Strasbourg pens Travis to short-term deal

One day after losing big man Matt Howard to injury, Strasbourg reinforced its frontline by signing power forward Romeo Travis to a six-week deal. Travis (2.01 meters, 30 years old) last played in the Philippines, but he was among the top players in the Eurocup last season. Playing for Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd, Travis averaged 14.4 points, was fifth with 7.2 rebounds and had the second-best average performance index in the competition at 19.0 over 16 games. He was twice named MVP of the week in the regular season. His European career has also taken Travis to Spain, where he played for Ciudad de Huelva; Israel (Barak Netanya and Gilboa Galil), Croatia (Zadar), Ukraine (Khimik Yuzhne) and Germany (ratiopharm Ulm and Walter Tigers Tubingen). Romeo co-starred in an award-winning documentary, “More Than a Game”, which recounted his years playing high school basketball in the United States alongside childhood friend LeBron James.

Limoges adds playmaker Wood

French champion Limoges CSP addressed a need at point guard by signing DaShaun Wood, the club announced Tuesday. Wood (1.85 meters, 30 years old) arrives from Tofas Bursa, where he averaged 14.4 points and 4.1 assists in 28 Turkish League games last season. He started his professional career with Pallacanestro Cantu of Italy. Wood has also played for Benetton Treviso of Italy, Deutsche Bank Skyliners and ALBA Berlin of Germany and Le Mans Sarthe Basket of France. He helped ALBA win the German Cup title in 2013 and lifted the French Leaders Cup with Le Mans in 2014. Wood brings Euroleague experience too; he played the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague with ALBA, with whom he averaged 9.8 points on 43.2% three-point shooting and 2.5 assists in 23 games. Limoges was in need of point guard help after losing presumed starter Randy Culpepper to injury.

Euroleague Fantasy Challenge, Round 1 injury report

Euroleague Fantasy Challenge, Round 1 injury report

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Group A

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

  • Nemanja Dangubic will miss the start of the season due to a hip problem.
  • Marko Tejic is sidelined with an ankle injury.

FC Bayern Munich

  • Maxi Kleber is still sidelined and not expected to play in the near future.
  • FC Bayern Munich has been without Vasilije Micic and Bryce Taylor so far this season. Both players – especially Taylor – are expected to be back soon.

Fenerbahce Istanbul

  • Pero Antic and Ricky Hickman have been practicing with the team, but did not step on court in the team’s World Tour games in Brooklyn and Oklahoma City. Hickman is not expected back until late November.

Khimki Moscow Region

  • Paul Davis sat out in the VTB League last weekend, but is expected to play against Real Madrid.

Real Madrid

  • Jeffery Taylor missed his team’s Spanish League opener and is questionable against Khimki.

Strasbourg

  • Matt Howard was elbowed by a teammate in practice and suffered an orbital fracture, which will keep him out for six weeks.
  • Romeo Travis signed a short-term deal this week as a replacement for Howard.

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Group B

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

  • Nenad Krstic is out indefinitely due to a knee injury.
  • Cedi Osman and Dogus Balbay did not travel to France and will miss the season opener against Limoges CSP.

Cedevita Zagreb

  • Toni Katic is expected to be sidelined for two weeks due to a knee problem.

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria

  • Davis Bertans is still recovering from his knee injury and is not yet inscribed in the competition.
  • Tornike Shengelia is out for at least five more weeks due to a knee problem.
  • Laboral signed power forward Kristjan Kangur, who was registered in time to play this week.

Limoges CSP

  • Randy Culpepper is out due to a hand injury.
  • Mark Payne and Ali Traore did not play in the French League this weekend.
  • Limoges signed playmaker DaShaun Wood. If registered in time, he will be ready to face Efes.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

  • Coach Jasmin Repesa has his team’s entire roster available for the game against Laboral.

Olympiacos Piraeus

  • Olympiacos is without Othello Hunter, who is not expected to play in the next two weeks.

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Group C

FC Barcelona Lassa

  • Samardo Samuels is likely out for four more weeks due to a hand injury.
  • Juan Carlos Navarro returned to action in the Spanish League last weekend.

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

  • Anthony Randolph re-joined the team last week and is expected to play against Panathinaikos. He didn’t play in his team’s VTB League game last weekend.

Panathinaikos Athens

  • Nikos Pappas and Eleftherios Bochiridis will be sidelined for one month.

Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir

  • Joe Ragland did not play in the Turkish League this weekend. His status is uncertain.

Stelmet Zielona Gora

  • J.R. Reynolds did not play in the Polish League this weekend and is questionable against Zalgiris.

Zalgiris Kaunas

  • Vytenis Lipkevicius has a fractured foot and is out for at least 7 more weeks.
  • Siim-Sander Vene injured his ankle yesterday in the last team practice and is out for 2 to 3 weeks.

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Group D

Brose Baskets Bamberg

  • Brose Baskets has no injury problems before its Euroleague opener against Unicaja.

CSKA Moscow

  • Joel Freeland is out long term and is not registered in the competition.
  • Four players – Victor Khryapa, Slava Kravtsov, Anton Astapkovich and Mikhail Kulagin – were left out of CSKA’s 12-man roster in its last VTB League game.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul

  • Erwin Dudley did not play in his team’s Turkish League opener. He is questionable against Sassari.

Dinamo Banco di Sargegna Sassari

  • Head coach Brian Sacchetti has his team’s full roster at his disposal.

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

  • Vitor Faverani travelled to Moscow is expected to play against CSKA.
  • Dagan Yizvori did not travel to Moscow due to injury.
  • Maccabi signed big man Arinze Onuaku and registered him in time to play against CSKA Moscow.

Unicaja Malaga

  • Unicaja has a full roster for its Euroleague opener against Brose Baskets.

Strasbourg’s Howard out six weeks

Strasbourg's Howard out six weeks
Strasbourg suffered a blow to its frontcourt on Monday when big man Matt Howard was injured in training. Howard was elbowed by a teammate in practice and suffered an orbital fracture. Fortunately for Howard, the fracture will not require surgery, however he will need two weeks of total rest first and will not return to game action until the end of November at the earliest. Howard first joined Strasbourg a year ago and resigned for two more seasons over the summer. He averaged 10.7 points and 6.9 rebounds in 15 Eurocup games last season.