Though receiving a qualifying offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers, center Semih Erden is heading back overseas to play for Istanbul’s Anadolu Efes of the Euroleague.
The Cavaliers’ right to match offers only extends to teams within the National Basketball League. Erden’s move comes on the heels of Cleveland trading for North Carolina center Tyler Zeller during last week’s NBA Draft.
Erden, 25, was drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Celtics. The seven-footer played part of the 2010-11 season in Boston before being traded to Cleveland, where he spent last season. In 28 games in 2011-12, Erden averaged 3.5 PPG and 2.6 RPG in just under 12 MPG.
In the event Erden returns to the NBA, he would be a restricted free agent with the Cavaliers owning matching rights. The Cavaliers recently waived shooting guard Manny Harris and offered a partially-guaranteed contract to undrafted rookie Kevin Jones out of West Virginia.
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