Nemanja Bjelica Rumors

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Nemanja Bjelica
Nemanja Bjelica
Position: F-G
Born: 05/09/88
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Salary: $3,950,000
Paired so far with Crawford and either Teague or Jones, Rose gives the Wolves another scorer alongside Crawford on the team’s second unit. “I like it,” Thibodeau said. “Like anything else, the more they’re out there together, the better it’s going to be. I like the idea of what they can do. It puts a lot of pressure on the defense because all three guys can break you down. Then you add KAT and [Nemanja Bjelica] and that puts a lot of pressure on the defense, too.”
He’s also mak­ing him­self some mon­ey. Bjelica is in the fi­nal year of a three-year, $11.7 mil­lion con­tract that’s a bar­gain in to­day’s NBA. He will be­come a re­strict­ed free a­gent in July, mean­ing the Wolves can match any of­fer he might re­ceive. Scouts from two teams that will have mon­ey to spend this sum­mer asked ques­tions a­bout Bjelica’s back­ground, at­ti­tude and tal­ent while at­tend­ing a re­cent Wolves’ games.
Storyline: Nemanja Bjelica Free Agency
At some point, Wolves coach/pres­i­dent of basket­ball op­er­ations Tom Thib­o­deau, General Man­ag­er Scott Lay­den and, of course, own­er Glen Tay­lor must de­cide how much they can af­ford and with whom they can sur­round three play­ers earn­ing max con­tracts. “We’ve been plan­ning,” Thib­o­deau said. “We’re wor­ried a­bout not only now, but we have to be sure we put the best team on the floor we can. That’s a big part of this. The big­gest thing is ev­er­y­one con­cen­trat­ing on us win­ning. We don’t want to get lost in any­thing but chas­ing ex­cel­lence.”
For now, Bjelica will play on and de­cide his fu­ture for him­self, his wife and two young chil­dren when it is time, name­ly this sum­mer. “To be hon­est, I just try to play as good and hard as I can and at the end of the day, ev­er­y­bod­y will be fine,” Bjelica said. “I’m hap­py here. My fam­i­ly is hap­py. Some­times I hate Jan­u­ar­y be­cause it’s so cold, but I kind of got used to it.”
In the seven games as a starter since [Jimmy Butler went down], Nemanja Bjelica is averaging 13.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in almost 38 minutes per game. All of the qualities that make him a perfect fit for a team starved for shooters and rangy defenders have bubbled to the surface with the beads of sweat that hardly formed in those short shifts earlier this season. “I keep telling people, I’m more than a shooter,” Bjelica said after a victory over the Bulls on Feb. 24. “I just try to play basketball. Not to have fun, just to try to help the team win the game.”