Starting 5: August 13, 2015

ACB president doesn't want 19 teams and Gran Canaria signs NBA prospect

Real Madrid is loaning Alex Suárez to Bilbao this season | Photo courtesy of defensacentral.com

ACB president says he does not want 19 teams

The Spanish government ruled on Tuesday that Ourense Baloncesto should be promoted to the ACB, giving the league 19 teams, including Fuenlabrada (who should have been relegated after their last-place finish).

On Thursday ACB president Francisco Roca criticized the decision in an interview with Marca Radio. Roca said a league with 19 teams would be a “disaster” and that other clubs have complained about the effects it would have on the schedule.

The league will now review the legality of various options. In Roca’s ideal scenario, if Ourense ascends, Fuenlabrada would drop down to the LEB Oro. But Fuenla has been operating this summer under the assumption it will be competing in the ACB and could take legal action.

A conclusion will hopefully be reached sometime within the next week.

Gran Canaria signs Anzejs Pasecniks (’95)

Gran Canaria signed a promising young center on Thursday, inking 7’1″ Latvian Anzejs Pasecniks to a three-year contract.

DraftExpress.com ranks him as the No. 6 overall prospect in the international class of ’95.

Pasecniks joins Gran Canaria from VEF Riga. He averaged 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 VTB United League games last season.

Donnie McGrath signs with Obradoiro

Obradoiro added 31-year-old guard Donnie McGrath on Thursday.

Last season McGrath — an American with an Irish passport — averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 assists in six Eurocup games with Russian club Krasny Oktyabr. He can play both guard positions, giving Obradoiro even more versatility.

Obradoiro has had one of the best offseasons among ACB clubs. In addition to McGrath, they have signed Tyler Haws, Angelo Caloiaro, Alec Brown, Eimantas Bendzius, Santi Yusta, and Artem Pustovyi.

Suárez will play for Bilbao on loan

Real Madrid has loaned Spanish power-forward Alex Suárez to Bilbao for one season.

Suárez, who turns 22 next month, averaged 4.8 points in 11.7 minutes per game for Joventut. He shot 47.2 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three.

Stefansson reportedly says no to Estu

According to Encestando, Icelandic 2-guard Jon Stefansson turned down a contract offer from Estudiantes.

Stefansson played for Unicaja Málaga last season, but the club decided not to retain him. He averaged five points per game for Málaga and turns 33 in September.

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Austin Green runs LosCrossovers.com from Sevilla, Spain with the occasional help of his friends and colleagues.

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