“Playing in the NBA was always a life-long goal and I’m proud that I was able to represent Macedonia and be the first, of hopefully many, from my great country to play in the NBA,” Antic said. “It was an extremely difficult decision to leave the Atlanta Hawks for many reasons. My teammates and I were able to accomplish some great things on the court during the past two seasons and we formed a close brotherhood off the court. They will forever be my friends. “Anyone who knows me knows how important family is to me and being closer to my family was the deciding factor. I would like to thank Coach Bud, the entire coaching staff, the trainers, equipment managers and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for how they welcomed me to the franchise. Most importantly, I want to thank the city of Atlanta and all of the fans for their support.”
Eric Pincus: Pero Antic was given a qualifying offer to become a restricted free agents with the Atlanta Hawks (reportedly going overseas). If the Hawks need to maximize their cap space, they can revoke the qualifying offer to Antic, and renounce him. Rule of thumb, teams don’t do things unless they have to do things, better to keep Antic restricted until it’s an obstacle @BBallInsiders
Misko Raznatovic: Turkiye 8. – Pero Antic left NBA, to join Fenerbahce, on the 2 plus 1 year contract!
Nemanja Bjelica is ready to make the jump to the NBA, Minessota has his rights, but the New York Knicks are pursuing him and hope to get him via a sign and trade deal. According to Eurohoops sources, the Euroleague MVP has already decided to continue his career in the NBA. He has to sign his new contract until the 10th of July, the date his opt out clause in the contract with Fenerbahce/ Ulker expires. Bjelica has been in contact for a long time with the Timberwolves, however now the Knicks entered the picture.
Emiliano Carchia: There has been NO contact between Fenerbahce and Andrea Bargnani, a source told Sportando
Amin Elhassan: Saunders: I think we will bring Bjelica over, he’s given every indication he wants to come to the NBA. Has ability to play SF/PF @espnradio