Bogdanovic says he has no regrets staying in Turkey

Bojan Bogdanovic says he has no regrets staying in Turkey this summer despite improvements the Nets have made. AP Photo.

Bojan Bogdanovic says he has no regrets staying in Turkey this summer despite improvements the Nets have made. AP Photo.

Bojan Bogdanovic was drafted by the Heat in 2011, traded to the Timberwolves and then again to the Nets. Since that time, Nets fans have waited patiently as he hone his skills in Turkey. He nearly came over this year, and even reached an agreement with the Nets, but the deal fell through when he and his current team, Fenerbahce, couldn’t come to an agreement on his buyout.

Since then things have worked out pretty well for both sides. The Nets signed Andrei Kirilenko instead while Fenerbahce added Europe’s best coach along with a pair of ex-NBA players. On top of that, the Nets trade with the Celtics means that Bogdanovic wouldn’t have gotten much playing time this season and the fact that they sent three draft picks to Boston makes him solid insurance for the future.

Yes, things certainly did work out well for both sides. That’s probably why Bogdanovic told the European website, 24 Sata, that he doesn’t regret staying in Turkey despite all the improvements the Nets have made this summer which includes adding Jason Kidd as head coach.

“I wanted to go, but the negotiations got stuck in damages (buyout),” Bogdanovic told 24 Sata. “Fenerbahce is looking for me too. But I’m not disappointed that I did not go. I’m not sorry.

“The Nets have really stepped up. Led by Kidd, they are sure to shoot up,” he added. “But I’m not sorry I did not go because Fenerbahce got (top European coach) Zeljko Obradovic. Top expert, we have stepped up, which means that we have big ambitions and we want to win the Euroleague. It’s nice to be in Turkey, I have time for the NBA.”

It’s possible that Bogdanovic could come to the NBA as soon as next year. A big determining factor will have to do with whether or not he signs an extension. If he doesn’t, he can simply come over a year from now. The Nets roster will basically be the same next year as it is right now though, which means they might have trouble finding minutes for him. So it’s likely he could sign an extension with Fenerbahce.

If Bogdanovic does sign an extension, the key will be the buyout. It was $2 million this year which is what held up negotiations between he and the Nets. Hopefully in his next contract it’ll be much smaller. Even if the Nets never find room for him, although they are still interested in signing him in the future, the buyout will be key because they hold his rights in perpetuity and that buyout will help determine how much value he has on the trade market.