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While his former college teammate Sam Dekker is now a Cleveland Cavalier, another former Wisconsin standout is headed overseas to continue his career.
Nigel Hayes has reached an agreement to play for the Turkish club Galatasaray, according to a report by Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
Ex-Wisconsin power forward Nigel Hayes has reached an agreement with Turkish EuroCup team Galatasaray. The 23-year old Hayes played for the Sacramento Kings, LA Lakers and Toronto Raptors last season after shooting 45% for 3 in the G League.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) August 8, 2018
Emilio Carchia of Sportnado reports the Turkish squad is also working on signing former Hornets and Mavericks guard Aaron Harrison, who finished last season with Dallas and is now an unrestricted free agent. Harrison played nine games with the Mavericks last season, averaging 6.7 points per game.
Hayes, 23, went undrafted last season and was in training camp with the Knicks. He played well for New York’s G League entry, the Westchester Knicks, averaging 16.1 points and 6.7 boards, while shooting 45.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
That performance helped pave the way for the 6-foot-8, 254-pound forward appearing in nine NBA games last season, for three different teams.
Hayes played two games each with the Lakers and the Raptors on 10-day deals and five for the Kings. Sacramento, which signed him for the rest of the season a year ago after his two 10-day pacts, waived him last month, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Hayes averaged 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 13.6 minutes in those nine games, shooting 33.3 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from three and 33.3 percent from the free-throw line.