Backcourt shuffling in Italy with Diener, Green, Hosley and … Bo McCalebb?

Diener wanted in Milano

The rosters are shuffling and the rumor mill is grinding in Italy, with a pair of Serie A clubs focusing on the all-important playmaker position.

Sportando reported yesterday that Olimpia Milano, no strategy to big-deal free-agency moves, was *this* close to finally signing Bryant Dunston and will subsequently be ready to ink point guard Travis Diener. Milano executives have reportedly been attempting to woo Diener over since the close of the regular season, as his Italian passport would not count him against non-European roster quotas.

But Milano’s ambitions don’t stop there and the team is also apparently highly interested in forming a 1-2 punch at the point guard spot by buying out Bo McCalebb from Fenerbahce Ulker. McCalebb has one more year remaining on his Turkish contract, but speculation is that the club will be starting from ground zero this season after the catastrophe of 2012-13 and may sell Bo to the highest bidder – of course, that’s up to new coach Zeljko Obradovic…

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Monday hangover: Power struggles in Italy, Spain; Zalgiris’ continued rise; Obama vs. the Lakers Rule

It’s never too late for the ‘Hangover (or so BiE’s telling himself). Excuses aside, following are a few Eurocentric impressions, notes, highlight clips – and the no. 1 reason why Barack Obama is thrilled the Los Angeles Lakers went down in the playoffs last season…

Power vacuum in Italy? Coming into 2012-13, most pundits in the European basketball sphere reckoned Montepaschi Siena was due for an off year after an off offseason which saw them downgrade at several positions. And while it appears that Siena won’t be giving up its stranglehold on the Italian national title easily (they’re currently at 4-1; more on this shortly), the team’s dismal Euroleague play indicates this isn’t a Montepaschi team in the mold we’ve become accustomed to.

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