David Pick: Patric Young, latest cut from New Orleans, is Turkey bound. Source confirms he signed with Galatasaray, via @ismailsenol.
Ismail Senol: Galatasaray Live Hospital has signed Patric Young until the end of the season. The center was just released by the New Orleans Pelicans.
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.
Can Pelister: Furkan Aldemir terminated his contract with Galatasaray and on his way to NBA for 76ers, multiple sources close to situation confirms.
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.
David Pick: Serbian free agent Sasha Pavlovic turned down an offer to join Turkish club Galatasaray, according to source.
Galatasaray will likely waive Nolan Smith. The former NBA guard was sent to the Galatasaray young team after a discussion with coach Ergin Ataman (the player apologized on Twitter after the game).
Nolan Smith, Galatasaray guard, threw a towel against coach Ataman during the game. Coach Ataman has suspended the player, who has been sent to the junior team. Ataman said if he keeps behavin like this, we’ll have to find a new player.
Is returning to the NBA something that appeals to you? Carlos Arroyo: I know my age plays against me, I’m 35. If the opportunity arises, I will consider it. We’re talking about the best league. Right now I’m focused on Galatasaray, but if something comes out after the tournament I will consider it.
Galatasaray has announced the contract extension with forward Furkan Aldemir. The player has subscribed a new deal until 2016 with an option for one more season. Last season Aldemir averaged 5.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in TBL.
Furkan Aldemir will continue his career with Galatasaray. The Turkish forward agreed to terms with Galatasaray on a new three-year contract. Aldemir will earn €3.9 millions in three seasons.
It’s been a rough go for Didier Drogba and Turkish giants Galatasaray in recent weeks. But nothing that dinner with NBA star Gary Payton couldn’t help fix! Less than 48 hours after a disappointing scoreless draw with Gaziantepspor left Galatasaray 10 points behind Süper Lig leaders Fenerbahce in Turkey, Drogba spent some time with Payton, who was in town conducting a clinic on behalf of the NBA. “Was good to change my mind in this difficult moment,” Drogba wrote via Instagram, clearly not wanting Galatasaray supporters to think he was cavorting with Payton. “Thanks to @nba for this great diner yesterday with a Legend…Mr Gary Payton aka #theglove #NBA #sonics #seattle #supersonics #lakers celtics #miamiheat #istanbul #galatasaray #soccer #basketball #istanbul”
Malik Hairston is very close to agreeing with Olimpia Milano to break his over a million USD contract with the Italian team. The American forward will then sign a $450k deal with Galatasaray till June, a source told Sportando. The Turkish powerhouse will not pay any buyout to Olimpia Milano.
According to Turkish media, Galatasaray agreed to terms with Pops Mensah-Bonsu to replace temporarily Nate Jawai. The British forward has played already in Turkey for coach Ataman. Pops Mensah-Bonsu won the Turkish league in 2012 with Besiktas.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu is officially a new player of Galatasaray. The British forward returns to Turkey after his succesfull stint with Besiktas with whom he won Eurochallenge, Turkish Cup and TBL.
Walker Russell has signed a one month contract with Turkish giants Galatasaray. The point-guard, who has last played in Venezuela, has been signed for the absences of Carlos Arroyo, Sinan Guler, Engin Atsur and Ender Arslan, who have to play for their national basketball team.
Sports Agency Interperformances denied to Sportando that Carlos Arroyo has reached already an agreement with Galatasaray to extend his contract with the team for one more season.
Coach Ataman confirmed the signing of Carlos Arroyo for Galatasaray. The coach said that Carlos Arroyo will play in the weekend against Hacettepe and in Eurocup next week against Unics Kazan.
Galatasaray lost Henry Domercant indefinitely. The player torn his ACL as showed by the MRI. The Turkish powerhouse is not on the market looking for his replacement. The hottest name, according to Ismail Senol, is Carlos Arroyo but for his transfer, Galatasaray has to pay a buyout to Besiktas.
Sources close to situation informed TrendBasket that Galatasaray will finalize their roster and make their final decisions about Izzet Turkyilmaz, Carlos Arroyo transfers this week.
Carlos Arroyo: “Galatasaray would be a good option if I don’t return to the NBA, because it’s the same coach, with players I know and the adjustment would be much easier, and also they are a great team. But we will see during the next days.”
According to Turkish newspaper AMK, TBL side Galatasaray Medical Park is interested in signing Mehmet Okur. Veteran big man has not been able to find a club in NBA yet and Galatasaray Medical Park, who were quite active in the transfer market this year is getting ready to make a move for Okur. Minnesota Timberwolves was rumoured to be negotiating with Mehmet Okur but they were not able to reach an agreement as he is not willing to play for veteran’s minimum.