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Parma Perm, Arnett Moultrie part ways

Parma Perm and Arnett Moultrie have parted ways.
The former NBA forward was averaging 17.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in VTB League.

Larissa BC ink Brandon Rush

Brandon Rush signed with Larissa BC, the greek team announced.
This year Rush played 3 NBA Preseason games for Maccabi Haifa, averaging 12 points and 4.3 rebounds.

Mike Efevberha joins Vichy-Clermont

Mike Efevberha is a new player of Vichy-Clermont, the french team announced.
The guard started the season in Lebanon, for Champville.

Barcelona reportedly interested in bringing Pau Gasol back to Europe

Pau Gasol left the Portland Trail Blazers without playing a single minute because he is still recovering from the foot fracture he suffered last season while with Milwaukee.

Gasol’s goal is to remain in the NBA but Barcelona is ready to talk to the Spanish big man to understand if he is interested in returning to Europe to play and be ready for Tokyo 2020 when he will retire from International basketball.

Barcelona owns Gasol’s rights in Europe and would love to bring the center back after his successful NBA career.

The news was reported by ESports.

Zalgiris reportedly pursuing Steve Vasturia, Rasta Vechta unwilling to let him go

Zalgiris Kaunas has expressed ‘big’ interest in Rasta Vechta guard Steve Vasturia, but the German team is unwilling to let him go, according to Donatas Urbonas.

Vasturia, a former Notre Dame guard, is averaging around 13 points and almost six assists per game in the German BBL and Basketball Champions League this season.

Source: Donatas Urbonas.

Partizan and Artsiom Parakhouski are parting ways, president says

KK Partizan and Artsiom Parakhouski are parting ways.
The Belarusian big man and the Serbian powerhouse are breaking the contract signed last summer.

“We are breaking the contract with him” president Ostoja Mijailovic told Kurir.rs. “We made a good deal with Parakhouski and we will be paying him only one part of the contract. Now we are looking for another player in the same position”.

Rick Pitino is officially back as head coach of Panathinaikos

Rick Pitino is back as head coach of Panathinaikos.
The legendary head coach replaces Pedoulakis, fired last week.
Pitino, who recently became also the head coach of Greece’s National Team, coached Pao last season winning Greek League and reaching the EuroLeague playoffs.

Serbia hires Igor Kokoskov as National Team head coach

Serbia Basketball Federation made official the hiring of Igor Kokoskov as head coach of the national team.
Kokoskov has been the head coach of the Phoenix Suns last season and has won Eurobasket 2017 with Slovenia.
Kokoskov was assistant coach of Serbia in 2004 and 2005 under coach Obradovic.
Kokoskov will coach Serbia from February’s window.

Source: KSS.

A relationship breakdown with Ben Simmons behind Andrej Lemanis’ Australia exit?

According to Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Andrej Lemanis’ departure from the Australia coaching job is based on a relationship breakdown with Sixers star Ben Simmons and other NBA players in Jonah Bolden and Thon Maker.

The main criticism was that Lemanis struggled to communicate with these younger players and his old school approach wasn’t well received. Lemanis reportedly became tired of the constant battles with players within the team, and decided to walk away with a year to run on his contract.

The NBA All-Star guard was constantly at loggerheads with Basketball Australia over performance demands being rejected due to budgeting reasons, with requests including a personal team chef instead of eating at hotels, plus extra recovery and performance staff like personal physiotherapists.

In 2014 Lemanis decided not to include a then 18-year-old Simmons in the Boomers’ World Cup team, telling reporters “he wasn’t ready yet”. Simmons tweeted he was “’really disappointed” he was a late cut from the squad. The guard has since repeatedly skipped Australian squad duties, including the 2016 Rio Olympics and this year’s World Cup.

Source: The Daily Telegraph.

Andrew Bogut is open to a NBA return in the right situation

Andrew Bogut is open to returning to the NBA later this season, as happened in 2018/19 when he played in Australia and then joined the Golden State Warriors for the end of the regular season and playoffs.

“The NBA? Yeah, possibly,” Bogut told RSN radio on Tuesday. “I doubt the Warriors will come calling because I think they’re going to go, obviously, full rebuild mode. But I think it’s definitely feasible if it’s the right situation, but I won’t go back just for the sake of going back. An opportunity to try and win a championship will be the main thing in the NBA. I wouldn’t go back to the NBA just to play in the NBA, it’s more that [trying to win a title] and somewhere that I’m kind of familiar with and somewhere where I feel comfortable for the family as well would be the other priority”.

Zalgiris Kaunas says they are working towards a mutual agreement to part ways with Perez

Zalgiris Kaunas confirmed that Alex Perez won’t wear anymore the jersey of the LKL perennial champions.
Perez and Zalgiris are negotiating an agreement to part ways.

Collet says he would love to coach abroad, admits he had offers from Olympiacos and Hapoel Jerusalem

Vince Collet said that he would love to coach abroad in the future.
The head coach of France’s National Team and SIG Strasbourg had chances in the past with Olympiacos and Hapoel Jerusalem but he never left the team.

“I want to coach at the highest level and I am patiently waiting. After the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, I surely made a mistake when Olympiacos offered me a contract during the season. But at that time I did not want to leave the team and the players. But it is something I would love to do” the coach told Israel Hayom.

Collet had also a chance to coach Hapoel Jerusalem in 2016 but the negotiations fell apart.

“I wanted to join Hapoel. It was an interesting opportunity for me. But I wanted to bring with me my assistant coach Pierre Tavano and we did not agreed on the deal with the manager of the club”.

Source: Israel Hayom.

James Kelly joins Maccabi Rishon

James Kelly is a new player of Maccabi Rishon, the Israeli team announced.
Last year the forward averaged over 15 points and 7 rebounds for Hapoel Galil Gilboa.

Crvena Zvezda’s James Gist did not make the trip to Berlin

James Gist did not make the trip to Berlin with his club Crvena Zvezda according to Mozzart Sport.

The future of James Gist in up in the air with Crvena Zvedzda despite the two-year deal signed in summer for 580.000 euros for season.

Former Panathinaikos is averaging 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds this season in EuroLeague.

Source: mozzartsport.com.

Anthony Hickey, Fraport Skyliners part ways

Former Oklahoma State guard Anthony Hickey and Fraport Skyliners have parted ways, the German team announced.

Skyliners’ head coach Sebastian Gleim: “There were, unfortunately, different ideas about how Anthony should be integrated back into the team after his long injury break. We therefore decided together in open talks to end the cooperation prematurely. ”

 

Malik Dime joins Lavrio B.C.

Malik Dime is a new player of Lavrio B.C, the greek team announced.
Last year the big man averaged over 16 points and 12 rebounds in the top finnish division.

Igor Kokoskov and Dimitri Priftis reportedly in Panathinaikos head coach shortlist

After parting ways with Argyris Pedoulakis, Panathinaikos is evaluating ideas for their head coaching role. Besides the unlikely dream of a Rick Pitino’s return, Greek club is targeting Sacramento Kings assistant Igor Kokoskov and UNICS Kazan Dimitris Priftis, according to Eurohoops.

Kokoskov was targeted by Panathinaikos in 2015, before joining Utah Jazz as an assistant to Quin Snyder, and Priftis could be able to be released from his Russian job to return to his former club.

Source: Eurohoops.

James Wiseman unlikely to have Draft stock significantly impacted if he’s out for 19-20

Memphis freshman James Wiseman, projected as a top lottery pick for the 2020 NBA Draft, could not suffer on a draft projection level from a long, possibly season-ending, suspension due to eligibility issues.

“Will him sitting the year impact him a spot or two? Maybe,” one high-ranking team official said. “But it isn’t impacting his financial base. He is known as a talent”. The Athletic’s Shams Charania has reported that Memphis is optimistic Wiseman will miss fewer than nine games.

Slovenia’s Luka Doncic to play Olympic Qualifying Tournament

During an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has confirmed his willingness to play the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Tokyo 2020 with Slovenia.

“I’ll surely be there, I’m going to play and I hope we will qualify to the Games”, Doncic has said. Slovenia has qualified to the OQT via FIBA Ranking, like Croatia, China, South Korea, Angola, Senegal, Mexico and Uruguay.

NZ Breakers’ Glen Rice Jr. arrested after alleged assault

Just 10 days after signing with the NBL’s New Zealand Breakers, Glen Rice Jr. has been arrested after an incident in the early hours of Thursday morning at an Auckland bar, according to TVNZ. Rice has been charged with assault with intent to injure.

Rice has had several off-court issues over the last few years, including being arrested for felony robbery, aggravated battery and marijuana possession in the United States, punching former teammate Guy Pnini during his stint in Israel with Hapoel Holon, and most recently being released by Argentina’s Instituto ACC due to “unsportsmanlike behavior”.

Rice was off to a very good start in the NBL, scoring a total of 45 points in 45 minutes in his first two games with the Breakers.

Source: TVNZ.