Fenerbahce Ulker Rumors
EuroLeague MVP Nemanja Bjelica on Wednesday exercised an option in his contract with his Turkish team that allows him to leave for the NBA and clears the way for the Timberwolves to sign a player they drafted in the second round five years ago.: 1 more rumor
Bjelica exercised his reported $1.3 million “out” clause — partly paid by the Wolves — just hours after his contract expired with the Fenerbahce Ulker team in Istanbul. He did so on the same day NBA teams collectively and astoundingly threw money by the hundreds of millions at free agents — everyone from three-time All-Star Kevin Love staying in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler headed to Phoenix to role players such as Al Farouq Aminu and Amir Johnson changing teams — in a flurry of deals during the opening hours of free agency.
Bjelica probably won’t play with the Wolves’ summer-league team that begins practices Monday and will play a free 7 p.m. public scrimmage Wednesday at Target Center. Andrew Wiggins, Towns, Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad, Dieng and first-round pick Tyus Jones all are expected to play in the scrimmage, although Wiggins is not expected to play with the team when it begins Las Vegas Summer League play July 10 against D’Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker overnight announced that Euroleague MVP Nemaja Bjelica has exercised an opt clause in his contract to leave for the NBA,
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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.: 1 more rumor
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
Jon Krawczynski: Towns is here. Tyus is here. And wolves aren’t done yet. Sources say they are nearing agreement with Nemanja Bjelica to bring Euro MVP here
David Pick: Overseas star forward James Anderson is negotiating a deal with Fenerbahce, I’m told. NBA comeback also possible.
Sportando: Bogdan Bogdanovic was seen at baseball game with Suns head coach Hornacek. “He will remain with Fenerbahce” his agent Raskovic told Novosti
Fenerbahce team manager Omer Onan said that Nemanja Bjelica will try to sign a contract in the NBA this summer. “We assume Nemanja Bjelica won’t remain with us. He won’t sign in any other team in Europe. He told me that he wants to try his NBA chances. If he signs with an NBA team, they have to pay us a buyout” Onan said.
Orazio Cauchi: Fenerbahce is showing interest in Brazilian big-man Vitor Faverani, a source told Sportando.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: On NBA radar, Andrew Goudelock can trigger out clause till late July. His heart is with Fenerbahce, on $2 million deal.
Fenerbahce, who confirmed Zeljko Obradovic for two more seasons and is trying to keep Nemanja Bjelica, has as main goal for the summer to sign a first class point guard. Two are the players in Fenerbahce wishlist: Nick Calathes and Milos Teodosic.
Jerry Zgoda: BTW, Wolves 2010 draft pick Nemanja Bjelica today named Euroleague MVP. Could take full MLE to sign him, a possible complicating factor. Serious question (not trolling) for Euroleague followers: Is Bjelica better than Robbie Hummel? Or maybe rather, by how much better?
Is there any chance that you play (in Philadelphia) next season? Dario Saric: Next season? I don’t know and I can’t speak about that because I don’t know yet the situation, how things are going to work out. I can say that I’m happy here at Efes and I’m also happy that people from Philadelphia came here and want me there. That’s all I can tell you right now. I don’t have any information or any feeling regarding what could happen. I’m just focused on the rest of the season. If I stay here or if I go to the NBA, I will be happy (either way). I don’t know what could happen this summer or next summer. Now it’s not the time to talk about that.
At the end of his first month, after he had made half of his four threes while generating 12 points and three assists in a big win at Charlotte, Goudelock walked into the locker room to hear Matt Barnes and Luke Walton talking. “They were saying, `He sure does like to shoot,”’ Goudelock recalls. “I’m like, `What are y’all talking about?’ They were laughing, they said, `You know who we’re talking about. We’re talking about you.’ “And then Kobe was like, `We’re going to call you the Mini-Mamba.’ So that was a great moment for me.”