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After winning the second EuroLeague title in a row, Anadolu Efes Istanbul continue having an active offseason.

Josh Nebo

Josh  Nebo
Josh  Nebo
MIN: 22.63
PTS: 8.75 (65.3%)
REB: 6.21
As: 0.54
ST: 0.64
BL: 0.82
TO: 1.21
GM: 28

Despite numerous reports about the sides coming to an agreement, former Zalgiris Kaunas center Josh Nebo is not expected to join the EuroLeague champions, according to BasketNews sources.

Instead, the club is close to signing a one-year contract extension with Bryant Dunston, a Turkish media outlet Sports Digitale reports. BasketNews sources have confirmed the information. 

Dunston has been the captain of the team for the past several years and is considered to be one of the crucial parts of Anadolu Efes's defense. The center averaged 7.1 points and 3.2 rebounds for 10 PIR during the 2021-2022 EuroLeague season for the tournament's champions.

Following the team head coach Ergin Ataman's claim that signing Filip Petrusev was a mistake, the club has been actively looking to bolster its frontcourt throughout the offseason.

The team is reportedly close to signing Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv big man Ante Zizic.

Despite winning the EuroLeague, Anadolu Efes had their troubles in the Turkish Basketball League, beating Galatasary 3-2 in a grueling semifinal battle. The club will face Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in the final.

The local series did not go without its setbacks as Vasilije Micic suffered a right ankle injury and had to be carted off the court in the game against Galatasaray.

Tests taken after the match showed no ligament damage. However, BasketNews sources say that a return for Game 1 of the Turkish league finals is highly unlikely.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Position Player Status
PG Vasilije Micic Signed until 2023 +1
PG Dogus Balbay Signed until 2023
SG Rodrigue Beaubois Signed until 2023
SF Elijah Bryant Signed until 2023
SF Bugrahan Tuncer (story) Signed until 2024
PF Chris Singleton Signed until 2022 +1
C Bryant Dunston Signed until 2022 +1
C Tibor Pleiss Signed until 2022 +1
C Egemen Guven Signed until 2023
Coach Ergin Ataman
Expired contract Krunoslav Simon (will not return), Shane Larkin, James Anderson, Tolga Gecim, Adrien Moerman, Yigitsan Saybir, Filip Petrusev, Erten Gazi
Rumored to leave Vasilije Micic (has NBA out), Shane Larkin (story), James Anderson, Filip Petrusev, Bryant Dunston, Chris Singleton, Adrien Moerman
Interested Dwayne Bacon (story), Ante Zizic (story), Shane Larkin, Will Clyburn (story), Josh Nebo (story)

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2-pointers this season

57%
19,3
Points made: 19,3
Accuracy: 56,8%
Place in standings: 11
Record max: 28
Record min: 12
Most made 2FGs: Vasilije Micic