Saturday, September 4, 2010
Aris close to Udrih and Erceg
Aris Thessaloniki are in negotiations with Slovenian combo-guard Samo Udrih(1.95-PG/SG). He is the brother of NBA player Beno Udrih and he is currently playing with the Slovenian National Team in World Cup in Turkey. Information from Greece indicates that Aris and Udrih are in advanced negotiations and the deal is close to be sealed. If Aris get Udrih they fill another gap in the backcourt and then they will wait to see what will happen with Kostas Haralambidis. Panellinios are asking for 50,000 euros to release the player. This sounds strange coming from a team that will lower their budget to 600,000 euros. Haralambidis' contract alone for next season is 130,000 euros.
Udrih played for Hopsi Polzela in the beginning of the season but then moved on to Cibona where he helped them win the Croatian League and got them to the finals of the Adriatic League. He has also played for Polzela in the beginning of his career. Other teams were Pivovarna Laško, Geoplin Slovan, Union Olimpija, Maurienne SB, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Girona, Granada and Estudiantes. He averaged 9 points 2.3 rebounds 1.8 assists in 13 games in the Adriatic League. He has played 3 games for Slovenia so far averaging 6.7 points 1.3 assists and 1.3 rebounds.
On another front Zoran Erceg(2.11-PF/C) is a player that could fill the gap in front-line of Aris. His contract of 700,000 euros is too high for Aris but they could cover a portion of it. It seems that Dusan Ivkovic doesn't account for Erceg in his roster plans for Olympiakos and the player would like to play in a tough league so he doesn't stay out of touch. More on this will be made known in the days to follow. It should be noted here that Erceg was also offered to Aris last season as well but Fotis Katsikaris turned him down to get Dragan Labovic(2.07-PF) instead.
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