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,
“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.: 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
National team coach Ergin Ataman said Kanter was left out of the 20-man initial squad because “he did not apologize” for incidents in the past, while the 23-year-old player, an open supporter of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, claimed the decision was based on his political views. “I wish that the decision and statement on this subject had been a professional one that suited the national team,” Kanter wrote on his Twitter account late on June 23 after the squad was announced. “The reasons presented do not reflect the truth, the reason I was not included in the squad is the values I believe in and my political stance,” he added.
Coach Ataman said the decision was not political. “I wanted to have a close relationship with Enes since I took over the job last year, but could not get any response,” he said after announcing the squad, which includes NBA players Ersan Ilyasova, Ömer Asik and Furkan Aldemir. “He still has not apologized to his teammates for past incidents, but he may be a part of the squad in the future,” Ataman added.
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
Tom Moore: #Sixers Hinkie said he and Saric expect Saric to come here next summer. #76ers: 4 more rumors
Enes Kanter wasn’t included in the Turkish national team, coach Ergin Ataman explained that it was a decision based on the indifference of the player towards the team, but Kanter has an other explanation. According to the talented forward, the reason behind this decision was political: “I wasn’t called in the national team because of my political views.
Orazio Cauchi: It’s no surprise that Dario Saric won’t come over this season, there wasn’t an NBA buyout in his deal this Summer. #NBA
Saric is under a three-year contract with Turkish powerhouse Anadolu Efes. The Sixers reportedly have attempted to negotiate a buyout over the past month, but Saric’s buyout is too expensive to make the move practical, according to sources.
Croatian forward Dario Saric, the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, won’t be playing for the Philadelphia 76ers next season, his agent Jeff Schwartz told ESPN.: 4 more rumors
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.
While the 28-year-old Ilyasova is thrilled to join the Pistons, he acknowledged there were some drawbacks to the trade. His plans to play for Turkey’s national team this summer are now up in the air and he’s leaving behind some close friends. “I was going to play for the national team, but with all these changes, moving to a new city, playing for a new team, I’m not so sure now,’’ said Ilyasova, who intends to fly to Detroit Sunday night to meet with Van Gundy and be a part of a press conference tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. “It’s a whole different story now. I got to measure all those things. “And I’ll miss Milwaukee, for sure. I spent a lot of time here. I have a lot of friends here. And they (the Bucks) have a good thing going. Hopefully, it’ll work out for them. I wish them the best of luck.’’
“I was going to play for the national team, but with all these changes, moving to a new city, playing for a new team, I’m not so sure now,’’ said Ilyasova, who intends to fly to Detroit Sunday night to meet with Van Gundy and be a part of a press conference tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. “It’s a whole different story now. I got to measure all those things. And I’ll miss Milwaukee, for sure. I spent a lot of time here. I have a lot of friends here. And they (the Bucks) have a good thing going. Hopefully, it’ll work out for them. I wish them the best of luck.’’
Jake Fischer: Huge wrinkle, as several sources suggested: NBA does not regulate NBA team-European team negotiations. Sixers could illegally pay anything. Several league sources have suggested Sixers & Saric could pay any type of buyout without the NBA ever truly knowing the specific details.: 4 more rumors
Jake Fischer: Sense among several agents who have worked with Anadolu Efes is the Turkish team will ask for at least $2 million for a Dario Saric buyout. And per the CBA, the maximum buyout the Sixers & Saric could pay legally, with taking some money out of Saric’s rookie deal, is $2,067,720. That $2,607,720 is calc by the diff in 120% & 80% of Saric’s rookie scale contract x2, plus the $625,000 Excluded Itn; Player Payment Amount. If Efes demands over $2M from Sixers/Saric for buyout, Saric would sacrifice $1,442,720 of his possible $1,898,300 for his rookie season.: 4 more rumors
Derek Bodner: I would absolutely love to be wrong, but I don’t expect to see Saric in Philadelphia this year. / Buddha: What are the hurdles Derek. What would have to happen to accomplish this? / Derek Bodner: #sixers can only contribute $625k to a buyout. Whatever buyout they could negotiate with Efes likely much more.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Philadelphia in talks to lure overseas asset Dario Saric to U.S., I’m told. He is under contract and Turks love him. I doubt Efes surrender Dario Saric, but notion among Sixers official is – “we want him now”.: 4 more rumors
Darren Wolfson: Report from Turkey that Bjelica wants 3-years, $15M. Not sure I see the #Twolves doing that. Decent trade bait?
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Michael Jenkins, killed the Turkish league, signed a two-season $1 million pact with Turk Telekom, said team source. NBA out included. Michael Jenkins left OKC D-League affiliate for Turkish club. He won the All-Star shootout and owned the league.
The question around passports every day reveals some new story. Turkish Federation of Basketball is interested in giving a Turkish passport to an American player to allow him to play next Eurobasket with Turkish NT jersey. The first choice, according to president Harun Erdenay, is Andrew Goudelock.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: On NBA radar, Andrew Goudelock can trigger out clause till late July. His heart is with Fenerbahce, on $2 million deal.