June 19, 2010
Not everyone changes teams in the summer. It seems like they do, but some stay on where they are. Those who have signed extensions with their current clubs include Slovakian scoring machine Radoslav Rancik, who has signed a two year deal with Galatasaray, and ex-San Diego State forward Mohamed Abukar, who signed a two year deal of his own with the Swiss champion Lugano Tigers. Dimitris Diamantidis snuffed out the 1% possibility of him ever joining the NBA as he signed a three year extension with Panathinaikos, and Mengke Bateer has re-signed with Xinjiang, staving off his retirement (and inevitable subsequent move into full-time acting) for at least one more year. Ex-Raptors draft pick Roko Ukic took a buyout from Milwaukee part way through last season to join Turkish team Fenerbahce, and he's just signed for two extra years there. And another Raptors draft pick, Giorgis Printezis, has taken a pay cut in signing a two year extension with Unicaja Malaga. For some reason.
April 14, 2010
- Radoslav Rancik
Talented offensive player Rancik is playing for Galatasaray in Turkey, and averaged 18.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in the Eurocup. The Slovakian international also averages 16.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in the Turkish league. He is the finest player in the history of St. Cloud State University. No offense to Brett Putz.