Diamon Simpson is returning to Israel for the sixth time in his eleven-year professional career after signing with Ironi Nahariya January 7. Simpson last played in Israel during the 2018-2019 season, averaging 10.5 points 7.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for Maccabi Rishon Lezion as he helped the team reach the Finals of the Israeli Winner League.
The long-time international veteran has played for several other teams in Israel during his career including Maccabi Ashdod, Ironi Nes Ziona and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Nahariya will be the first team Simpson plays for during the 2019/20 season after spending the summer of 2019 in the Philippines hooping for the Alaska Aces. He joins a Ironi Nahariya team that is looking to improve on a 5-9 record midway through the season, though the team is only half a game out of a playoff position.
James Nunnally is back playing for Fenerbahce after signing with the Turkish power on January 3. Nunnally arrives in Turkey from China where he played for the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 22.3 points per game in 12 appearances. Last year, the UC Santa Barbara product spent time with the Houston Rockets in the NBA before moving to Olimpia Milano in January 2019. His second-half stretch was impressive, as he averaged 14.6 points per game for Milano, including a 14.1 points per game clip in Euroleague play.
However, his prior success with Fenerbahce is notable, as he was an integral part of the 2017 Euroleague championship team. He played for Fenerbahce for two seasons and was one of the most reliable three-point shooters in Europe, shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arc both seasons. The team currently sits in third place in Turkey's BSL standings at 11-3, but will need to do some work in Euroleague if they want to advance. Usually one of the top teams in the competition, they're sitting in thirteenth place right now at 6-11.
Bobby Brown is the newest player to join PAOK Thessaloniki after signing with the Greek team January 2. The 35-year-old point guard will be playing for his first team of the 2019-2020 season after splitting last year between Montenegro and China, first hooping for Mornar Bar before moving to Shanxi Zhongyu, where he averaged 25.8 points per game. However, his most recent playing experience came in The Basketball Tournament in the summer of 2019, helping lead Overseas Elite to a semifinals appearance.
Heading into his 12th pro season, the Cal State Fullerton product will play in Greece for the third time in his career (Aris Thessaloniki from 2011-2012 and Olympiacos in 2018). PAOK is in the midst of a rough season, as they not only sit in last place in their group in the Basketball Champions League at 3-6 but are in last place in the Greek League standings as well (3-10) heading into a Jan. 4 game against Aris Thessaloniki.
Malcolm Griffin is once again playing in Greece after signing with Kolossos H Hotels earlier this week. Griffin arrives having started the season with Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel, where he averaged 6.3 points per game in only three games played for Tel Aviv. The former Fresno Pacific star has played in Greece two times before, with his first stint actually coming with Kolossos during the first half of the 2017-2018 season when he averaged a career-high 15.9 points per game. He also played the majority of last season with AEK Athens, averaging 7.9 points and 2.5 assists in all competitions before leaving for Hapoel Jerusalem in April.
Kolossos has had an uneven start to the season at 4-6, but have lost three of their last four games headed into next week's matchup against Ifaistos Limnou. Griffin will join seven other Americans on the Kolossos roster, including Danny Agbelese, Tyrone Brazelton and Mike Brusewitz.