Benetton Treviso Rumors
Former world champion Jorge Garbajosa of Unicaja announced on Wednesday that is retiring as a player at age 34. Garbajosa played for four different Euroleague teams in a 17-year career: Tau Ceramica, Benetton Treviso, Unicaja and Real Madrid, as well as Khimki Moscow Region in the Eurocup and Toronto in the NBA. Garbajosa reached the Euroleague title game in 2003 with Benetton, the same year that he was named to the All-Euroleague First Team. He was subsequently a second-team selection with Unicaja in 2006, just before he won the World Championships as a member of the Spanish national team.
The process of buying out his contract with Benetton Treviso (his previous team still controls his contract) will begin Saturday in Treviso. Whenever he arrives, the Rockets have reason to believe he will be a better player than he was when he was drafted. “Donatas improved all aspects of his game but made the most significant leap forward in rebounding,” Morey said.
Benetton Treviso informed that Jeff Adrien officially left Benetton Treviso to return to the States. The big man exercised the NBA out in his contract and will sign a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets. Adrien was averaging 13ppg and 9rpg in Serie A and lead with five double double registered in the first part of the Italian season.
Brian Scalabrine tried to soothe any hard feelings his departure from Benetton Treviso created after officials from that Italian team criticized him for leaving early to try out for the Bulls. Scalabrine had played well overseas, making good on his plan that he first shared with the Tribune last spring. “I really enjoyed learning from the coach (Alexander Djordjevic),” said Scalabrine, who has not been officially cleared by FIBA to return to the NBA. “The organization treated me unbelievably fairly. When I left, I gave them back all the money they paid me. I went over with the intent to stay all year if the lockout lasted that long. “The only thing they were upset about was me leaving Friday instead of, say, two days before training camp. But I was trying to put myself in the best position to make the Bulls. I didn’t want to be on Italian time while I’m trying to make the team.”
Scalabrine, a favorite of fans, coaches and teammates, is in camp on a non-guaranteed contract. “I have a good chance,” he said. “I have to earn my way, same as last year. There’s an opportunity. I was playing 35 minutes a night in Italy, so I’m in shape.”
Brian Scalabrine and Benetton Treviso officially parted ways. The American forward will return to the US trying to sign a contract in the NBA. Scalabrine has played 7 games in Serie A averaging 11.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.4apg per 15.6 of ranking. “I am going back to the States trying to get a contract in the NBA. Since I came to Treviso my goal was to return to the NBA” said Brian Scalabrine.