According to Turkish media, former Toronto Raptors forward Linas Kleiza has agreed in principle on a two-year contract with the Turkish Fanerbahce Ulker.
Breaking News: Fenerbahce Ulker and Linas Kleiza agreed in principles for one of biggest move in Tr basketball history, two years contarct
— Uğur Türker (@ugrturker) July 25, 2013
Kleiza was amnestied this summer and no NBA team claimed him. He himself stated that it was unlikely he would return to the NBA and wanted to continue his career overseas. If the reports are accurate, that’s exactly what will happen.
After leaving the Denver Nuggets, Kleiza returned to Europe and played for Olympiacos in the 2009-10 season. He had a great year and won the Alphonso Ford Trophy, which is the reward given to the top scorer of Euroleague.
His great performances overseas brought him back to the NBA and he signed a multi-year contract with Toronto. Unfortunately for Kleiza, he picked up a severe knee injury and was forced to have surgery, after which he has never been the same.
Moving back to Europe is probably best for what remains of the forward’s career, as the schedule is obviously less hectic and hopefully for Kleiza, he’ll be able to stay healthy.