Thursday, August 24, 2006

John Gilchrist Signs in France

John Gilchrist (2002-05) has signed to play in France for Pau-Orthez in the Euroleague. Gilchrist's hometown Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot says this about his choice to play in Europe:

For Gilchrist, who left the University of Maryland as a junior in 2005, the decision to join the Euroleague wasn't easy. He played well for the Denver Nuggets' summer league team, averaging 12.0 points and a team-high 4.4 assists. He would've had a chance to earn a spot on Denver's roster in training camp.

"Obviously my whole life I've had the goal to play in the NBA," Gilchrist said.

But Gilchrist has other factors to consider. The Nuggets were guaranteeing nothing. And Gilchrist needs to take care of [daughter] Haven, whose image is tattooed on his arm.

His new team in France is happy to have him (you speak French, right?), after his breakout year in Israel last season. The best part of this article, when I ran it through Google Translation, was the description of the other guy Pau signed on the same day, Britton Johnson:

This white interior of big size left in 2003 the FAC Utah with the following line of stats: 11,6 pts with 47,7% and 6,7 rbs. Not drafted, this Mormon however had his chance in NBA disputing 20 meetings with Orlando in 2003-2004.

Maryland hasn't had a white interior of big size since Mike Mardesich left...

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Ryan Randle to Play in Cyprus

Continuing the flurry of mid-summer player moves, Ryan Randle (2001-03) has signed with the Cyprus League's 2006 Champions, AEL Limassol.

That link probably won't work in a day or two... this website notoriously keeps changing their link names so nobody can link to their news. But look for the news item in the July 25, 2006 Market News. I can't find any other news stories (in any language) about the signing. If you find one, post it in the comments section.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Joe Smith Traded to Denver Nuggets

Joe Smith (1993-95) was traded from Milwaukee to the Denver Nuggets on August 10 in exchange for Ruben Patterson. Smith will make $6.8 million this season in the final year of hs contract. The Denver Post says this about their team's newest acquisition:

Smith averaged 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 47.5 percent from the field in 44 games for Milwaukee last season. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound 11-year veteran was the top pick in the NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors in 1995. Smith has averaged 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds over his career, including a career-high 18.7 points with Golden State during the 1996-97 season. He also has also played for Philadelphia.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Drew Nicholas Signs with Turkish Team

Drew Nicholas (1999-2003) signed a 2-year deal last month with Euroleague team Efes Pilsen in Istanbul, Turkey.

Nicholas (1.93 m) made his presence felt almost immediately in his debut Euroleague campaign, finishing as the regular season's scoring champ with an average of 18.6 points a game, almost 2 points clear of any other player. In the Top 16 matches, Nicholas dropped his scoring rate slightly to 18 points, third-best in that round.

Nicholas and Benetton failed to reach the Quarterfinal Playoffs in the Euroleague, but found their game to win the Italian League title later in the spring.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Steve Blake Traded to Milwaukee Bucks

Steve Blake (1999-2003) was traded along with two other players from Portland to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Jamal Magloire on July 31. Here's what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has to say about their team's newest acquisition:

Although Mo Williams will go into training camp as the starter at point guard, based on two productive seasons with the Bucks, Blake will be given a chance to earn his share of backcourt playing time.

The 26-year-old Blake went from a third-string position to the starting point guard job with the Trail Blazers last season. He ranked third in the National Basketball Association in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.69-to-1) and averaged 8.2 points and 4.5 assists.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Lonny Baxter Signs in Italy, then Arrested in DC

Lonny Baxter (1998-2002) was arrested by the Secret Service on weapons charges last night a few blocks from the White House in Washington, DC.

If he doesn't go to jail for this, he has a one year deal waiting for him with Montepaschi Siena (Italy) of the Euroleague, which he just signed last week.

Edited 8/24/06: Baxter pleaded guilty and got 60 days in jail after the judge denied the prosecutor's request for probation as part of a plea deal. He won't be out in time to join his new Italian team for the start of the season.

Edited 8/25/06: Team officials for Siena weren't expecting such a long sentence, and now Baxter's career in Italy could be in doubt, since Baxter should have joined the team's training camp next Monday in preparation for the the Italian season, which starts on October 8.

Friday, August 04, 2006

John Gilchrist played for Denver Nuggets in Summer League

John Gilchrist (2002-2005) is back in the US for the summer, playing with the Denver Nuggets summer league team in Las Vegas. From the Virginian-Pilot newspaper article linked above:

Gilchrist seemed to help his cause last week in the Toshiba Vegas Summer League, a short circuit that draws a number of NBA players and free agents. He averaged 12 points and 4.4 assists playing five games for the Denver Nuggets and shooting 58 percent from the field. He and his agent, Joel Bell, are hoping the showing will result in a contract offer. If not, Gilchrist will head back overseas.

"All in all, I've received some positive reviews," Gilchrist said. "I'm just happy I'm in a better situation now than I was when I went out there."