FC Bayern Munich completed its frontcourt for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, with the signings of centers Vladimir Stimac and Jan-Hendrick Jagla to a respective one-year deals on Thursday. While Jagla is returning to the club after a one-year stint with Alba Berlin, Stimac (2.10 meters, 26 years old) is arriving from Unicaja Malaga, where he played his first full Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Coming off the bench, Stimac averaged 7.6 points and 5.1 rebounds last season. His production and playing time increased as the season progressed, and he posted 9.7 points and 6.3 rebounds, during the Top 16. Stimac accumulated 33 offensive rebounds during that stage, ranking second in the league in that category. In the Spanish League, he averaged 7.1 points and 5.6 rebounds, helping Unicaja reach the playoff semifinals. Stimac grew up at Serbian clubs Postar and Beovuk 72 before joining Zalgiris Kaunas. There he made his Euroleague debut as a teenager in the 2006-07 season. Stimac has also played for SK Valmiera and Ventspils in Latvia, Crvena Zvezda Belgrade in Serbia, CEZ Nymburk in the Czech Republic, as well as BK Banvit Bandirma and Olin Edirne in Turkey.
Veteran Jagla (2.13 meters, 33 years old) spent two season in Munich, before leaving for Berlin in the summer of 2013. Last season, Jagla helped Alba reach Eurocup quarterfinals with 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds, while in the German League he posted 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds as Alba got to the playoff finals where it lost to Bayern. Jagla began his professional career in 1999 in Berlin at the then second division TuS Lichterfelde. After college career at the Penn State University, he returned to Europe and has played for Panellinios in Greece, Artland Dragons in Germany, Turk Telekom in Turkey, Prokom in Poland, as well as Mallorca and Joventut Badalona in Spain.
"We welcome Vladimir and Jan, they are ideal additions to our squad," said Bayern Munich GM and sports director Marko Pesic. "We wanted inside player who knows the Euroleague, and I am pleased that when Jan entered the market we met on a fair level quickly. With Vladimir we get a center with international experience that he showed even before his last season in Malaga. He will give us additional presence on the board."