Daily Gossip, Tuesday 24/6/14

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Only one place to start, isn’t there? (Apologies for publishing this in the early hours).

LEBRON TO OPT OUT OF MIAMI HEAT CONTRACT

Miami Heat forward LeBron James has decided to test free agency this summer and opt out of the final two years of his current deal worth $42.7million.

James’ agent Rich Paul stresses that this doesn’t mean that he will leave Miami. He can sign a new deal with the former NBA champions if he wishes.

“I was informed this morning of his intentions. We fully expected LeBron to opt out and exercise his free-agent rights, so this does not come as a surprise,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “As I said at the press conference last week, players have a right to free agency and, when they have these opportunities, the right to explore their options.”

If James did decide to leave, Cleveland Cavaliers would be the hot favourites to capture him back with Houston also expressing an interest.

GENTILE TO PANATHINAIKOS?

Even though Alessandro Gentile has his name in this year’s NBA Draft, Panathinaikos are interested in the Italian international

The club has already been in contact with Gentile’s agent but nothing is set yet due to his involvement in the domestic league finals.

UKRAINIAN TEAMS WON’T PLAY IN VTB LEAGUE NEXT SEASON

BC Donetsk and Azovmash won’t play in VTB League next season, according to Basket.com.ua.

No direct reason has been given other than to believe it is due to the situation and growing tension between Ukraine and Russia.

SASSARI IN THE EUROLEAGUE NEXT SEASON?

Just a rumour at the moment so if it is confirmed, TB will publish a story but it is rumoured by Italian media that Dinamo Sassari will participate in next season’s Euroleague.

They will replace Montepaschi Siena, who will start from the fourth division due to financial concerns.