Linas Kleiza headed to Turkey for next season


After the Toronto Raptors amnestied Linas Kleiza this summer, he said it was likely he would play in Europe next season.

That has come to pass.

The news first came from Uğur Türker of EuroBasket (and has since been confirmed by Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports).

Spears confirmed that Kleiza will be the highest paid player in Europe.

Kleiza played seven years in the NBA between Denver and Toronto. Last season he played in just 20 games for the Raptors and averaged 7.4 points per game. He has a versatile game — he can play back to the basket or hit threes — but his efficiency has slipped over the years. So did his role along with it. He’s also not strong on the defensive end.

But that’s not the NBA’s problem anymore.