After waiting for three years to bring him to the NBA, the Brooklyn Nets have finally signed forward Bojan Boganovic to a three-year deal, Nets General Manager Billy King announced on Tuesday.
“Having drafted Bojan in 2011, it is rewarding to finally welcome him to the Nets,” said King. “We obviously have a high regard for his game, and we are glad he will now bring that talent to Brooklyn.”
ESPNNewYork.com reported on July 7th that Bogdanovic and the Nets agreed to the three-year deal worth $10.3 million, but the deal couldn’t officially be announced at the time due to the NBA’s free agent moratorium. That ended on July 10th though so the Nets have kind of left fans hanging since then, but it’s finally a done deal.
Bogdanovic, who is 6-foot-7, 215-pounds and 25-years-old, was initially selected by the Nets in the 2011 NBA Draft by the then New Jersey Nets after they purchased the 31st overall pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had purchased it from the Miami Heat. He was nearly brought to the NBA a year ago, but his contract with Fenerbache Ulker, a team in the Turkish Basketball League, included a $2 million buyout if he were to join the NBA that the Nets would have had to pay. That ultimately killed the deal when the two teams couldn’t negotiate a smaller buyout.
In 87 career Euroleague games with Fenerbache Ulker, Cibona Zagreg in Croatia and Real Madrid in Spain, Bogdanovic averaged 13.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 27.9 minutes per game. He averaged 14.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 30.6 minutes in 24 league games with Fenerbache last season.
The Nets were essentially planning on giving the money they used for him on Shaun Livingston, but once Livingston signed with Golden State and Paul Pierce left for the Washington Wizards it freed the Nets up to bring Bogdanovic state-side. He’s going to be expected to replace Pierce as the small forward next season with Kevin Garnett returning to the four.