Thursday, October 21, 2010
Aris interested in Dwayne Jones and Eric Boateng (updated)
A good center is hard to find and an affordable center is even harder to find. In Aris they have some candidates in mind but it seems that these 2 are the likeliest candidates according to Athlitika Nea.
Dwayne Jones(2.11-C) is participating in the pre-season camp of the Phoenix Suns at the moment but rumor has it he will be waived soon by the Suns. Jones graduated from St Josephs. In 2004-05, Jones was the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, and a member of the All-Defensive Team for the second consecutive year. He ranked fifth in rebounds (11.6) and blocks (3.0) in the nation, and led the Atlantic 10 in both categories. Although scoring was never his strongest skill he is a formidable presence in the low-post defensively. He was signed by the Timbewolves in 2005 and after a short pass via the Florida Flame he was traded to Boston and from there to Cleveland. He also tried his luck in Europe with Efes Pilsen and Red Star but it didn't work out.
The other candidate is Eric Boateng(2.08-C) who was recently offered to the team. Boateng will soon be released from the Denver Nuggets. He graduated from Arizona State last season and he is one of the biggest hopes of British basketball. He started in Duke but after one season he was transferred to Arizona State. He is also a member of the British National Team. In his last season with Arizona State he averaged 8.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in 33 games.
Latest information from Aris suggests that they are negotiating with the newly released Aaron Miles(1.85-PG), who was waived by the Golden State Warriors on the 20th. The president and the head coach of Aris are in negotiations with the Greek representative of the player to find out whether he will rejoin them. This means that both Pierre Pierce(1.92-PG) and Bryant Dunston(2.01-PF/C) could be replaced within a few days.
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