By Johnny Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Bahcesehir Koleji announced the addition of Sam Dekker on Saturday.
Dekker, 27, has been a free agent since early November. He was placed on the NBA waivers list by the Toronto Raptors before his contract became fully guaranteed. He was held to one limited appearance in the 2021-22 Regular Season.
The Wisconsin product opted to return to Turkey after his 2020-21 stint at Turk Telekom. The remaining overseas experience stems from Lokomotiv Kuban through the 2019-20 season. He had made his way to 12 Basketball Champions League games with the Turkish side after ten appearances in the 7DAYS EuroCup as a member of the team based in Krasnodar.
Coming up next, the FIBA Europe Cup. His new side was recently drawn in Group L of the second round along with Avtodor Saratov, London Lions, and Bakken Bears. The top two teams will advance to the Playoffs and quarterfinals of the tournament. At the domestic level, the team based in Istanbul carries a balanced 5-5 record. Upcoming fixtures feature a visit at defending Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion Anadolu Efes Sunday and a home game opposite the Lions Wednesday.
Back in 2015, Dekker was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 18th overall pick of the draft. His run at Houston stretched two seasons before briefer spells at the Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, and most recently with the Raptors. Overall, he played in 205 contests between the five teams generating career averages of 5.4 points, 3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.2 blocks per contest.
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