The rumours have officially been confirmed: Jason Gardner signs with EWE Baskets Oldenburg!
So that's Krunic's new PG...
It's good to see a player like Gardner again in BBL next year.
Meanwhile Jason Conley signed again with Telekom Baskets Bonn!
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The Skyliners signed Maksym Shtein (PF/2.06m) from Ulm for the next two years. Shtein, who averaged 7.4ppg and 2.9rpg in the BBL last season and who has a german passport, won't be more than a backup at PF though. Didin said that he'll have to compete for playing time with younger talents.
Yeah, but I think the signing makes sense. He has a german passport and he's solid. He's someone who knows his role, knows what he can do and what he can't do. Unlike many players in this league.
The Frankfurt budget is a mystery to me. I could probably roughly write down the budget table of teams in the BBL, but Frankfurt? No clue. Only one thing: They're surely not as high any more, as they were three years ago.
Well, his signing makes sense if Frankfurt is going to sign a real strong starter for the PF position. I agree with everything you said about him, but he really ain't more than a backup player and we've seen too often in Frankfurt that they failed to select good key players in the recent past.Originally Posted by robbe
Same applies to Hunt imo, Frankurt needs to sign another quality Guard, otherwise the backcourt looks really weak. It's quite possible that Mbemba won't play a role in next years team, while we don't know yet what is going to happen with Roller. In case he returns, Didin needs to play a 2-PG system, as Roller needs a PG on his side, in order to be really effective. Neither McKinney nor Hunt can be that kind of player. And if Roller doesn't return they need to sign a good PG anyways. So far we've seen the signing of role players, the most interesting thing will be to see who'll be next years key players. I trust Didin more than Barton in building a decent team though.
Actually the budget is not really much lower than back then. The championship team wasn't expensive and the Skyliners didn't extend those contracts. When Gordon Herbert wanted more money after the championship, they refused and let him go for example. It was a mixture of good scouting and pure luck back then, while in the last two seasons the Skyliners just signed one awful player and bad character after the other.The Frankfurt budget is a mystery to me. I could probably roughly write down the budget table of teams in the BBL, but Frankfurt? No clue. Only one thing: They're surely not as high any more, as they were three years ago.
Yes, as a back up of course. He's not a starting five calibre of forward. I'm 100% with you, 120% on the last sentence. The thing is: Skyliners did not only have weak starters last season, the also had no real role players. Just about 3 combo guards and 4 tweeners on 3/4 that could do a little bit of everthing, but nothing really good. I think the lack of structure, lack of hyrarchy hurt Frankfurt badly (also the year before). Barton must have had a vision, but I really don't know what it looked like. That roster he made was crazy to say the least.Originally Posted by Trifilli
What I originally wanted to say: Shtein has a german passport, he's a role player who will just work hard and accept his role, and he's probably not expensive. So it obviously is a sign that things are changing a bit in Frankfurt. But I didn't expect otherwise. Didin knows what he has to do.
I absolutely agree with you. Frankfurts roster was indeed crazy and now there seems to be some structure coming back (although I'm not sure yet what to think about Hunt, either way he was cheap at least).
Also wrote something about this in the Frankfurt thread: http://forums.interbasket.net/showthread.php?t=19
Signing Shtein was no bad move imo, if they add a good PF as key player. I'd also think about another german - Kirsten Zöllner - as backup for the C position. He's a similar case, no S5 caliber player, but could offer some solution in rebounding. And in addition to these role players the Skyliners should finally add some decent key players again, and no guys who only claim to be great.
Rumour has Mladen Sekularac in talks with Pedrag Krunic and Oldenburg.