So it’s not quite Kirilenko-to-CSKA, but it’s got BallinEurope on pins and needles. To wit, the ostensible signings of Earl Boykins, a free agent currently listed as the shorter player in the NBA ranks, and fan favorite D.J. Mbenga by Olympiacos.

For nearly a week, the story of the Reds signing the 5’5” Boykins has been getting play from American sources to Greece-based Sentragoal, but nothing doing as yet.

Akin Akingbala had reportedly been on the Olympiacos radar, but SLUC Nancy is apparently not interested in letting loose the point guard as yet. Boykins actually spent the 2008-09 season in Europe, playing for Virtus Bologna.

Meanwhile, it’s no secret that the Reds would like to add a center, “thanks” to the Lazaros Papadopoulos injury. NBA free-agent Mbenga might be an ideal solution, as apparently underwhelming interest exists ‘Stateside, even at the league-minimum salary rate. The Los Angeles Clippers recently held a workout with D.J., though with Solomon Jones now signed, Mbenga probably won’t be moving to Lob City soon.

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