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Orlandina Basket, newcomer team in Serie A, announced the signing of the former NBA point-guard Jonny Flynn. The player has already passed the medical tests and will be introduced to the press next Monday. Sportando

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The Greek agent for Knicks draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo said he’s “amazed’’ his client chose to play in the NBA’s D-League for the $25,000 cap and turn down an offer from an A-Division team in the Italian League, calling it “a big sacrifice.’’ According to agent Tim Lotsos, the Italian club, Varese, offered Antetokounmpo a two-year deal worth $550,000 with an opt-out to join the NBA after one year. Olympiakos in Greece and Sevilla in Spain also offered him deals. “Amazing isn’t it?,’’ Lotsos told The Post in a phone call from Greece. “To my surprise, he passed on it. He’s very ambitious and determined to make the NBA. It’s a big sacrifice. It could’ve really put him ahead of schedule in his career. I didn’t try to force him. I wanted him to make his own decision.’’ New York Post

The high-energy Greek guard played on the Knicks summer league team and looked raw, committing eight fouls in the opener. However, Jackson said his name should be changed from Thanasis to “Tenacious.’’ According to a source, the communication between Thanasis and the Knicks was poor and the Greek energizer was disappointed they didn’t see him fit for the 15-man roster. In fact, after The Post’s report he would be stashed, Antetokounmpo told another news outlets it was news to him. As recently as three weeks ago, at a rookie orientation camp, Thanasis said he planned to be in Knicks’ training camp. New York Post

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Upea Capo d'Orlando seems to have turned on former Sixers Xavier Silas, source told Sportando. The Italian team considered Rodney Green as first choice for swingman/forward position, but reaching an agreement with him is quite difficult due to economical reasons. Silas was the second name on the list but now he has risen to the first position. Sportando

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