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    Will Marconato stay with Cantų as well?

    Is Reggio Emilia a good situation for Cinciarini to bounce back after a disappointing year?

    Any rumours from Roma? I was also wondering- how did Clay Tucker do for them last season? I guess he scored pretty well but there was that saga where he nearly joined Fenerbahce but the team let Dedovic leave instead. Wasn't sure if that was all because of Roma being unstable or because he and the team were underperforming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
    Will Marconato stay with Cantų as well?

    Is Reggio Emilia a good situation for Cinciarini to bounce back after a disappointing year?

    Any rumours from Roma? I was also wondering- how did Clay Tucker do for them last season? I guess he scored pretty well but there was that saga where he nearly joined Fenerbahce but the team let Dedovic leave instead. Wasn't sure if that was all because of Roma being unstable or because he and the team were underperforming.
    - Yes, Marconato remains in Cantų, currently as the team's third center, besides Scekic and Cusin. One more big man will be added soon, anyway.

    - Reggio Emilia usually is a good place for Italians and young players, so I think it's a good move. The guy is not bad but wasn't ready to play as a starter in a team competing in Euroleague and aiming at the top of the domestic league. Was overwhelmed by pressure, lost confidence and barely saw playing time in the last part of the campaign, although Perkins was also playing bad. Let's say that Trinchieri just didn't get impressed and eventually opted for a different player bringing back Tabu.

    - Roma is facing big financial issues, fortunately the team has been allowed to play for the coming season. But right now the sky is grey above them. The only good news is they might be capable to retain Datome (mainly because he enjoys life in Rome, hehe), although he'll be asked to cut part of his salary. The only other guy who's under contract is Gordic, who has good chances to remain since besides being quite young and talented he doesn't earn much, so they want him to stay. Oh wait, Crosariol is under contract too, but his wage is definitely too big for them, so he's expected to pack his bags and move asap.

    As for Tucker, I'd say inconsistent just like the team. Slow start, very good midway through the season, but then again was quite disappointing down the final stretch. At 32 he's still classy and skilled offensively, but looks past his prime, I guess he will continue somewhere in one of the main leagues around the Continent for two more years or something, but I can't see him signing for a Euroleague team.

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    What's the current situation with Treviso?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikhardur View Post
    What's the current situation with Treviso?
    Still cloudy since Benetton left. A new project for the club has been arranged in a few days mainly through the work of former players like Pittis and Coldebella, some local entrepreneurs, and also through the fans' donations that reached almost 90.000 euros in less than 10 days.
    They're waiting for the league's decision that should be taken by the end of the current week. They're not in a good situation but I hope they will be allowed to continue in Serie A, it's really one of the most historical and main teams in Italian basketball.

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    - It just had to be official, now it is, Georgian PF Viktor Sanikidze (Virtus Bologna) signed a 2 + 1 deal with Siena. He finished last season as the league's top rebounder (12 ppg + 10.9 rpg). Unics Kazan, Fenerbahce and Barcelona are trying to sign Bo McCalebb.

    - Rok Stipcevic officially signed a 1+1 deal with Milano. Will be Omar Cook's backup.

    - Several moves for Cantų. They signed a 2-yr deal with PG Jerry Smith (Springfield Armor) and just need to announce the signing of SG Pietro Aradori, who's about to leave Siena. They both will start for them, I just hope that Aradori finally has his breakout season. Cantų also agreed to terms with USA PF Alex Tyus (Maccabi Ashdod), who recently got an Israeli passport and comes off a goiod rookie season in Israel where he was named the league's 6th man of tghe year (12 ppg + 8.5 rebs). It seems he signed a 2-yr deal (will earn 260.000 dollars per season). The roster is almost done, they just need to sign a small forward, most likely a US player.

    J.Smith - Tabu
    Aradori - Mazzarino
    SF - Markoishvili
    Leunen - Tyus
    Cusin - Scekic - Marconato

    - Caserta signed Serbian PF Stevan Jelovac (Antalya) with a 2-yr deal. He averaged 11.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg with good % (60% 2p, 36% 3p, 83% ft) in just 16.5 minutes per game. They also agreed to terms with tiny PG Nic Wise, last season in France (15.1 ppg), with Le Havre.

    - As anticipated some days ago, Reggio Emilia signed Andrea Cinciarini (2+1). Should be their starting PG.

    - Avellino keeps negotiating with SG Dionte Christmas (AGOR Rethymno), while Brindisi is considering to bring back to Italy EJ Rowland (Unicaja Malaga), but it seems difficult both for the player's wage and for the fact that he appears close to sign with Croatian side Cedevita.

    - Virtus Bologna is interested in PF Steven Smith (Panathinaikos).

    - It seems that Panathinaikos is interested in Yakhouba Diawara, who signed with Venezia but he has an opt-out clause on his contract expiring on July 20.
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    Jerry Smith seems an interesting signing for Cantų, some D league and NBA experience but a rookie in Europe, so a little risky. Potentially the Aradori/ Mazzarino is really good though.

    Milano look a little thin at SF, surprised they didn't go for Datome.

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    Weekend recap, lots of rumors but no signings in the last couple of days.

    - Avellino should have given up on signing Dionte Christmas, who's been impressive in the Summer League and may now be out of reach for them. So the news is they're close to ink Dwight Hardy, top scorer and MVP of LegaDue with Pistoia. Marques Green-Dwight Hardy would be an exciting couple, no doubts. Besides him, they're also considering to bring back veteran Panamanian G/F Chris Warren (Cedevita) and appear to be interested in SG Alan Voskuil (Piacenza; has a Danish passport) and PF Tadija Dragicevic (Biella).

    - Biella is interested in PG Dwight Buycks, but it is rumored that also Casale Monferrato is after him. Biella is also considering to offer a contract to British C Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who comes off a very good rookie season in Turkey.

    - Varese has made an offer to C Shawn James (Maccabi Tel Aviv), they're now waiting for a decision. Currently Mike Green (Barcellona PdG) remains their first choice for the PG spot but he's demanding for too much money. They're also interested in Greek PF Dusan Sakota, last season in Belgium (Oostende) and Russia (Enisey).

    - Siena is considering several options inside. They're trying to see whether K.Lavrinovic wants to stay, meanwhile they are also considering Milan Maįvan and Lazar Hayward.

    - Jumaine Jones said he's willing to wait for an offer from Pesaro, as he would like to stay there. Don't know if they have enough money to convince him, though.

    - If Diawara opts out and goes to Panathinaikos, Venezia could make an offer to Luigi Datome (Roma).

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    MTA has an option for Shawn James (untill tomorrow), and will keep him, so it looks like that Varese has no chance to sign him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy M View Post
    MTA has an option for Shawn James (untill tomorrow), and will keep him, so it looks like that Varese has no chance to sign him.
    Yes. It seems Maccabi is going to confirm him. Varese is now eyeing another guy who played in Israel, Bryant Dunston, he accepted the offer (225.000 dollars/1 yr) but it is rumored he's close to sign with the Nets, so I guess they will have to move their target again.

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    A couple of nice picks for Brindisi, that officially signed Jeff Viggiano (11.4 ppg last season with Treviso) and Robert Fultz (9.2 ppg with Teramo). Well, Viggiano will start at the SF spot, while Fultz will be the backup PG.

    As anticipated a few days ago, Varese officially signed Greek PF Dusan Sakota (10.4 ppg with Oostende) and agreed to terms with PF/C Bryant Dunston (Hapoel Holon; 14-5 ppg. 9 rpg, 1.8 bpg), who should be announced soon, unless he gets signed by the Nets. Mike Green (Barcellona PdG) should be next, as the starting PG, though it's rumored that also Reggio Emilia might be interested in him.

    Roma agreed to terms with Bobby Jones (Pistoia), who should be announced soon. A talented player with some character issues that prevented him from having an impact in his previous stints in Serie A (Teramo, Montegranaro), he eventually went playing in LegaDue, where he had a couple of stellar campaigns with Forlė (which he single-handedly led to an improbable permanence in LegaDue in 2010-2011) and with Pistoia (which he led to the finals), establishing himself as one of the most versatile players and possibly the best defender in the league. Will he finally prove his skills in Serie A?

    Siena is very interested in Josh Akognon. With his Nigerian passport he would play as a Cotonou-player and this would be very helpful. They're still considering a bunch of other players in different positions like Lazar Hayward, Milan Maįvan and Dionte Christmas.

    Avellino is rumored to be in talks with veteran PF Dijon Thompson (Asvel), though they're meanwhile trying to keep negotiating with Tadija Dragicevic.

    Besides Dwight Buycks, Biella is very interested in Russell Robinson (Trabzonspor), who is rumored to be the main candidate for the PG spot. As for the frontcourt they're considering rookies Julian Mavunga (Miami OH) - who is a Cotonou player - and Kyle O'Quinn (Norfolk State).

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    Another rumoured player for Siena is Marko Keselj.

    Also, was there any reaction in Italy to Drew Nicholas signing for CSKA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
    Another rumoured player for Siena is Marko Keselj.

    Also, was there any reaction in Italy to Drew Nicholas signing for CSKA?
    Yes, they're eyeing Keselj too. In any case, next addition should be a comeback, as Benjamin Eze officially parted ways with Milano and most sources say he's headed back to Siena.

    As for Nicholas, not much buzz. I think he's past his prime, but playing as a shooting specialist in limited minutes he still should be a quality option.

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    - Great signing for Varese that inked talented young PF Achille Polonara (Teramo). They also announced the signing of Bryant Dunston, they're filling the roster nicely. They will now add an American forward who's expected to be the team's main scoring option.

    - Cremona signed tiny PG Aaron Johnson, who had a very good rookie season in LegaDue with Ostuni (14.1 ppg, 4.6 apg). It seems they're about to add experienced SG Lance Harris, last year in Ukraine (Halychyna; 16.3 ppg).

    - Roma is interested in PG/SG Phil Goss (Varese).

    - Virtus Bologna about to renew Angelo Gigli's contract with a multi-yr deal and rumored to be in advanced talks with Mason Rocca. They're also interested in Luigi Datome, who's under contract with Roma but earns way too much for them and may leave. Venezia (if Diawara opts out and leaves) and Valencia are interested too. Virtus Bologna is still negotiating with SG Matt Janning, who was rumored to be close to Ucam Murcia, but in the end he did not sign therefore he's still available. Estudiantes is interested in him too.

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    - After signing Aaron Johnson and Lance Harris (both official), Cremona is close to agree to terms with SG Jarrius Jackson, who comes from Veroli, LegaDue. Had a terrific season a couple of years ago, but was re-signed by Veroli, but his last campaign (14.1 ppg) was not as good as the previous one, although he played very well in the playoffs. It's rumored Cremona has signed another player, but no official statements so far.

    - Montegranaro, that has the lowest budget in the league, confirmed PF Valerio Mazzola and is close to welcome back PF Valerio Amoroso (Teramo; 11.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and close to sign SG Daniele Cinciarini (Cremona; 10.3 ppg). They signed big man Zach Andrews, who comes from D-League (L.A. D-Fenders 9.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg), a relatively unkwnown player who's likely to be one of the cheapest foreigners in years. Described as a great athlete, who was close to sign for the Lakers, he only played in Spanish lower divisions, Turkish TBL2 and Japan so far...They say he's got potential and he's consistently improving, who knows...

    - Several sources report Avellino is about to sign G/F Jeremy Richardson, who also holds a Georgian passport. Played in Valencia a couple of years ago, last season he was in Georgia (BC Armia; 15.3 ppg). They're also rumored to be in talks with SF Micah Downs (Manresa 11.3 ppg).

    - Siena is very interested in C Miroslav Raduljica (Partizan). The player still belongs to Efes Pilsen and Karsiyaka is also eyeing him. Apparently there will be no deal with Josh Akognon, as they moved their target on other guys like Malcolm Delaney, Derwin Kitchen (they would have to pay a quite huge buyout, though) and Corey Fisher (who may get a Georgian passport, in that case he would be signed). Also, it seems that they are not so convinced about Aubrey Coleman, who may not arrive in the end.

    - Virtus Bologna is about to sign veteran C Richard Mason Rocca (Milano). For the G spot they keep eyeing Matt Janning and Terrico White.

    - Roma is interested in PG Richard Mickey McConnell (Jesi).

    - Caserta is in talks with PF DeShawn Sims (Maine Red Claws).

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    It's interesting how LegaDue seems to really feed Lega A with players, especially Americans. A lot of the top flight Italian teams seem to be looking at or have already signed players who played LegaDue last season. I guess signing a player from LegaDue means they have played at a good level, gained experience of the Italian game and will be better adaped to Italian culture. The teams themselves probably know more about the players there, it will have been easier to have had them scouted and to track their progress. We also see players such as Kyle Hines who didn't go to Lega A but progressed to other big leagues.

    I know teams will look everywhere for players but is LegaDue a particularly good place for Lega A teams to find talent? Is this happening more this summer than in the past?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
    It's interesting how LegaDue seems to really feed Lega A with players, especially Americans. A lot of the top flight Italian teams seem to be looking at or have already signed players who played LegaDue last season. I guess signing a player from LegaDue means they have played at a good level, gained experience of the Italian game and will be better adaped to Italian culture. The teams themselves probably know more about the players there, it will have been easier to have had them scouted and to track their progress. We also see players such as Kyle Hines who didn't go to Lega A but progressed to other big leagues.

    I know teams will look everywhere for players but is LegaDue a particularly good place for Lega A teams to find talent? Is this happening more this summer than in the past?
    Terrell McIntyre, Romain Sato, Antonio Granger, David Moss, Andre Hutson, Drew Nicholas, Kenny Gregory, Brad Miller, Marc Salyers, James Singleton, David Hawkins, Preston Shumpert, Kiwane Garris, Josh Powell, David Logan, Keith Langford...just to name a few that used to play in LegaDue before enjoying a successful career in Euroleague or even in the NBA.

    Many players from LegaDue are getting signed by Serie A teams, for basically three reasons:

    - teams are allowed to sign more American players and this obviously creates more opportunities to players that performed well in LegaDue;
    - most teams have cut their finances, so LegaDue offers a wide bunch of good players whose cost is not that high;
    - teams look for reliable guys, as you said LegaDue works a sort of a development league for them, as they have the chance to prove their skills and at the same time adjust to life in Italy. If they manage to impress, sooner or later they will get an opportunity to compete in Serie A and earn more money.

    The quality of foreign players in LegaDue has always been very high, as most of them would be capable to play in most of the other leagues in Europe and that is something you can't say for other 2nd divisions.

    Cremona seems to embody this kind of philosophy. They have cut their budget which is among the lowest in the league and through their coach (Attilio Caja) they stated they will build almost the whole roster on LegaDue players, so...

    besides Aaron Johnson, Jarrius Jackson, Lance Harris, they signed Tuukka Kotti (Imola) and they're about to announce Shawn Huff (Forlė) and Mareks Jurevicus (Ostuni).

    One more news: Biella is going to announce the signing of PG Russell Robinson (Trabzonspor). It's rumored he's going to get a European passport which would allow them to sign more American players if they want to.

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    - Virtus Bologna finally signed experienced C Richard Mason Rocca. The player should earn around 120.000 euro per season (1+1 deal), which is less than of the salary he used to earn in Milano. They confirmed to be in talks with C Stephane Lasme (Obradoiro) and interested in G/F Chris Warren (Cedevita).

    - Brindisi signed young C Jerai Grant. He's had a good rookie campaign in Australia, playing for the Sydney Kings (11.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.4 bpg).

    - Varese signed SG/SF Erik Rush. He's from USA but also holds a Swedish passport which allows him to play for team Sweden. Had a good rookie season in Cyprus, playing for Apollon (14.1 ppg, 4 rpg). He signed a 2-yr deal and will start from the bench.

    - Cremona signed experienced Latvian SF Janis Porzingis (Valmiera). He already played in Serie A (2006-2007) and eventually had experiences in LegaDue (a short stint with Brindisi and then played 2 years with Pistoia), but he even played in Italian C2 (6th league!) in 2009-2010. Played in Austria and Hungary in his early years and has been a member of Latvian NT every now and then. Quite an odd career, but all in all a very surprising signing since nobody expected to see him back in Italy...Cremona has a very low budget. They are now considering Croatian C Andrija Stipanovic (Caserta) and Fabio Ruini (Reggio Emilia) as a backup PG.

    - Caserta is interested in Croatian PF Damjan Rudez (Cedevita).

    - Biella is considering several rookies, PF Jamychal Green, SG Charlie Westbrook, PF Julian Mavunga among them.

    - Cantų seems to be close to agree to terms with Jeff Brooks (Jesi), but meanwhile they're considering other options such as Alex Acker and Brian Asbury.

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    More signings...

    - Varese completed the roster adding SG Adrian Banks (Elitzur Netanya), top scorer of the Israeli League (21.5 ppg, 3.2 apg).

    Mike Green - Andrea De Nicolao
    Adrian Banks - Erik Rush
    Ebi Ere - Bruno Cerella
    Dusan Sakota - Achille Polonara
    Bryant Dunston - Janar Talts

    - As it was rumored in the previous days, Cremona signed Finnish international Shawn Huff (Forlė; 15.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg).

    - Montegranaro signed PG Ronald Steele, last season in Turkey with Tofas (9.6 ppg, 3.8 apg, 42.1% 3p).

    - As anticipated a few days ago, PG Russell Robinson, who signed with Biella but still has to be announced, will play as a Cotonou-player through a Guinean passport.

    - Ksystof Lavrinovic said he doesn't want to leave Siena and that he's close to agree to terms to stay for a lower salary.

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    - Caserta signed American C Kyle Visser (NY Phantoms; 11 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

    - Montegranaro signed Canadian/British SG Kyle Johnson, last season in Cyprus and Greece. He's a member of British national team. They also signed American PF Christian Burns, last season in Israel (Elitzur Netanya; 14.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.4 apg).

    - Roma signed Hungarian C Peter Lorant, last season in ACB (Lagun ARO GBC; 3.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg). He will be the backup C. Meanwhile, they confirmed the deal with SF/PF Bobby Jones.

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    Finally Cantų signed F Jeff Brooks (Jesi) with a 1+1 deal. An interesting move, a player who had a very good rookie campaign (17 ppg, 7 rpg, 62% 2p, 41% 3p, 77% ft), who has the potential to turn into a star, especially if he will be capable to switch to the SF spot. Cantų will likely use him at both forward positions.

    Avellino agreed to terms with three players: SG Dwight Hardy (Pistoia, mvp of LegaDue last season, 22.6 ppg), SF Jeremy Richardson (BC Armia; 15.3 ppg) who also holds a Georgian passport, and G/F Coby Karl (Montegranaro; 9.6 ppg). Unfortunately they're having problems with Marques Green, as he had a serious injury playing for Macedonia and they're trying to sign him for a lower salary. Currently the team's offer doesn't match the player's demands.

    After long negotiations, newly promoted Reggio Emilia finally confirmed PG Dawan Robinson (18 ppg, 52% 2p, 41% 3p, 77% ft), who turned down offers from LegaDue and ACB to continue with his team. He had a stellar season and was asking big time money to remain, but unfortunately he broke his arm in a car accident and then was forced to lower his demands. In the end Reggio Emilia signed him for around 200.000 dollars for 1 season. They're now looking for a PF/C and the main candidate appears to be experienced USA/Swiss big man Greg Brunner, last season in Cantų. The player looks for a lot of money and it won't be an easy deal.

    Caserta brought back C Andrea Michelori from Siena. He will form a nice duo with recently signed Kyle Visser.

    Brindisi looking for a PG/SG to seal the roster. Could it be Malcolm Delaney (Chalon)? Jacob Pullen (Biella) and Derwin Kitchen (Maccabi Rishon) are also on the list.

    Biella is interested in shooting guard Scottie Reynolds (Antalya).

    Roma is eyeing PG David Holston (Artland Dragons) and they are trying to confirm C Jarvis Varnado.

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