Mirza Teletovic and his team Bosnia and Herzegovina have been eliminated from the FIBA EuroBasket tournament after they failed to beat Lithuania by at least 10 points on Monday. Meanwhile, Bojan Bogdanovic and Croatia will advance to the next round of the tournament.
In five games of the tournament, Teletovic averaged 21 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 38.6 percent from the floor and 34.9 percent behind the arc. That last game against Lithuania was his best as he scored 31 points, including six three-pointers, and had seven rebounds.
Unfortunately, Bosnia and Herzegovina had to beat Lithuania by at least 10 points to advance to the next round and when Teletovic had a chance to put his team up by 10 in the final second, he missed a three-point attempt. It’s hard to blame him for missing one shot though after a 31-point night. Instead, he will head back to New York.
It’s still unclear how the Nets will use Teletovic this season. The Nets have Kevin Garnett and Reggie Evans at his position, but new head coach Jason Kidd seems to have indicated that he will be put to better use than his predecessors Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo did. With Garnett’s minutes likely being limited, it certainly opens the door for getting him at least more time than he had last year.
Bogdanovic has averaged 17 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 41.1 percent from the floor in five games. His Croatia team will next play Finland on Thursday.
Bogdanovic is the Nets’ Euro-stash. He’s under there control, but does not have a NBA contract. He nearly signed one this year, but choose to stay in Europe where he will play for Fenerbahce. Part of the breakdown in contract talks was that he couldn’t get out from under the $2 million buyout his European team had over him. That won’t be an issue next offseason so he could come here then or he may decide to play one extra year in Europe even after this one.
The Nets will be patient though. They retain his rights in perpetuity unless they trade them. With three draft picks traded away to Boston as part of the Garnett/Paul Pierce deal then he could become an important piece to the future of the club. When the Nets traded $1.25 million and a second round pick for the rights to draft him a few years ago, they saw him as a first round quality pick. After a few years of seasoning in Europe, by the time he does come here, he could potentially make a nice impact.