AS Monaco bolstered its frontcourt by inking center Ivan Buva to a one-month deal, the club announced Monday. Buva (2.08 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul, where he averaged 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in 23 Turkish League games last season. Born in Zagreb, Croatia, he started his career with local side Cedevita. He has also played for Prigroje Financije Krizevci of Croatia, HKK Siroki Primorka of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pallacanestro Cantu and Avellino of Italy, Bilbao Basket and Valencia Basket of Spain, Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi of Turkey, and Anhui Wenyi of China. Buva has also been a member of the Croatian national team. He brings in two seasons of EuroCup experience, averaging 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 25 career games with Cantu and Bilbao.
"I am very happy to sign in Monaco. I was waiting for the right opportunity and I did not hesitate when Monaco contacted me. I arrive to an ambitious club, with a quality workforce, under the orders of a renowned coach," Buva said. "My experience in different situations and championships will help me I think to adapt very quickly. I hope to help the team as best as I can. I am used to aggressive and physical championships."