Fenerbahce wants to continue with Zeljko Obradovic in the head coach position until the 58-year-old Serb decides to retire. Semih Ozsoy, deputy of the chairman of the Turkish side, expressed his team’s view toward the legendary coach talking to Turkish NTV and also revealed that Jan Vesely’s contract will be extended. “We are going to extend Vesely’s contract for three more years” he mentioned on the 28-year-old Czech forward and added: “Everybody is after him”.
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Emiliano Carchia: Despite the statements made by Fenerbahce vicepresident, there is no agreement yet with Jan Vesely on a three-year contract extension. The discussions between Fenerbahce and the player are ongoing. The goal of Fenerbahce is, of course, to keep Jan Vesely with a long-term contract
Jonas Miklovas: Talked to Jan Vesely, currently Euroleague PIR leader (15 PPG, 5,4 RPG, 2,8 APG, 1,7 SPG, 85% FTs (!) and 21,8 PIR) about his thoughts of returning to NBA. “I’ve never closed the door on NBA. If the opportunity is right, I will consider it. But now my focus is on the team, Fener” About being called a “bust” in US: “That’s their opinion. I went there young and that was the lockout year, that might have been one of the problems. It was not easy. I have nothing to prove. I’m proving that I can play basketball, I’m doing it here”.
Alexander Raskovic: Jan Vesely has opted-in with Fenerbahce and will stay for 2017/18 season! #TeamWass
Emiliano Carchia: Jan Vesely told Sport Klub that he is free agent and no longer a member of Fenerbahce (via @mondoportal)
Yesterday Jan Vesely’s deal with Fenerbahce officially expired. Despite the rumors about a potential new contract, Vesely right now is a free-agent and will evaluate NBA offers first, then he’ll decide his future, as he revealed to Sport Klub. “From yesterday I’m a free-agent and no longer a member of Fenerbahce,” said Vesely. ‘I don’t know what will happen, I’ll evaluate the offers and then I’ll take a decision.”
As reported by Ismail Senol, the Dallas Mavericks, the Brooklyn Nets and the New Orleans Pelicans are among the teams interested in big-man Jan Vesely. He’ll be a free-agent this summer after a very strong season with Fenerbahce and may return to the NBA.
Fenerbahce’s team manager Omer Onan spoke on the matter and made the following comment, without confirming or denying anything: “If we reach an agreement with Jan Vesely, we can’t pay him like this kind of money. We will not give 3 millions to anyone. Most players want to wait for the NBA.We want to keep all players. Still, I do not think that Vesely and Udoh will play for any other team in Europe.”
According to Eurohoops sources, the Turkish club and Jan Vesely have already a deal for a new two-year contract which will pay the Czech forward-center a total of 6 million euros. Vesely was a priority for the team and one of the season’s standouts in Euroleague. The two sides were quick to reach an agreement and the only thing remaining is the official announcement.
Vesely will have an NBA out clause in his contract, but for the summer of 2017, so he is Istanbul bound at least for the 2016-17 season. There were many rumors about the possibility of Vesely returning to the NBA this summer, but Fenerbahce managed to keep him in its roster.
The general secretary of Fenerbahce revealed that an NBA team approached the club and offered 7-8 million euros for Jan Vesely. Mahmut Uslu gave an interview for “Fenerbahce TV” where, among other things, he talked about the offer that arrived for the Czech center “There is an offer for Jan Vesely from an NBA team. It is around 7 – 8 million euros”, said the general secretary of the club, while adding “We want to keep this kind of players in the team”. Jan Vesely is becoming a free agent with the end of the season.
With European bigs still in favor among NBA front offices, that could earn Vesely a recall across the Atlantic when he is a free agent again next summer. However, once bitten, twice shy — it is an option he is hesitant to commit to. “I’m not even thinking about the NBA now,” he says. “This season I will be in Turkey. That’s as far as I look.”
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