Cimberio Varese Rumors

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.’’
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.
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.
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.
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.