Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hatzivrettas close to signing with Aris

According to the majority of the greek media, Nikos Hatzivrettas(1.95-SG) has agreed to continue his career in Aris Thessaloniki. Hatzivrettas, who is currently 32 years old will be moving back to his hometown, Thessaloniki, by the looks of things and he will be taking up a more important role than he did in Panathinaikos. Reports say that Hatzivrettas will be one of the basic players of Aris with greatly increased playing time than what he had in Panathinaikos, even though Aris cannot offer him as much money as his former team. According to the deal will be for 2 seasons and it will probably be announced until Tuesday.

It is rumored that the deal went sour when Panathinaikos offered him a 1+1 contract with a 400,000 euros salary but instead Hatzivrettas wanted a closed 2 season contract for a 1 million euros. Hatzivrettas averaged 5.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 29 games in the greek A1 league playing for Panathinaikos. It seems that he had offers from Roma and a possible interest from other european teams but he preferred to stay in Greece.

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