Created on 2015-08-20 at 14:00 PM
Heiko Schaffartzik is to leave FC Bayern Basketball. After two seasons with the club his contract has expired. The Germany national captain transferred to Bayern in the summer of 2013 and after only one season he celebrated winning the championship. "I’d like to thank FC Bayern Basketball for two awesome years, and for many unforgettable moments," said the 31-year-old, who is currently training with the German squad in preparation for the 2015 European Championship (5th – 20th September). "I’d especially like to thank the Munich fans and the management team, whose constant support means a lot to me. I’ll start afresh, and I wish FC Bayern all the best and a very successful future."
FCBB chief executive Marko Pesic thanked Schaffartzik for his tremendous input. "People going their separate ways is just a part of competitive sports. But in the case of Heiko, it won’t alter the fact that he’ll always have a specials place in our hearts, due to his commitment and his personality. We will remain in contact with him, and who knows what the future holds."
Heiko Schaffartzik competed in 91 Bundesliga games for Bayern, and achieved an average scoring rate of 7.8 points per game. In the 2013/14 season, the playmaker belonged to the core of the team, which brought the title back to Munich for the first time in 59 years. His long-distance throws were unforgettable, especially in the deciding fourth playoff in Berlin (75:62). In the Championship-winning year, the Guard scored 8.4 points and provided 2.6 assists. Last season, he achieved an average of 7.2 points, and 3.2 assists for the runners-up. In the Euroleague, after two years and a total of 32 games, his average rate was 6.8 points, and 2.8 assists.
Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger have left FC Bayern Basketball as their contracts have expired. “We are very thankful for what Lucca and Yassin have done for us in the past couple of years,” said Bayern CEO Marko Pesic after the final discussions. “They were both apart of our championship team from 2014 and played a big part in our triumph. They will always have a special place here at the club.”
31-year-old and former Germany national team center Yassin Idbihi arrived in Munich in 2013. In the championship season he averaged 16 minutes per game while dropping 5.8 points and grabbing 4.2 boards. In the 23 Euroleague games he averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. During last season, the German-Moroccan suffered from injury problems and only made 20 appearances in the BEKO BBL. He averaged 10 minutes per game, while only scoring 3.4 points per game.
“I am very thankful that I had the chance to play for FC Bayern and I am very happy and proud that I won the championship back in 2014. It is my biggest success to date. Now I am searching for a new challenge and I wish Bayern all the best for the future,” said Idbihi before departing.
27-year-old Lucca Staiger also took a look back at his two years in a Bayern jersey. The three-ball specialist came from Ludwigsburg in 2013 and during the championship season hit 45 three pointers, giving him a 40.2 percentage from beyond the arc. This past season the shooting guard averaged 13.3 minutes per game, while scoring 4.6 points. In the fifth and final playoff game against Bamberg, he hit four out of five three pointers.
“My time in Munich was a very special, useful and important for me, not only because we won the title one year ago,” said Lucca Staiger.” “I have met many nice people and had the honor to work with special people. The cohesion there was great, everyone was so helpful. I have never experienced something like this in my career and I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club.”
FC Bayern Basketball would like to wish Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger all the best for their futures.