CSKA Moscow Rumors
Teodosic told TASS reporter Andrey Kartashov after Sunday’s game he’ll decide whether to make the jump to the NBA in the next “15-20 days.” The Russian League championship ends early next month, and Teodosic cannot sign an NBA free-agent deal until July 7. But it’s pretty clear if he gets one, he’s gone.
Did NBA teams talk to you about Milos Teodosic? CSKA Moscow’s Andrey Vatutin: “I don’t discuss such kind of scouting with them. I definitely know Milos better than any GM in the world, but my knowledge is used for CSKA alone.” Are you prepared for Milos leaving for the NBA, any backup plans? “I cannot discuss candidates to replace a player that hasn’t left or might re-sign with CSKA. Milos is unique. He is as unique as Nando De Colo, Victor Khryapa and all of my players. But if an NBA team makes him an offer – it will be impossible to compete with.”
Andrey Vatutin has multiple accolades as President and CEO of European power-club CSKA Moscow. But winning back-to-back Euroleague titles isn’t on his resume. However, a gold medal this weekend in Istanbul will carve his name as the all-time greatest front office executive in Russian hoops. He never takes credit, though. For the same reasons, Vatutin has no desire to pursue current and former NBA interest. “The NBA was never a dream of mine. Besides, I couldn’t leave CSKA without winning the Euroleague title after what we had gone through in Istanbul in 2012. I feel comfortable here, there’s always a challenge of reaching the highest goals and handling pressure, it’s like a drug-addiction,” he tells me in a revealing Q&A.
Are you prepared for Milos leaving for the NBA, any backup plans? “I cannot discuss candidates to replace a player that hasn’t left or might re-sign with CSKA. Milos is unique. He is as unique as Nando De Colo, Victor Khryapa and all of my players. But if an NBA team makes him an offer – it will be impossible to compete with.”
CSKA will soon engage in one the greatest decisions the franchise had in a long time. Milos Teodosic – NBA or Europe? Several NBA GMs and scouts are eye-balling the Serbian wizard floor general. With ex-CSKA assistant Quin Snyder leading Utah into the second round of the playoffs with loads of international flavor, sources tell me the Jazz are bound to shoot Teodosic an offer-sheet. The Brooklyn Nets are also in active pursuit. People close to Teodosic estimate that he’ll push for a deal in 3-years $25-30 million range. “I’m proud to have elite NBA GMs from Brooklyn, San Antonio, Denver, Oklahoma, Houston and others as friends. Teams that want to scout Milos are able to do so with or without CSKA’s assistance. I think the teams that have concrete interest in Teodosic weren’t mentioned in the media.”
CSKA once again has the largest budget in the League: 2.634 billion rubles, or if you prefer 42,6 million euros. This is pretty much the money that the team costed back in 2015 and there’s a significant rise compared to last season. Also in the top three of richest Russian clubs are Khimki (23 m. euros) and Lokomotiv-Kuban (17,9 m. euros).