Daily Gossip, Wednesday 14/5/14

Apologies for missing out yesterday’s gossip. But we shall be focusing on giving you the gossip, as always from around the world of hoops.

Minute of silence to be observed during Friday’s Final Four games.

Euroleague Basketball has joined Turkish Airlines in sending its condolences following a tragic mining accident in western Turkey on Tuesday.

Before Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv’s clash with CSKA Moscow, and Barcelona’s game with Real Madrid on Friday in Milan; both teams will observe a minute silence as a mark of respect.

Djedovic and Zipser out for season

Bayern Munich will be without Bosnian Nihad Djedovic and Paul Zipser for the rest of the Beko BBL season with injuries that both require surgery.

Djedovic broke his hand, while Zipser, who has had surgery already, injured his knee weeks ago.

Bayern finished top of the regular season and are currently tied at 1-1 in their Beko BBL Playoff, first round clash with Ludwigsburg.

Raiders sign Benson

Plymouth Raiders have signed free scoring American guard Brent Benson from the Birmingham Knights for the next British Basketball League season.

The BBL off-season is barely a week old and the Devon side have made their fourth signing and despite Benson’s winless record with the Knights last season, he ended as the league’s second highest scorer [23.3ppg] along with 5 assists and 4 rebounds a game.

Birmingham Knights, the club who Benson played for last season are currently having a franchise review by the BBL following their 0-33 season.

La Bruixa d’Or waive Darryl Monroe

Liga Endesa strugglers La Bruixa d’Or have parted ways with American Darryl Monroe.

In 24 games, Monroe averaged 13 points a game. The Manresa-based side are 7-25 and in 17th place, second from bottom in Liga Endesa.

SVG takes charge in the Motor City

Detroit Pistons have named Stan Van Gundy as their new head coach and their new President of basketball operations.

Sources informed ESPN.com on Tuesday night that Van Gundy and the Pistons had verbally agreed to a five-year pact worth an estimated $35 million. The team will hold a news conference Thursday.