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D’Angelo Harrison to sign with Maccabi Rishon LeZion

D’Angelo Harrison is signing with Maccabi Rishon LeZion, a source told Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.
The former St.John’s guard just left LePortel, where he was averaging 15.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3 assist.

Maccabi Tel Aviv targeting Kostas Papanikolau, T.J. Leaf for upcoming season?

According to Moshe Barda, Maccabi Tel Aviv is trying to secure the signings of both Kostas Papanikolaou and T.J Leaf for the upcoming season.
Papanikolau is averaging over 8 points and 3 rebounds in Euroleague for Olympiacos.
Leaf, born in Tel Aviv 22 years ago, is in his third season with the Indiana Pacers. He has a year remaining on his rookie contract.
This year Leaf has played 22 games, with averages of 3 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Virtus Roma signs Jaylen Barford

Virtus Roma made official the signing of Jaylen Barford.
The American guard comes from VL Pesaro where he was averaging 16ppg.

“I am happy to join Virtus Roma, I can’t wait to start” Barford said. “I am ready to play and I look forward to do that for the team and the city. My goal is to win most as many game as possible.”

PAOK replies to Adam Smith: The player has been fully paid. We already informed FIBA of his behavior

PAOK Thessaloniki replied to Adam Smith with a press release.
Smith told Sportando that he is leaving the Greek team due to late payments.

“The athlete has been paid and currently there are no debts with him. What Smith said is an unsuccessful attempt to explain his unjustified absence.

PAOK has already informed FIBA of Smith’s behavior and his unjustified absence and will take legal action to protects his interests”.

Italian Basketball Federation president says Paolo Banchero will get Italian passport in a few days

Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) president Gianni Petrucci confirmed the news anticipated by Sportando: five-star prospect Paolo Banchero will get his Italian passport in a few days.

“He has the rights to become Italian. The passport will come in a few days. In Paris I have also spoken with Donte DiVincenzo” Petrucci told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Victor Rudd, Wurzburg part ways

Victor Rudd and S.Oliver Wurzburg have parted ways.
The American was averaging 7 points per game in Bundesliga.

BC Igokea, Rashad Vaughn part ways

Rashad Vaughn is no longer a member of Igokea, the team announced

Vaughn appeared in 19 ABA League games this season, averaging 16.5 points (43% FG, 41% 3p, 80% FT) The g, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

A.S. Ramat Asharon ink Ricky Tarrant

Ricky Tarrant signed with A.S. Ramat Hasharon, his agent announcend.

The guard out of Memphis started the year for Yeni Mamak, in the second turkish division, with averages of 27.2 points and 5.2 assist.


Panionios to sign DeAndre Liggins

According to FIBA Basketball Agent Vassilis Kouros, former Kentucky swingman DeAndre Liggins will sign a contract with Panionios.
This season Liggins played 5 games in ACB, for Montakit Fuenlabrada.

Russ Smith joins Los Cariduros de Fajardo

Russ Smith signed with Los Cariduros de Fajardo, the Puerto Rican team announced.
The former Louisville guard averaged over 34 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assist in his last season in China.

Piratas de Quebradillas sign Lamar Patterson

Lamar Patterson is a new player of Piratas de Quebradillas, the Puerto Rican team announced.
The former Pittsburgh forward started the year for Brisbane in NBL, with averages of over 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assist per game.

Marcin Gortat retires: I am finishing my basketball career

Marcin Gortat announced his retirement from basketball in an interview with TVP.Info.

The Polish big man has played 12 seasons in the NBA collecting 806 games at 9.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest.

Gortat wore the jersey of the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

“I am retiring. I am finishing my basketball career. I want to thank all the supporters that were watching and supporting me. It was very important for me. It is time to end my career. I think this is the moment. I gave myself a year to see what life would bring me and it brought me to the decision of retiring”.

Gortat has earned more than $95 million in his NBA career.

Gortat will be 36 on Monday, February 17.

Former NBA guard Jordan Crawford to workout with Brose Bamberg

Former NBA player Jordan Crawford will workout with Brose Bamberg for the next ten days, a source told Sportando. If he passes the tryout he will sign a deal for the season with the German team.

Crawford is currently free agent since the end of his experience in China with Sichuan Blue Whales. He has played five games, last season, for Israeli team Ironi Nahariya.

MBC, coach Bjorn Harmsen part ways

MBC parts ways with head coach Bjorn Harmsen.
After the important victory of the SYNTAINICS MBC last Wednesday against RASTA Vechta, there was a public conflict. Björn Harmsen denounced individual players by media. In addition, he also addressed the club’s management level and called for consequences. As a result, there was a break between the club, team and head coach. The club made this decision – like all far-reaching personnel decisions – in unanimity with all club committees and main sponsor PURAGLOBE. The SYNTAINICS MBC is therefore looking for a new coach who should take over at the start of the training camp if possible.
MBC is in last position in BBL with 2 wins over 18 games

Source: MBC.

Chorale Roanne ink Samardo Samuels

Samardo Samuels signed until the end of the year with Chorale Roanne, the french team announced.
The former Louisville big man started the season in Greece for Panionios, with averages of 17.1 points and 6.1 rebounds over 15 games.