Sefolosha signs with Turkish basketball club

Thabo Sefolosha, the only Swiss to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), has signed to play for Turkish club Fenerbahce during the NBA lockout.

This content was published on October 12, 2011 - 19:29 and agencies

The 27-year-old shooting guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder will fly to Istanbul on Thursday.

Sefolosha said in a statement he signed the deal – which includes an exit clause letting him return to the United States when the NBA lockout is resolved – on Tuesday.

“I don't want to stay sitting and wait for the lockout to end. I want to play,” he said.

The NBA has cancelled the first two weeks of the season, which was scheduled to begin on November 1, after players and club owners couldn't decide how to split billions of dollars.

Sefolosha started 79 games in the regular season and all 17 playoff games as the Thunder reached the Western Conference finals last season. He averaged 5.1 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Sefolosha hails from Vevey in French-speaking Switzerland and has Swiss and South African parents. He has been credited with sparking a wave of interest in basketball within Switzerland.

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