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Nemanja Bjelica
Nemanja Bjelica
Position: F-G
Born: 05/09/88
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Salary: $3,950,000
He’s also mak­ing him­self some mon­ey. Bjelica is in the fi­nal year of a three-year, $11.7 mil­lion con­tract that’s a bar­gain in to­day’s NBA. He will be­come a re­strict­ed free a­gent in July, mean­ing the Wolves can match any of­fer he might re­ceive. Scouts from two teams that will have mon­ey to spend this sum­mer asked ques­tions a­bout Bjelica’s back­ground, at­ti­tude and tal­ent while at­tend­ing a re­cent Wolves’ games.
Storyline: Nemanja Bjelica Free Agency
At some point, Wolves coach/pres­i­dent of basket­ball op­er­ations Tom Thib­o­deau, General Man­ag­er Scott Lay­den and, of course, own­er Glen Tay­lor must de­cide how much they can af­ford and with whom they can sur­round three play­ers earn­ing max con­tracts. “We’ve been plan­ning,” Thib­o­deau said. “We’re wor­ried a­bout not only now, but we have to be sure we put the best team on the floor we can. That’s a big part of this. The big­gest thing is ev­er­y­one con­cen­trat­ing on us win­ning. We don’t want to get lost in any­thing but chas­ing ex­cel­lence.”
For now, Bjelica will play on and de­cide his fu­ture for him­self, his wife and two young chil­dren when it is time, name­ly this sum­mer. “To be hon­est, I just try to play as good and hard as I can and at the end of the day, ev­er­y­bod­y will be fine,” Bjelica said. “I’m hap­py here. My fam­i­ly is hap­py. Some­times I hate Jan­u­ar­y be­cause it’s so cold, but I kind of got used to it.”
In the seven games as a starter since [Jimmy Butler went down], Nemanja Bjelica is averaging 13.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in almost 38 minutes per game. All of the qualities that make him a perfect fit for a team starved for shooters and rangy defenders have bubbled to the surface with the beads of sweat that hardly formed in those short shifts earlier this season. “I keep telling people, I’m more than a shooter,” Bjelica said after a victory over the Bulls on Feb. 24. “I just try to play basketball. Not to have fun, just to try to help the team win the game.”
But Bjelica filling in so capably at small forward in the starting lineup, even bothering Kevin Durant into an 11-for-32 shooting night in a win over the Warriors, has been an enormous development as well with the team scratching and clawing in a tight Western Conference playoff field. “Bjelly can play a lot of different positions,” Andrew Wiggins said. “He can handle the ball, shoot. Great, great passer. Great vision. He fits in perfectly.”
In the 56 games that Butler has played, Bjelica topped 20 minutes just three times. All the while, Bjelica’s representatives have maintained that the future restricted free agent would produce if he was just given more of an opportunity. Now that the opportunity is upon him, he is walking that walk. “He’s a pro’s pro,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He can play short minutes, he can play long minutes. He can start. You can bring him off the bench. He plays multiple positions. The shooting and the moving without the ball, he adds a lot to our team. The length is critical, and he probably rebounds the ball better than he’s given credit for.”