Ian Begley: Jared Ralsky, an exec who has worked for the Spurs, Bucks and Pelicans, built a strong team this season in Italy with Aquila Basket Trento. They are currently in the semifinal and over-performed expectations given the club’s resources and recent history. Ralsky, the Sport Director with Trento who is well-regarded in basketball circles, could be a candidate to fill an NBA front office role; several teams in Italy – one reportedly being Virtus Bologna – are interested in hiring him to run their franchise, per sources.
Virtus Roma of the Italian Serie A2 tried to sign Andrea Bargnani for the playoffs. Il Mago is negotiating a buyout with Baskonia where he has signed last summer a two-year deal. Bargnani, native from Rome, grew up with Stella Azzurra before moving to Benetton Treviso and the NBA in 2006-2007.
Danilo Gallinari told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he will play at Eurobasket for the Italian National Team. “I will play. There is no reason for me to miss the media day scheduled for July 20 in Milan. Only injuries stopped me from playing with the Italian National Team which is above everything” Gallinari said.
Olimpia Milano is on the market for this season, as confirmed by the General Manager Flavio Portaluppi, but the Italian reigning champions are also planning for the future. One of the players that EA7 is following is Yogi Ferrell.