Andrei Vatutin, president of CSKA Moscow, wasted no time in his attempt to keep Milos Teodosic in Europe. On the same day his team won the VTB, Russia’s national league, Vatutin offered Teodosic a new deal. TASS, the big Russian news agency, tweeted the news…
Teodosic is going to be a free agent this summer, CSKA Moscow wants to keep him, but he also wants to try the NBA on his own terms. CSKA Moscow is preparing for any possible scenario and that means trying to sign “Chacho” in his place.
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.
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.”