Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade added a familiar face to its paint on Wednesday by signing center Vladimir Stimac, a fan favorite who returns to the Serbian capital for his third stint with Zvezda. Stimac (2.10 meters, 32 years old) parted ways with Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul earlier this week, where he spent the first part of the season averaging 4.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in eight appearances. Stimac first played with Zvezda from 2008 to 2010, then again for another two seasons from 2015 to 2017.
Stimac played with another Turkish side Turk Telekom Ankara last season and averaged 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in the 7DAYS EuroCup; he led the 2018-19 EuroCup regular season in performance index rating (19.7) and offensive rebounds (3.0). Stimac has 98 career appearances in the EuroLeague with Zalgiris Kaunas, Unicaja Malaga, FC Bayern Munich, Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Zvezda. He has also played for CEZ Nymburk of the Czech Republic, Banvit Bandirma, Besiktas JK Istanbul and Olin Edirne Basket in 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.