HoopsHype Virtus Roma rumors

November 26, 2011 Updates
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Virtus Roma agreed to terms with Tyreke Evans for the season 2011-12 with an NBA out to exercise by the player when lockout ends. The contract, as announced by Acea Roma, will be signed in the night. Evans spent his two NBA seasons with Sacramento Kings after being drafted with the 4th overall pick in 2009. At the end of his rookie year in NBA, Evans has been named Rookie of the Year averaging 20.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 5.8apg in 72 games. Sportando

November 20, 2011 Updates

Virtus Roma is one of the two Italian clubs interested in Jeremy Lin. The American guard is ready to play overseas during the NBA lockout and Italy seems to be his final destination. Lin spent his rookie year in the NBA with Golden State Warriors with whom he averaged 2.6ppg in 29 games. The guard was also sent to D-League where, with the jersey of Reno BigHorns averaged 18.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 4.5apg. Sportando

October 22, 2011 Updates

Noel Biderman just wanted the name of his infidelity-enabling website -- you might have heard about it, AshleyMadison.com -- on the front of Italian basketball team Virtus Roma's jerseys. The fact that he was trying to do it while the NBA is locked out and Raptors centre Andrea Bargnani was in need of insurance cash in order to play for the team was purely coincidental, the Toronto native said. While the details of the deal have appeared somewhat blurry in Toronto since the story broke, Biderman's intent was to sponsor the team as a whole, the monetary infusion alone covering Bargnani's insurance costs. "I never approached Andrea or his agent," Biderman said on the phone from Rome Friday. cbc.ca

October 21, 2011 Updates

Noel Biderman, founder of AshleyMadison.com, sent to us an email after Claudio Toti decided to turn down his 4-year offer worth €1.5M per season. "I am sorry Virtus Roma rejected our offer and the chance to get Andrea Bargnani in the team. Claudio Toti turned down a four-year proposal worth €1.5 per season but we wish the best for the team in the season" said Biderman. "Regarding our sponsorship, a lot of people talked about ethic problems but I want to underline one more time that we don't do anything wrong. We offer a social platform where people can communicate as Facebook and other sites do. Now I hope that Toti won't tie Virtus to brands which promote alchool, cigarettes or gambling." Sportando

October 20, 2011 Updates

After the rumors about AshleyMadison.com, the website ready to spend €1.5M to sponsor Virtus Roma and help the club to bring him back to Italy, denied via Twitter all the rumors. "I want all my fans and all the pepole who read the newspapers lately that I am not involved in any news written or attributed to me since one month". Sportando

October 19, 2011 Updates

The deal to bring back to Italy and Virtus Roma, Andrea Bargnani is done. But the owner of the Italian team, Claudio Toti, did not say YES yet. The biggest problem is ethic. In a country where Vatican has big influence in any aspect of life (politics included), having as sponsor AshleyMadison.com, a website who promotes infidelity, is not easy. And Vatican City is also next to Virtus Roma facilities (the arena where the team is playing is also the main gym of the club). Sportando

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Claudio Toti, owner of Virtus Roma, confirmed, in an interview released at Il Messaggero, the talks with Andrea Bargnani. "We have been talking with Andrea Bargnani. In my opinion, if he decides to play in Italy, he will sign just with us (Bargnani was born and grew up in Roma). Even if we had agreed on the salary, the biggest hurdle is the insurance to cover his contract with Toronto Raptors. It is three weeks I am waiting to know the exact amount of money needed for the insurance. Of course, if Bargnani arrives, I need help from sponsors and I want him not to sell jerseys or more tickets, I want to him for winning games" Sportando

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