Galatasaray lands Krstic, Daye

Jun 30, 2016 by Euroleague.net Print
Galatasaray lands Krstic, Daye

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul started its summer with a bang by signing forward Austin Daye and center Nenad Krstic, the club announced Thursday. Daye (2.11 meters, 28 years old) last played for Al-Manama in Bahrain, but starred for Pesaro before that in the 2015-16 season. He averaged 21.3 points and 9.1 rebounds in 21 Italian League games, which would have led the league if he had played the minimum amount of games to qualify. Daye, whose father, Darren Daye, played professionally for a decade in Italy, Israel and France, played parts of six seasons in the NBA for Detroit, Memphis, Toronto, San Antonio and Atlanta. He was on the Spurs roster when they won the 2014 NBA championship. Daye also played briefly for Khimki Moscow Region in 2011, but will make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut with Galatasaray.

Krstic (2.12 meters, 32 years old) returns to action after being sidelined with a knee injury last season. He last played for Anadolu Efes Istanbul, averaging 13 points and 5.1 rebounds in 20 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games in the 2014-15 season. A two-time All-Euroleague first team selection with CSKA Moscow in the 2011-12 and the 2012-13 seasons, Krstic spent three years with the Russian powerhouse, helping the team to a Final Four appearance in each. CSKA and Krstic won three VTB League titles as well as three Russian Championships together. Before CSKA, Krstic spent seven years in the NBA, averaging 10 points and 5.4 rebounds in 419 games with Boston, Oklahoma City and New Jersey. Before that Krstic was a double-digit Euroleague scorer in each of his last two seasons, 2002-03 and 2003-04, with Partizan Belgrade. He had a stint with Triumph Lyubertsy, where he started the 2008-09 season. The veteran center also won silver medals with Serbia at EuroBasket 2009 and the 2014 FIBA World Cup.