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Maurice Taylor Signs Three-Year Deal With Milan

Maurice Taylor has signed a three-year deal to play for the Armani Jeans Milan team in Italy?s top pro basketball league.

?I?m really excited about this opportunity. I want to get on the basketball court again,? says Taylor, who played 10 years in the NBA for the L.A. Clippers, N.Y. Knicks, Sacramento Kings, and Rockets.

?I?ve been looking to play again. I?ve worked hard to get in shape, and I?m ready. I was talking with some NBA teams, but they were only offering a one-year deal at minimum salary. With Milan, I?ll finish this season, plus play two more seasons after that,? Taylor, 32, said.

Via Houston Chronicle

Pargo Moves From Moscow To Olympiakos

Agent Mark Bartelstein has confirmed to ESPN that former NBA guard Jannero Pargo will soon finalize a move from Dynamo Moscow to the Greek club Olympiakos.

Pargo signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with Dynamo last summer, but the club has struggled financially.

"The end result is that Jannero will leave Dynamo, sign with Olympiakos," Bartelstein told ESPN.com. "He's going to a team in the Euroleague final 16 and the contract is basically unchanged from his original [Dynamo] deal."


Knicks Still Interested In Pargo

Both the New York Knicks and Euroleague club Olympiakos are interested in former NBA guard Jannero Pargo, the New York Daily News is reporting.

Pargo signed with Dynamo Moscow last summer after helping New Orleans reach the second round of the playoffs. Olympiakos is hoping to have Pargo's deal done by Tuesday, when Euroleague rosters are finalized.

Olympiakos expressed passing interest in Marbury, who was exiled by the Knicks on Dec.1 and is still earning his $20.9 million salary. Knicks president Donnie Walsh is hopeful that he can trade Marbury before the Feb.19 deadline. If a trade doesn't happen, the Knicks can release Marbury or keep him on the roster until the end of the season.

Via New York Daily News

Olympiakos Now Prefers Jannero Pargo?

Olympiakos is pursuing former NBA guard Jannero Pargo, who is expected to be released from Dynamo Moscow by the end of the weekend, according to reports.

Three NBA teams and two Euroleague clubs were reportedly interested in Pargo, whose value in Europe is higher than Stephon Marbury's because teams have already seen him play this season.


No Regrets For Brandon Jennings

Marcus Williams of the Warriors is very close friends with Brandon Jennings, who decided not to play for Arizona in order to head to Roma in Italy's professional league.

"It's been back and forth with him," said Williams. "He said he's been doing good, then he said the coach hasn't been playing him; he's been getting frustrated. Then he'll turn around and say he played a good game. He's doing fine. But he said the league is just a lot different. It's real physical, sort of slower than what he's accustomed to. To me, that (a physical style), is not his real strength, so I think he's really working on his game being over there, and I think he can only get better."

Williams was asked if he sensed that Jennings regretted the decision.

"I don't think so. He told me he looks at it like a great experience and a great opportunity for him to do something that no one else has done. With his personality, he's like a different guy anyway."

Via Sacramento Bee

Israel Team Abandons Game

A European game in Turkey had to be postponed when an Israeli team was forced from the court back to the locker rooms after hundreds of fist-pumping, chanting Turkish fans protested the violence in Gaza, the Associated Press is reporting.

The European Cup game between Bnei Hasharon and Turk Telekom was later postponed because the Israeli team did not return to the court. There was no word on when or where the game would be played.

The fans chanted ?God is Great? and ?Killer Israel.? At least one fan threw his shoe at Israeli players, but police used riot shields to protect them as they left the court.

Via Globe & Mail
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