Pero Antic to Fenerbahce: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2015

ATLANTA, GA:  Pero Antic #6 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots a foul shot against the Washington Wizards in Game five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the NBA Playoffs on May 13, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Pero Antic is leaving the NBA after reaching an agreement with Turkish team Fenerbahce on Tuesday. He's agreed to a two-year contract with a third-year option.

BeoBasket agent Misko Raznatovic first announced the news. Fenerbahce, which has won five Turkish league titles in the last nine years, confirmed the new addition.

Turkey becomes the latest stop on Antic's globetrotting basketball journey. Before arriving stateside to play for the Atlanta Hawks, he played for teams in Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Russia. He played for 14 years before making his NBA debut.

The power forward filled a limited role for the Hawks over the past two seasons. He averaged 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds while playing 17.4 minutes per game. Had he stayed in the NBA, he would have been a restricted free agent this offseason.

In April, he was arrested in New York City along with teammate Thabo Sefolosha after being involved in an incident with police at a nightclub.

Now, he heads for Fenerbahce, where he'll join some names NBA fans may recognize, including Jan Vesely (former member of the Washington Wizards and the Denver Nuggets) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (Phoenix Suns draft pick).

He should take on a much larger role in Turkey than he did for the Hawks. It's a chance for him to re-establish his value as reliable post player.

Since he played such a limited role, Atlanta should be able to replace him through free agency over the next few weeks.

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