Benetton Treviso Rumors

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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.
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.”
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.
You’ve been a role player in the NBA. How does it feel to have a bigger role playing with Benetton Treviso? Brian Scalabrine: The funny thing about that is that I’m doing the same thing I did in the NBA, the only difference is that I have more minutes. If you watch my games, I still rely on my teammates to create shots for me. I’m still a role player, using the system, using my teammates to help me get my shots and get a little advantage against my defenders. A lot of people would probably say like, “You didn’t play that much in the NBA.” But I’d say to them “Hey listen, I’m behind guys who are going to the Hall of Fame. I’m behind power forwards that make hundreds and hundreds of million of dollars.” Quite honestly, Kevin Garnett, Kenyon Martin are better than me. Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, they are better than me. Now I’m having the opportunity to play and I’ve been really enjoying that.
Basketball legend Sasha Djordjevic, new head coach of Benetton Treviso, had great words for Brian Scalabrine after just one day of the former NBA player in Italy. “He is a great guy. And in one day he is already well-adjusted in the group. He asks info on the schemes, on the team and FIBA rules. He brought excitement for our young players and he will be a guide for all of them. I am sure he will teach the younger athletes that we are not here to punch the clock. He is already a leader” said Djordjevic.
Scalabrine couldn’t get an NBA out in talks with the club should the NBA lockout end. So with a wife and two young daughters home in the States, the fan favorite will attend training camp in Italy and monitor the state of the lockout. Before the lockout started, Bulls management told Scalabrine it’s open to his return. “I’m going off the grid, growing the beard and going dark for now,” Scalabrine joked via text message.
Beyond playing some professional basketball for Benetton Treviso during the NBA lockout, Celtics rookie E’Twaun Moore is especially thankful for something else – the option in a one-year, $200,000 contract that will allow a return to the Celtics once the NBA lockout ends. “I probably would have stayed here,” Moore said this afternoon of what he would have decided if agent Mark Bartlestein hadn’t been able to find a team willing to give him an escape clause. “I was real fortunate to find this situation.”
E’Twaun Moore, the Celtics’ second round pick last June, is about to get the best of both worlds. The Purdue guard signed a one-year contract this morning with Benetton Trevoso of Italy’s Serie A. The deal, worth approximately $200,000, includes a clause that will allow Moore to return to the Celtics if the current NBA lockout ends. Agent Mark Bartlestein finally reached agreement with the team after negotiating with four Europeam teams, including another Serie A team – Cimberio Varese. Varese, however, was unwilling to give Moore an escape clause.
Boston Celtics second-round draft pick E’Twaun Moore has officially signed a deal with Benetton Treviso of Italy’s Lega Serie A, according to his agent. Moore’s deal includes the much-coveted opt-out clause that will allow him to return stateside should the NBA lockout end during Treviso’s season. It’s a great situation for E’Twaun,” Moore’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said. “Treviso is a terrific team that plays top European competition and, if the lockout ends, there’s an option to terminate the contract — a small window of time — so we’ll just see what happens. “It’s an exciting chance for him to play — play at a high level — and make some money in a great environment.”
Italy and Serie A seem to be in the destiny of rookie E’Twuan Moore. Former Purdue standout, selected by Boston Celtics with the 55th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, was close to Cimberio Varese until few days ago. The two parts initially agreed to a short NBA out when the lockout will end, but Moore asked to put an NBA out to exercise even if he won’t have a written proposal by Celtics, who hold his rights in NBA. Cimberio Varese did not accept the new offer made by Moore and his American agent and decided to give up on the negotiation. In the night between Tuesday and Wednesday the two parts talked again and Varese made a new proposal: an escape for 15 days when and if lockout ends.