Leicester Riders have brought Ali Fraser back to the BBL.

The Great Britain forward turned down a chance to return to Glasgow Rocks after starting the season with Avignon in France before the league shut down.

“I’m happy to have the opportunity to be back playing in the BBL again,” he said. “I am looking forward to practicing with the team and getting the league season started. I have been following the games in the BBL Cup and can’t wait to get back on court.”

“Hopefully this team can continue to build on the success that has been seen over the years from this organisation.”

Fraser started his playing career at Falkirk Fury before heading to D1 with Maine in the NCAA. He returned to Europe post-college with spells in Germany and the Netherlands.

He helps fill the void left by season-ending injuries to Raheem May-Thompson and Maurice Walker.

“We are looking forward to working with Ali. He is a veteran player who has good experience and has proven himself in our league,” declared Riders head coach Rob Paternostro.

“I thought he was really good last season, he was always a tough guy to play against, he is strong, skilled and smart.

“He is a big guy that can do a lot of productive things on the floor. He scores in different ways, rebounds on both ends, sets very good screens and has shown the ability to make plays with his passing.”

Meanwhile the BBL is launching a new centralised streaming service from this weekend, league sources confirmed. It will be behind a paywall, and is expected to be available for free to the existing season ticket holders of some clubs.

However Worcester Wolves will continue to show their home games for free on YouTube while Bristol Flyers are utilising their own pay-to-watch service.

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