACB titles and one Eurocup with Real Madrid, Louis Bullock was told by the management that he will not continue with the club next season. The two parts will now have to negotiate a compensation for the 34-year player as he is still under contract until the summer of 2011.

June 21, 2010 - Fenerbahce interested in Maric
On the possibility of losing one or both of Semih Erden and Omer Asik to the NBA, Fenerbahce is already examining possibilities to fill up their paint. No better candidate than this summer's hottest name at the center position, Aleks Maric.

June 21, 2010 - Perasovic new Efes Pilsen coach
Efes Pilsen have officially announced the signing of Croatian Velimir Perasovic as their new head coach. Efes Pilsen had included Perasovic' name in the shortlist amongst those of Jasmin Repesa, Panagiotis Giannakis and Svetislav Pesic but the young coach who coached Cibona to the Croatian championship and Adriatic final was the chosen one.

June 21, 2010 - Draws for 2010-11 season announced
The first events of the next basketball season, the draws for the 2010-11 Euroleague, Eurocup Qualifying Rounds and EuroChallenge, will be held on Thursday, July 8 at the Mediapro Auditorium, Imagina (Av. Diagonal 177) in Barcelona, Spain. For the fifth consecutive year, the 2010-11 draws may be seen live on Euroleague.net.

June 21, 2010 - Presentation of the closing session of the Euroleague Basketball Clinic "Three of a Kind"
The official presentation of the closing session of the Euroleague Basketball Clinic "Three of a Kind" will be held Wednesday, June 23, at 17:00 CET in the Utrillo Room of the Hotel Catalonia Plaza in Barcelona. The trio of coaching legends who have given the clinic's classes on-line over the last five months - Aito Garcia Reneses of Unicaja, Ettore Messina of Real Madrid, and Zeljko Obradovic of Panathinaikos Athens - will be joined at the press conference by Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu.

June 21, 2010 - San Emeterio and Oleson new faces for Spain NT
Spanish National Team selector Sergio Scariolo has announced the 24-men preliminary squad for the 2010 World Championship featuring two new faces, that of Caja Laboral's San Emeterio and Brad Oleson.

June 21, 2010 - News about Kleiza was a PR stunt
Linas Kleiza is going to play in World Championship 2010 in Turkey despite recent reports that Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) might struggle to gather money for his insurance. 15min.lt reports that the release of such news was planned in order to push the process of signing the contract with a new sponsor one step further.

June 20, 2010 - Manute Bol, dies at 47
Manute Bol, a lithe 7-foot-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa, died Saturday. He was 47. Bol died at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition, Tom Prichard, executive director of the group Sudan Sunrise, said in an e-mail.

June 20, 2010 - CHOLET BASKET, coach Kunter renew for two years
Euroleague newcomer and freshly crowned French champion Cholet Basket will keep the same leadership on the sidelines this season after signing head coach Erman Kunter to a two-year extension over the weekend. Kunter, 53, enters his fifth straight season on the bench and Cholet and his sixth overall with the club.

June 20, 2010 - MACCABI captain Derrick Sharp stays
Maccabi Electra captain Derrick Sharp will make it 15 seasons with the Israeli powerhouse after re-signing with the club for the 2010-11 season. Sharp (183, 38) joined the team in 1996 and has won 12 Israeli championships, 10 Israeli Cups, two Euroleague crowns and 1 SuproLeague title with the club.

June 20, 2010 - Stephane Lasme in talks with Cholet Basket
Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme left Maccabi Tel Aviv more than a week ago. Cholet Basket are in talks with the player. Though after the arrival of David Blatt it seems that Maccabi might want to re-sign Lasme too.

June 20, 2010 - Messina tops Olympiacos candidates list, Xavier Pascual is also an option
After Panagiotis Giannakis has been officially fired, the search for a new head coach of Olympiacos has officially started. As TalkBasket.net reported a couple of days ago, Ettore Messina is the top candidate to replace Giannakis. Club's president Panagiotis Aggelopoulos visited Spain in order to meet with Ettore Messina and discuss his possible move to Greece.

June 20, 2010 - D’or Fischer inked by Real Madrid
After two seasons with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, center D’or Fischer has moved to the Spanish League, where he is expected to sign a two year contract with Real Madrid. The club wishes Fischer the best of luck with his new team.

June 20, 2010 - Marko Milic stays Cremona player for two more seasons
Legendary European courts player Marko Milic have signed a contract with the Italian side of Vanoli Cremona. The duration of the new deal will be two years.

June 20, 2010 - No Dirk and Kaman for Germany NT
Germany National Team coach Dirk Bauermann have announced the preliminary squad of the team for the 2010 World Championships and the names of both Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman are not amongst the 16 names.

June 19, 2010 - Childress not wanted by Olympiacos anymore
Olympiacos presidents had promised to rebuilt Olympiacos squad and reduce the club's budget by a significant percentage and the American forward will be another collateral damage of this new policy.

June 19, 2010 - Drucker, Perasovic, Zdovc favourites for Aris bench
Sharon Drucker still remains the favourite to take charge of Aris next season while Velimir Perasovic and Jure Zdovc are also seriously considered by the Aris management.

June 19, 2010 - Vujosevic: I will join Olympiacos... when they change colours
There have been rumours lately regarding the interest of Olympiacos to bring in Dusko Vujosevic, the legendary coach of Partizan, over to build a new team, but after the end of the Serbian finals Vujosevic finally talked about it and ruled out any possibility to coach Olympiacos, or almost any.

June 19, 2010 - Slovenia without Lorbek and Smodis
Slovenia National Team coach Memi Becirovic announced the 17 players that will take part in summer camp, leading to 2010 World Championship. The most prominent absentees are Matjaz Smodis, both Erazem and Domen Lorbek and of cource Sasha Vujacic.

June 19, 2010 - Lokomotiv Kuban released seven players
Lokomotiv Kuban (Krasnodar) have announced the release of not one, not two, but seven players all together while they have offered new deals to some other players.

June 18, 2010 - OLYMPIACOS, coach Giannakis part ways
In an announcement made on Friday, Olympiacos BC confirmed that Panagiotis Giannakis will not coach the team next season, despite having led the Reds to the Euroleague title game last month. Giannakis arrived to Olympiacos in February of 2008 and guided the team this season to its first trophy in eight years, the 2010 Greek Cup. Giannakis also helped Olympiacos reach back-to-back Euroleague Final Fours for the first time since 1998.

June 18, 2010 - Batiste 2009/10 Greek A1 MVP
Panathinaikos' Michael Batiste has won the MVP award of the 2009/10 Greek A1 season. Giorgos Bartzokas of Maroussi was voted as best coach while the best young player award went to Nikos Pappas of Bilbao Basket who was on loan at Kolossos Rhodes.

June 18, 2010 - Will Nowitzki put on a Bayern jersey?
We have all heard about the new project of FC Bayern to build a strong and competitive basketball team. The first step in this direction was hiring coach Dirk Bauermann. According to Bauermann himself now, Dirk Nowitzki could be a long-range step.

June 18, 2010 - Kleiza could miss WC2010
Linas Kleiza, and other Lithuanian stars could miss the Turkey World Championship due to insurance reasons as the Lithuaniabasketball.com portal reports. Lithuanian Basketball Federation is desperately seeking for funds to pay the necessary insurances required for everyone to play, but it is yet unknown if they will manage to do it in time.

June 18, 2010 - Gasol MVP as Lakers win NBA title
Los Angeles Lakers have made the repeat and won their second NBA championship in a row, this time beating Bostoc Celtics, and taking revenge on the finals they lost to the Celts in 2008. Pau Gasol was MVP of the game scoring 19 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.

June 18, 2010 - Bamberg champions in Germany!
For the third time in the club's history, Bamberg claimed the German BBL title. Succeeding Oldenburg, the champions edged Frankfurt Skyliners 72-70 in decisive game 5 of the play-off finals.

June 18, 2010 - MACCABI adds rookie center Foote
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv continued to be an early and active force in the player market with the announcement Friday of its third signing in a week, that of center Jeff Foote, who will make his professional debut next season in the Euroleague. Foote (213, 22) arrives after three seasons at Cornell University, where he won three consecutive Ivy League titles.

June 17, 2010 - Fenerbahce Ulker adds Engin Atsur for two years
Fenerbahce Ulker revamped its backcourt on Thursday by signing guard Engin Atsur on a two-year deal. The announcement came hours after the club extended the contract of playmaker Roko Ukic. Atsur (193, 23) arrives from fellow Turkish side Besiktas ColaTurka, where he had a breakout season last year.

June 17, 2010 - Khimki lands Zoran Planinic!
Khimki continues to surprise as they announced their second transfer in a matter of hours and after Sergey Monya they have landed Croatian international star Zoran Planinic from arch-rivals of CSKA Moscow!

June 17, 2010 - Oberto ready to help Argentina in WC
Argentine NBA star Fabricio Oberto has been given the go ahead by his doctors after facing heart problems during last season (irregular heartbeat). But after being pronounced fit he will be joining the rest of the Argentines in Turkey.

June 17, 2010 - Panathinaikos releases Jasikevicius
Panathinaikos BC have released Sarunas Jasikevicius effective immediately. Of course this does not necessary mean that the Lithuanian super-star will be leaving Athens but is probably a tactical maneuver in order to convince him to lower his demands for a new contract.

June 17, 2010 - Olympiacos tells Halperin to look for elsewhere to play
What started off as a fairy-tale is coming to an abrupt end after Olympiacos ordered the player's agent to start looking for a new team for his client to play for next season. Halperin had joined Olympiacos in the summer of 2008 claiming he was an Olympiacos fan since he was a teenager.

June 17, 2010 - Khimki tabs Sergey Monya
As officially announced by the club, Sergey Monya will be a Khimki player for the next two seasons. Monya has had a great season being the captain of both Russia National Team and Dynamo Moscow and he drew some attention on him.

June 17, 2010 - FB Ulker re-signs point guard Ukic
Turkish League champion Fenerbahce Ulker reached an agreement with playmaker Roko Ukic to extend their contract until the end of the 2011-12 season, the club confirmed Thursday. Ukic (196, 25) arrived to FB Ulker midway through last season and helped the team to go all the way to the Turkish League and the Turkish Cup titles.

June 16, 2010 - All hell breaks loose in Serbian final
Partizan might have beaten Hemofarm 81-86 away but the fight which was started by the players and was continued by the fans on the stands was the clue of the game. As a result both teams finished the game with just three players!

June 16, 2010 - McIntyre and Jaaber wanted by Unicaja
Unicaja have already started the search for a potential replacement for Omar Cook. According to Spanish media, the favourite to run the point next season is Terrell McIntyre whose contract with Montepaschi Siena runs out this summer.

June 16, 2010 - Toppert is first signing
The Plymouth Raiders are delighted to announce the signing of shooting guard Cody Toppert for the 2010/11 season. The 6'4", 27 year old Toppert, an American, comes to the Raiders with a very impressive resume, and importantly, a European passport.

June 16, 2010 - New faces in France NT preliminary squad
Some new and young faces were called to the preliminary France National Team squad ahead of the 2010 world Championsip of Turkey, by head coach Vincent Collet. The new faces are Joakim Noah of Chicago Bulls, French champion with Cholet Kevin Seraphin who was promoted from the youth team and Ian Mahinmi of San Antonio Spurs.

June 16, 2010 - Caja Laboral sweeps Barcelona
A Fernando San Emeterio three-point play with 0.5 seconds remaining in overtime lifted Caja Laboral to a thrilling 79-78 victory and a 3-0 sweep of Regal FC Barcelona to win the club’s third Spanish League title.

June 15, 2010 - Cholet claims French title
Although being a historical French club, Cholet only managed to get their first title ever last Sunday. The champions convincingly defeated Le Mans 81-65 and succeeded Villeurbanne. The one game final gathered the two best teams in the regular season with Cholet with a slight edge, as they had less one loss.

June 15, 2010 - MACCABI ELECTRA brings back Tal Burstein
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv keep getting ready for the 2010-11 Euroleague season by inking swingman Tal Burstein to a three-year deal on Tuesday. As such, Burstein returns to his former club to complete more than 10 years with Maccabi. Burstein (198, 30) arrived to Maccabi from Bnei Herzelia to Maccabi at age 20, right before the start of the 2000-01 season.

June 15, 2010 - New VTB League format shaping up
According to Russian "SportExpress" the new VTB League format is steadily shaping up and will take its final form in the General Assembly of the League in early July. Read what the League's General Director, Andrey Shirokov, told in the interview to the Russian newspaper-website.

June 15, 2010 - 10 Russian renegade clubs create new Russian League
10 Russian renegade clubs have decided to leave Russian Men's Superleague A and instead create their own private league, which with the combination of the VTB league practically means the end of Russian domestic league as we had known them. Read the entire announcement regarding the creation of this new league.

June 15, 2010 - Bauermann officially FC Bayern coach
It was known for a while that FC Bayern Munchen is aiming at creating a top-level basketball team and that German NT coach Dirk Bauermann would be the Head Coach and now it is official as the club announced.

June 15, 2010 - Real Madrid striving to keep their captain Reyes
Real Madrid and the player's agent have began discussion regarding the extension of the club's captain Felipe Reyes' contract but a possible deal should not be taken for granted as the two sides disagree on several subjects.

June 15, 2010 - Erman Kunter strong candidate for Efes Pilsen's bench
According to Turkish media, Efes Pilsen is concluding negotiations with Erman Kunter in order for the latter to sit on the team's bench next season. The former Turkish international player was coaching French side Cholet last season who he led to their first championship title.

June 15, 2010 - Llull at least one month out
After a week's conservative treatment on Sergio Llull's left foot, it seems that the Spanish international will not avoid the worst. Llull will have to stay out of action for at least 1-1.5 months due to a fraction in his left foot. He is however expect to make a full recovery just in time for the WC 2010 prepearation with the Spanish NT.

June 15, 2010 - Aguilar pulls out of the Draft
One of the most promising Spanish youngsters, Pablo Aguilar, decided to withdraw his participation from the NBA Draft 2010 following the example of many other Europeans so far like Donatas Motiejunas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Robin Benzing.

June 14, 2010 - ASSECO PROKOM extends Dan Ewing
Asseco Prokom announced that guard Daniel Ewing will remain with the club for a third season after agreeing to a one-year extension. Ewing (191, 27) comes off a strong season in which he helped the club reach the Euroleague quarterfinals and win the Polish League. Ewing averaged 11.6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals over 29 minutes in 19 Euroleague games last season.

June 14, 2010 - Serbian League finals, Game 1: June 14, 2010
Partizan Belgrade has a leg up in the Serbian League finals after beating Hemofarm Stada 67-60 in the opening game of the best-of-five series. Hemofram hosts Game 2 on Wednesday. Aleks Maric scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and Jan Vesely and Bo McCalebb added 10 points each for the defending champs.

June 14, 2010 - POWER ELECTRONICS lands Dusko Savanovic
Power Electronics Valencia reached an agreement with power forward Dusko Savanovic on a two-year deal on Monday. Savanovic (204, 27) arrives from Cajasol, where he averaged 14.7 points on 41% three-point shooting and 4.8 rebounds in 36 Spanish League games last season.

June 14, 2010 - Boston Celtics want Semih Erden?
Fenerbahce Ulker center Semih Erden could be on his way to the other side of the pond, according to milliyet.com. It is reported that Boston Celtics, currently leading 3-2 in NBA Finals, might have already made an offer for Erden.

June 14, 2010 - PAO keep their captain Diamantidis
Panathinaikos BC have announced the extension of its captain Dimitris Diamantidis' contract for the next three season. It was an expected move by the club to keep the fans' favourite and one of the clubs all time icons.Although to details were given regarding the financial part of the deal sources say Diamantidis will be receiving a generous 2 million euros per season.

June 14, 2010 - Unicaja makes an offer for Martinez
Unicaja Malaga made an offer of 350.000 to Valencia for Rafa Martinez according to tubasket.com. 28-year old Martinez was one of Valencia's best players last season averaging 13.7 points in the ACB and quite reasonably has drawn the attention of clubs like Barcelona, Caja Laboral and Unicaja Malaga.

June 14, 2010 - Italian League finals, Game 1: June 13, 2010
Montepaschi Siena started the best-of-seven Italian League finals in style by downing Armani Jeans Milano 100-80 on Sunday night at Pala Mens Sana. Terrell McIntyre scored 14 of his 29 points in the first quarter and shot 5 of 7 from beyond the arc to lead the defending champs.

June 13, 2010 - World Championship Round-Up 6
Group C side, Puerto Rico are looking into a possibility that NBA stars, Michael Beasley and Udonis Haslem could be eligible to play for the national team. But they are a long way from knowing if they might actually play in Turkey this summer. Puerto Rico Basketball Federation president, Carlos Beltran commented: “We received information, unofficially, that the two allegedly have a grandparent, possibly grandmothers, who are Puerto Ricans.”

June 13, 2010 - Wade out of the WC
Dwyane Wade clarified that he will not be part of Team-USA in this summer's World Championship in Turkey and plans to make a comeback to the NT in the 2012 London Olympics. As it was made known, Wade will have a very busy summer being a free agent and at the time of the WC he will be in court claiming custody of his kids in the divorce process with his (ex) wife.

June 13, 2010 - Efes interested in Andersen
David Andersen obviously did not find the playing time he was looking for in the NBA (14.1 minutes) and is reported to be entertaining thoughts of returning to Europe despite still having one year left in his contract with the Houston Rockets.

June 13, 2010 - Spanish League finals, Game 2: June 12, 2010
Caja Laboral took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Spanish League finals with a 69-70 road win at Euroleague champion Regal FC Barcelona on Saturday. Fernando San Emeterio scored 19 points to lead Laboral, which can clinch its third Spanish championship when it hosts Game 3 on Tuesday in Vitoria.
June 13, 2010 - Fenerbahce Ulker tabs Spahija as new boss
Wasting no time in filling the vacancy at the head of its bench, Fenerbahce Ulker announced Friday that Neven Spahija will be the new head coach for the Turkish champions. Spahija, 47, replaces veteran Bojan Tanjevic, who announced his resignation on Thursday after having led Fenerbahce to its third domestic title in four seasons.

June 13, 2010 - The scandalous case of Emir Preldzic
Slovenian (or is he Bosniac? Turk? Janissary? Albanian?) international star of Fenerbahce Ulker, Emir Preldzic, is again in the spotlight of international competitions after he expressed his wish to now play for the Turkish National Team, after he had played for Slovenia youth NT and last year trying to play for Bosnia & Herzegovina senior NT.

June 13, 2010 - Rakocevic wants to return to Spain
Igor Rakocevic said via Twitter that he is going to take permanent residence in Bilbao, Spain. He also said that he would like to play again in the same team with his buddy and former teamate Tiago Splitter.

June 13, 2010 - Garbajosa to leave Real?
According to Real Madrid sports affiliated website defensacentral.com, Jorge Garbajosa will not continue with Real Madrid. Head Coach Ettore Messina is reported to be unsatisfied with Garbajosa's overall performance throughout the season, even though the Spanish international started 40 of his 55 games.

June 11, 2010 - Blatt wants Drew Nicholas in Maccabi
David Blatt, the new head coach of Maccabi, is already looking at possible additions to the team. Drew Nicholas of Panathinaikos appears to be one of the most wanted players by Blatt. The two-year contract of a 29-year-old American forward expires this summer.

June 11, 2010 - David Blatt inks three-year contract with Maccabi
David Blatt was mentioned as a potential new head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv for several years. Eventually this move became true. 51-year-old American-Israeli coach has previously worked at Maccabi through 2000-2004 as an assistant coach of Pini Gershon.

June 11, 2010 - Aydin Ors replaces Bogdan Tanjevic in Fenerbahce
A replacement to Bogdan Tanjevic has been found. 64-year-old Trukish coach Aydin Ors will take the head coach position of the Turkish champions. Ors has previously coached both Turkish giants - Efes Pilsen and Fenerbahce.

June 11, 2010 - Tanjevic announces Turkey preparation squad
Turkish NT Head Coach, Bogdan Tanjevic announced the preparation squad for the World Championship 2010, consisting of 15 players. Most noteable are the absences of NT regulars like Kaya Peker, Mirsad Turkcan, Ermal Kuqo and Serkan Erdogan.

June 11, 2010 - Reneses wants Rudy and Suarez in Malaga
Rudy Fernandez and Carlos Suarez are the two most desired players by Aito Garcia Reneses for Unicaja Malaga in order to reinforce the forward positions who are suffering by aging Carlos Jimenez and the departure of Jiri Welsch.

June 11, 2010 - Rudy: Olympiacos shows interest as well
After Real Madrid, Barcelona, Caja Laboral and according to Greek media, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos could not be left out of the picture and added their name to the list of teams interested in the Spanish player.

June 11, 2010 - AJ Milano meets Siena in the finals
AJ Milano beat Caserta on the road with 59-65 behind a great defensive effort in the third quarter that kept their opponents at mere 6 points and will meet Monetpaschi Siena in the finals in a repetition of last season's title series.

June 10, 2010 - FB ULKER, Tanjevic part ways
Fenerbahce Ulker is looking for a new coach, as Bogdan Tanjevic stepped down on Tuesday night due to health problems. Tanjevic had a meeting with team president Aziz Yildirim and several board members and both parts reached a quick agreement. In an official statement, the club said that Tanjevic will always be considered a member of Fenerbahce's family, representing the club outside Turkey.

June 9, 2010 - Breaking News: Obradovic stays Green
Just seconds ago Panathinaikos BC president Pavlos Giannakospoulos and his brother vice-president Thanassis Giannakopoulos announced the renewal of Zeljko Obradovic' contract with the Greek champions Panathinaikos for the next two years.

June 9, 2010 - Macijauskas announces his retirement
Lithuanian sharp shooter Arvydas Macijauskas decided to end his career at the age of 30 due to spinal ganglia. Macas hasn't played for two years since the trial between and him and his last club Olympiacos began. The Reds won the trial and were allowed to terminate the contract without paying a compensation.

June 9, 2010 - Lasme Let Go by Maccabi
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv notified Stephane Lasme that they will not be picking up their option on him for next season. The club wishes the player a speedy recovery and all the best in the future.

June 9, 2010 - Italian League playoffs, Semifinals, Game 4: June 8, 2010
Armani Jeans Milano forced a fifth and deciding game in the best-of-five Italian League semifinals on Tuesday by downing Pepsi Caserta 91-74 to tie the series 2-2. On Thursday night Pepsi will host Game 5 in Caserta.

June 8, 2010 - Jonas Vainauskas: Spanoulis to Olympiacos will be a blockbuster
Jonas Vainauskas, GM of Lietuvos Rytas, was interviewed by Krepsinis.net about the plans of his team for the next season. He also revealed that Vassilis Spanoulis wil be the first signing of Olympiacos which will be the biggest news in Europe. According to Vainauskas, it is very likely that Ivkovic will replace Panagiotis Giannakis as a head coach.

June 8, 2010 - Gavin Love Announced As Plymouth Raiders Head Coach
The Plymouth Raiders have announced that after an exhaustive selection process, they have appointed former Raiders captain, Gavin Love as their new Head Coach. "We're extremely excited by today's appointment," said Raiders Chairman Bob Widdecombe.

June 8, 2010 - Jerusalem might seal the deal with Arik Shivek today, Katash is still an option
Not so long after coach Guy Goodes, who guided Jerusalem for the last two seasons has left, it seems like the question about who'll be Jerusalem's coach for the next season might be answered today as Arik Shivek's agent will meet Jerusalem's management in an effort to close things today.

June 8, 2010 - UNICAJA extends Carlos Jimenez
One of the best defensive forwards in European basketball is staying put next season, as Unicaja has announced a new agreement with Carlos Jimenez for another year, the club confirmed Tuesday. Jimenez (201, 34) will be entering his fifth consecutive season with Unicaja. He averaged 7 points on 47.2% three-pointers and 4.4 rebounds in 15 Euroleague games last season.

June 8, 2010 - Serbian League playoffs, semifinals, Game 1: June 7, 2010
Partizan Belgrade and Hemofarm Stada both started the Serbian League playoffs on the right foot with convincing wins in the openers of their best-of-three semifinals series. Partizan downed rival Crvena Zvezda 94-73 behind 20 points from Bo McCalebb, while Hemofarm routed Radnicki 114-77.

June 7, 2010 - EFES PILSEN: Head coach Ataman leaves
Efes Pilsen will be looking for a new head coach for next season after the contract with Ergin Ataman ended and the sides failed to come to terms on an extension, the club announced over the weekend. Ataman spent the last two seasons at Efes, helping the team win the 2009 Turkish League title and Turkish Cup.

June 7, 2010 - Russian League Finals, Game 3: June 7, 2010
CSKA Moscow is once again the Russian League champion! CSKA lifted its eighth consecutive Russian League trophy by sweeping its best-of-five title series against BC Khimki Moscow region. It is its 17th crown since the Russian League was created in 1992 and its 41th counting Soviet Union titles.

June 7, 2010 - Pini Gershon is no longer Maccabi Tel Aviv coach, will probably become the General Manager
After another meeting with the club's President Shimon Mizrahi it now became official. Pini Gershon will not be Maccabi's coach next season. By his contract Gershon was supposed to continue for two more seasons but after losing the championship in the final game against Galil-Gilboa (90-77) it was decided.

June 7, 2010 - Wisniewski no longer with Maccabi
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv has decided not to exercise their option to retain Andrew Wisniewski next season. The club thanked their player for his service, saying he was a fighter who was admired by his teammates.

June 7, 2010 - Panathinaikos claim 8th straight Greek league title
In spite of disappointing season in Europe, Panathinaikos finished the season with at least one title. The Greens defeated arch rivals Olympiacos 76-69 in game four of Greek league finals and secured 8th straight league title.

June 7, 2010 - Sarunas Sakalauskas will be the new coach of Zalgiris
Zalgiris are not looking to sign a coach from outside the club. Sarunas Sakalauskas who is currently employed at the club as Director of Sports will become the new head coach. 48-year-old coach previously coached Eisbaren Bremerhaven through 2001-2009.

June 7, 2010 - Olympiacos want Jonas Valanciunas
Lithuanian prodigy Jonas Valanciunas is attracting the interest of Olympiacos, according to lrytas.lt. One of the hottest prospects in Europe made his LKL debut this year with Perlas and instantly became one of the best centers in the league. He was signed by Lietuvos Rytas in the mid-season but soon could make yet another big step in his career.

June 7, 2010 - Efes Pilsen in talks with Rimas Kurtinaitis
Turkish giants Efes Pilsen continue search for a new coach. Rimas Kurtinaitis is another name on the list. Lrytas.lt reports that it is very likely that Kurtinaitis is going to work in Istanbul next season.

June 7, 2010 - Greek League finals, Game 4: June 6, 2010
Panathinaikos won its eighth straight Greek League championship on Sunday after escaping the Peace and Friendship Stadium with a 69-76 victory over Olympiacos to win the best-of-five Greek League finals 3-1. The title is Panathinaikos’s 31st and its 12th in the last 13 seasons.

June 6, 2010 - Czech League finals, Game 5: June 5, 2010
CEZ Basketball Nymburk bested BK Prostejov 75-67 on Saturday to win the club’s seventh straight Czech League championship. Petr Benda scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a dominant performance as Nymburk won Game 5 and took the series 4-1.

June 6, 2010 - Croatian League finals, Game 3: June 5, 2010
Cibona Zagreb remained alive in the Croatian League finals on Saturday by beating KK Zadar 87-81 in Game 3 of the best-of-five series. Jamont Gordon scored 21 points and dished 7 assists to lead Cibona, which shot 17 for 29 (58.6%) from downtown for the game.

June 5, 2010 - Donatas Motiejunas doubtful for NBA Draft
One of the most promising centers in Europe will probably choose to pull out of NBA Draft 2010. 19-year-old Donatas Motiejunas was predicted to be drafted first among all European players this year. Even though he was widely considered as a Top 15 draft, it seems that Lithuanian prodigy now prefers to try his luck next year.

June 5, 2010 - Legendary basketball coach Wooden dies
He was known as the Wizard of Westwood, the architect of a dynasty at UCLA that will never be equaled. But John Wooden leaves behind a legacy much larger than victories on a basketball court. Wooden died Friday of natural causes at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He was 99. His 100th birthday would have been October 14.

June 4, 2010 - Spanish League playoffs, Semifinals, Game 4: June 4, 2010
A do-or-die fifth game between Euroleague powers is on tap in the Spanish League semifinals after Real Madrid outgunned visiting Caja Laboral 80-62 to even their series on Friday night. Mid-season acquisition Ante Tomic ruled Game 4 for the hosts from Madrid, scoring 19 points on near-perfect shooting to go with 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

June 4, 2010 - Rytas completes roster with Jerry Johnson and Cemal Nalga
The season might have ended for Lietuvos Rytas only last week but the team has already completed its roster for the next season. The last two players to join the club are American point guard Jerry Johnson and Turkish center Cemal Nalga.

June 4, 2010 - Russian League Finals, Game 2: June 4, 2010
With stellar defense and offensive contributions from all over the court, CSKA Moscow defeated Khimki Moscow Region 69-54 on Friday to take a 2-0 lead in the Russian League finals. CSKA can clinch the best-of-five series and its eighth consecutive national title when the two teams meet on Khimki's court in Game 3 on Monday.

June 3, 2010 - LKL teams will be able to register 6 foreigners
Today Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) has approved the change of a foreign players limit in Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL). The teams will be allowed to register five foreigners in their LKL roster plus one more foreigner for 50K Litas (around 14,5K Euros).

June 3, 2010 - 22 players in Serbia's perliminary squad
Dusan Ivkovic named twenty two players for the preliminary squad of Serbian national team. Eurobasket 2009 silver medalists will rely mainly on young players again. Serbia will play in Group A against Angola, Argentina, Australia, Germany and Jordan in FIBA World Championship 2010.

June 3, 2010 - Fenerbahce claims Turkish league title
Fenrbahce Ulker won its first Turkish league title in three years after defeating arch rivals Efes Pilsen 71-56 in Game 6 of TBL Finals. Mirsad Turkcan and Roko-Leni Ukic for the top scorers for the winners with 16 and 15 points respectively.

June 3, 2010 - French League playoffs, Semifinals, Game 2: June 1-2, 2010
Both French League semifinals series are knotted at 1-1 as the Game 1 losers turned the tables in Game 2. Cholet Basket dominated the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind 73-83 victory at Gravelines-Dunkerque led by Sammy Mejia and Fabien Causeur’s three-point shooting.

June 3, 2010 - Russian League Finals, Game 1: June 3, 2010
CSKA struck first in the best-of-five Russian League finals by thrashing BC Khimki Moscow Region 89-58 at home in Game 1 on Thursday. CSKA took a 1-0 lead in the playoff series and hosts Game 2 tomorrow, with the chance to get closer to its eighth consecutive Russian League title.

June 3, 2010 - LIETUVOS RYTAS adds Siksnius, four others
The busiest team at the start of the summer signing market continues to be Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. The freshly crowned Lithuanian champion announced the addition of five players for the upcoming season via its web site. The most recognizable name among the bunch is shooting guard Arvydas Siksnius (196, 22), who arrives from BC Siauliai. Siksnius led Siauliai in the Eurocup last season with 17 points on 48.6% three-point shooting plus 2.5 assists over six games.

June 2, 2010 - Turkish League finals, Game 6: June 2, 2010
Fenerbahce Ulker routed outgoing champion Efes Pilsen 76-51 on Wednesday at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall to regain the Turkish League championship. Mirsad Turkcan scored 16 and Roko Ukic added 15 as FB Ulker took the best-of-six series 4-2 for its third league title in four seasons and fourth overall.

June 2, 2010 - Serbian League, second phase, Game 13: June 1, 2010
Partizan Belgrade wrapped up the top spot in the Serbian League with a game to go by beating 78-84 Tuesday to improve to 12-1. Branislav Djekic scored 15 points ad grabbed 7 rebounds and Aleksandar Rasic added 14 for the Euroleague Final Four side.

June 2, 2010 - Croatian League finals, Game 2: June 1, 2010
KK Zadar moved within one win of regaining the Croatian League championship after topping defending champ Cibona 77-72 in Game 2 of the best-of-five finals series on Tuesday. The series moves back to Zagreb for Game 3 on Saturday. Rok Stipcevic shined with 7 points in an 11-2 run in the final three minutes that lifted Zadar to victory.

June 2, 2010 - 10th anniversary open letter from Euroleague Basketball CEO
A decade ago this week, on May 29, 2000, Euroleague Basketball was born. It was a basketball competition - nothing new, apparently. But in fact, it marked a radical change in the landscape of European club competitions. The novelty was this: after more than 40 years since the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) started international competitions for European clubs, those same clubs decided to take responsibility and to control their own destiny.

June 1, 2010 - Barcelona presents NBA Europe Live game vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The home court of the Euroleague champions was the backdrop Tuesday for the launch of one of next autumn's most-anticipated exhibition events, Regal FC Barcelona vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. The game will be part of NBA Europe Live 2010 presented by EA Sports, which marks a sixth consecutive pre-season of friendly games between the best pro basketball competitions in Europe and the United States.

June 1, 2010 - Pau Gasol Out Of Spain Squad This Summer
EuroBasket 2009 MVP Pau Gasol of Spain has decided to take this summer off and rest instead of putting on the national team shirt at the FIBA World Championship. Gasol, who is about to begin his third straight NBA Finals campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers when they take on the Boston Celtics, had indicated several months ago that it would be difficult to play for Spain this summer.

June 1, 2010 - Lietuvos Rytas unveil new logo
Lietuvos Rytas is making lots of changes ahead of the new season. Rimas Kurtinaitis was already replaced by Drazen Anzulovic as a head coach. Five players (Stepas Babrauskas, Justas Sinica, Vidas Ginevicius, Donatas Zavackas and Aron Baynes) will leave the team and will be replaced by the new ones.

June 1, 2010 - David Logan and Qyntel Woods leave Prokom for Spain

Polish champions Asseco Prokom will have to find replacements for two key players. According to lrytas.lt, David Logan and Qyntel Woods have already agreed contracts with the Spanish clubs - Caja Laboral and Real Madrid respectively.

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