Archive for August 5th, 2011

Jordan Hamilton switches agents

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Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports:

Denver rookie Jordan Hamilton didn’t even wait until he had signed his first contract to change agents. The former Texas swingman, who can’t sign his deal as the No. 26 pick until the lockout lifts, said Saturday that he had fired agent Arn Tellem recently and was looking for new representation. On Thursday, a source close to him said he has opted to go with Gregory Nunn, who recently opened the basketball division at Premier Sports.

Marc Stein of ESPN reports:

Milwaukee Bucks second-round pick Jon Leuer, selected 40th overall in the June draft from the Wisconsin Badgers, has signed a contract to play with Skyliners Frankfurt in Germany, according to his agent.

Agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.com on Friday that the deal includes an opt-out clause that will allow Leuer to make an immediate return to the NBA when the lockout ends.

Many foreign teams are insisting that players who don’t have existing contracts sign deals that commit them to stay abroad for the entire season. But Leuer is the second Bartelstein client to secure the opt-out provision, joining Boston Celtics second-rounder E’Twaun Moore, who recently signed a deal with Benetton Treviso in Italy.

Michael Lee of the Washington Post (blog) reports:

Trevor Booker

No one knows for sure when the next NBA season will begin, but Wizards forward Trevor Booker has already ensured that he will be playing professional basketball this fall. Booker signed a one-year deal on Thursday with Israeli Basketball League team Bnei HaSharon that has an opt-out clause that will allow him to return to the Wizards whenever the lockout ends.

Booker is the first member of the Wizards to sign with a team overseas since the lockout began on July 1. Booker’s agent, Andy Miller, said that Booker had been “getting an earful for about 40 days” about the possibility of playing overseas until the right deal came along with the team that plays in the top division of Israeli basketball. Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld’s son, Dan, played for Bnei HaSharon last season.

Booker has traveled overseas to Turkey and Serbia and said he was “definitely open.” After speaking with his parents, Booker decided to take advantage of the opportunity. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I’m real excited,” Booker said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “I get to play against some competition again. I think it will be a neat experience, so I’m definitely excited.”

Stan Van Gundy, former headcoach Miami Heat

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel (blog) reports:

The lockout has essentially turned the Amway Center into a big, shiny office.

Some of the Magic communications and marketing people still work there during the day, and GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy also spend time there, along with their staffs. But without the players, it just feels… different.

“Every time I go into the office it sort of gets depressing because there’s nothing going on,” Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We’re used to have some number of guys in — depends on the day — but there’s always activity. … Now it’s like a ghost town in there. That part’s depressing. Certainly when you get to October, when training camp would be going, that’s when it will be really different.”

Van Gundy said his staff is still working like it normally would during the summer. The assistant coaches and video crew hold some meetings, talk about things they want to do differently, put together the playbook and plan out points of emphasis for when the season begins.

AAP via Fox Sports Australia reports:

Patrick Mills

A number of media outlets had reported that the Boomers star - after finishing his second season with the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA - had inked a one-year deal with the Anadolu Efes team in Istanbul.

Mills, 22, said his agent was in talks with a number of European clubs, including Anadolu Efes, but denied a deal had been signed.

“I want to make it clear I have not signed with any team in Turkey,” Mills said on Friday.

“I have received offers from teams, but I have not come to any agreements with any team there.”

Dirk Nowitzki

Marc Stein of ESPN reports:

There have been offers from China, feelers from teams around Europe and, of course, aggressive interest from Bayern Munich and other top clubs in his native Germany.

But Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki isn’t ready to think about playing abroad in the event of an extended lockout.

Two weeks into his training for the upcoming EuroBasket tournament in Lithuania with the German national team, after a month of championship celebrations that he says went by way too fast, Nowitzki told ESPNDallas.com in a phone interview Thursday that he plans to wait until after the European championships before he thinks seriously about playing in a foreign league.

Spending the week in Berlin to combine a commercial shoot with private training sessions with longtime mentor Holger Geschwindner, Nowitzki said: “I’m going to play the Euros and then see where the lockout is after that. Until then, I’m not going to look at playing anywhere else.”

The EuroBasket tournament runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 18.

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Sportando reports:

EWE Baskets Oldenburg announced the signing of Bobby Brown. Former NBA point guard spent the first part of last season in Poland with Asseco Prokom Gdynia and then moved to Aris Thessaloniki. With the Greek team Brown averaged 11.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 3apg in A1.

Jorge Garbajosa re-signs in Spain

Euroleague.net reports:

Unicaja reached a new agreement with power forward Jorge Garbajosa to keep him in the team next season. Garbajosa (2.05 meters, 33 years old) re-joined Unicaja midway through last season, averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 11 Spanish League games. He had started the 2010-11 season with Real Madrid and averaged 5.4 points in 11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games before moving back to Malaga. Garbajosa led the club to its glory days in his previous two years in Unicaja. He simply took the club to the highest level, leading Unicaja to its only domestic titles so far, the 2005 Spanish King’s Cup and the 2006 Spanish League crown, earning finals MVP in both events. Garbajosa had a stellar Euroleague career, helping Benetton Treviso reach the title game in 2003, when he was an All-Euroleague first team selection.

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