Thabo Sefolosha has yet to make himself a household name since entering the league as a first round draft pick with the Chicago Bulls during the 2006-07 season. Considering the defensive stopper has been a full-time starter with the Oklahoma City Thunder the past couple of seasons, however, it was likely that the Swiss-born Sefolosha was bound to get recognition soon ... and then the NBA lockout happened and he instead signed a deal to play in Turkey.
Sefolosha has inked a deal Fenerbahce Ulker, a team that already features a few former NBA fringe players in Curtis Jerrells, James Gist and Roko Ukic along with New Jersey Nets draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic, his agent told The Oklahoman.
"It's extremely difficult to predict if we're going to get a quick solution or if it's going to become a much more protracted battle with the owners regarding the new CBA. We waited until the last moment and then that moment passed," Sefolosha's agent, Guy Zucker, told the newspaper. "Now they're beginning to cancel games, and this could last for quite sometime. So Thabo wanted to play, and this was too good of an opportunity to pass up on."
Sefolosha will have an NBA-out clause in his contract with Fenerbahce so that he's able to return to the Thunder whenever the lockout is complete. He's under contract for nearly $12 million in Oklahoma City through the 2013-14 season.
I will be playing for Fenerbahçe Ülker in Turkey until an agreement is reached between players and owners! I am really excited to discover a new city and a new culture!