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JWalk126
05-06-2009, 01:53 PM
it's that time of year again... a lot of rumors have been popping up on The Hoop Blog, some interesting some not. it all depends on your preference I guess.


let's begin: (all of the following {in this post} news/rumors are from The Hoop Blog)

Lior Eliyahu & Tau Ceramica

According to sports.walla.co.il (http://sports.walla.co.il/?w=/151/1475643), Lior Eliyahu(2.07-PF) has already agreed with Tau Baskonia to play for them next season. The israeli forward's contract ends this summer and it is rumored that Eliyahu will continue his career in Tau Baskonia. Members of the administration of Maccabi believe that the player has already agreed with Tau, something that explains his indifference, is what they're saying.

There was another rumor about Eliyahu having agreed with Tau back in February. Perhaps more information will surface about this rumor. Eliyahu averaged 14 points 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 16 games in the Euroleague as a player of Maccabi.

Travis Hansen to Maccabi?

According to israeli press and more specifically ynet.co.il (http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3708059,00.html), Travis Hansen(1.98-SG/SF) is a favourite to wear the shirt of Maccabi in the upcoming seasons. The american scorer currently plays for Dynamo Moscow, that helped him receive a russian passport so he doesn't take up the spot of an import player.

The current economic crisis has greatly affected Dynamo Moscow that lost Janero Pargo earlier on, amongst others, and now it will probably take Hansen away from them. Hansen averaged 14.7 points 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 21 games of the russian Superleague. Rumors in israeli media speak about a 2 seasons contract of Hansen with Maccabi.

EuroBasket.com: Novica Velickovic to Maccabi

According to eurobasket.com (http://www.eurobasket.com/Serbia/basketball.asp?NewsID=158642) there are articles in the serbian sports media saying that Novica Velickovic(2.05-PF/SF) has agreed to continue his career in Maccabi Tel Aviv. Wishful thinking one might say as Maccabi is "hot" for transfers rumors but nothing concrete has surfaced yet, such as statements of the player of his agent. Other websites around Europe followed suit reproducing the rumor but at this point in time it's anyone's game.

Velickovic, much like Pekovic drew the spotlights on him leading the team of Partizan throughout the Euroleague and the Adriatic League and even won the award for Rising Star that is given to players 22 years old and below. He finished the season in the Euroleague as Partizan's top scorer, with 11.5 points per game, and it's second best rebounder, with 5.1 on average. Velickovic was also among his team's best three players in steals, assists and blocks.

Messina is not going to the NBA

Ettore Messina’s chances of coaching in the NBA next season appear much slimmer these days than they did a few months ago, and he didn’t appear to appreciate me bringing up the topic in the press conference following the game.

“I’m happy for the good publicity all of you are making with this gossip. Until some of this gossip will result in an actual phone call, we’re talking about nothing,” Messina announced in a stern tone. “If all the gossip leads to the fact that no one calls me, then that’s a problem,” he added.

With the Sacramento Kings looking exclusively at coaches with NBA experience, the Toronto Raptors a lock to rehire Jay Triano according to sources, and the Nets having decided to stick with Lawrence Frank, it’s difficult to see a spot that Messina fits in at the moment.

Barcelona is rumored to be an option for Messina, should they fail to win the ACB championship, and his hometown team of Armani Jeans Milano will also reportedly make a very strong push to get him back in Italy, as they may increase their budget substantially with new contributions for their main sponsor Giorgio Armani. According to Messina, “my first idea is to talk with CSKA.”


source: draftexpress.com


Andersen's comments on his NBA rights

After the game, we managed to catch up with Andersen(2.11-PF/C) in the VIP area, which gave us an opportunity to pick his brain on where he stands in terms of the NBA.

Andersen didn’t hesitate to indicate his interest in playing for the Atlanta Hawks, or any other team that might be interested in his services. He did seem a bit frustrated by the predicament he’s in, thought, with his NBA rights essentially being held hostage by the Atlanta Hawks.

“I just wish they would give me a straight answer either way. Every year it’s the same thing. If they want me, great, but if not, I would like to go play somewhere else. I can’t force the tender and go play on a non-guaranteed minimum contract, but I don’t think I’m asking for crazy money either.”

Andersen has another year on his deal with Barcelona, but has a clear NBA escape clause in his contract that that he can exercise until July 15th. That is a difficult situation for Barcelona, as they will be in serious limbo until that point—essentially the very tail end of the signing period for elite European clubs, where there will likely be few if any big men of Andersen’s caliber on the market. Barcelona has an option to buy out Andersen’s contract, and may be forced to do so if they feel like they cannot wait on the NBA to act.

source : draftexpress.com (http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/David-Andersen-5222/)

Jannero Pargo: a Free Agent?

Jannero Pargo(1.88-PG/SG) should now be considered a free agent as Olympiakos can no longer use him in the greek league. After the end of the Euroleague F4, Olympiakos is left with another non-EU player that they cannot use. In the greek A1 league each team is allowed only 2 non-EU players in their roster.

Pargo played 4 games in the greek league while Josh Childress was recovering from his injury but now in all probability he will be released from his contract. Pargo said during the Final Four that he would like to play again in the NBA so it shouldn't be ruled out. He could also play in Italy or Spain although this is only a speculation. He averaged 3.5 points and 1.4 assists in 11 Euroleague games as a player of Olympiakos.

JWalk126
05-07-2009, 05:50 PM
Hansen Leaves Dynamo
Source: The Hoop Blog

According to sports.ru, Travis Hansen(1.98-SG/SF) left Dynamo Moscow. The american scorer with the russian passport left the team yesterday because he hadn't been paid. The amount of salaries that was owed to Hansesn yet remains undisclosed. Hansen was rumored to interest Maccabi in the upcoming transfer season.

Hansen was the top scorer of Dynamo Moscow and coach Blatt is quite upset about the team losing some of its best players. Even Bostjan Nachbar was injured but he will return shortly. Hansen averaged 14.7 points 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 21 games of the russian Superleague.

Doychinov out - Massey rumored to return

Krum Doychinov(2.07-C) was being tried by Aris Thessaloniki, but the bulgarian center did not manage to convince coach Andrea Mazzon that he deserves a spot in the team. Furthermore, Jeremiah Massey(2.02-PF) spoke to greek radio station Libero FM and said that he misses Greece and the fans of Aris. Nevertheless he said that his priorities lie with Real Madrid at the moment and the final race to the play-offs final. He said at some point in the future he would like to play for Aris again.

The morning before the radio show a greek newspaper (Spor tou Vorra) published rumors that Massey has agreed to play for Aris next season on the premise that Real would lend the player to Aris much like the case of Lazaros Papadopoulos that was lent to Fortitudo. Massey himself said that noone knows what happens in Real this summer as there are elections for a new president and anything could happen.

Jeremiah Massey has averaged 8.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 31 games with Real in the ACB so far. On a sidenote greek sources confirm that Papadopoulos will not be returning to Real for the play-offs after he finishes playing for Fortitudo.

JWalk126
05-10-2009, 01:25 AM
Milwaukee Bucks Eying Ilyasova?
Source: thehoop.blogspot.com

Former Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova(2.08-PF) will face an interesting dilemma when it comes time to decide where he's going to play professional basketball next season.

The 6-foot-9 Turkish forward, who played in Europe this season with Regal FC Barcelona, could probably make more money if he stayed overseas rather than return to the Bucks, who continue to hold his rights. However, there could be potential to earn extended playing time in Milwaukee since it's appearing unlikely that forward Charlie Villanueva will be back.

Villanueva will be a restricted free agent this summer and, due to a lack of financial flexibility, the Bucks likely would have difficulty matching an offer sheet from another team.

Bucks general manager John Hammond traveled to Berlin last weekend to watch Barcelona split two games in the Euroleague Final Four. Ilyasova didn't play particularly well in either of the two games but that was not important to Hammond. "We weren't there to evaluate him as player," said Hammond. "We were there to support him as a player that we have the rights to."

JWalk126
05-10-2009, 05:50 PM
Will Jeremy Tyler end up in Greece?
Source: NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/10/sports/basketball/10tyler.html?_r=2&ref=basketball)

The first formal step for the basketball prodigy Jeremy Tyler to find a place to play in Europe next season begins this weekend. Tyler, a 6-foot-11 center from San Diego, announced last month that he would skip his senior year of high school to play professionally overseas.

Sonny Vaccaro, who is advising Tyler, will fly to Athens on Sunday for meetings with Greece’s top basketball teams, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.

Vaccaro said the talks would be the first formal discussions about where Tyler would play, but interest remains from clubs in Italy, Spain and Israel. It had been thought that Tyler would play in Spain, but Greece has become a top option.

Olympiacos surprised some in the N.B.A. by signing the former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Childress last off-season.

One of its owners, the billionaire shipping magnate Panayiotis Angelopoulos, said in an interview with The New York Times last fall that he would continue to try to make a big dent in the N.B.A. free-agent market.

Panathinaikos, the heated rival of Olympiacos, won the Euroleague title last Sunday.

Vaccaro said that he expected a deal with a club by the middle of June and that it was possible Tyler could go to Europe to audition for teams. He said the monetary figure would likely be “mid six figures.”

Tyler, 17, said he was eager for the next step in his career.

“I have dreams every night about me playing,” he said. “Mentally, I’m pretty ready to go out there and play. I want to show the world that this wasn’t a bad decision.”

JWalk126
05-12-2009, 12:47 PM
all of the following is from thehoop.blogspot.com

Tau signs UK rising star

Tau Ceramica added to its club the young player Devon van Oostrum(1.88-PG). The native of Groningen, Netherlands, also owns the British passport and was born the 24th of January, 1993. The rising star is a playmaker and in the current season played in Britain with Sheffield Sharks practicing all year long with the first team of the club.

He was named best Under 16 of Great Britain and led his national team at Eurobasket Under 16. He was the best for his team in points (11.2), assists (3), steals (3.2) and minutes played (33.7). After some workouts with other Spanish teams (DKV Joventut among them) Devon van Oostrum decided to accept the proposal of Tau Ceramica.


Nesterovic could possibly play in Europe

Radoslav Nesterovic(2.13-C) gave an interview to slovenian media site RTV, and one of the questions that he was asked was whether he would like to return to Europe or continue in the NBA. The slovenian veteran said that at this stage in his career and with his contract having expired any opportunity is up for grabs.

Nesterovic said that the new contracts in the NBA will be signed from July 1st onwards and he is open to all suggestions. Nesterovic also has a greek passport, with the surname Makris from the days he was playing in Paok. Unfortunately for Paok he left shortly after he acquired the passport. This prospect means that he could play for greek powerhouses Olympiakos or Panathinaikos without occupying the position of a bosman player. This season he averaged 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 70 games for Indiana and he is also a member of the Slovenia National Team.

Alba Renews Contract with McElroy

Just a few days before the BBL Play-Offs get started ALBA Berlin set the course for the upcoming 2009/2010 campaign. Today the club announced the re-signing of Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati), who recently has been named the Best Defensive Player of the BBL. McElroy placed his signature to a new one-year contract that also includes an option for another season.

The 29-year old american joined ALBA Berlin in February 2008 and immediately won the german championship with the team. He also won the cup in 2005 and the championship in 2006 with Koln 99ers, where he spent his first overseas years. In this years Euroleague season McElroy showed that he can compete with europes elite players. He scored 26 points in a very important game against DKV Joventut Badalona and was honoured with the MVP for the gameday.


Radenovic is sought by Maccabi and Efes

According to serbian and greek media that Maccabi Tel Aviv and Efes Pilsen are interested in signing the young serbian forward/center Ivan Radenovic(2.09-PF/C). Radenovic who graduated from Arizona, went undrafted into the NBA after entering his name in the 2007 NBA Draft, which was followed by a failed attempt to make it onto the Los Angeles Clippers' roster during their Las Vegas Summer League. He only played in three out of the five Clippers' Summer League games. Later on he signed to Girona and this season he was signed by Panellinios for one season as their very last transfer.

He averaged 10.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 27 games in the greek A1 league. Radenovic said that he will have a word with Panellinios to see if they would like to sign him again and then he would consider the possible offers from Maccabi and Efes Pilsen. He also said that he hasn't consulted his agent in the last 2 weeks.


Is Velikovic good enough for the NBA?

Fresh off of being named the recipient of the 2009 Euroleague Rising Star award, which current Raptor Andrea Bargnani swept up in 2006 prior to being picked first in the NBA draft by the Raptors, Novica Velickovic is turning heads in Europe this year. At just 22 years old, he's the heart and soul of his club, Partizan Belgrade, and the gritty forward is quickly turning into a very well-rounded player.

While at 6'9", some may say he's a tweener as an NBA prospect, and a sub-par athlete, you can't teach the kind of skills Velickovic possesses. He's the glue that holds a team together. He does everything well enough to help a team win. He can defend, rebound, pass, shoot, score, and most importantly, he's a leader.

When Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo talks about how much he misses Garbajosa, one has to wonder if he even realizes that a player who's every bit like a young Jorge Garbajosa is currently mopping the floor with the competition in the Balkans. One has to wonder why a player like Jason Kapono is currently making nearly $6 million a year, while someone like Velickovic ended up undrafted this past June. If we're comparing athletic ability, Velickovic is actually superior. He's the better passer, defender, creator, finisher, and scorer, and five years younger to boot. He's great off the ball, smart in crucial moments, and like Jorge Garbajosa, he enhances the performance of everyone around him.


Two NBA teams after Bourousis

According to greek media there are 2 proposals from the NBA to sign Ioannis Bourousis(2.10-C) in the following summer. Bourousis becomes a free-agent this summer and there have been no announcements regarding a contract renewal with Olympiakos. Another interesting fact here is that Bourousis does not have a high contract as some other playes in the team. In fact he has one of the lowest ones and the reason for that is because when he first signed with Olympiakos he wasn't as good as he is now.

The 2 teams interested to sign Bourousis are San Antonio and Miami. Miami is also prepared to guarantee his playing time in order to make the offer more appealing. The general consensus in Greece is that Olympiakos will have the first word about Bourousis. The player and his agent know that the Aggelopoulos brothers are generous enough to make his decision quite easy if it comes to money. The fact remains that Bourousis will make a lot more money playing for Olympiakos or any other european team than playing for an NBA team. He averaged 12.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 22 games in the Euroleague and he has averaged 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in 26 games in the greek A1 league so far including the play-offs.


2 more years for Siskauskas in CSKA?

Lithuanian superstar, Ramunas Siskauskas is rumored to stay in CSKA for another 2 seasons according to lithuanian newspaper Lietuvos Rytas. The newspaper quotes as its source the player's agent Mauricio Balduzzi who seems to have had talks about this with GM of CSKA, Andrei Vatutin.

"I spoke with Andrei Vatutin last Saturday and he assured that there will not be any problems. I believe that if there are any problems , I would know about them. The truth is that the CSKA will cut down on the budget, but not very much." said Balduzzi.

Siskauskas was the one that got away for Panathinaikos when Balduzzi went over to Athens paid the 1 million euros buy-out clause and the player was free to sign with CSKA and he has been playing there for the last 2 seasons which might as well become 4. This season he averaged 12.1 points 3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 18 games of the Euroleague for #CSKA.


Nachbar to return to the NBA

Bostjan Nachbar(2.06-SF/PF) started a blog on his personal website in the slovenian language on the 26th of April. In a nutshell he described how the season faired for Dynamo and how he feels about his next move. He did admit the Dynamo has had some financial problems and that although he is bound by contract for the next 2 seasons he has already told his representative to explore all the possible options.

Nachbar wants to make use of the NBA-out clause in his contract and if he is given a contract in the NBA he will definitely consider the possibility of returning there. This season he averaged 16.2 points 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 24 games of the russian Superleague and 16.1 points 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 16 games of the EuroCup.

jimbobjarree
05-14-2009, 05:38 PM
wow, Boki was beasting it

JWalk126
06-08-2009, 10:40 PM
more rumors from The Hoop Blog

Rumors on Ben Gordon

Ben Gordon(1.91-PG/SG) is rumored to have been offered to Olympiakos by his agent and this is something that is being confirmed by a plenty of greek sports portals, redplanet.gr and gazzetta.gr to name a few. This sets a new spin on the transfer targets of Olympiakos because Ben Gordon has a british passport. That means he occupies the position of a bosman player and not of a foreign player.

Gordon would theoretically replace Lynn Greer(1.88-PG/SG) who is considered to be leaving Olympiakos as his contract ends this month and there doesn't seem to be any thoughts about renewing it. The Chicago Bulls have made it one of their top priorities to renew the contract of Gordon according to GM Vinny Del Negro : “Our hope is we’ll be able to get Ben back in a Bulls uniform next year.” Gordon initially rejected the offer of the Chicago Bulls but in the end he accepted their qualifying offer as he couldn't get that money elsewhere. However the sum of 4.8 million dollars that was his current salary is not out of reach for Olympiakos.

Rumors about Andrea Mazzon

Rumors started appearing in greek media regarding the head coach of Aris BC, Andrea Mazzon. Aris lost the qualification to next season's Euroleague even with the home court advantage against Maroussi and although they renewed Andrew Betts for another season, the fans of Aris are not very happy about the way that the 3rd place was lost.

According to sportnet.gr and metrosport.gr, Andrea Mazzon has even considered resigning from Aris but there are also rumors that he had offers from Italy as well. The main name of a replacement that is mentioned in both articles that of head coach of Soulis Markopoulos of Maroussi that had been a head coach of Aris in the past and his son is also one of the assistant coaches in the team.


Olympiakos to Target James Posey?

Another candidate can be added to the already very long list of players that have been implicated, one way or the other with Olympiakos. This time it is NBA veteran James Posey(2.03-SF) of New Orleans, that won 2 NBA rings with Miami and Boston in the 2 previous seasons. Obviously this move would overshadow that of Josh Childress but then again it is too early to say anything as it is only a rumor. Posey averaged 11.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in 75 games with New Orleans in the regular season.

On a sidenote doubts are forming now about the possible transfer of Nikos Zisis(1.97-PG/SG) to Olympiakos if David Blatt assumes the head coach position in CSKA. The saga of Ettore Messina is still holding up and if he were to leave CSKA then Blatt might be the next candidate in line. Zisis and Blatt had 2 great seasons in Benetton Treviso that resulted to the conquest of the italian league.


KK Zagreb denies rumors about Tomic

In the israeli media, Ante Tomic(2.17-C) is a considered a done deal for 4 seaons to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv. KK Zagreb though has another view on the subject. The spokesman of the club Dražen Beraković, spoke to croatian portal sportnet.hr and denied the rumors about Tomic's transer.

"This information is not correct. The club has not yet received any concrete offer for Tomic, he currently prepares with the team and has not signed a contract with Maccabi." were Berakovic's words.

Tomic is considered one of the hottest prospects in Europe this time round and the interest from Maccabi is more than justified. The article said that they are aware of an enquiry from Maccabi about the player but KK Zagreb have yet to reply. Tomic averaged 15.5 points 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 24 games of the Adriatic League. The fans of Maccabi see in Tomic a worthy successor to Nikola #Vujcic#'s legacy and this story will definitely have more episodes.


Olympiakos Signs Nikos Zisis

According to redplanet.gr, Nikos Zisis(1.97-PG/SG) and Olympiakos have already spoken and the greek combo guard had agreed to continue his career in Olympiakos. Obviously, for that to happen CSKA will have to release Zisis first. The article says that the contract of Zisis is quite high and given the fact that his playing time is not that great and also that CSKA want to reduce their budget, it is implied that he will be released soon.

Zisis is also part of the National Team of Greece but his career was disrupted by a devastating blow to the face by Anderson Varejao during a game between Greece and Brazil in 2006. He has started regaining his previous form and now he might be making a comeback to Greece. He averaged 5.3 points 1.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 21 games in the Euroleague but only with 16 minutes of playing time.


Anderson Confirms Rumors about Maccabi

Alan Anderson(1.98-SG/SF) spoke to israeli portal sport5.co.il where he confirmed that he would play for Maccabi Tel Aviv. The american guard/forward that played mainly for Cibona this season was related to Maccabi in rumors that circulated in israeli media and this is the confirmation.

Anderson says that he wants to pursue his NBA dream this summer and if he doesn't secure a contract in the NBA then he will play for Maccabi. Apart from Cibona he has also played for Triumph Lyubertsy and Virtus Bologna.

Anderson started his sports career in Michigan State University and played in the NCAA Final Four in 2005. That season he signed 2-year deal with Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA, but mainly played in the NBDL. He averaged 15.3 points 4.8 rebounds and 2 assists in 7 games in the Euroleague and just recently he helped Cibona conquer the title of the croatian league averaging 16.2 points 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 13 games.

JWalk126
06-14-2009, 10:25 AM
Jeremy Tyler may be headed to Haifa
Source: SI (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/basketball/ncaa/06/12/jeremy.tyler.ap/index.html)

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Jeremy Tyler's jump from high school to an overseas professional basketball league is progressing to the point that his agent is negotiating with a team in Haifa, Israel.

The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Tyler announced in late April that he was skipping his senior season at San Diego High to play overseas. He had hoped to be able to make a decision by Friday, his 18th birthday.

"We're pretty close," said Sonny Vaccaro, the former shoe company executive who is advising Tyler and his family. "There's no hurry. They don't start playing until next December. He's in good shape. We know we have something."

Tyler would become the first American-born player to leave high school early to play professionally overseas. When he's eligible for the NBA draft in 2011, some see him as a potential No. 1 pick overall.

Haifa representatives recently saw Tyler work out in Santa Monica and are negotiating with his agent, Arn Tellem.

Tellem, who's based in Los Angeles, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Tyler wasn't available either. He was out shopping with friends, said his father, James.

"I wish it was yesterday because I'm tired of the having the suspense of finding out where he's going," his father said Friday.

Shortly after Tyler made his announcement, Vaccaro said eight teams from Europe, Israel and China had expressed interest.

James Tyler said representatives from two Israeli teams and one from Rome have seen his son work out. A trip to work out for a team in Spain is on hold while Tellem negotiates with Haifa.

"There were five or six teams at one time that came rushing in trying to do a deal," James Tyler said. "I just prefer to have it over. I want him to start focusing. The good thing is, he'll have enough time to know what they're doing and start working on things they're going to be asking of him. I'm just tingling to see where he's at so he can start working on those things."

Jeremy Tyler averaged 28.7 points during his junior season, but said high school ball had become boring.

Some observers are against his move, but others, such as Hall of Famer and fellow San Diegan Bill Walton, have spoken out in support of Tyler.

According to One.co.il, Maccabi Tel Aviv released Carlos Arroyo

JWalk126
06-29-2009, 08:26 PM
Bucks waive Villaneuva and make offer to Ilyasova
Source: thehoop.blogspot.com

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks have made qualifying offers to restricted free agents Ramon Sessions and Ersan Ilyasova, but will not make an offer to Charlie Villanueva.

Bucks general manager John Hammond said Monday the offers to Sessions and Ilyasova give them the right to match contract offers from other teams. Villanueva will be free to sign with any team.

NBA teams have until Tuesday to make qualifying offers to their restricted free agents. Hammond says he did not want to elaborate on the reasons for the decisions.

source : espn.com (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4295423)

JWalk126
07-06-2009, 11:50 AM
in addition to Ilyasova (Barcelona), David Andersen* (FCB) and Marcus Haislip (Malaga) are on their way to
the NBA


*Rumored (http://thehoop.blogspot.com/2009/07/david-andersen-wants-to-play-in-nba.html)

JWalk126
07-08-2009, 06:35 PM
Bluthenthal Returns to Maccabi
Source: Maccabi.co.il (http://www.maccabi.co.il/News.asp?id=1991&language=english)

David Bluthenthal, who is an Israeli citizen, is returning to Israel for his third stint with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The coming season will be his fourth, overall, with the club.
Bluthenthal, who signed with the Israeli champions for the first time in the summer of 2002 and played with Maccabi for two consecutive seasons, won two Israeli championships and two Israel Cups at that time, not to mention the unforgettable Euroleague championship victory of 2004 in Tel Aviv, where he was one of the outstanding players.

Bluthenthal returned to Maccabi for the 2007/08 season, and again reached the Euroleague finals.
Last season he played for the French team, Le Mans, which won the French Cup.
Bluthenthal’s Euroleague averages last year were 12.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

Bluthenthal, who is known as the player with a golden hand, first came to Israel in 1997 as the youngest player on the American Maccabiah team.
He played at the University of Southern California for 4 years, and in his European career has played for Dynamo Saint Petersburg, Benetton Treviso, Virtus Bologna, Fortitudo Bologna, and as previously mentioned, France’s Le Mans.


Maciej Lampe Signs with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Source: Maccabi.co.il (http://www.maccabi.co.il/News.asp?ID=1994&language=english)

Maciej Lampe (24, 2.11 meters), who plays both the forward and center positions, has signed a one-year with option contract with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv.

Lampe is a former NBA player who has played for the last three years with the Russian team Khimki Moscow.
He is known for his strong moves in the paint and his soft shooting touch from outside.

Lampe, who was born in Łódź, Poland, grew up in Stockholm, Sweden.
At age 14 he was discovered as a young talent by a scout from Real Madrid and signed for a long-term contract.
Before the age of 17 he had played for Real Madrid in the Euroleague, and shortly thereafter he was loaned out to Universidad Complutense of the second division level in Spain, in order to gain more experience and playing time.
Lampe was a standout with Complutense, averaging 19.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

In the summer of 2003 Lampe was chosen as the 30th pick in the NBA draft by the New York Knicks.
He was traded to the Phoenix Suns the following year, where he became the youngest Suns player to appear in a regular season game.
In January 2005 Lampe was traded to New Orleans, then the following year to Houston.
His total NBA career average over 64 games was 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

In 2006, Lampe signed with the Russian team Dynamo Saint Petersburg, which went bankrupt shortly thereafter.
Lampe then inked a contract with Khimki Moscow.
In February 2008 he led Khimki to victory in the Russian championships over Euroleague powerhouse CSKA Moscow, and was selected game MVP.
In the last two years, Lampe and Khimki reached the playoff finals in Russia, only to be defeated by CSKA.
Last year, he also played in the finals of the Eurocup (the competition formerly known as ULEB Cup).
His averages for the last season in Russia were 10.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
His European experience includes 7 Euroleague games with Real Madrid and 3 full seasons in the ULEB with Khimki Moscow.

Lampe, who speaks five languages, is a member of the national team in Poland, which will host the European championships this summer.