Before the Brooklyn Nets used their mid-level exception to sign Andrei Kirilenko they nearly used it to sign Bojan Bogdanovic until a deal they agreed upon fell through. It was bad news at the time, but everyone seems happy with the veteran Kirilenko instead.
The Nets have not soured on him though despite their contract talks falling apart the way they did and remain interested long-term. A source told NetsDaily.com that they will continue to scout him at a high level in both the FIBA EuroBasket league this summer and the Euroleague in the fall. They reportedly, “hope to bring him over as soon as possible.”
Part of the reason the trade fell through has reportedly been a $2 million buyout that Bogdanovic would owe to Fenerbahce, his team in Turkey, if he left for the NBA. The Nets, under league rules, are only allowed to pay up to $575,000 toward that so that buyout, whether it gets negotiated up or down in his next contract, could help determine exactly when he comes to the NBA.
The Nets still have the rights to Bogdanovic so whenever he does come over to the NBA he will be theirs unless they trade his rights. Just when he comes over is still a big question though as Bogdanovic has been noncommittal about his future in both the NBA and with Fenerbahce.
Bogdanovic, 24, is a 6-foot-7 shooting guard/small forward who was originally drafted by the Miami Heat (31st overall) in the 2011 draft and was immediately traded to the Timberwolves and then to the Nets for a 2013 second round pick and cash. He’s from Croatia, but plays for Fenerbahce in the Turkish Basketball League. With Fenerbahce last season he shot 53.8 percent with 15.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. He also shot 40.5 percent from behind the arc.