Basket rumors

Joventut Badalona inks Keye van der Vuurst

Joventut Badalona announced the signing of Keye van der Vuurst on a three-year contract.

The promising Dutch point guard arrives from Zunder Palencia, where he ended the ACB season with 10.6 points and 5.6 assists (third in ACB), shooting 53% from 2-points, 35.3% from long range and 85% from the free throws line.

Previously, van der Vuurst spent five seasons in Ostend.



AS Monaco reportedly signing Nick Calathes, extending Elie Okobo

According to Basketnews, AS Monaco has finalized two moves for the backcourt, the signing of Nick Calathes and the extension of Elie Okobo.

Both players agreed to a two-year contract.

Calathes comes from a two-year stint with Fenerbahce (7 PPG, 4.8 APG in Euroleague) and was a crucial factor in the playoff series right against AS Monaco.

Okobo ended the Euroleague season with 11 points and 3.1 assists per game, while in BetClic Elite he is scoring 13.1 points with 4.8 assists.

Real Madrid reportedly close to sign Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Xavier Rathan-Mayes is close to signing a deal with Real Madrid. According to a report by Donatas Urbonas (Basket News), the 30-year-old 1.93-metre Canadian point guard is ready to move to Europe after various experiences in the United States, Europe and Australia.

The news comes a few hours after Real Madrid’s defeat in the Euroleague final against Panathinaikos.

Rathan-Mayes, who comes from Enisey Krasnoyarsk, will strengthen Real Madrid’s outfield department, which could undergo significant changes with the departure of Rudy Fernández and the uncertainties over Sergio Rodríguez and Fabien Causeur.

This season Xavier Rathan-Mayes has produced 25.4 points on average in VTB with Enisey in addition to 4.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

Usman Garuba reportedly to sign with Real Madrid

Usman Garuba has decided to leave the NBA to return to Real Madrid, according to Eurohoops sources.

The 22-year-old, who grew up in the Spanish club’s youth academy, had left the team in 2021 to play in the NBA, playing 105 games between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

Despite the lingering interest from the NBA, Garuba, who finished the season in the G-League, could become a key element in Real Madrid’s future, effectively replacing Frenchman Vincent Poirier.

Dinamo Sassari to sign Miralem Halilovic, Mattia Udom

According to La Prealpina , Dinamo Sassari has finalized the signings of big man Miralem Halilovic and forward Mattia Udom.

The 32-year-old Bosnian spent 2023/24 in Turkey with Galatasaray, scoring 8.3 points with 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game between BSL and BCL.

In the previous season, Halilovic stood out for his performance at Nanterre (14 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3.5 APG) along with Sassari’s new point guard Justin Bibbins.

Udom, on the other hand, comes from a two-year stint in Trento (5.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG in 15 minutes between LBA and Eurocup).

Valencia-Jean Montero, here are the details of the contract

Valencia have now reached an agreement with Jean Montero, according to Chema de Lucas.

The contract would be a three-year one, with pay rising: from 800,000 euros in the first year to 1.5 in the third season.

Justin Bibbins joins Dinamo Sassari

Dinamo Sassari announced the signing of Justin Bibbins for the upcoming season.

Bibbins will be the Dynamo’s first “handler,” one of two guards who will complete the starting five.
Bibbins has shown leadership skills since his college days, a player who has offensive talent, but also the ability to create advantage off the dribble with his speed and ball-handling. In France, he has been an opponent several times for Coach Markovic, who has identified the kid from Torrance California as his first target:

“Justin is a guy I’ve known and followed for a long time, he’s got personality, he’s a tough guy, despite his size he’s got great energy defensively as well, he’s a player we thought will be a great fit for the kind of team we want to build.”

Last season in Nanterre he produced 15.6 points, 5.2 assists and 1 steal per game, shooting 45% from the field, 38% from beyond the arc and 86% from the foul line.

Valencia Basket-Jean Montero, also some EuroLeague’s teams in the mix

Valencia Basket and Jean Montero have not yet reached a financial agreement, while five EuroLeague teams show interest in the player. Montero and his agent have requested a salary increase, causing a halt in negotiations. Valencia suspects that offers from EuroLeague teams have influenced this request. The interested teams include Fenerbahce, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Baskonia, and Armani Milano. Bayern Munich, in particular, sees Montero as an ideal replacement for Sylvain Francisco, who is moving to Zalgiris.

Source: Encestando

James Nunnally reportedly in talks with Partizan for a contract extension

James Nunnally is in talks with Partizan for a contract extension as reported by Arel Ginsber.

American forward averaged 12.3 points this season in EuroLeague.

Also Sasha Djordjevic reportedly in the mix for Dubai Basketball bench

There is also the name of Sasha Djordjevic for the nascent Dubai Basketball. Svetislav Pešić, Sergio Scariolo, Xavi Pascual are just some of the names mentioned for the emirs’ basketball project that is expected to start next season in the EuroCup and Aba League.

According to Meridian Sport sources, Serbian basketball legend Aleksandar Djordjevic is also in the Arab investors’ sights. Currently a selector for China, Djordjevic is seen as the ideal figure for the Dubai club’s long-term project.

Source: Meridian Sport

Unics Kazan reportedly makes an offer to Sean McDermott

UNICS Kazan reportedly made a $300,000 offer to Sean McDermott. This was reported by La Prealpina.

McDemott has another year of contract with Varese with escape only for teams participating in the European cups. According to the newspaper, the farewell would still be possible.

The USA outside player, captain of Varese Basketball, comes from a 13.9 points average season in the LBA, 12.2 in the FIBA Europe Cup.

Dinamo Sassari in talks with Michal Sokolowski

Dinamo Sassari is in negotiations with Polish forward Michal Sokolowski, a source told Sportando.

Several clubs are interested in the player, but Sassari will try to beat the competition for the 31-year-old Warsaw native.

Sokolowski ended the LBA season with GeVi Napoli producing 12.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, shooting 59 percent from 2-points, 35 percent from long range and 78 percent from the foul line.

Zach Copeland joins GeVi Napoli

GeVi Napoli Basket announces the signing of Zach Copeland on a two-year deal with an exit clause at the end of the first season.

Copeland arrived in Italy in the 2022-23 season where he played as an absolute star in the A2 series with Pistoia, scoring an average of almost 17 points per game with 39.3% shooting from the arc. Last season, he moved to Germany where he played in the Bundesliga with Bamberg Baskets, producing averages of more than 17 points per game, with 4.2 assists, and nearly 40 percent shooting from three

ASVEL, Paris Basketball among teams interested in Melvin Ajinca

19-year-old French forward Melvin Ajinca has attracted the interest of ASVEL and Paris Basketball.

The news was reported by BeBasket.

The forward has decided to declare for the upcoming NBA Draft-No. 46 on Espn’s Top 100-.

The French athlete could then stay in Europe to play in the Euroleague and properly prepare for the NBA.

Ajinca spent a two-year stint between Pro B and BetClic Elite with Saint-Quentin (10.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG this year).


Marcelinho Huertas: The club and I already have an agreement for next season

Marcelinho Huertas confirmed in a press conference that he wants to stay at Tenerife:

“The club and I already have an agreement for next season, so there is not much surprise. There is nothing more to add, I still want to play.

As long as I see that my head, my body and my desire are still there and that I can give a good performance on the pitch, I will continue to try to do my part for the sport and for the club’.

Virtus Bologna, Partizan reportedly target Chris Jones

Chris Jones is a hot name at Virtus Bologna according to Arel Ginsber. The Valencia player is also reportedly being followed by Partizan Belgrade.

American born in 1993 in Garland, Texas, Chris Jones also has an Armenian passport, and this season has produced an average of 12.7 points in the EuroLeague with 4.2 assists. He has also played in Europe with Basel, Mons-Hainaut, Bursaspor, Maccabi and Asvel.



Hezonja: My future? I have no idea, I would like to stay and be part of ‘one of the best teams ever’

During a press conference before leaving for Berlin, Mario Hezonja also discussed his plans for the upcoming season.

(via AS)

“My future? I have no idea. – Real Madrid president Florentino Perez ‘threatens’ me every time he sees me in the dining room, he says that I must stay here. Hopefully. We are all working to make it happen.”

The Croatian forward expressed his desire is to reach an agreement to stay in Madrid and be part of “one of the best teams in history.”

A few months ago I said, I think it was in January, that this team has the potential to be the best in the history of the Euroleague and I really think so. A lot will depend on the people at the top (the managers), but with the players we have, we can reach that level. This team is starting to live its best moments in history, my teammates are on the same page and want to reach that, that is very important. Before there were clubs like Varese, who won a lot, but I think this team can reach that level and even go further and do things they have not seen so far, but we must go day by day, game by game. A lot of this, about the team, is going to be decided in the summer”.

The Croatian forward is one of the most coveted players on the Euroleague market, but these remarks provide hope for Blancos supporters.

Hezonja averaged 13.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes per game in Euroleague , shooting 48 percent from the field, a remarkable 45 percent from three and 92 percent from the foul line.

Partizan, Frank Kaminsky to part ways

According to a report by Telesport, Frank Kaminsky will leave Partizan after just one season.

The 31-year-old big man in his European debut averaged 8.9 points (55% FG, 40% FT, 66% FT) with 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17 minutes per game in the Euroleague, while in ABA League he produced 9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

Fenerbahce reportedly to make an offer to Lorenzo Brown

Fenerbahce, losing Nik Calathes to Monaco, are considering offering a contract to Lorenzo Brown, currently at Maccabi.

Brown, who has an exit clause of around €800,000, is in high demand, with Fenerbahce willing to pay that amount and offer a €2 million contract.

Brown, who averages 13.2 points and 6.1 assists in the Euroleague, is interested in leaving Tel Aviv because of personal difficulties related to the armed conflict in the area.

Source: Relevo