Former NBA draft pick and Los Angeles Laker Andrew Goudelock is headed to Italy for the second time in his career after signing with Umana Reyer Venezia in Lega Basket Serie A. Goudelock arrives after spending last season in China with the Shandong Golden Stars, where he averaged 22.2 points per game in 19 games played.
After spending the first two years of his career in the NBA and the NBA G League, the former College of Charleston star has played for some of the best teams Europe since then while competing in top-flight competition, including the EuroLeague and the EuroCup (he was MVP of the 2013-2014 EuroCup season). Reyer Venezia hope that his scoring will help them in their own EuroCup run, which has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start at 1-2. However, they also sit at 2-2 in the Italian league, so there is plenty of room for improvement with this team as the season continues.
Veteran forward Jakim Donaldson has signed with Bnei Herzliya ahead of the start of Israel's National League season, Ballers Abroad has learned. Entering his 15th season of professional basketball, this will be Donaldson's third season playing in Israel and the second time suiting up for Bnei Herzliya after playing for the team from 2013-2014. Last season, his second ever in Israel after playing for ESSM Le Portel for the four seasons prio, he averaged 11.3 points per game for Hapoel Be'er Sheva as he helped the team to a quarterfinal berth in the Winner League playoffs.
Though it's his second go-around with Herzliya, it will be the first time playing for them in the National League, Israel's second division. Americans Kendall Anthony, Anthony Fisher and Gabe Levin join him on a team that will be looking to move back up after being a mainstay in the country's top league for more than a decade.
Armani Moore is headed back to Poland for the second time in his career after signing with Asseco Arka Gdynia in the Polish EBL for the 2019-2020 season. Moore started his professional hoops career in Poland, spending a season and a half with Stelmet Enea Zielona Gora from 2016 through January 2018. He spent last season playing in Australia and Germany, starting the season with the New Zealand Breakers before finishing the year with Eisbaren Bremerhaven in the Basketball Bundesliga. The University of Tennessee product averaged 8.5 points per game across all competitions, though he couldn't help save Bremerhaven from relegation in Germany.
He joins one of the more elite teams in Poland in Arka Gdynia, who came up short in the playoffs last season, losing in the semifinals after finishing in first place during the regular season at 25-5. They currently sit at 2-1 on the season. Moore will join fellow Americans Josh Bostic, Ben Emelogu, Phil Greene IV, Leyton Hammonds and Devonte Upson on the roster.
After a successful half-season in Greece, Malcolm Lee is returning to the Greek Basket League for the 2019-2020 season. Lee signed with Rethymno Cretan Kings Oct. 11, making this the first team he's signed with for the season. He played the second half of the 2018-2019 season with Kolossos H Hotels, where he averaged 9.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, though he couldn't save Kolossos from a miserable 5-21 record.
The former NBA player joins a Rethymno team that did not fare much better last season, as they also missed out on a playoff spot with an 8-18 record, and are not off to a good start at 0-2 this season. Lee joins an onslaught of Americas on the Cretan Kings, including Jarvis Garrett, Wesley Gordon, Ramon Harris, David Haughton, Connor Frankamp and Prince Williams.
Stella Artois Leuven Bears added some depth to their backcourt after signing point guard Josh Heath. Heath has yet to play for a team this season but played for two teams last year, starting out in Slovenia and ending up in Turkey. Across all competitions, the Georgia Tech grad averaged 15.5 points and 6.1 assists per game, including a 16.2 points per game clip in Turkey.
He joins a Leuven Bears team that is off to a rough start in Belgium's EuroMillions League, sitting in last place with an 0-4 record while averaging the second-fewest points per game in the league. After a disappointing 10-26 record last year, hopefully the Bears can turn things around before it's more of the same for the club. He becomes the third American to join the team afterHugh Robertson and Brandan Stith.
Trevor Releford is returning to Germany after signing with Basketball Lowen Braunschweig in the Basketball Bundesliga, Ballers Abroad has learned. Releford also played in the BBL last season for Mitteldeutscher BC, avergaing 13.0 points and 5.2 assists per game for MBC as the team finished in the bottom half of the BBL standings with a 10-24 record. He will join a Basketball Lowen Braunschweig that sneaked into the playoffs last year with a 17-17 record, though they did get swept in the quarterfinal round 3-0 by Bayern Munich.
Releford heads into his seventh year as a pro having also played in Poland for a season, a brief spell in Israel and the majority of his career in Greece (three seasons for two teams). His brother, fellow Baller Abroad Travis Releford, has not yet signed for the upcoming season.
Big man Deshawn Stephens will play in Italy's top division for the first time in his career after signing with Fortitudo Bologna September 18. The seventh-year pro arrives from Israel, where he spent the 2018-2019 season split between Maccabi Rishon LeZion and Hapoel Tel Aviv. In 33 games played total, Stephens averaged 10.3 points an 5.1 rebounds, helping Hapoel Tel Aviv finish their season by advancing to the Winner League playoffs in Israel's top league.
He will join a Fortitudo Bologna team that will be playing in Lega Basket Serie A for the first time since the club was dissolved from competition in 2009. Fortitudo was re-founded in 2013 and has worked their way back into the top tier after winning the Serie A2 league in 2019. The San Diego State product had a career year last time he played in Italy, averaging 16.1 points per game for Cagliari Dinamo Academy in SerieA2 during the 2017-2018 season.