Nikos Varlas: BREAKING: Sources tell @Eurohoopsnet that Serbian Star Milos Teodosic signing a three year MEGA DEAL with Virtus Bologna and he will play there until 2022!
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Milos Teodosic is one of the most wanted players on the European market this summer. Experienced Serbian playmaker is pursued by Virtus Bologna, Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow and some other teams. Source told us that Maccabi Tel Aviv made an offer, 2 year contract – 1+1 option worth 3.milion $.
According to Eurohoops sources, Olympiacos has made an offer to Milos Teodosic for a two-year, $2.5M deal. The Reds are looking to bring back the Serbian guard, who spent four seasons in Piraeus before moving to CSKA Moscow and eventually in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Milos Teodosic joined the NBA as a 30-year-old when he signed with the LA Clippers back in the summer of 2017 and stayed until the February 2019. In his recent interview with RTS’s Slobodan Sarenac, he admitted that it might have been too late for him and shared his opinion on the ideal years to make the transition to the NBA, taking the Kings‘ Bogdan Bogdanovic as a prime example: “I think it’s individual. In any case, not too late as I did. I think I came to the US too late. Years with which Bogdan came are ideal. Some 24, 25 when you already did something in Europe, when you’ve matured and arrived with self-confidence which is very important. I think those are the ideal years”, he said.
Nonetheless, Teodosic doesn’t regret anything. In fact, that was one of the reasons he decided on the NBA in the first place: “I didn’t want to end my career and regret later on, to feel sorry that I didn’t come and see how it is. How everything functions here, the way they worked and the way basketball is played. It is completely different than Europe, the way basketball is played. One great experience for me.”
Following Encestando’s report on Milos Teodosic agreeing for his return to CSKA Moscow ahead of the 2019-20 season, Andrey Vatutin denied any agreement is in place. CSKA’s president explained via TASS that he hasn’t even discussed the possibility with the 32-year-old Serbian point guard. “Only unlikely coincidences of circumstances can explain the report from Spain the day of our match versus Baskonia. I talked with Milos a week ago, but not about basketball. We talked about our families. His fans and opponents can calm down. Nobody has signed anything nor has agreed on anything” Vatutin said.
Milos Teodosic revealed his plans for the rest of the 2018-19 season. He will help Serbia within FIBA’s final window of the season, but will remain a free agent. Eurohoops confirmed the report by Nikola Stoikovic of Serbian outlet Mozzart Sport.
Nikola Stojković: Its official: Miloš #Teodosić has decided not to sign with any organization! He will play next two games for Serbian NT and afterwards he will have some rest until summer.
Nikos Varlas: Milos Teodosic is being waived by the LA Clippers, league sources tell to Eurohoops (via @nikosvarlas)
Orazio Cauchi: Efes following Teodosic is not exactly surprising. They already made some contacts with his entourage this summer. Efes reached out to several high-profile players this summer, including Spanoulis. The front-office wanted to make a big splash on the market to reach Final Four.
Anadolu Efes has expressed their interest to Milos Teodosic in order to sign him immediately and add him to their roster until the end of the season. Of course, this can’t happen until the LA Clippers decide to release the Serbian guard.
Teodosic will be fully compensated for his NBA contract, which will expire in the summer. He will be able to sign with the Turkish club only if the Clippers decide to cut him loose since the player himself recently expressed publicly his intention to return to Europe. Serbian magazine “Kos” was the first to report the interest of Efes for the Serb guard.
Milos Teodosic himself said that it’s possible that he will leave the LA Clippers even during this season, but coach Doc Rivers doesn’t think that this is going to happen. “I doubt if that happens”, said to Eurohoops just before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies. He explained that Teodosic is a pro and also that the Clippers want him to be happy. However, this doesn’t mean that his role will change or that his minutes will increase overnight.
L.A. Clippers guard Milos Teodosic revealed that his return to Europe might come much sooner than expected. How soon? Well, don’t be surprised if we see him back on European courts this season. “I think I definitely won’t stay here because… I came, I saw how it looks and somehow… I enjoy more and it’s nicer for me to play in Europe. So, I will return to Europe for sure, will it be during this season or at the end, we’ll see,” Teodosic said in an interview with Glas Amerike.
Milos Teodosic has used his player option for the 2018-19 season and according to Eurohoops sources the LA Clippers are expected to keep him in their roster for next season.
Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov said that L.A. Clippers guard Milos Teodosic is among the names that his team is already considering ahead of the upcoming NBA free agency. “He [Teodosic] certainly is one of the names we [Suns] discuss,” Kokoskov said in an interview with Serbian website Sport Klub.
Here are Kokoskov’s full comments on Teodosic: “I think all the best about Milos, he is my friend and we had the opportunity to meet here. He is basketball legend. These are the names we take a look at when it comes to free agents, but of course, everything is far from a decision. What I can say is that Milos is absolutely an NBA player. He has done a lot both at the level of the (Serbian) national team and at the EuroLeague level, so his path now is the USA – he had a good season and certainly is one of the names we [Suns] discuss.”
Milos Teodosic has to decide today if he will exercise his player option for next season which will pay him $6.3 million and according to Eurohoops sources, he is expected to do so. However, the LA Clippers have also the right to cut him before the 14th of July and compensate him with $2.1 million, which is the guaranteed amount of his next season’s salary.
Shams Charania: Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic has exercised his $6.3M player option for the 2018-19 season, league sources tell Yahoo.
Keith Smith: Reporting was that Milos Teodosic was on the fence about picking up his option. His $6.3M contract is now partially guaranteed for $2.1M. Teodosic’s contract fully guarantees on 7/15/18, so that is the next key date to watch for him and the Clippers.
The Clippers are going to stay over the luxury tax and they are in danger of paying also the repeater tax, for staying multiple seasons over the salary cap. That’s the main reason which pushes Teodosic towards the exit door and that’s why it’s expected that the Clippers will announce their decision about him before the start of the free agency. Considering his performance and his salary, Teodosic will be considered a bargain in the NBA market. Τhe scenario of him returning to Europe, while possible, is still just a possibility that depends clearly on the offers he will get from the NBA.
“It’s always good to have a guy like that on your team,” Rivers said. “I don’t know if he thought he would come in and be a superstar in this league, but he was so much better than a rookie. You can see that. I think if he decides to play more in the NBA, he’ll be even better.” Teodosic signed a two-season, $12.6 million contract, with a player’s option for next season. “He is as smart and clever as any player I’ve ever coached,” Rivers said.
Nick Lotsos, the longtime agent of the Serb guard, confirmed to NBA Greece that he had a verbal deal with the Bulls, as Eurohoops had reported. “We initially had a deal with the Chicago Bulls”, said Lotsos who gives many details about the talks between the two sides.
“I met in Treviso, Italy, the head of international scouting Ivica Dukan, who is the man who took Tony Kukoc to Chicago. His opinion has a real value within the Bulls organization. He is practically the no3 decision maker on the team. We talked and he said to me that Milos was the best player they could get. After a few days the GM, Gar Forman, called me. We had agreed to a contract close to $ 30 million for three years, similar to the one Bogdan Bogdanovic signed in Sacramento. My only objection was that I wanted Milos to have the chance to opt out every summer because I believe that he can all-star money. We were ready to sign and Forman wanted the deal for one more reason. There are many Serbs in Chicago”.
However, with Jimmy Butler traded, everything changed. According to Lotsos “I knew that the deal will not be completed after the trade. And two days later, Forman called me and explained to me that the team wanted to rebuild, so getting a 30 years old point guard without NBA experience was out of the question”.
The L.A. Clippers announced today the team has signed guard Milos Teodosic. He joins the Clippers after a decorated 13-year international career in Serbia, Greece and Russia.
Lotsos & Associates: @MilosTeodosic4 is officially a Clipper!✍️ @LAClippers #TeamLotsos
“It was six amazing, fantastic years in Moscow,” Teodosic said in a statement. “I leave part of my heart there, I was fortunate to have so many friends there, I felt so much love and support from the fans. CSKA let me grow as a player, display my skills, win titles, fulfill my dreams. I would like to thank all my great teammates, coaches and staff members. A huge challenge is ahead of me and I am making my next step with great expectations”.
Milos Teodosic had decided that it was time to play in the NBA and he didn’t mind the financial sacrifice in order to do so. The Serbian star had the NBA on his mind and CSKA Moscow tried its best in order to keep him in Europe. The proposed contract of 12 million euros for three years by the “Army Team”, as CSKA is nicknamed, is tax-free for the player.
In most cases around Europe the taxes are paid by the clubs and not by the players. Contracts also include perks like housing, cars and other bonuses. Practically that 12 million euros contract offer by CSKA Moscow – 11,4 to be exact – was equal to a $24 millions deal in the NBA. According to Eurohoops sources that was the deal initially offered by the Clippers and probably that was the deal Teodosic’ side also expected from Minnesota and Chicago, the two other teams that were more than interested on him.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Patrick Beverley on Teodosic: “He might be the best passer in the NBA right now.” PBev needs to change hotel alias: “I used Milos Teodosic!”
Jeff Zillgitt: Can confirm Milos Teodosic deal to the Clippers for $12.3M per season w/player option in year two. ESPN first. Can’t wait to see him in NBA.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Milos Teodosic gets $25M from the LAC till 2019. He had $9M at CSKA through 2020, not a dime more. All other figures inflated.
Bobby Marks: The Clippers add depth in their backcourt with the two-year $12.3M contract of Milos Teodosic. Los Angeles now has $116.5M in guaranteed contracts, $2.8M below the luxury tax, $8.8M below the hard cap and 11 guaranteed contracts. Clippers also have $106M in guaranteed contracts for 2018-19, not including the $5M non-guaranteed contract of Patrick Beverley
Adrian Wojnarowski: Euro star point guard Milo Teodosic has agreed to a two-year, $12.3M deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell ESPN.
Milos Teodosic is negotiating a three-year, $24 million deal with the L.A. Clippers, according to Eurohoops sources. The 30-year-old Serbian guard who had also been a potential target for the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves is ready to leave Europe and make the NBA jump for the first time in his career.
Darren Wolfson: Confirmation overnight of #Twolves checking in on PG Milos Teodosic. “Some talks, nothing more at this time,” per source. @Eurohoopsnet 1st.
Teodosic will not play in Europe next season and Minnesota already made their move and initiated talks with him. Teodosic can share the point guard position with Jeff Teague and he will find in the roster his teammate in the Serbian national team Nemanja Bjelica.
The Miami Heat can also be considered a possible destination for Teodosic, however so far the Timberwolves and the Bulls are the teams that showed the biggest interest in signing him.
Vincent Goodwill: Not sure about where the offer for Teodosic originated from but sources say it’s untrue. Take what you will
Chicago Bulls are set to announce 30-year old Serbian international point guard Milos Teodosic (195-89kg-87) who played last time at CSKA Moscow in Russia. Teodosic has played there for the last six years. In 29 Euroleague games he had very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 6.8apg last season. Teodosic helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team. Teodosic also played 21 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 6.0apg (top 4). He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship (twice) (also twice).
According to Eurohoops sources, Teodosic and Chicago are in contact and a three year contract is expected to be offered to the Serbian guard. The possible salary of Teodosic is still uknown, even if his demands can be compared to the reported deal of Bogdan Bogdanovic with the Kings.
Tony Jones: I’m being told milos is very close to signing with the Bulls
Ailene Voisin: Most NBA scouts question doubt Teodosic’s footspeed – defensive mostly – and think he is too old. But I have heard Jazz are looking at him. twitter.com/volblood/statu…
According to Eurohoops sources, the Chicago Bulls are more than interested on the Serbian point guard.
Speaking to Serbian newspaper “Blic” Teodosic explained: “It’s almost certain that I will not stay in CSA Moscow. I don’t know where I will continue my career. I don’t have any real information that I can share with you. American is something that I am thinking about, I wish for and when I have a specific information, I will let you know”.
Milos Teodosic is out of the picture now that the Nets have Russell. The Nets have made it a point to find playmaking guards who can play multiple positions. In a point guard heavy league it’s almost a necessity. With Russell, they have four guys under contract that can play the point in Lin, Russell, LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead. That doesn’t include Spencer Dinwiddie or Sean Kilpatrick who both have team options.
Τhe best player outside the NBA according to the annual NBA GM’s survey has received very strong interest by the Chicago Bulls, according to Eurohoops sources. Chicago is ready to offer Milos Teodosic a multiyear contract which will be enough in order to lure him away from Europe and CSKA Moscow’s 12 million euros offer.
Many things can happen in the next few days and also during draft night, but at this point Chicago is the front runner to sign Teodosic compared to other NBA teams which are also interested on him.
Pick has said Teodosic is seeking a three-year deal between $25 million-$30 million from any NBA suitors, with the Nets, Heat, Kings and Nuggets all linked to him. Reports claimed Teodosic had gotten a three-year, $13.5 million offer from CSKA, but new information implies that estimate may have been generous.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Per CSKA source, Moscow hasn’t raised its bid to retain Milos Teodosic since Euroleague finale. It was “THE FINAL” offer. Won’t change.
The “Army Team” doesn’t want to lose the best floor general in Europe and that’s why they are making him an offer which is hard to refuse. A total of 12 million euros for the next three seasons are on the table for the Serb guard. Teodosic with an annual salary of four million euros will became the higest paid ever player in the history of European basketball. Those are net ammounts, since it’s common practice in many parts of Europe the taxes to be paid by the clubs. “We will try to build a stronger team and that’s why we are waiting Teodosic’s answer as soon as possible”, said team president Andrey Vatutin after yesterday’s championship win in the VTB Unitel League.
Andrei Vatutin, president of CSKA Moscow, wasted no time in his attempt to keep Milos Teodosic in Europe. On the same day his team won the VTB, Russia’s national league, Vatutin offered Teodosic a new deal. TASS, the big Russian news agency, tweeted the news…
Milos Teodosic may be the Nets’ top free-agent target, but they reportedly just got some new competition from the Heat in the race for the Serbian point guard.
Andrey Kartashov, the lead basketball writer for the Russian news agency TASS, reported Miami had joined the pursuit of the CSKA Moscow star who NBA general managers voted the best player outside the league.
Teodosic told TASS reporter Andrey Kartashov after Sunday’s game he’ll decide whether to make the jump to the NBA in the next “15-20 days.” The Russian League championship ends early next month, and Teodosic cannot sign an NBA free-agent deal until July 7. But it’s pretty clear if he gets one, he’s gone.
CSKA will soon engage in one the greatest decisions the franchise had in a long time. Milos Teodosic – NBA or Europe? Several NBA GMs and scouts are eye-balling the Serbian wizard floor general. With ex-CSKA assistant Quin Snyder leading Utah into the second round of the playoffs with loads of international flavor, sources tell me the Jazz are bound to shoot Teodosic an offer-sheet. The Brooklyn Nets are also in active pursuit. People close to Teodosic estimate that he’ll push for a deal in 3-years $25-30 million range.
Did NBA teams talk to you about Milos Teodosic? CSKA Moscow’s Andrey Vatutin: “I don’t discuss such kind of scouting with them. I definitely know Milos better than any GM in the world, but my knowledge is used for CSKA alone.” Are you prepared for Milos leaving for the NBA, any backup plans? “I cannot discuss candidates to replace a player that hasn’t left or might re-sign with CSKA. Milos is unique. He is as unique as Nando De Colo, Victor Khryapa and all of my players. But if an NBA team makes him an offer – it will be impossible to compete with.”
Are you prepared for Milos leaving for the NBA, any backup plans? “I cannot discuss candidates to replace a player that hasn’t left or might re-sign with CSKA. Milos is unique. He is as unique as Nando De Colo, Victor Khryapa and all of my players. But if an NBA team makes him an offer – it will be impossible to compete with.”
CSKA will soon engage in one the greatest decisions the franchise had in a long time. Milos Teodosic – NBA or Europe? Several NBA GMs and scouts are eye-balling the Serbian wizard floor general. With ex-CSKA assistant Quin Snyder leading Utah into the second round of the playoffs with loads of international flavor, sources tell me the Jazz are bound to shoot Teodosic an offer-sheet. The Brooklyn Nets are also in active pursuit. People close to Teodosic estimate that he’ll push for a deal in 3-years $25-30 million range. “I’m proud to have elite NBA GMs from Brooklyn, San Antonio, Denver, Oklahoma, Houston and others as friends. Teams that want to scout Milos are able to do so with or without CSKA’s assistance. I think the teams that have concrete interest in Teodosic weren’t mentioned in the media.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson had courtside seats in Moscow. Milos Teodosic? He finished with 16 points and 8 dimes. pic.twitter.com/35WHBOLw56
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.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Sources tell me Brooklyn’s Sean Marks soon headed BACK to Moscow for another glimpse at wizard PG Milos Teodosic.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Sources caught Nets GM Sean Marks in Moscow. Milos Teodosic was briliant for CSKA, had 20 & 10 vs David Blatt’s team. pic.twitter.com/PS4YQXq22B
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.
Nikola Jokic on Milos Teodosic: I definitely think he can play here [in the NBA]. He’s really talented.
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”.
Milos Teodosic: Bravo devojke! #TeamSerbia #basketball – Patrick Beverley: Brate how are u??? – Milos Teodosic: Good brate, preparing for the game tomorrow, you? – Patrick Beverley: Very good resting up. When u coming to the NBA brate!!! Miss u man!!! – Milos Teodosic: I don’t know… miss the good old days too
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.
Jeff Zillgitt: In response to question from @Marc Stein, Serbia point guard Milos Teodosic said he wanted to play in NBA a “long time ago.”
“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.
When asked which club would be at the top of his preferences, Milos Teodosic picked two teams for some very specific reasons. “The San Antonio Sprus, since it is a team that has developed a style close to the so called ‘European’ basketball. The plays have a lot of extra passes etc. Also the Utah Jazz. Their coach Quin Snyder is a former assistant to Ettore Messina (in 2012/2013 CSKA Moscow) and someone with a phenomenal attitude. He is a great man, one of the most promising coaches in USA right now. And he really knows me well. So I think I’d be a very good fit there, knowing him and his system of work. Also the composition of the Jazz is quite solid, they have a lot of young and athletic players”.
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October 14, 2019 | 1:30 pm EDT Update
Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks have requested waivers on guard Jaylen Adams and forward Luke Maye. Adams appeared in two games this preseason and averaged 4.5 pts and 3.0 rebs in 13.0 mpg. Maye appeared in three games this preseason and averaged 2.3 pts and 1.3 rebs in 5.8 mpg.
The Clippers’ offense has quietly been bad to start the preseason — and that’s with two of their games coming against non-NBA opponents. The team has had sloppy, disjointed offensive performances for large stretches of their four games. The Clippers have posted a 99.8 offensive rating in the preseason, the 19th-best mark in the league. That rating would have been dead last in the league last season — behind the 30th-ranked New York Knicks — by over four points per 100 possessions.
Harrell’s situation is more complicated. Offensively, he’s probably the team’s best option at the 5. Green offers more stretch, and Zubac has the size to screen and crash the glass, but Harrell’s ability to score from the post and bulldoze his way to the rim gives the Clippers a valuable paint presence. His passing is emerging, which may be the element that cements his status as a closer. But on the other end of the floor, Harrell, who is closer to 6-foot-7 than his listed height of 6-8, is limited by his size. His 7-4 wingspan partially makes up for that, but when the Clippers face elite 5s like Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic or Anthony Davis, rolling with Zubac or Green might make more sense because of their larger frames and superior defense and rebounding.
October 14, 2019 | 12:43 pm EDT Update
The Brooklyn Nets have exercised the 2020-21 contract options for center Jarrett Allen and guard/forward Dzanan Musa. Allen appeared in 80 games (all starts) in the 2018-19 season, registering averages of 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.4 assists in 26.2 minutes per game. The Texas native was named a MTN DEW ICE Rising Star and participated in the Rising Stars game for Team USA during All-Star weekend in Charlotte. In the 2019 NBA Playoffs, Allen started five games for the Nets, averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 22.0 minutes versus the Philadelphia 76ers. The 21-year-old, who was selected by Brooklyn with the 22nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has appeared in 152 career games (111 starts), averaging 9.6 points, 7.0 rebounds 1.4 blocks and 1.0 assists in 23.3 minutes per contest.
“We are as excited as we were 20 years ago. The hope is that over time this builds into a 2011-type run,” Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said from his office. A big American flag hangs behind his desk, but when it comes to looking for good players in far-off places, the Mavericks are well traveled. Today, it’s Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis; 20 years ago, it was Dirk Nowitzki, then a 21-year-old German entering his second NBA season. Dirk’s emergence in the 1999-00 season injected hope into a franchise with the NBA’s second-worst record in the 1990s. Since that year, the Mavs have the second-best record, have made many deep playoff runs, and in 2011, finally won a title.