by Rick Bonnell   The Charlotte Hornets agreed to trade the No. 22 pick in Thursday's NBA draft to the Sacramento Kings in return for veteran shooting guard Marco Belinelli, an informed source said. The deal cannot be formally completed until next month, when the NBA's new salary cap kicks in. But the two teams agreed that the Hornets w...

by Tim Griffin   UTSA has announced that top Italian point guard prospect Giovanni De Nicolao has become the fourth signee in the school's 2016 recruiting class. De Nicolao is a 6-foot-3 point guard from Camposampiero, Italy who was named to the Italian Junior National Team in April and aided the squad as it prepared to compete at the E...

by Drew Davis   The Denver Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari continues to shake off rust, leading Italy to a third straight win in EuroBasket. Gallinari, who has missed a lot of time over past few seasons for the Nuggets, led Italy to a 68-63 victory over Russia. The game was another warm-up for the EuroBasket 2015 tournament, also to be played...

by Alex Kramers   A sharpshooting swingman with a knack for stepping up at crucial junctures, Marco Belinelli is an undoubtedly welcome addition to a Sacramento squad that ranked 28th in both three-point makes (461) and attempts (1,350) and 20th in three-point percentage (34.1) in 2014-15. The ninth-year pro placed fifth in the League in do...

by Vincent Goodwill   Auburn Hills -- Sporting a ponytail and speaking better-than-expected English, new Piston Luigi Datome hopes to make a smooth transition to the NBA. He's eager to prove he belongs at the highest level of basketball.   "I want to come here and show I deserve to be an NBA player," said Datome, who'll wear jersey nu...

by Mark Weinreich   Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani's recovery was without a timetable back in January when he suffered a torn ligament in his elbow, and Ian Begley of ESPN tweeted this week that despite nearly two months of rehab, the 28-year-old Italian native could be out for the rest of New York's regular season.   With the Knicks...

Andrea Bargnani has had an interesting career so far in the NBA. A seven-footer with a repertoire of skills on the offensive end, he was picked first overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. Before the 2013-14 season, the New York Knicks acquired the Italian for a group of players, two second-round picks and their 2016 first-rounder....

I Cardinals di Louisville hanno vinto il titolo NCAA n.75 battendo Michigan 82-76 nell'immenso Giorgia Dome di Atlanta con una folla record di 74 mila spettatori. Il basket è uno sport che va di fretta, e molte cose inaspettate sono successe in questi giorni al coach dei vincitori, Rick Pitino, newyorkese di 60 anni, sempre azzimato ed elegante co...

by Zach Drapkin   The Kings finally got a valuable player to sign on to the Sac-town squad. Marc Belinelli is headed to play for George Karl on a three-year, $19 million deal.   The 29 year-old Italian sharpshooter had been with the San Antonio Spurs since 2013, and won an NBA championship while playing for coach Gregg Popovich. Belin...

As it was widely speculated during the 2014 NBA Finals, Ettore Messina has now officially been hired by the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach, the team and Adrian Wojnarowski have announced. Messina is widely regarded as one of the best European coaches. As a four-time Euroleague Champion and a two-time Euroleague Coach of the Year, Messina...