Halperin returns to Maccabi TA

After three years at Greek powerhouse Olympiacos, Yotam Halperin is coming back home.

June 21, 2011 05:52
YOTAM HALPERIN scored a team-high 16 points in Israel’s 79-71 over Italy last week in its first Grou

Yotam Halperin 311. (photo credit: FIBA EUROPE Web Site)


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After three years at Greek powerhouse Olympiacos, Yotam Halperin is coming back home.

The 27-year-old Israeli guard agreed to a three-year deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv on Monday, returning to the club at which he began his career and first rose to stardom.

Helprin made his debut for Maccabi as a 17-year-old in 2001, but after failing to realize his potential in yellow-and-blue, he left for Olimpija Ljubljana of Slovenia and helped the team to the local league and cup double in 2005/06.

The guard returned to Maccabi ahead of the 2006/07 and reached the Euroleague final with the team, but he left once more in the summer of 2008, signing a lucrative three-year contract with Olympiacos.

However, his role in Athens would diminish over time and he wasn’t offered a new deal after averaging just 4.5 points in 13 Euroleague games last season, opening the door for his return to Tel Aviv.

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