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Turkish Big Man Ersan Ilyasova Signs on with the Atlanta Hawks


Washington (AFP) - Turkish forward Ersan Ilyasova and American centre Dewayne Dedmon have signed National Basketball Association (NBA) contracts with the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced on Friday in moves to bolster their front court. Dedmon's deal was reportedly for US$14 million (S$19 million) over two years with Ilyasova getting US$6 million for one season. Ilyasova, set to begin his 10th NBA season, has career averages of 11.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists over 609 games for the Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Hawks. The 30-year-old second-round pick in the 2005 NBA Draft is a 44 per cent shooter, hitting 36.6 per cent from 3-point range.

Roma Sign Turkey International Cengiz Under from Basaksehir for €13.4m

Roma have announced the signing of Turkey international Cengiz Under from Basaksehir for €13.4 million. Under, 20, has signed a five-year contract with the Serie A club and becomes their fifth signing of the summer. "I'm delighted to be here and very excited about meeting the fans," the midfielder told the club's official website upon signing. "My aim is to earn myself a regular starting berth as quickly as possible." Roma could pay a further €1.5m in bonuses to Basaksehir depending on performance targets of both the player and club.

American-Turkish Basketball Player Found Dead in New York

Image NEW YORK – A U.S.-born Turkish basketball player has been found dead in New York, according to media reports. The New York Daily News reported that police found the body of Ali Karadeniz –born Michael Wright — in his SUV under a pile of garbage bags in Brooklyn Tuesday morning. He was sprawled in the backseat of the vehicle and covered with trash bags, the daily said, citing police sources.

Hedo Turkoglu Has Retired

Image Hedo Turkoglu’s 15-year NBA career is officially over—the 36-year-old announced his retirement from the game on November 13th. Turkoglu played for five teams, making his biggest mark with the Orlando Magic (he averaged a career-high 19.5 PPG during the 2007-08 campaign.) The Magic will honor Turkoglu next month.

Legend Turkoglu Takes On New Career Challenge

Image ISTANBUL - Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) president Harun Erdenay unveiled 35-year-old legendary former player Hidayet (Hedo) Turkoglu as the new CEO of the TBF at a press conference in Istanbul on Monday. Turkoglu officially confirmed his retirement as a player last Friday although the writing was on the wall for some time, as he had announced last spring the end of his long international career with Turkey and did not pursue a new contract with any team after concluding the 2014/15 season on the roster of the Los Angeles Clippers. "Hedo has been the NBA player with the longest service to the national team as he played every summer from 1998 through 2013 year and only missed out in 2006 due to injury," TBF president Erdenay said on Monday. "His experience is extremely valuable and the TBF has decided to make use of its value and we are confident that he will contribute a new vision.

Nets to Host Fenerbahce Ulker for Preseason Game at Barclays Center

Image Brooklyn, NY – The Brooklyn Nets will host Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul of the Turkish Basketball League for a preseason game on October 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center, General Manager Billy King announced today. "We are excited to be hosting Fenerbahce, as it will be a reunion for Bojan Bogdanovic with his former team,” said King. "Our fans will have an opportunity to see one of the best coached teams in all of Europe when they come to Brooklyn."
 
 

Turkoglu Adjusting to New Role with Clippers

Image NEW ORLEANS – While the Clippers’ latest acquisition, Glen Davis, had a boisterous discussion with his new teammates after Monday’s 123-110 victory over New Orleans, Hedo Turkoglu calmly ate a salad on the other side of the room. Turkoglu, the Clippers’ other midseason pickup, had just left a big stamp on the team’s win and earned praise from Coach Doc Rivers.

Enes Kanter Giving Utah Jazz Hope for Future

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Utah Jazz fans haven’t had much to be excited about in recent weeks. The Jazz have fallen out of the picture for the NBA Playoffs and have lost eight of their last ten games. Along with that, the Jazz know that there is a pretty good chance that Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, arguably their two best players, will be leaving Utah this off-season when they enter free agency. Despite how bleak things may seem, the Jazz do have reason for hope—Enes Kanter.

Turkish Aksa Park/Meyko Donates Outdoor Fitness Equipment to Snellville, GA

Image Mayor Kelly D. Kautz is excited to announce the latest enhancement to Snellville's Briscoe Park with the donation and installation of new outdoor fitness equipment on the walking trail. The purchase and installation of the equipment was made possible by a generous 100% donation from Aksa Park/Meyko Outdoor Fitness Equipment, a Turkish based company, with no costs to the citizens of Snellville. The addition of this new equipment will provide a unique fitness venue for the entire community, young and old and will thereby contribute to improving the health and quality of life for the citizens of Snellville.
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