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Papaloukas joins Maccabi Tel Aviv

Thodoris Papaloukas decided to join his former Olympiakos teammate Sofoklis Schortsanitis at Maccabi Tel Aviv and signed a one-year deal with last season?s Euroleague finalist.

The Israeli side announced his transfer late on August 13.

This is the second time the 34-year-old former Greece captain has gone to play abroad, after his successful spell at CSKA Moscow.

He was a free agent as Olympiakos did not renew his contract.

Maccabi president Shimon Mizrahi told Israeli media: ?This is a big signing for us, as he is a player of great quality, has huge experience and has played in the courts of all of Europe and taken part in Euroleague finals.

?By signing him we secure calm and security in our game, and a playmaker who can do an excellent job. He wanted to play for Maccabi and we are very happy to have agreed with him.?