When basketball fans in Germany where wondering why Chris Kaman, the naturalised NBA center who played alongside Dirk Nowitzki at the Olympic Games in 2008, was not invited back into the mix, the German Federation dropped a real bomb. They had filed a request to naturalise Anton ‘Tono' Gavel. The hard-nosed guard, who spent most of his career in Germany and won multiple titles with Bamberg, could be a real boost on the wings. Never tired to chase the opponents' best outside player, Gavel also has a solid offensive game, and, probably more important, the absolute will to win. If his switch to German basketball nationality goes through, many believe he could be the missing piece in coach Fleming's puzzle. Gavel and Fleming have a close relationship dating back to their time in Bamberg when they combined to win four Bundesliga titles.