Halperin arrives but Parker not likely to join Reds

Israeli basketball player Yotam Halperin arrived in Athens yesterday to undergo medical tests and sign a two-year contract with Olympiakos. The former Maccabi guard is a regular on Israel’s national team and is set to rejoin his old teammate Nikola Vujcic, who also played for the Tel Aviv club, at Olympiakos. «I am happy to have come to Olympiakos. Its moves, such as buying [Theodoris] Papaloukas and Vujcic, illustrate that it wants to create something very big. We can achieve much in the Euroleague and the Greek league,» Halperin said upon his arrival. Asked about his new coach, Panayiotis Yiannakis, 24-year-old Halperin said that «everyone knows who Yiannakis is and I particularly respect him. I consider him one of the top coaches in Europe and I am glad I will cooperate with him.» Meanwhile, Olympiakos’s efforts to sign NBA star Anthony Parker seem to be failing as the board of the Toronto Raptors told the Reds that the 33-year-old player is an indispensable part of their plans for the following season. Although the $7 million offer by Olympiakos remains on the table, the Greek club is turning its attention to Michael Finley, the 35-year-old San Antonio Spurs player.