FC Bayern Munich added size and experience to its roster by inking center Othello Hunterto a one-year deal, the club announced Wednesday. Hunter (2.03 meters, 35 years old) arrives from Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv, where he averaged 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 27 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games last season. In his two seasons with Maccabi, Hunter helped his former team win back-to-back Israeli League titles, lifting the Israeli Cup in 2021. He started his professional career with Atlanta of the NBA and also played for Ilysiakos of Greece, Dinamo Sassari and Montepaschi Siena of Italy, Shandong Flaming Bulls and Jiangsu Tongxi of China, Azovmash Mariupol of Ukraine, Baloncesto Valladolid and Real Madrid of Spain, Olympiacos Piraeus of Greece and CSKA Moscow of Russia, to which he helped win the EuroLeague title in 2019. He also reached the EuroLeague Championship Game with Olympiacos in 2015 and made it to two other Final Fours - with Real in 2017 and CSKA in 2018. Hunter helped Olympiacos win the Greek League title in 2015, lifted the Spanish Cup trophy with Real in 2017, and claimed back-to-back VTB League crowns with CSKA in 2018 and 2019. In 216 EuroLeague career games with Siena, Olympiacos, Real, CSKA and Maccabi, Hunter averages 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. He ranks fifth all-time in offensive rebounds (482).
"When the offer from Bayern came with Coach Trinchieri, whom I've been following and known for a long time, I didn't think twice about it. We have spoken - and we just have the same views. I'm looking forward to playing for Bayern and we should definitely be a playoff team again, which they did for the first time last season," Hunter said after the agreement. "But actually my goal is always to reach the Final Four and win championships and trophies. I will do the same with Bayern."