Weekly News: Brose Baskets finally active; Bayern adding Berlin trio; Elias Harris joins Lakers
Bamberg finally start making additions, re-signing leaders
After weeks of watching Bayern Munich dominate the headlines, four-time reigning champions Brose Baskets finally made some noise by first re-signing the 30-year-old duo of leaders John Goldsberry and Sharrod Ford Goldsberry on a one-year deal and Ford for two seasons. Bamberg boss Wolfgang Heyder also added another point guard in Zack Wright, who signed a one-year contract after spending last season with Russian side Spartak St. Petersburg. Bamberg also added a Balkan power forward in acquiring Serbian Novica Velickovic. The 26-year-old Velickovic, who Heyder described as a mix of Bostjan Nachbar and Peja Suput, gathered Euroleague experience with Partizan Belgrade and Real Madrid. After fighting through some injuries, Velickovic signed for last season with Serbian side Mega Vizura.
Oldenburg add promising Serbian Aleksandrov
EWE Baskets Oldenburg have pretty much brought back their entire team from last season and now added the piece to replace the departing Ronnie Burrell. The new power forward for Oldenburg is 26-year-old former Serbian international Nemanja Aleksandrov, who was locked up for two years after spending last season with Belgian side Verviers Pepinster Belgim and Manresa in Spain. Aleksandrov showed plenty of promise during the early part of his career and Oldenburg are confident he still has loads of great basketball ahead of him.
Bayern add ALBA trio, making it Berlin quartet in Munich
Bayern Munich meanwhile remained in the news in adding three more players from ALBA BERLIN as German international Heiko Schaffartzik signed for two years while Berlins top scorer and rebounder Deon Thompson and Nihad Djedovic both inked one-year contracts. Those additions combined with the signing of Yassin Idbihi make it four players Munich brought in from Berlin.
Radosevic, Hammonds join new-look Berlin
ALBA fans watching much of their team from last season re-locate to Munich did get two new players to cheer for this up-coming Beko BBL season. Berlin signed 23-year-old promising Croatian big man Leon Radosevic on a two-year deal after he had played last season in the Euroleague with Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and Armani Milan. ALBA also locked up guard Cliff Hammonds on a two-year deal after the 27-year-old played last season with Bosnian champions BC Igokea.
Braunschweig sign Swann, Trier add trio, Ulm sign new center
Plenty of other teams were busy signing players. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig surprised many by locking up former Beko BBL First-Teamer Isaiah Swann on a one-year deal. The club also picked up playmaker James Florence and center Kyle Visser for one season.
Another team to make three moves was TBB Trier, who added two Canadians in Warren Ward and Jermaine Anderson as well as Lithuanian Laurynas Samenas. ratiopharm ulm locked up two new players, finding the replacement for MVP John Bryant in the center position with former NBA draftee Trent Plaisted while also securing rookie Will Clyburn for two years.
Artland Dragons added some low post players with power forward Lawrence Hill and Kenny Frease both on one-year deals. Another team to sign two players on one-year contracts was Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg, who added guards Keaton Grant and CJ Harris. medi bayreuth made one acquisition in signing center Brian Qvale from Belgian side Belfius Mons-Hainaut.
Young Guns: Bright joins Skyliners, Radosavljevic moves to Tübingen
Kevin Bright, 21, SF, FRAPORT SKYLINERS
After spending one season with the University of Vanderbilt, Bright moved to the Skyliners with a 2+1 deal, giving Frankfurt another young talent along with Danilo Barthel, Konstantin Klein and Johannes Voigtmann.
Bogdan Radosavljevic, 20, C, WALTER Tigers Tübingen
Germanys starting U20 national team center Radosavljevic left Bayern Munich with hopes of receiving more playing time with Tübingen, where he signed a three-year deal until 2016.
Max Ugrai, 18, SF, s.Oliver Baskets
After years of playing in the teams youth system, the 18-year-old two-time NBBL All-Star Ugrai signed a professional contract with Würzburg for three seasons until 2016.
Berlin take on Bamberg in Champions Cup in Berlin on September 28
Beko BBL winners Brose Baskets and TOP FOUR champions ALBA BERLIN will square off in the Champions Cup in Berlin on September 28 2013 at o2 World. Those interested in tickets can go here.
Elias Harris signs with Lakers for two years
German forward Elias Harris impressed the Los Angeles Lakers enough during the NBA Summer League to get the legendary team to sign him on a two-year contract. Some Beko BBL fans may be disappointed about not seeing Harris play in Germany next season but they are thrilled that there could be five Germans in the NBA in 2013/14 in Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman, Dennis Schröder and Tim Ohlbrecht.
Congratulations Papa Dirk!
Weekly News would like to take a second and congratulate German great Dirk Nowitzki and his wife Jessica in the birth of their baby daughter Malaika.
Red Bull looking at multifunctional arena in Munich
In other news, Austrian soft drink giants Red Bull are reportedly considering building a 10,000-seat multifunctional sports facility in Olympiapark in Munich. The new arena, which is expected to cost about 200 million euros, would be the home to the ice hockey team EHC Munich and Bayern Munichs basketball side.
Video of week: Top Ten assists of 2012/13
You don't believe an opponent's back can give you an assist? Then check out the ten best assists of the past Beko BBL season: