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.
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.