Bayern Munich have taken a big step to remaining a title contender by keeping in place their frontcourt in the re-signing of both Chevon Troutman and Jared Homan for two years.

Both big men came to Bayern after the 2011-12 season has started – Troutman in October and Homan in November – as Munich were desperate for low post players. Both players performed excellently with the All-Star Troutman averaging 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds and reaching the Beko BBL All-Second Team and Homan averaging 14.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.

“Jared was one of our most important players last season and is one of the best centers in the league,” said Munich sports director Marko Pesic. “He proved that he totally identifies with this club. It was therefore a major issue to extend the contract with him.”

“Chevy played at a consistently high level and is a very important part of our plans. I am happy about continuing our successful work,” added Pesic.

Bayern also have turned down an invitation to play in the EuroChallenge – the third-ranked European competition behind the Euroleague and EuroCup.

“We want to concentrate exclusively on the Bundesliga,” Pesic told the Bild daily.

The report also said Bayern would decline a wild card for the EuroCup – which they had accepted last season.

Bayern point guard and captain Steffen Hamann could miss part of pre-season training after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

Alba coach Obradovic brings trusted Avdalovic from Donetsk, welcomes Peavy

New Alba Berlin head coach Sasa Obradovic brought in playmaker Vule Avdalovic, who was his floor general on last season’s Ukraine title-winning side BC Donetsk, and also signed forwards Nathan Peavy and Zach Worley.

The 30-year-old Serbian Avdalovic agreed to a one-year deal with an option for the following season despite the contract extension of German international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik and the expected return of DaShaun Wood

“We are more variable at playmaker now and harder to figure out,” Obradovic told the Bild mass daily.

And according to the Berliner Morgenpost, Obradovic will have same budget available for 2012-13 as the team had for 2011-12, which is estimated at 7 million euros. Neither Derrick Allen nor Sven Schultze have contracts for next season both say they want to stay.

Allen also is considering applying for a German passport, according to the Morgenpost. The 31-year-old has lived in Germany for eight years. He has a German girlfriend and his German language skills are improving. The move would be a huge help for Berlin as club starting in 2012-13 must have six Germans on their 12-man game roster.

The team has declined its option on Torin Francis but the center could possibly come back while sports director Mithat Demirel said swing man Bryce Taylor has already received strong offers from other teams. But he turned down the offer, so “the door is not yet all the way closed with him,” said Demirel.

Peavy arrives in Berlin after averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists for Artland Dragons in the BBL and 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in the EuroChallenge. He signed a one-year contract and an option for a second year.

“Nathan Peavy is a fighter and a dependable scorer, who has played a strong role in the Bundesliga for years. He will give us stability under the basket and also has a good shot from outside,” said Obradovic.

The coach saw Worley for two years in Ukraine and added the forward from 2011 Ukrainian champion Budivelnyk Kiev on a one-year deal. The former Wisconsin college star was named MVP of the 2011 Ukrainian playoffs. Last season he averaged 11.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Würzburg name Schröder as head coach, add McNaughton and McKinney

s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg went back to a well-known commodity in naming Marcel Schröder as their head coach for the next two seasons, moving up from John Patrick’s assistant to reclaim the top post with the surprise 2012 Beko BBL semi-finalists.

“We are very happy that Marcel decided to accept our offer. He is absolutely the ideal solution. He knows the team and the environment. We have had a very trustworthy collaboration for the last three years,” said s.Oliver Baskets managing director Jochen Bähr.

“I am very happy about the trust from the team. For me, this is a huge chance and a large challenge. Many coaches dream of working in an environment like the one in Würzburg,” said the 33-year-old Schröder, a father of three.

The foundation of the team which reached the semi-finals is coming back in Jason Boone, Ben Jacobsen, John Little, Alex King and Maximilian Kleber while center Chris McNaughton and Jimmy McKinney (two-year contract) have been added.

Ulm still wait on answer from Swann

The 2012 finalists ratiopharm ulm were hoping to get some clarification regarding a re-signing of star shooting guard Isaiah Swann. But the 27-year-old departed for his holidays back home in the United States without signing on for next season.

“Isaiah did not sign anything before his departure,” Ulm general manager Thomas Stoll told Südwest Presse.

Ulm are uncertain what Swann will decide. Playing in the qualification for the Euroleague does fulfill his desire to play internationally next season, making it purely a financial decision.

Ulm’s top scorer this season did not reject Ulm’s offer and told Stoll he wants to discuss it with his agent. Swann does not have a deadline to decide though Ulm would then have to look at an alternative if he turns down the offer.

Another unanswered question is how quick the German naturalization of Steve Esterkamp will take while season MVP John Bryant reiterated that he would like to stay in Ulm. But if an offer came from the NBA he would likely be gone.

Bonn boss Koch brings in McCray, will observe Gaffney in Vegas

Telekom Baskets Bonn also picked up another German player as they added David McCray from Ludwigsburg. The 26-year-old McCray, who signed on a two year deal, will serve as back up point guard to Jared Jordan but can also play shooting guard.

“We are planning with him for the future and are happy that we could get him directly for two seasons,” said head coach Mike Koch.

Koch also hopes to re-sign forward Tony Gaffney for next season. The athletic American wants to make an NBA team and will play on the U.S. summer league circuit.

“The door is still open for Gaffney but not for ever,” Koch told the Berlin Rundschau.

Koch plans on watching and talking to Gaffney in July in Las Vegas. “He has to decide by about the middle of July,” said Koch.

Bayreuth adds Rohnert from French side

BBC Bayreuth continue to fill their roster for next season in bringing in Nate Rohnert from French second division side ASC Denain Voltaire Porte du Hainaut – the 10th player for the 2012-13 squad.

The 24-year-old shooting guard had previously played in Estonia and the Netherlands where Bayreuth’s Dutch coach Marco van den Berg originally saw Rohnert.

Bremerhaven pick up playmaker Stanley Burrell

Eisbären Bremerhaven added a new playmaker in signing Stanley Burrell from Polish top flight side Energa Czarni Slupsk to a one year deal with an option for a second.

“Stanley Burrell is a winner who brings a lot of emotion into the game. He can lead a team and has some valuable international experience,” said Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley about the new signing.

Hagen re-acquire Bell, add German U20 international Wendt

Phoenix Hagen hope an old acquaintance can help in their fight against relegation as they brought in David Bell, who returns to Hagen after one season in the Netherlands with GasTerra Flames Groningen. Bell will play shooting guard alongside Davin White after running the point with Groningen.

Hagen also pulled off a big signing in bringing in U20 German international point guard Ole Wendt from Paderborn.

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