Despite the recent quotes by Galatasaray coach Ergin Ataman about the club wanting to keep Furkan Aldemir, on Monday the situation turned to be quite different. The board of the Turkish club granted the request of the player to release him in order to join the Sixers as a free agent.
Furkan Aldemir announced on Facebook his decision to leave Galatasaray to join the Philadelphia 76ers. The big man is headed to the NBA to continue his career. “I would like to make a statement about the news concerning my conclusion. Playing in the NBA is one of my greatest dreams, just like all the basketball players. I had some positive conditions to realize this dream in last couple of days. We have considered those conditions with my family and my agent, and we have decided that an experience in USA will be much efficient for my personal career and development. But i just want everyone to know that; during my career in Galatasaray, i always fighted for my team, i made many sacrifices for those colours. Sometimes i played despite my injuries, as my teammates did as well. I just sweat for this club’s success.