Even though the play-offs haven't started yet, some teams already announced new players or contract extensions for the new season.
ALBA Berlin extended the contract with Guard Julius Jenkins. The 26 year old american will remain two more years in Berlin.
Berlin already has eight players for next season: Chris Owens (player's option), Koko Archibong, Johannes Herber, Nico Simon, Philip Zwiener, Oskar Faßler and Yannick Evans.
Meanwhile TBB Trier re-signed Point Guard Marcus Taylor and Josh Almanson. German-american Jonathan Moore, who played for second division team Bayreuth was signed by Trier too.
Gießen 46ers re-signed with Point Guard Obie Trotter and inked german talent Johannes Lischka, who had a very good development at their farmteam TV Lich.
After not making the play-offs, Oldenburg fired coach Don Beck!
Both new teams Ulm and Paderborn had an outstanding first year in the BBL. They never really had to fear relegation and want to keep their players.
Ulm signed the smallest Center in the world Jeff Gibbs for 3 more years.
And Paderborn re-signed german Marius Nolte and american Steven Esterkamp.
Igor Perovic, who had the only triple double in this season, signed another year with Tübingen.
Predrag Krunic is the new coach of EWE Baskets Oldenburg!
I think this is a good move. Don Beck did not get anything going at Oldenburg, despite having the 3rd-4th highest budget in the league. Oldenburg are the underarchievers of the last 5 years.
With Krunic, finally another european coach has arrived. I expect him to bring in some european players and find a good mixture, just like he did at Bonn.
Good signing. And there's hope again that things might change a bit next season in the BBL. At least some of the clubs might stop being development/college teams. Hopefully Frankfurt will be next...
With their budget and a coach like Krunic (who also has some good contacts, which might help them signing some good euro players) Oldenburg might not immediately turn into a contender, but I'd expect them to be one of the better BBL teams next year.
Very good signing! It's good to have such a great coach like Krunic back in BBL!
It will be interesting to see, if Krunic will still count on european players.
When he worked in Bonn he usually relied on Euro players, but now there's no foreigner restriction in BBL. I think even Krunic will have to work with at least 3 or 4 americans on his team.
If I were him, I'd want to keep McCoy, Penigar and Fischer and built a new team around those three players.
I think someone like Carl Krauser should be a nightmare for a coach like Krucic...
Pedrag Krunic has good contacts and brought a lot of great players to Germany. He managed to get players like Aleksandar Nadjfeji, Terrence Rencher, Rimantas Kaukenas, Aleksandar Capin and Branko Milisavljevic for Bonn.
I'm looking forward to that new 07/08 Oldenburg team!
Agree. Point Guard position is key, and rumour has it that Oldenburg has already contacted a current playoff participant playing this position.Originally Posted by CWILL
But it's weak, good chance that it isn't true. But PG should nevertheless be Krunic' first off season signing.
Krunic' contacts to the balkans have of course been excellent, but great US(-college)-signings like Oluoma Nnamaka have more been down to Arvid Kramer.
I'm very interested in what he will do at Oldenburg.
I'd keep shot blocker Fischer and perhaps veteran crowd favourite McCoy too. Depends on what the latter asks in terms of money and role. Fischer should fit. Needs not too many touches (center would not get that many in Krunic' system anyway) but still very effective. But I'm not so sure whether Penigar, who is no doubt a good individual player, is what Krunic wants at the SF spot. I think PG and PF will be the main contributors on offense.
What about Mazeika? He should have 1 more year of contract left.Originally Posted by CWILL
With Alba now having young german talent Nicolai Simon, who was recently named Rookie of the year, on their team, I don't see any space for Mazeika!Originally Posted by LuDux
I don't know whether he has still a contract in Berlin, but I don't see him playing there next season. He should try to stay in Bonn where he played okay this season.
Hello from Girona. I've read that Marcin Gortat wants to play in ACB or NBA. Any notice about his future?
Arriel McDonald is god
Gortat was given the advice by the Orlando Magic, that he should leave BBL and play in Italy or Spain.Originally Posted by Lucky
I think Marcin is going to play Summer League again and if he won't make it to pre-season roster of Orlando, he'll probably look for a team in Spain or Italy.
First he should think about stopping Judson Wallace and Adam Chubb from doing whatever they want in BBL quartefinals, since for now he makes them look like a future Euroleague stars .Originally Posted by Lucky