Cimberio Varese Rumors
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: I’m told Eric Maynor was against joining the D-League. He hopes to jumpstart his career overseas.
Openjobmetis Vares agreed to terms with Eric Maynor, as reported by La Prealpina. The former NBA guard will be announced soon by the Italian Serie A team.
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.
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.’’
Trevor Mbakwe is unlikely to join Cimberio Varese, as reported by La Prealpina. The rookie big man was close to penning a deal with the Italian team but in the last hours the situation changed and Alba Berlin seems to be the front runner to sign him.
After the signature of Aubrey Coleman, Cimberio Varese is ready to make the decisive thrust for Trevor Mbakwe. The former Golden Gopher wants to try to sign a contract in NBA, but the high rookie age (24 years old) and not exciting numbers could change his mind and let him decide to accept the proposal of the Italian team.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu had an agreement in principle with Cimberio Varese but in the last hours Olimpia Milano made a better offer for him and the British forward decided to accept the proposal of the club coached by Sergio Scariolo. Pops, whose agent is the same as Scariolo, had already the flight booked to join Varese this week and make his debut in the weekend against Vanoli Cremona when Olimpia Milano entered in the negotiations convincing the player to join them.
The future of Bryant Dunston might be in the NBA. The American player impressed the Nets during the NBA Summer League in Orlando and the franchise from Brooklyn is on the verge of offering him a guaranteed contract for the next season, a source told Sportando. Dunston has also a $225 offer on the table from Italian team Cimberio Varese but he is asking an NBA out in the contract to accept it.
Brad Wanamaker agreed to terms with Cimberio Varese and will join the Italian team during the training camp period. At the end of the trial period the Italian team will decide whether to keep him or not. Wanamaker spent the NCAA career with Pittsburgh Panthers averaging 12ppg, 5.3rpg and 5.1apg in his senior season.
Moore and his American agent were close to accept the proposal when Benetton Treviso entered in the negotiations and accepted all the first requests of the rookie with the risk to lose him during the season when the lockout will end. Moore finished his NCAA season with Purdue averaging 18ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg in 34 games.
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.
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. “His request was not logical and was too risky for us. So we decided to break the negotiation” said Cecco Vescovi, president of the Italian team.
E’Twuan Moore won’t play for Cimberio Varese next season. The product of Purdue University asked to change some details in the contract when Varese already sent the contract to him after the agreement reached with his European agent.
Mark Bartelstein, E’Twaun Moore’s Chicago-based agent, said Tuesday afternoon that he is in “serious negotiations” with an Italian pro-league team for the services of the former Purdue standout guard. With the NBA lockout at a standstill, Moore wants to play professionally, and it appears that Cimberio Varese, which competes in the top division of the Italian pro league, is ready to sign him.
Cecco Vescovi, president of Cimberio Varese, told Sportando that if Moore receives an offer from the Celtics once the NBA lockout ends, he will have an out clause in his contract. “The NBA escape is a bit risky for us,” Vescovi told Sportando, noting that he hopes a deal will be announced officially very soon.
The website Sportando is quoting the president of Italian professional basketball team Cimberio Varese that former Purdue standout E’Twaun Moore will play this season for his team. Selected by the Boston Celtics with the 2011 NBA draft’s 55th pick, Moore and other NBA players have been unable to negotiate with their teams because of the lockout.
Count Moore as another who won’t be waiting for a lockout resolution. “We’re going through successful talks,” said agent Mark Bartelstein. “Nothing has been agreed to yet, but we’re talking to a couple of teams. Can we get a deal done? We think so.”
According to his agent, Celtics second-round pick E’Twaun Moore is considering accepting one of multiple offers to play next season in Europe because of the NBA lockout.
The Celtics are about to lose a second unsigned player to a European team in less than a month. E’Twaun Moore, selected by the Celtics last month with the 55th pick in the NBA draft, was close to an agreement with one of at least three teams yesterday, including one in Italy’s top league.
Cimberio Varese, via its president Cecco Vescovi, confirmed the agreement with E’Twaun Moore for the season 2011-12. The product of Purdue University was selected by Boston Celtics in the 2011 NBA Draft averaged more than 18ppg as senior in NCAA. Moore will have short NBA out in the contract to exercise when the lockout ends if he gets an offer from Celtics. “The NBA escape is a bit risky for us, but the game’s worth the candle” said Vescovi, president of the team. The deal is expected to be announced soon.
For now, though, the only opportunities available to rookies and free agents will be in these international markets. “I’m not confident that a deal will get done with the NBA anytime soon,” Bartelstein said of negotiations between the league and players association for a new collective bargaining agreement. “Everyone’s first choice is to play in the NBA, but who knows when that will be possible? “It’s all over the board right now,” he said of players finding opportunities internationally. “There’s younger guys getting looked at . . . but there are also veterans.”
The guard spot in Varese will be filled by E’Twaun Moore. The product of Purdue averaged 18ppg, 5.2rpg and 3.1apg in his senior year with Boilmakers and then was drafted by Boston Celtics with the 55th overall pick. The two parts are finalizing the deal who will be with an NBA escape but just for few days when the lockout ends. It is very unlikely that Boston Celtics will need him from the season 2011-12.