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The Rockets might be watching the play of Spain’s Sergio Llull and Greece’s Kostas Papanikolaou, players not of the roster whose rights they hold, even more closely. Papanikolao, whose rights the Rockets acquired in the trade that sent Thomas Robinson to Portland, did not do much in the tournament opener, but had 10 points in 21 minutes against the strong Russian frontcourt. Llull has already established himself as a solid prospect and has played well in Fiba events, but has gotten off to a slow start this week. He made 1 of 4 shots in the blowout of Croatia and went just 1 of 3 in the upset loss to Goran Dragic and Slovenia. A 6-4 guard, Llull’s strong play for Real Madrid has earned the sort of contract that the Rockets were not ready to offer until he is ready for a significant role, but he should make the jump in a year or two making him someone worth watching. Houston Chronicle

August 13, 2013 Updates

Ilysiakos signed for the coming season DJ Stephens. The rookie comes from Memphis University where he averaged 7.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.6bpg as senior. Sportando

July 27, 2013 Updates

Free agent Mickael Gelabale seems to be now their prime target. Probably that’s why as “Gigantes” reported the player declined the offer of Valencia. The French forward would like to stay in the NBA, but returning to Europe for the Euroleague champions is not such a bad alternative. That been said, until Saturday morning Gelabale didn’t had an official offer from Olympiacos and he was very close to signing a contract in Russia. EuroHoops.net

July 25, 2013 Updates

Euroleague champions Olympiacos has found its new starting small forward and his name is Cartier Martin. The 29 years old small forward who is a free agent from Washington was selected by coach Giorgos Bartzokas as the replacement of Kostas Papanikolaou. According to Eurohoops sources the two sides are in their final stage of negotiations with Martin ready to sign a two-year deal with the Reds. According to the usual policy of Olympiacos, the contract is expected to include a buy out clause for next summer. EuroHoops.net

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Greece's basketball federation has condemned remarks by the leader of an extreme right Greek political party who likened a recent NBA draft pick to a ''chimpanzee.'' The federation on Thursday described the remarks aimed at Giannis Antetokounmpo as ''unacceptable and racist.'' Antetokounmpo is an 18-year-old Greek shooting guard and the son of Nigerian immigrants. He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks and received this week in Athens by conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Yahoo! Sports

July 3, 2013 Updates

However, until the end of the month, Law will have the right to sign with an NBA team and be automatically released by Olympiacos. His character and also his last year decision to stay in Greece leads us to the conclusion that only if he is guaranteed not just a roster spot, but also an important role in an ambitious NBA team, he will not stay in Europe. EuroHoops.net

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Kostas Papanikolaou of Olympiacos, winner this year “rising star award” as he team defended its title in London, has already proved that he is one of the best European players and this why many NBA teams are thinking of approaching Portland to acquire his rights. Blazers followed him closely throughout the season, but at this point it seems that “Pap” in not on the immediate plans of Neil Olshey. Portland (besides starter Nicolas Batum) also has another talented European forward with Spaniard Victor Claver and is no need to “overload” the small forward position. EuroHoops.net

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