Basketball

Carlos Arroyo signs with Israeli team

Maccabi Tel Aviv announced on Monday the signing of veteran NBA guard Carlos Arroyo to a one-year deal.

Maccabi Tel Aviv announced on Monday the signing of veteran NBA guard Carlos Arroyo to a one-year deal.

Arroyo, who began his NBA career with the Toronto Raptors, had spent the last two seasons with the Orlando Magic.

"I'm very happy we've completed this signing," Maccabi coach Effi Birnboim said Monday on the club's website. "Arroyo is a player of the highest standard and has been our top priority for a while."

The Puerto Rican was signed by the Raptors as a free agent but made just 17 appearances before being released in early 2002.

After a brief stint with Denver, he enjoyed his greatest success with Utah. Arroyo averaged 12.6 points and five assists a game during the 2003-04 season with the Jazz, but hasn't reached those standards since.

In recent years, he settled into a  bench role with the Detroit Pistons and then Orlando.

Arroyo, 29, starred with Puerto Rico at the 2004 Olympics but the country did not qualify for the Beijing Games.

Arroyo is the latest NBA player to sign overseas, the biggest being Josh Childress from the Atlanta Hawks, who signed with a Greek team. Carlos Delfino and Jorge Garbajosa, last with the Raptors, are now with Russian clubs.