Benetton Basket announced via their official website that Oktay Mahmudi did not accept their 3 season offer and so the position of the head coach is up for grabs. Potential candidates the last few days have been rumored to be Rimas Kurtinaitis and Fotis Katsikaris.
Oktay Mahmudi took over Benetton Treviso in November 2007 and this season he was named 'Eurocup Coach of the Year'. Before Benetton, Mahmudi spent 7 seasons as a head coach of Efes Pilsen and 8 more as assistant coach. He led Efes as head coach to four championship titles and the same number of trophies in Turkish National Cup. In Euroleague, Efes reached the Quarterfinals twice.