Fenerbahce is interested in Gediminas Orelik for next season, a source told Sportando. The Lithuanian is having a breakout season with Banvit. Orelik is averaging 14.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in BSL and 13.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in Basketball Champions League.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Ettore Messina said that he is open to keep coaching the Italian National Team after Eurobasket. With the new FIBA system, with qualifiers for 2019 Basketball World Cup during the season, Messina said that, if he remains in the NBA, he may be the “summer” coach, for the main competitions. Messina spoke with Roberto De Ponti of Il Corriere della Sera. “Popovich won’t leave the Spurs during the season to coach National Team. For the qualifiers they will likely select players from NBA D-League with a part-time coach. Gianni Petrucci (President of the Italian Basketball Federation) has two options: a full time head coach or a summer coach with an assistant coach for the games that will be played during the season” Messina said. “About upcoming Eurobasket I am worried about Bargnani and Gentile. Italy needs strong and motivated. And I expect good news from Daniel Hackett even tough it won’t be easy to have three players that arrive at Eurobasket after a difficult season” Messina added. “A return to Europe as head coach? It may happen and I would evaluate the proposal with my wife” Messina ended.
Olimpia Milano is out of the EuroLeague playoffs, is in top position in Serie A and is already planning next season. The first doubts are about Miroslav Raduljica. The Serbian big man has one year remaining on his contract but he performed not up to expectations this season and the two sides could break the contract. Milan Macvan is likely to remain with EA7 one more season considering he convinced the coaching staff with his performances. Milano tried to negotiate a contract extension with Rakim Sanders but the forward is unlikely to remain with Olimpia, as well Jamel McLean, at his second season in Italy. Olimpia is eyeing some interesting forward that are playing in Serie A as Amath M’Baye, Dominique Sutton, Trevor Lacey and Jarrod Jones.