Report: Furkan Korkmaz agrees to play in Turkey
The Philadelphia 76ers have not gotten a whole lot of production from their draft picks in the late first round and second round over the past few years. The 2016 NBA Draft is a perfect example. The Sixers had three first round picks. They ended up with Ben Simmons, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Furkan Korkmaz.
Simmons is one of the team's cornerstones, but both TLC and Korkmaz contributed next to nothing in Sixers uniforms. Philadelphia traded Luwawu to the Thunder prior to the 2018-19 season while Korkmaz remained with the team and got very little playing time.
In October, Korkmaz wanted to be traded over his lack of playing time, telling Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he left his country to come and play for the Sixers and was disappointed in the lack of opportunity. Philadelphia ended up declining Korkmaz's option, so he'll be a free agent on June 30.
Korkmaz got an increase in time after the Jimmy Butler trade, but faded out of the picture once Tobias Harris was brought to Philadelphia. Korkmaz has expressed that his priority is to stay in the NBA, per Eurohoops, but a recent report from Ajansspor Sports News says that the 21-year-old has agreed to a contract with Turkish basketball powerhouse, Fenerbahce.
Furkan Korkmaz could join Fenerbahce, according to Ajansspor. The Turkish forward has reportedly agreed on a concract with the Turkish powerhouse.
Korkmaz will join former NBA guards Tyler Ennis and Erick Green along with center Jan Vesely on the Fenerbahce roster. The team went 25-5 during the 2018-19 Euroleague regular season before being defeated in the Final Four.
Over two NBA seasons with the Sixers, Korkmaz played 62 games, averaging 4.9 points on 38.8 percent shooting. He shot 32.3 percent from beyond the arc. Prior to joining the Sixers, Korkmaz spent three seasons with Anadolu Efes.