Galatasaray Transfer Watch
Galatasaray's roster underwent drastic changes this summer and there was an influx of new faces. While the Turkish giants initially opted for continuity on the sidelines and extended the contract of Ertugrul Erdogan, who had been at the helm of the team for over two years, on November 10th they decided to part ways with the coach following a slow start to the season.
The Istanbul club initially handed the reins to Erdogan's assistant Omer Ugurata bit his tenure as head coach was short-lived, as Galatasaray announced on January 14th, 2021 that they had decided to put at the helm Ekrem Memnun, the former Turkish women's national team head coach.
The latest additions to the Galatasaray roster were all announced on December 29, and they came in the form of a triple strike as the Istanbul powerhouse unveiled Amile Jefferson, Travis Trice and Assem Marei within minutes of each other.
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Johnathan Williams (@Iam_J3) Galatasaray Doğa Sigorta'da!
25 yaşındaki Birleşik Amerikalı uzunla sözleşme imzaladık! 🖋️
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One of Galatasaray's first new signings in the summer was Johnathan Williams, who spent most of the 2019-20 season with the Washington Wizards.
The 25-year-old mobile center, who can also play at the '4' spot, featured in 15 games for the Wizards and averaged 3 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest.
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Ealrier, Galatasaray penned power forward Brock Motum who is of course no stranger to Istanbul, as he spent a couple of seasons at crosstown rivals Anadolu Efes between 2017 and 2019.
The 29-year-old Australian played for Valencia Basket in 2019-20, averaging 6.6 points and 2 rebounds in the Spanish Liga Endesa with 5.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in the EuroLeague.
🇺🇸 From Little Rock, Arkansas...— Galatasaray Basketbol (@GSBasketbol) July 24, 2020
Daryl Macon (@_dmacon4) Galatasaray Doğa Sigorta'da! 🖋️
24 yaşındaki Birleşik Amerikalı guard ile sözleşme imzaladık!
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The Istanbul giants decided to trust 24-year-old Arkansas alumnus Daryl Macon at the point guard spot.
Macon signed a two-way contract with the Miami Heat last October and played for most of the 2019-20 season with their G League affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 17 points and 4.8 assists per game.
The Istanbul Yellow-Reds further bolstered their backcourt by adding sharp-shooting guard R.J. Hunter, the 25th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
The former Celtic had his first taste of Turkey last year, as he started the season at Turkish rivals Turk Telekom and averaged 13.8 points on 43 percent three-point shooting in the Basketball Champions League.
Another summer arrival in the Galatasaray backcourt was Alex Hamilton, who was coming off a solid season in the Israeli Winner League with Maccabi Rishon Le Zion, but the yellow-reds parted ways with the 26-year-old guard in late December, afterhe featured in the first three games of the BCL season.
Galatasaray strengthened the Turkish core of their roster by luring in veteran guard Baris Ermis, who spent the last 5 years at fellow BCL participants Tofas Bursa, and securing the services of youngsters Ragıp Berke Atar and Eray Aydogan.
It's worth mentioning that Ermis, who averaged 7.7 points and 6.7 assists in last season's Turkish BSL league, has previously played for the other two Istanbul powerhouses, Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
In November, Galatasaray briefly brought back their former player Alex Tyus , but the 32-year-old center played in only three BCL games and on December 29 he joined Real Madrid.