After working on its backcourt first, Maccabi Tel Aviv started beefing up its frontcourt on Friday by signing center Vitor Faverani to a two-year deal in which the second year is an optional. Faverani (2.10 meters, 27 years old) will return to competitive basketball with Maccabi after missing all of last season as he recovered from a knee injury. He spent the 2013-14 season with Boston of the NBA, where he averaged 4.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 13 minutes over 37 games before sustaining a knee injury. He had surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus on his left knee in March 2014. A native of Brazil, Faverani came to Spain in his early teens and developed into a top prospect there. He was signed by Unicaja Malaga’s junior team and also played on loan at CB Axarquia, CAI Zaragoza, Bruesa-Guipuzcoa and Clinicas Rincon Axarquia. He made his Euroleague debut with Unicaja in the 2008-09 season and then played two seasons with Murcia, where he established himself as a top-caliber player. Faverani played for Valencia Basket between 2011 and 2013 and reached the 2012 Eurocup Championship Game.