Sasa Djordjevic’s 16 chosen ones for the preliminary squad of Serbia, ahead of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament of Belgrade were announced. The last players that were “cut” are Dragan Milosavljevic (Alba Berlin), Ognjen Jaramaz (Mega Leks), Vladimir Stimac (Crvena Zvezda) and Stefan Bircevic (Estudiantes). Three NBA-ers, Boban Marjanovic, Nemanja Bjelica and Nikola Jokic shine in the list, along with Euroleague champion Milos Teodosic and competition finalists Bogdan Bogdanovic plus Nikola Kalinic.
Nikola Jokic would love nothing more than to cap an unexpectedly stellar calendar year than to be named to the Serbian National Team for the Olympic qualifying tournament this summer. “Oh my gosh,” Jokic said. “I would be really honored to play for my country.”
Emiliano Carchia: According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Serbia and Philippines will host two of the three Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.
Fredette told Yahoo Sports that he considered overseas options in Italy, Greece, Serbia and Australia before joining the D-League, but the NBA is still his top option. “I am playing basketball for the love of the game, but I also want to do what’s best for my career and my family. So whatever that is, we will take that path. We will see what happens in the future,” Fredette told Yahoo Sports.
Two recent NBA cuts may continue their careers in Europe. David Stockton and Scottie Wilbekin are considering offers from Europe, a source told Sportando. Stockton was waived by the Kings during the pre-season, while Wilbekin was waived by the Sixers. Stockton has received an offer from Germany, while the market for Wilbekin looks bigger with at least an offer from Serbia.