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Two of the most important men for the Nets’ summer live in Moscow, and general manager Sean Marks is flying to see them both this week: team owner Mikhail Prokhorov and top target Milos Teodosic. Marks and Nets coach Kenny Atkinson head to ONEXIM headquarters to meet with Prokhorov, then they will scout free-agent priority Teodosic, whom one expert called the best passer in the world. “We’re heading over to meet with Mikhail this week, so we’ll sit down with him and give him the plan and discuss things with him,” Marks said. “We’ve had an open dialogue really throughout the course of the season. It’s been terrific. Mikhail has been back and forth here a number of times, so now we’re going to fly over there and sit with him and meet with him.”
The Nets’ interest in the Serbian star is well-documented. “Look, he’s a terrific player, there is no question on that,” Marks said. “But there are a lot of guys out there. Last time I was in Europe, I probably saw eight different teams. [Assistant general manager] Trajan Langdon was out there, he’s heading out again, and he’s going to see another 10 different teams. So we’re looking at a bunch of different players. It’d probably be pretty irresponsible of me to say we got one guy in mind.
Anthony Puccio: It seems pretty evident that Milos Teodosic is a main target for the Brooklyn Nets. Sean Marks has visited more than once in the past year.
Brooklyn’s interest in Teodosic is well-known. The 30-year-old point guard was voted the best player outside the NBA by league general managers earlier this year, leading Serbia to a silver medal in Rio and CSKA Moscow — Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s old team — to a Euroleague title. Teodosic’s passing has brought comparisons to former Nets great Jason Kidd.
Milos Teodosic: Many of you ask me about my future and my personal blog on Eurohoops is the right place for me to share my thoughts with you. First of all, until the season is over I don’t want to think about anything else other than winning all the titles for the second season in a row with CSKA Moscow. Then, as a free agent, I’m going to think and decide about my future, after first thoroughly examining all the prospects that I have. On March 19 I became 30 years of age and I know this is going to be a key decision for my career.
Milos Teodosic: It’s true that I’m seriously thinking about the possibility of the NBA, but nothing has transpired yet, and nothing will until the summer. I’ve said before that, in order for me to go to the USA, a team has to meet both my competitive ambitions – which is the most important thing – and everything that has to do with the financial aspect as well as the aspect of the length of my contract.
The Brooklyn Nets are interested in Milos Teodosic for next season, as reported by Novosti. The Serbian point guard will be free agent from July 1 when the contract with CSKA Moscow expires.
The Russian team will try to make Teodosic a huge offer to convince him to re-sign. But several NBA teams are eyeing Teodosic. The Serbian is drawing interest from the Nuggets and also from the Nets, who have a Russian owner, huge fan of CSKA Moscow.
Speaking about EuroLeague, Milos Teodosic one of the league’s superstars and a fellow Serbian baller has openly expressed his ambition to become a part of the best league in the plant, if the circumstances are right for him. “He can play everywhere he wants to! He’s a a great, very smart player,” says Boban Marjanovic. “He has a nice touch, a great look. He won’t mistake someone for somebody else (laughs). He can find a great opportunity here.”
And according to Serbian newspaper “Novosti” the Denver Nuggets are already preparing their move for the Serbian point guard. Teodosic openly wrote in his Eurohoops official blog that the move to the NBA is on his mind and Denver has created a tradition of getting international players and building on them.
David Pick: BREAKING: A dozen NBA teams want Milos Teodosic, but sources say San Antonio Spurs don't plan on recruiting Euroleague wizard PG.
David Pick: CSKA unwilling to surrender Milos Teodosic to NBA, sources said. He loves Moscow, the fame, could re-sign as highest paid Euroleague PG EVER
Andy Larsen: On Milos Teodosic: I know that the Jazz like Teodosic, and Teodosic likes the Jazz & Quin Snyder. See for example: http://bit.ly/2jcejmA . On the other hand, Jazz have strongly denied to me that they have terms in place with a player under contract with another team.
As Messina says: “Nowadays Teodosic is a far different player from who he was three years ago, and even more different, than six years ago… He is a more mature, a player who has finally won the Euroleague. He has improved himself it’s out of discussion that offensively he is read. The concerns are about his defense but he is a smart player and he knows how to avoid trouble. My opinion is that he could easily play at the NBA level, it’s up to him… Obviously, at least at the beginning, he won’t make the big money he is used to get in Europe but speaking in terms of talent, there is no doubt that he could compete at a high level”.
Milos Teodosic: In the past I felt that playing in the NBA was not something really close to me. Now, I think about it. I want to travel to the States, play in the NBA and compete against the best players in the world. Maybe now I am more ready mentally and also on the court. I know what I can do it, I believe in myself and I have no doubts or second thoughts. I am in the best phase of my career, I play for the Euroleague champs and I enjoy the most important thing for me since I was a kid, playing on open courts. I enjoy basketball. I will not risk losing that, because this is the only thing that I really need.
Milos Teodosic: I want to feel that an NBA team knows my game, has a plan for me and can use me in a unit with real chemistry, while having high goals and being competitive. I want to win, to be motivated and to feel that the coaches and the organization trust me. It’s important when you play to have high goals. That’s what I’ve been doing since I was a kid, I was chasing championship titles. I want to go to the NBA and I know that I can establish myself there and really contribute. I will not sign anywhere just to be able to say that I played in the NBA. I need the whole package that will excite me. So it depends on what offers I get as a free agent and the way the teams approach and talk to me. Ιf I end up in the NBA, I just want to be able to be myself. The spaces on the court are bigger compared to Europe, traps on defense and hedge outs to guards are rare, while there are many great shooters and big men who can finish the pick and roll.
It’s not a secter that Teodosic has a contract for next year with CSKA Moscow, however as he explained to “Sportski Zurnal” newspaper there’s at least a desire to explode the NBA possibility in the future: “I was always thinking about what would be to go there, to get a different feel about basketball which is in many ways different from the way things are in Europe. But I have another year on my contract with CSKA and this season I will not think about the NBA. When the time comes, we’ll talk”.
The Memphis Grizzlies tried to sign star European point guard Milos Teodosic in the summer of 2013, but the architect of Serbia's near-upset of Team USA at the Rio Games rebuffed that chance to come to the NBA, according to league sources. Sources confirmed to ESPN that the Grizzlies offered Teodosic a two-year deal in the $5 million range in an attempt to lure him to the NBA.
But Teodosic elected to sign a contract instead with CSKA Moscow that has one more season remaining. His current deal has no NBA outs, so the summer of 2017 is the earliest that Teodosic would be a free agent.
“Each player, whether he likes to admit it or not, has the desire to be in the NBA. To be part of it. I think that the quality of the NBA has quite fallen in the last five to ten years, but it is still the best league in the world. And I still have the desire to try myself out there. Of course, not anywhere and not in any way. If I left Europe for the NBA, it would be only for a situation where I knew I’ll be there to play”, Milos Teodosic said in the Serbian edition of VICE.
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