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Weekly news: Rumors about Idbihi / Buyout for Schröder / German passport for NBA draft Romero Osby?

Weekly news: Rumors about Idbihi / Buyout for Schröder / German passport for NBA draft Romero Osby?

In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. This week: Braunschweig agree to buyout with Hawks for Schröder; Bayern extend, add major pieces; Ohlbrecht, Chikoko in NBA Summer League; rumors about Idbihi and Djedovic.
If you’re short on time but still want your fill of Germany’s top basketball league then you are in the right place. Every Tuesday David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball – the Beko BBL short and sweet (for feedback and suggestions please email to Simon@Beko-BBL.de).

Schröder ready for NBA: Braunschweig, Hawks agree on buyout

Dennis Schröder can officially begin his NBA career as his Beko BBL club New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and the Atlanta Hawks agreed to a buyout of the remainder of Schröder’s contract in Germany. Schröder then signed his rookie contract with Atlanta and is ready to join the NBA this up-coming season.

Bayern roster taking shape: Benzing, Hamann extensions, Delaney arrives:

Bayern Munich’s roster is taking more shape as they spent the week re-signing two major pillars and adding a major new part to what they hope is a title-winning puzzle. Munich signed a two-year extension with Robin Benzing until 2015 while locking up captain Steffen Hamann for one more season. The next big addition is 24-year-old Malcolm Delaney on a one-year deal from Budivelnik Kiev (check out the high light video below). The combo guard is a proven winner, winning the French and Ukrainian league crowns the past two seasons. Bayern meanwhile bid farewell after one season to Israeli international Yotam Halperin and point guard Tyrese Rice.

ALBA lose leader, sign two players; Bayreuth add another intriguing piece; Betz moves to Würzburg

ALBA BERLIN continued their re-shaping of the team in signing Alex King to a three-year deal and bringing in Reggie Redding for two seasons. Berlin did lose one of their leaders in watching Zach Morley leave town. The American veteran Morley turned out to be another intriguing addition at medi bayreuth where he inked a two-year deal and joins fellow veteran leader Ronald Burrell on winning coach Predrag Krunic’s suddenly more and more interesting side. Besides Redding’s departure, WALTER Tigers Tübingen faithful saw Vaughn Duggins sign with Le Mans Sarthe where he will play with former Beko BBL MVP DaShaun Wood. But Tübingen did add Jonathan Wallace on a one-year contract. Despite losing their captain King, s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg made two important signings in bringing on power forward Lamont Mack for one year from Italy first division side Victoria Libertas Pesaro and Sebastian Betz for two years from ratiopharm ulm.

More moves around the league:

Mitteldeutscher BC signed a one-year contract with guard Hrvoje Kovacevic; and promoted side RASTA Vechta picked up small forward Max Weber. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig signed Achmadschah Zazai to a two-year deal. New Telekom Baskets Bonn head coach Mathias Fischer made his first addition in signing 30-year-old forward Steve Wachalski for two years. With their wild card in hand for next season, Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg have begun adding players, extending wing Tim Koch for two more years until 2015 and signing one-year deals with American forward Austin Dufault and American guard Tanner Smith.

Rumor Central: Are Idbihi, Djedovic heading to Bayern?

Not that we want to spread rumors, but here are some of the top rumors of the week. ALBA’s exodus appears to include center Yassin Idbihi and shooting guard Nejad Djedovic. Both have been connected to Bayern Munich in the past weeks. The question also remains what will happen with Heiko Schaffartzik in Berlin. And where will Elias Harris land after going undrafted? Four-time reigning champs Brose Baskets Bamberg have only added Jamar Smith thus far and coach Chris Fleming will be coaching a team at the NBA Summer League. So expect a move from them soon. Bonn, Artland, Bremerhaven, Braunschweig, Ludwigsburg all have numerous spots left to fill.

Artland Dragons return to Europe for seventh straight go-around

The Artland Dragons will be returning to Europe for the seventh straight season after accepting a wild card for the Eurocup competition. The team – in their 11th season in the Beko BBL – has played three times in the Eurocup/ULEB Cup and three seasons in the EuroChallenge, reaching the ULEB Cup Last 16 in 2008 and the EuroChallenge quarter-finals in 2012. New coach Tyron McCoy will know his opponents in the group stage at the draw on October 5.

Summer League Update: Ohlbrecht and other German connections in Orlando

Those basketball fans looking for their summer hoops fix can look to the NBA Summer League – also for a Beko BBL connection. The Orlando league runs until July 12, when the Las Vegas league also tips off and goes until July 22. German international Tim Ohlbrecht is playing for Houston in Orlando, having played in two of the Rockets’ three games thus far with two points, three rebounds and one steal in about 17 minutes of action. His Houston summer league teammate is TBB Trier’s Vitalis Chikoko, who did not play the first game and had just one turnover in two minutes in the second before collecting five points, three rebounds and one block in 11 minutes versus Boston.
There is also a connection to the Utah Jazz team as former star Tony Gaffney picked up 13 points, two rebounds and one steal in his first game after two DNPs. Also on Utah’s team is Michael Stockton – son of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton and leader of ProA side Karlsruhe. In two games, Stockton has 10 minutes played, seven points and one rebound.
Another player to watch could be power forward Romero Osby with Orlando. Why watch the guy who has averaged 11 points and 4.7 rebounds in about 21 minutes per game? The former Oklahoma Sooners force was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Could a German passport be an option? Check out his game:

EuroBasket 2013 on German TV

Okay, it may be about two months away, but German national team fans can look forward to EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia as nationwide broadcasters ARD have announced they will show games from the September 4-22 event. Right now, the plan is to broadcast the contests against Belgium, Great Britain and Israel. It’s unclear if they will show the first round games against France and Ukraine. Stay tuned.

German national teams summer: A2 side into quarters at Universiade; U20s 1-1 European Championship

Beko BBL players are currently competing in two German national team events right now. Germany’s A2 national team are in group play at the Universiade in Kazan, Russia, but have reached the quarter-finals. ALBA center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann collected 11 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals while TBB Trier’s Matthis Mönninghoff scored 11 points in Germany’s opening loss to Estonia, 65-59 in overtime. Germany rebounded with a 78-58 win over Ukraine with Trier’s Anthony Canty leading the way with 18 points while JoWoBo had 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks. The Germans improved to 2-1 with a 123-32 blowout of Oman with JoWoBo scoring 19 points while Skyliners’ Johannes Voigtmann added a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds), Mönninghoff had 18 points and Ole Wendt (12 points) and Till-Joschka Jönke (10) also scored in double digits. Germany then beat Korea 93-69 with Voigtman leading the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds while JoWoBo had 18 points and nine rebounds.
Germany’s U20 team meanwhile entered July 11 play at the U20 European Championship in Tallinn, Estonia with a 1-1 record after an 89-75 win over Georgia and a 74-62 loss against Lithuania. Bayern Munich youngster Bogdan Radosavljevic is leading the German team with 22 points per game while he’s also averaging 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Video of the week: Beko BBL Playoffs? Let’s refresh your memory

Have you already forgotten about the 2013 Beko BBL playoffs? Well, here’s some help to refresh your memory - the top 20 playoff moments, part one:

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