A pair of Brooklyn Nets players, forward Mirza Teletovic and Euro-stash Bojan Bogdanovic, have increased their stock following strong performances during the FIBA EuroBasket tournament.
Teletovic averaged 21.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 42.2 percent and 34.9 percent behind the arc in five games. Bogdanovic averaged 17.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 51.0 percent and 31.0 percent behind the arc in 11 games.
Now Bogdanovic and his European team, Fenerbahce Ulker, are in contract extension talks as a result, according to Turkish basketball reporter Can Pelister. The two sides are trying to workout a deal that includes a smaller buy-out in the event that Bogdanovic wants to come to the NBA.
Meanwhile, Teletovic has been getting offers from various European teams as well, but sounds as if he wants to stay put.
“Throughout the whole summer, there were offers … from European teams to NBA trade offers, but I am standing behind what I said when I signed with Nets,” Teletovic said in an interview with Bosnian TV (h/t to NetsDaily.com for the translation). “My big desire is to stay with Nets and win a ring with them. For me, there is only one team and that team is the Nets,”
In the case of Teletovic, this is good for the Nets because it gives them options down the road. They can hold on to him and play him or trade him if they decide he’s not a fit for the team. As it stands now, he’s likely a third stringer on this nets team behind other power forwards like Kevin Garnett and Reggie Evans. Jason Kidd has indicated he will use him more than P.J. Carlesimo did last season though.
In the case of Bogdanovic it helps the Nets slightly because it gives him more leverage in negotiations with Fenerbahce so that he can lower the buy-out that he will have to eventually pay when he comes to the NBA. He has plenty of leverage because he’ll be a highly sought after free agent next year free to sign with the Nets or any other European team.
By the way, it should be noted that Bogdanovic recently reiterated that he will eventually play in the NBA. He just doesn’t know when. The Nets control his rights in perpetuity unless they trade them.