As of last night, July 5th, a number of sources had reported that the Brooklyn Nets and Bojan Bogdanovic had come to an agreement on a 3 year deal. However, early Saturday morning the Croatian wingman denied that he had signed with the team on a Croatian radio show.
"It is not true that I signed a three-year deal with the Nets. Chances that I will play for Brooklyn next year are about 50 percent, maybe little more, but the only truth is that negotiations are ongoing and that before Monday or Tuesday I will not know anything more,” said Bogdanovic.
Bogdanovic is a 6’8” wingman, who is known as one of the premier 3-point shooters in Europe. He averaged 16 points per game and shot over 40% from the three point line last season for Fenerbahce, his Turkish team.
On top of the deal between Bogdanovic and the Nets, a buyout would have to occur with Fenerbahce, as well. Bogdanovic’s agent has said that the buyout is manageable. Due to the new collective bargaining agreement the Nets could only contribute up to $575,000 towards the buyout, the rest would come out of the player’s pocket. However, it seems the Nets would be willing to pay Bogdanovic a little more than normal for this season in order to help smooth over the cost of the buyout.
The other thing potentially holding up a deal between the 2012 draft pick and the Nets is the fact that Fenerbahce has just brought over one of the best European basketball minds, Zeljko Obradovic, to coach the team. Bogdanovic has already said that he and Obradovic have talked and that he “would like to play for the winningest European coach.”
Bogdanovic has said the odds are around 50-50 as to whether or not we will see another European swingman join the Nets roster, that already has Mirza Teletovic and Tornike Shengelia, this season. If the Bogdanovic deals ends up falling through the Nets will be in desperate need of a backup small forward. With Paul Pierce, 35, as the starter the Nets will need to sign someone who will be capable of contributing solid minutes right away. Many of the Nets other options have already agreed to deals, including Kyle Korver and Matt Barnes.
If the Nets don’t bring in Bogdanovic they could be forced to trade Reggie Evans for a capable wing player or will be searching the NBA free agency pool for whatever is left. Antawn Jamison is a possibility despite his age and injury history and Corey Brewer has been getting a lot of interest around the league, but if the Nets move quickly they could get into the mix.
But it doesn’t seem likely that the Nets will allow Bogdanovic to stay overseas. The reported offer was around $2.5 million for this season. However, if Bogdanovic needs a little more convincing expect the Nets to offer their entire mid-level exception which will be around $9.4 million over 3 years to the Croatian star.
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