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Transfer Report - Gameday 11

MIES (Switzerland) - Finding it hard to keep up with the ever-changing rosters of the Basketball Champions League? Well, worry you not, the Transfer Report is a one-stop-shop for all of the BCL's confirmed signings, and even the odd rumor or soon-to-be-announced arrival. To play on Gameday 11, players needed to be registered with the hard-working people in the FIBA House of Basketball by close of business on Monday (yesterday).

Confirmed

IN

Eugene Lawrence, PG, 33 years, 6'1" (1.85m) 🛬 Telekom Baskets Bonn

Michael Wichterich (Sports Manager) said: "Lawrence will make his teammates better by putting them on the scene at the right time and in the right situation. That goes for free players, but also for our tall people near the basket."

Thomas Päch said: "For me, he is a real floor general. In addition, he comes from the current competition, he will help us immediately."

Bonn have gone for a player they trust to add some structure to the offense, especially in their second and third rotations. Lawrence knows what it takes to play for Bonn after a successful stint from 2014-2016 and also knows how to play in the Basketball Champions League. During his season with ERA Nymburk last season, Lawrence averaged 10 points, 5.6 assists, and 1.8 steals. With a spot in the Play-Offs within touching distance of being confirmed but the struggles in the German BBL continuing, Bonn needed to act and find a solution they can trust.

Dragan Apic, PG, 24 years, 6'9" (2.06m) 🛬 San Pablo Burgos

The club put out a press release with some quotes on Apic's recruitment and arrival, you can read that here.

In summary, the club is still struggling to replace Goran Huksic after his injury. Apic comes in on loan from Lokomotive Kuban for the remainder of the season, even taking a slight salary drop in exchange for the opportunity to play meaningful minutes. Apic is described as a center that likes to play fast and attack the offensive glass. The player himself spoke about the passion that the fans have in Burgos and how excited he is to get started. 

On limited minutes (11.6 minutes in the VTB)  in Russia Apic recorded 6.3 points and 2.1 rebounds on 59% shooting. At just 24, Apic comes in with experience of playing high level basketball in Crvena Zvezda and Lokomotive Kuban but also the hunger to prove himself ready to take a bigger role. This will be an interesting transfer to observe. 

Gilvydas Biruta, PF, 28 years, 6'8" (2.03m) 🛬 Lietkabelis

We don't have a great deal of information about this transfer yet. After a serious knee injury, Biruta hasn't played a lot of basketball since the 2017/18 season in France with JL Bourg. We know he has come in to replace Femi Olujobi who left the club recently. The club released an interview on their website where  Biruta said "I rehabilitated twice after ruptured knee ligaments. The most recent rehab was at the Denver Nuggets Club. Everything went very well: the latest technology, the best trainers. I am very pleased with the whole process. I had a lot of determination and if I could sell it in bottles I would be a very rich person."

It has been a long road back to fitness for Biruta and his role on the team will be a case of building step by step. He has already played in the win over Neptunas scoring 5 points in 12 minutes. Let's hope this is the start of a talented player getting back on track. 

Terell Parks, C, 28 years, 6'8" (2.03m) 🛬 Nizhny Novgorod

After Alec Brown left the club, Nizhny Novgorod needed to tighten things up in the paint. Terrell Parks played for Promitheas in the BCL last season and comes in as a plug-and-play option for Zoran Lukic. 

OUT

Travis Trice  🛫 SIG Strasbourg

James McAdoo  🛫 Besiktas Sompo Sigorta

Jamell McClean  🛫 Dinamo Sassari

Rumors 

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Diccon Lloyd-Smeath

Diccon Lloyd-Smeath

Diccon is a basketball coach and analyst living in Madrid. Constantly digging in the crates of box scores and clicking through hours of game footage. Diccon is on the hunt for the stories within the stories. If you like to get a closer look at what’s going in the Basketball Champions League, you have found it.