Olympiakos is set to tour the United States and will unveil its two new NBA signings against some of the best teams in the world.
Euroleague Basketball and the NBA announced that the reds along with Serbian side Partizan Belgrade will compete in four preseason games from October 3 to 12, 2009 in the United States. The two Euroleague teams will face four NBA opponents: the Denver Nuggets, the Phoenix Suns, the San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“We are very proud about this kind of initiative, which is very attractive for our clubs and fans, confirms the globalisation of basketball and reinforces the healthy relationship between Euroleague Basketball and the NBA,” Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu stated.
The tour will tip off on Saturday, October 3 in Denver, Colorado, where Partizan Belgrade makes its North American debut against the Nuggets.
Partizan’s second preseason game will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, against the Suns on Tuesday, October 6. Olympiakos will play two games in the United States. First, the 2008-09 Euroleague semifinalists will face the Spurs in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, October 9. Three days later, Olympiakos will face a showdown in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.
Olympiakos recently added two NBA players to their roster, confirming the signing of American guard Von Wafer and Lithiuanian forward Linas Kleiza from the NBA.
The Piraeus club announced that 24-year-old Wafer has signed a two-year contract although he has yet to take his medical test.
Wafer, who will team up with another ex-NBA star, Josh Childress, revealed that although he would have preferred to stay at the Houston Rockets, he is happy to be joining Olympiakos.
“I’ve signed a two-year contract with Olympiakos,” Wafer told FOX 26 Sports. “The deal also gives me the right to opt out after the first year, but only to go to the NBA.”
Kleiza joins Olympiakos after being released by the Denver Nuggets.
The 24-year-old Lithuanian was the 27th pick in the 2005 NBA draft, but has failed to make an impression in the USA.