Galatasaray Transfer Watch
Galatasaray's roster underwent drastic changes this summer and there is an influx of new faces, but the Turkish giants opted for continuity on the sidelines and extended the contract of Ertugrul Erdogan, their successful head coach who has been at the helm since the summer of 2018.
🚨💨🖐️— Galatasaray Basketbol (@GSBasketbol) September 6, 2020
Johnathan Williams (@Iam_J3) Galatasaray Doğa Sigorta'da!
25 yaşındaki Birleşik Amerikalı uzunla sözleşme imzaladık! 🖋️
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#WelcomeJohnathan #FightAsOne 🟡🔴 pic.twitter.com/g1sqCMCDQE
The latest addition to the 2020-21 Galatasaray roster is 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 new arrival in the Galatasaray backcourt is 26-year-old Alex Hamilton, who had a solid season in the Israeli Winner League with Maccabi Rishon Le Zion. Hamilton averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds in the 2019-20 Israeli league.
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.