With the new Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season starting next week, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul has bolstered its frontcourt by inking center Vladimir Stimac to a three-month deal, the club announced Wednesday. Stimac (2.10 meters, 32 years old) has been practicing with Fenerbahce during the preseason, in the absence of centers Jan Vesely and Joffrey Lauvergne, who were recovering from injuries and only recently started practicing with the team. Stimac arrives from Turk Telekom Ankara, where he averaged 15.4 points on 60.2% two-point shooting and 7.1 rebounds in 10 7DAYS EuroCup games last season. He led the 2018-19 EuroCup Regular Season in performance index rating (19.7) and offensive rebounds (3.0).
Stimac had joined Turk Telekom from fellow Turkish side Anadolu Efes Istanbul, where he had 30 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague appearances in the 2017-17 season, starting in 11 of them. In those games, Stimac averaged 9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists for a 13.4 PIR average. He ranked third overall in the competition regular season for total offensive rebounds pulled with 76 and fourth overall also in total rebounds (174). Stimac is a veteran player with solid continental experience. He played the EuroLeague with teams such as Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania, Unicaja Malaga of Spain, FC Bayern Munich of Germany or Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade of his native Serbia. He has also played for CEZ Nymburk of the Czech Republic, Banvit Bandirma, Besiktas JK Istanbul and Olin Edirne Basket of Turkey, Beovuk 72 of Serbia, Valmiera and Ventspils of Latvia, and Estudiantes of Spain. Stimac has also been a member of the Serbian national team, helping it win respective silver medals at the 2014 World Cup, the 2016 Olympic Games and EuroBasket 2017.