Young Buck: Jennings leaving Milwaukee for Detroit (Getty Images)
Brandon Jennings is set to become Detroit’s second high-profile signing of the off season after the Pistons were able to strike a trade deal with Milwaukee.
The 23 year-old will join Josh Smith a.k.a J-Smoove in the Motor City this season with both players leaving play-off teams to make the switch to the 2004 Champions, Detroit.
As part of the reported deal, Milwaukee will receive Brandon Knight and two other players after finally conceding defeat in their attempts to re-sign their star man.
Marc of a champion (Credit: Dave More)
Marc Steutel has described GB’s recent promotion to Division A as one of the ‘proudest basketball moments of his career’ as he now prepares for another season with Team Northumbria.
“It’s quite difficult to really put into words how special it was”
The under-20’s side won their first seven matches at the European Championships before falling short in the Final against Poland, a team they had beaten earlier in the tournament. GB will now compete in Division A at under-20 level for the first time, which is a remarkable achievement to underline their progression.
“It really is amazing to be a part of something that is great for the future of British Basketball,” added Steutel, who was the performance analyst/assistant coach in Romania.
Leicester Riders have confirmed their TENTH summer signing in 21 year-old Harrison Gamble.
The 6’10” forward/centre spent last season in Spain where he averaged 9.4 points per game along with 4.9 rebounds for Sant Josep Girona.
Gamble also has previous experience of playing in the UK having spent four seasons with the Reading Rockets and is looking forward to his next big challenge with the defending champions.
Last season’s treble-winners have comfortably announced more signings than any other BBL club so far with three new recruits joining seven players all committed to re-signing for the Riders.
Gamble joins fellow British youngsters Jamell Anderson and Connor Washington while Drew Sullivan, Barry Lamble and Anthony Rowe are the other returning Brits. Spaniard Jorge Calvo re-signs for a second year as does American Jay Couisnard, who is now accompanied by two new compatriots in 23 year-olds Rashad Hassan and Anthony Downing.
Check out Leicester Riders’ profile page on Buzzer Beater with an in-depth look at their summer transactions.
Argy bargy: Scola ready to fight for Indiana
Indiana Pacers have added Luis Scola to their roster after sending Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and a future first round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns.
The Argentine leaves Phoenix after just a single season where he averaged 12.8 points per game along with 6.6 rebounds starting 67 of their 82 games and is relishing a new challenge.
Countdown to Slovenia
Joe Prunty has selected 17 players for his first squad as the new GB head-coach in preparation for the 2013 EuroBasket.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers assistant has had to make do without leading NBA stars Luol Deng and Joel Freeland while Ben Gordon and Byron Mullens are once again not involved.
Prunty seems to have an eye on the future having selected the young trio of Myles Hesson, Alex Marcotullio and the Under-20’s MVP at the European Championships, Devon van Oostrum. The three men will no doubt relish the opportunity to learn from experienced members of the squad including the likes of Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Leicester Riders’ Drew Sullivan.
Orlan Jackman has been rewarded for having a fine first season in the BBL with his first call-up while former BBL players Liam Potter and Dzaflo Larkai are the other new additions to the GB squad. The former last played in the UK with the Everton Tigers in 2010 while Potter has recently played for both Leicester and Plymouth.