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Gabe York signs with SIG Strasbourg

Former Arizona guard Gabe York has signed a deal with SIG Strasbourg of the French Jeep Elite and Basketball Champions League, the team announced.

York played most of the 2018-19 season in the NBA G League before he joined AEK Athens in April. In 13 games with the Greek club, York averaged 12.9 points while shooting 37 percent from three-point range.

Source: SIG Strasbourg.

Virtus Bologna signs Julian Gamble, parts ways with Dejan Kravic

Italian Serie A club Virtus Bologna has announced the signing of Julian Gamble. The team has officially parted ways with center Dejan Kravic.

Rasheed Sulaimon returns to JDA Dijon

Rasheed Sulaimon returns to JDA Dijon.
The player comes from Levallois where he spent last season averaging 8.5 points per game.

Monaco signs swingman JJ O’Brien

AS Monaco signed swingman J.J. O’Brien for the coming season, the club announced Monday. O’Brien (2.00 meters, 27 years old) played for Astana in the VTB United League last season and averaged 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game last season. He led the team in scoring and performance index rating (18.0), the latter of which was eighth in the league. O’Brien spent most of the first three seasons of his professional career in the G-League – a season each with Idaho, Salt Lake City and Agua Caliente. He also played briefly for Utah in the NBA. At Monaco, he will be reunited with his former Astana teammate Anthony Clemmons.

“J.J. O’Brien is a young full-fledged player with great potential, who will be able to continue his progress with us,” Coach Sasa Obradovic said. “He reads the game well and can score or create for his teammates. In Astana, he played with Anthony Clemmons; they get along very well and on the floor they have good teamwork.”

Source: EuroCup.

Olimpia Milano signs Paul Biligha to multi-year deal

Pallacanestro Olimpia Milan has signed for three years Paul Biligha, a 2.00 mt. center, born on 31 May, 1990, in Perugia, coming from Umana Reyer Venezia. “Coming to Milan means that, step by step, I reached the top, a team with a winning culture and very demanding for the individuals. That’s what I needed to keep improving,” Biligha said. “We wanted Paul, because his athletic and moral skills will help our team immediately, and his motivation will allow him to keep improving and becoming a valuable part of our culture.”

HIS CAREER – Paul Biligha started to play in Cameroon, where he lived from age eight to 16, and eventually in Florence, when his family returned in Italy. Then he was acquired by the UCC Casalpusterlengo and later he also played in Verolanuova, Crema, Pavia. In 2012, he moved to Avellino where he played two seasons in Serie A before moving to Ferentino in A2. From 2015 to 2017 he was in Cremona for two seasons (in the second he averaged 11.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game) and then another two in Venice, winning the Fiba Europe Cup in 2018 and the Italian championship in 2019. He also played a European Under 20 Championship with the Italian national team in 2010 and a European Championship in 2017, in Israel and Turkey

NOTES – Biligha’s parents are form Cameroon. During the 2017 European Championships he was coached by Ettore Messina. He made his National Team debut on July, 30, 2017 in Trento against Netherlands. He appeared in 31 National Team games.

Ulm signs Derek Willis

In preparation for the new 7DAYS EuroCup season, ratiopharm Ulm has signed versatile forward Derek Willis to a two-year contract. Willis (2.06 meters, 24 years old) played last season for another German League team, Goettigen, delivering 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 42.5% from three-point territory. Besides rebounds and three-point accuracy, he led the team in blocked shots, as well. Prior to Goettigen, Willis spent his first pro season with Grand Rapids of the NBA G League. Before turning pro, he spent four years at University of Kentucky.

Source: EuroCup.

Dinamo Sassari agreed to terms with Dwayne Evans

Banco di Sardegna Sassari agreed to terms with Dwayne Evans, a source told Sportando.

The American swingman spent last season with Ratiopharm Ulm where he averaged 14.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in Bundesliga and 8.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in EuroCup.

Sassari tried to bring Trevor Lacey back but the American turned down the proposal due to family issues and decided to remain, as of now, in USA.

Giannis Bourousis to sign with Gran Canaria

Herbalife Gran Canaria has reached an agreement with Baskonia for the ACB rights of Giannis Bourousis as reported Nikos Varlas.

The Greek center to sign a two-year deal with Spanish team.

Kuzminskas: I expect to find an agreement by Monday or Tuesday

Former forward AX Armani Exchange Milano Mindaugas Kusminskas talked to Donatas Urbonas about his future and Olympiacos: «I can’t comment this yet. I was on intense negotiations with few teams last week and it was very hard decision for me. But I expect to find an agreement by Monday or Tuesday».

Panathinaikos agreed to terms with Wesley Johnson

Panathinaikos agreed to terms with Wesley Johnson as reported by George Zakkas.

Former Syracuse averaged 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds last season in Nba with Washington Wizards.

Wesley Johnson also played with New Orleans Pelicans last season.

Sydney Kings sign Jae’Sean Tate

The Sydney Kings are excited to announce the signing of American forward Jae’Sean Tate for the upcoming 2019-20 NBL season.

The 23-year old joins the Kings after a successful College career at Ohio State University. Most recently he has been playing with the Telenet Giants Antwerp in the Belgian Pro League averaging 12.2 points and 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

An extremely versatile player, Head Coach Will Weaver was excited to have Tate joining the group.

“He’s the ultimate teammate, with elite character” Weaver shared.

“He’s one of those guys that was the favourite teammate of every person we spoke to, both in Europe last season and also when he was at Ohio State”.

“He plays hard with a wide range of skills. He’s thrives doing one thing one night, and another thing the next night, and that’s what high level play is really about, especially when it comes to finals” Weaver said.

“He’s capable of driving bigger guys, posting smaller guys, he’s a warrior on the glass and plays much bigger than he is. NBA scouts have been locked onto him for the past year because of how well he played in Belgium.”

Having spent time with both the Milwaukee Bucks in 2018 and the Denver Nuggets during NBA Summer League earlier this month, Tate is currently at an invitational camp with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The young forward was looking forward to his first NBL campaign tipping off in Sydney.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Kings” Tate shared.

“I’ve heard a lot of great things about not only the Kings as an organisation but Sydney as a city as well. With the new coaching staff, and some of the players that have reached out to me, I already feel really welcome”.

“Will and I have been conversing on the phone for the last couple of weeks. He’s a great guy and I’m really excited to come and learn and play for him” Tate said.

When asked about what type of player he was and what he could bring to the Kings in NBL20, the answer was simple:

“Everywhere I go I’ve been known as Mr Energy. I want to be that guy who can bring the spark whenever we need it, the guy who’s going to make the extraordinary plays, the one who dives on all the loose balls, and just making sure I’m really giving my heart out there”.

“I’m always going to give 100% to the game while I’m out there, that’s my promise to Sydney fans and something they can always rely on”.

Tate joins Andrew Bogut, Casper Ware, Kevin Lisch, Brad Newley, Daniel Kickert, Craig Moller, Jordan Hunter, Shaun Bruce, Kuany Kuany and Didi Louzada as contracted Kings players for the upcoming season.

Source: Sydney Kings.

Virtus Bologna reportedly have a €14 million budget for next season

Virtus Bologna will have a €14 million budget next season, as reported by Daniele Labanti.
The BCL reigning champions already signed Giampaolo Ricci, Kyle Weems, Milos Teodosic and Frank Gaines but they also have agreements with Julian Gamble and Vince Hunter.

There is room for one more signing. Virtus has an agreement since weeks with Aleksej Nikolic but the ownership may try to sign another high caliber player like Stefan Markovic or Klemen Prepelic.

Ioannis Bourousis to join Gran Canaria

According to journalist Chema De Lucas, Ioannis Bourousis is close to come back to Spanish basketball and join Gran Canaria, after having spent the last two season in China with Zhejiang Lions.

To complete the deal, as reported by La Provincia, Gran Canaria has to pay a fee to Baskonia, who detains Bourousis’ rights for Spanish basketball.

Source: Chema de Lucas.

Zalgiris parts ways with Martynas Varnas and Donatas Sabeckis

As Zalgiris continues preparations for the upcoming season, they have decided to use the contract clause, allowing the team to part ways with 22-year-old Martynas Varnas and 26-year-old Donatas Sabeckis.

Varnas went through the entire Zalgiris system, going through the youth ranks before briefly joining the main team. He went on to be loaned out to several Lithuanian sides in the following seasons.

The athletic forward spent last season in Kedainiai, where he averaged 7.4 points and 2.8 rebounds for Nevezis.

Meanwhile, Sabickis joined Zalgiris just last summer, signing a 1+1 contract. He was loaned out to FIBA Champions League side MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, where he averaged 6.3 points, 3.3. rebounds and 1.8 assists in 19 minutes of playing time.

Source: Zalgiris.

SIG Strasbourg signs Travis Trice

Travis Trice is a new player of SIG Strasbourg, the french team announced:


Last year the former Michigan State point guard played 10 games for Tofas BC in Turkey, with averages of 11.3 points and 6.3 assist

Former Suns George King signs with Dolomiti Energia Trentino

George King is a new player of Dolomiti Energia Trentino, the italian team announced:

 

Last year the former Colorado was a two-way player for the Phoenix Suns, the team that selected him with the 59th pick of the 2018 NBA draft.

Cody Miller-McIntyre to sign with KK Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana?

Codi Miller-McIntyre is leaning toward accepting the proposal made by ABA Liga and EuroCup participants KK Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana.
The point guard averaged more than 9ppg and 5apg in VTB league last season while wearing Zenit St. Petersburg jersey.

 

Double Double 1st reported the two sides were in advanced discussions on a deal.

Dyshawn Pierre re-signs with Banco di Sardegna Sassari

Banco di Sardegna Sassari announced that Dyshawn Pierre has signed a new contract and will play another year for the Italian team.

Last year the Canadian forward averaged 9.6 points (51% FG, 44% 3P, 75% FT), 4.8 rebounds and 2 assist in 61 games.

Sources: Virtus Bologna will pay buy-out to KK Partizan Belgrade for Aleksej Nikolic

Virtus Bologna will pay a buyout to KK Partizan Belgrade for Aleksej Nikolic, who will be the backup of Milos Teodosic, a source told Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.
There were reports about a trade between Virtus and Partizan Kravic for Nikolic but it won’t happen.
Last year Nikolic averaged 8.2 points and 2.5 assist in 16 EuroCup Games.

Sources: Vince Hunter to sign with Virtus Bologna

Vince Hunter is signing with Virtus Bologna, a source told Alessandro Maggi of Sportando.


Last year Hunter averaged 14.8 points, 6 rebounds and 1.3 steals for Aek Athens