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.
Jamelle Hagins is joining a new team in Turkey after signing as the newest player at OGM Ormanspor. Hagins comes to Ormanspor after starting the year with Gaziantep Basketbol, another team in the Turkish Basketball Super League. In 11 games, Hagins averaged 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game which included playing in the Basketball Champions League, last playing for the team on November 20.
The 6'9'' center is leaving one team outside the playoff picture to join another, as he signs with an Ormanspor squad that is closer toward last place than a playoff spot at 4-12. Hagins will join fellow Americans Chris Warren and Ra'shad James on the team.
ESSM Le Portel bolstered its frontcourt with the signing of Kwan Cheatham, a 6'10'' forward in his third year of pro basketball. Cheatham arrives from Bulgaria, where he was averaging a career-high 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for first-placed Levski Lukoil Sofia in Bulgaria's NBL. Prior to that, the University of Akron product spent the first two seasons of his pro career in Belgium with Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen.
Le Portel could certainly use any help they can get, as they sit in last place in France's LNB Pro A standings at 3-14. France's highest division is a big step forward for Cheatham and if he can produce here he might not only save Le Portel from relegation, but also has a chance to make major moves in the international hoops scene. He joins fellow Americans Ousman Krubally, D'Angelo Harrison and Antonio Ballard on the squad.
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.