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19 hours ago
A promising 21-year-old Lithuanian prospect Mantas Rubstavicius is close to reaching an agreement with the New Zealand Breakers, sources tell BasketNews. 1.98 m tall Rubstavicius, a skilled guard from Lietkabelis Panevezys, has caught the attention of NBA scouts throughout this season. In the EuroCup, he has averaged 4.5 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 15 minutes per game.
21 hours ago
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan could bid farewell to two major free-agency signings from 2022. According to BasketNews sources, Milan is considering options to part ways with Brandon Davies and Kevin Pangos. As first reported by Aris Barkas of EuroHoops and confirmed by BasketNews sources, Davies is available on the market despite being under contract with Milan until 2024.
22 hours ago
Nikola Mirotic's days in Barcelona are numbered. However, a significant question mark remains regarding his future. Despite various reports about Mirotic's future, the highest-paid EuroLeague player has not received a specific offer regarding the terms under which the Catalan club would seek a compromise to terminate the contract, sources tell BasketNews.
AS Monaco are strongly considering the possibility of putting their B Team for French League (LNB) games due to the potential implementation of the luxury tax, sources tell BasketNews. LNB plans to introduce a luxury tax that will take effect starting from the 2023-24 season, targeting exclusively the Monagasque club, which reached the EuroLeague Final Four this season.
Former Panathinaikos Athens guard Andrew Andrews is close to reaching a deal with Joventut Badalona, according to BasketNews sources. Sources indicate that the 30-year-old 188 cm guard is nearing a two-year contract agreement. Andrews began the 2022-23 season with Panathinaikos Athens but finished with the Frutti Extra Bursa.
Virtus Segafredo Bologna guard Niccolo Mannion has already played in the NBA. After two years in Europe, he will try to pursue the NBA dream again. According to sources, the Italian player is expected to compete in the NBA Summer League on the Milwaukee Bucks roster. Mannion's contract with Virtus ends after the 2022-23 season.
Naz Mitrou-Long and Zalgiris Kaunas are closing on an agreement, according to BasketNews sources. Both sides are in advanced negotiations, and there is a huge belief that the deal will be finalized soon, according to BasketNews sources. Currently, Mitrou-Long plays for EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in his second season in Europe.
In rephrasing a famous saying, basketball is a simple game. Ten individuals chase the ball for 40 minutes, and Spain always comes out victorious. Just as no one expected Spain's triumph at the 2022 EuroBasket, no one (except Kyle Hines) saw their celebration of an 11th EuroLeague title in the club's history this season.
After this EuroLeague final, everyone will be talking about Sergio Llull's shot for a long time. Then, about the other veterans from Madrid, especially Sergio Rodriguez, who displayed some of the best stretches in his career. Of course, about Edy Tavares, who had a fantastic post-season and also received a well-deserved MVP award.
Mario Hezonja could have decided to play for another team this summer and take on a leadership role there. However, May 21st greatly explained his motivation to sign with Real Madrid. He only trailed Edy Tavares by playing time (34:03) in a title game against Olympiacos Piraeus and had a solid performance - scoring 12 points, grabbing three rebounds, and stealing two balls.
Mike James slowly stepped through the media zone after the EuroLeague third-place game. AS Monaco comfortably handled FC Barcelona, winning 78-66 and securing the third spot in just their second EuroLeague season. "I'm old!" James smirked ironically when asked why he was holding his back. It looked as if he was hurt.
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic was expected to be in attendance for the EuroLeague Final Four title game in Kaunas, but in the end, most likely, he won't be able to make the trip, sources tell BasketNews. According to sources, the former Real Madrid star has been planning to arrive on the day of the final to show support for his ex-teammates in their battle against Olympiacos Piraeus.
At the end of the fourth quarter, Mike James was seen discussing something with AS Monaco assistant Manu Markoishvili on the bench. On the other side, Olympiacos veterans Kostas Sloukas and Kostas Papanikolaou calmed down their teammates, urging them to celebrate in a composed manner. They came to Kaunas not just to defeat AS Monaco, but to aim for the top and win the EuroLeague trophy.
Not too long ago, he mostly watched the best basketball players from the sidelines in the biggest EuroLeague arenas, trying to solve the puzzle of his career. But after three years, he is greeted by a Euroleague legend, the league's top players, and all the spotlight is on him.
EuroLeague players predict FC Barcelona has the best chance of winning in the Final Four in Kaunas. BasketNews surveyed fifteen players who did not make it to the Final Four, where they shared their predictions on who will win the EuroLeague this season.
Never take anything for granted, even if you're on your path to becoming one of the greatest EuroLeague players of all time like Mike James. In 2016, Mike James, playing for Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz, faced off against Fenerbahce Istanbul in a dramatic Final Four overtime, resulting in a 77-88 semifinal loss.
While Kaunas is hosting the EuroLeague Final Four, fans of one team have already shown who will be the host since the opening ceremony. When the Olympiacos Piraeus fans' chants were heard from the FanZone surroundings during the opening ceremony, there were mixed feelings among the event participants and guests.
The championship title is encoded in every basketball player's ultimate goal projection. However, reaching the title at the highest level is not an easy task. Five players will meet in the Final Four in Kaunas, whose anticipation for the trophy has lasted almost a decade. Among them are the brightest stars of the EuroLeague.
Mam Jaiteh is set to sign with AS Monaco and join the Final Four participants after the season, sources tell BasketNews. Sources indicate that Jaiteh is anticipated to suit up for Monaco for two seasons. Frenchman would expand Monaco's rotation of local players in the French championship. The 28-year-old 2.08 m center has represented Virtus Segafredo Bologna for the past two seasons.
The newly crowned EuroCup champions Gran Canaria are considering not participating in the EuroLeague next season, BasketNews sources confirmed. According to the regulations, the EuroCup champions automatically earn the right to participate in the EuroLeague the following year. However, Gran Canaria is seriously considering the possibility of declining such an opportunity.
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