Pero Antic Signs In Turkey

11:48am: The signing is official, the team announced (hat tip to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

TUESDAY, 9:00am: Antic is indeed signing with Fenerbahce on a two-year contract that includes an option for a third season, agent Misko Raznatovic tweets (hat tip to Carchia). It’s unclear whether that’s a player or a team option.

MONDAY, 4:09pm: Hawks big man Pero Antic will sign with Fenerbahce of Turkey, as Nikos Varlas of reports and Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia confirms (Twitter link). Carchia last week reported the team’s interest in luring the Macedonian away from the NBA. The news is a blow of sorts for Atlanta, which reportedly had interest in re-signing him.

Antic, who turns 33 next month, had reportedly let the Hawks know he wanted to return, too, but circumstances appear to have changed. The Hawks are in a salary crunch as they seek to retain Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll, so seemingly the possibility existed that Atlanta would decide against tendering the $1.563MM qualifying offer necessary to make Antic a restricted free agent. The right to match offers only extends to NBA teams, so Atlanta will be powerless to keep Antic from officially signing overseas come Wednesday.

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