HoopsHype Nemanja Bjelica rumors


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“Can Bjelica be on an NBA team? Sure. Will he? I don’t know,” Brad Greenberg said. “Like all high-level Euroleague players who make a lot of money overseas, it has to be a situation that makes sense financially, and where he gets an opportunity to play. Europeans don’t want to give up something that is comfortable, good and financially rewarding for a ‘what if?’ situation. Bjelica is talented enough to be in an NBA gym and not look out of place. That’s for sure.” Basketball Insiders

“He is a power forward who can matchup against small forwards, but NBA teams would look at him as a tweener because he is long, can shoot and run like a wing,” said Greenberg. Greenberg also reflected on what might be a comparable NBA viewpoint for Bjelica: “Nikola Mirotic is doing well in Chicago. That probably makes guys like Bjelica think – ‘I know him, I played well against him. If he can do it, I can do it’ – but the truth is Doug McDermott got hurt, so that opened a window and Mirotic took advantage of it. The NBA is all a matter of situation.” Basketball Insiders

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The rumors about the interest of Minessota Timberwolves towards Nemanja Bjelica are well documented. So it was time for the player himself to address those rumors and he did in Athens before the game against Olympiacos. When he was asked about the matter, his answer was simple:” The NBA is every player’s dream, however at this point I just want to be focused to my team, Fenerbahce/ Ulker and get better every day”. EuroHoops.net

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are very interested in bringing Nemanja Bjelica to the NBA for next season and the player is willing to join the team, sources told Sportando. Bjelica was selected with 35th pick in 2010 NBA draft and he's represented by Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group. Sportando

Bjelica has a three-year deal with Fenerbahce but there's an NBA opt-out for this summer, the buyout is worth 1.2 mln euros. A source with knowledge of the situation told Sportando: "He'll go to the NBA next season. If T'Wolves keep his rights, they will get him". Sportando

Orazio Cauchi: Minnesota Timbereolves want to bring Nemanja Bjelica to the NBA next season, sources told Sportando. He's interested in joining the team. Twitter

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The Wolves have deemed Bjelica not ready for the NBA until now, partly because Kevin Love was their power forward previously and then because Saunders did not foresee ample playing time on a team that had just traded for power forward Thaddeus Young and Anthony Bennett. Young’s future is uncertain: This summer he can opt out of his contract’s final year, due to pay him $9.7 million next season. Bennett’s future as the team’s power forward of the future is no sure thing, either, judging by his uneven play this season. “The only reason we haven’t brought him over earlier is because of some of the veterans we have,” Saunders said. “It wouldn’t have benefited him here.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

But last summer and this season in Turkish and Euroleague play is changing that opinion, whether the Wolves sign him to play with Rubio, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine or use his rights as a piece in a bigger trade. “We’ve seen him and we’ll continue to see him,” said Saunders, who has had European scout Zarko Durisic see Bjelica play this season. “He wants to come over, he’s ready to come over. We’ll take another good look at him this spring.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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