Guard Jaime Smith is back with Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari after signing with the Italian team for the remainder of the season. Smith comes to Dinamo Sassari after starting the season with Teksut Bandirma in Turkey, where he averaged 14.4 points and 4.4 assists per game across all competitions, which included the domestic Turkish Basketball Super League and the continental Basketball Champions League.
He also played for Sassari last season, averaging 11.7 points and 4.0 assists per game as he helped the team reach the finals of the Serie A playoffs, losing in seven games to Umana Reyer Venezia. He's rejoining a Sassari team that is once again in the title hunt as they are currently in second place in the league standings with a 15-5 record ahead of a return to league play this weekend. The team has also advanced to the Round of 16 in the Basketball Champions League, and will face San Pablo Burgos in the first leg March 3.
SIG Basket Strasbourg recently announced their signing of forward Devonte Upson. Upson arrives in France from Poland after starting the season with Asseco Arka Gdynia in the Polish EBL. In 30 games played, the fifth-year pro averaged 8.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, which also included competing in the FIBA Europe Cup. After stops in Switzerland, Finland, Estonia China, Argentina and Poland (twice), this will be he first time Upson play in France.
His addition should provide front-court depth to SIG Strasbourg team that is currently on the outside looking in at the LNB Pro A playoffs, as their 9-14 record has them tied for tenth place in the league standings, two games back of a playoff position. The Southeastern Louisiana product joins fellow Americans Scottie Reynolds and Gabe York on the roster.
Olympiacos BC has signed Shaquielle McKissic after McKissic opted out of his contract with Besiktas Sompo Japan on February 1. Greece will be the sixth country the Arizona State product has played in after stops in Italy, South Korea, Spain, Russia and Turkey (where he has been the past two seasons). McKissic played in 30 games for Besiktas this season, averaging 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game across all competitions, including the Basketball Champions League, before opting out of his deal.
Olympiacos is making a playoff push in the Euroleague, currently sitting in eleventh place in the standings with a 10-14 record. McKissic joins Americans Octavius Ellis, Brandon Paul andAugustine Rubit on the team.