June 10, 2010
After a bad season, ASVEL Villerbanne are cutting salary. To celebrate their first Euroleague campaign for five years, the team spent Tony Parker's money bringing in reinforcements with pedigree - Curtis Borchardt, Rawle Marshall, Mindaugas Lukauskis. Unfortunately, they never made it out of the group stage, and they didn't even break .500 in the ProA either, finishing in 9th place with a 14-16 record. Therefore, Borchardt and Marshall have been released, Victor Samnick has moved to Nancy, and Ali Traore might soon leave the team as well. ASVEL have already brought in replacements; Clemson guard Cliff Hammonds comes over from Peristeri in Greece, and draft prospect Edwin Jackson has returned from two years on loan, fresh with a new cut fastball that breaks late away from the right hander. But there is no replacement size yet.
April 7, 2010
- Rawle Marshall
Rawle Marshall started the season with Valencia, but the coach didn't like him, and nor did he play well. He was released after three poor Eurocup performances, and was replaced by Thomas Kelati. This didn't really hold Marshall back, though, for he quickly caught on with Euroleague team ASVEL Villerbanne. Marshall averaged 11.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in ASVEL's Euroleague campaign, and averages 8.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in the French league.
You may know of ASVEL as being the team Tony Parker part-owns. Part of the reason for that may be that his less successful basketball playing brother, former Northwestern guard T.J. Parker, is on the ASVEL roster. One brother paying another brother's wages? I don't think I could handle that. Not unless I was the rich brother.