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Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, source tells ESPN.
Anthony Slater: The Warriors are signing Nemanja Bjelica on a one-year veteran minimum, sources confirm. Stretch big who should fit well next to Draymond Green. Still have full TPMLE.
John Hollinger: Ariza deal removes a sign-and-trade option for Miami to put into a DeRozan exchange. Still have Igoudala, Bjelly, Oladipo as potential big dollar components.
Any thoughts of returning to Europe in the near or distant future? Nemanja Bjelica: I don’t know. I want to finish my career in the NBA, but you never know. I belong to the NBA and I want to stay there.
James Ham: Kings officially announce the signing of Bjelica.
Shams Charania: Forward Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $20.5M deal with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell Yahoo. Third year will be non-guaranteed.
After an agreement with the Philadelphia 76ers fell through, free agent Nemanja Bjelica and the Sacramento Kings plan to begin discussing a potential deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Kings general manager Vlade Divac reached out to Bjelica on Wednesday to explain his high value in the NBA versus leaving for Europe, league sources said.
Bjelica originally agreed to a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the 76ers, but reconsidered the agreement due to family, professional and personal concerns. In Sacramento, both sides could find a longer-term deal.
Shams Charania: Forward Nemanja Bjelica and the Kings plan to begin discussing potential deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Bjelica represents a shooter on the wing/frontcourt, and a long-term fit makes sense.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Nemanja Bjelica will talk to his former Euroleague sweetheart Fenerbahce before his commits to a deal. Nicolo Melli will attack the NBA in 2019, Zeljko Obradovic needs a do-it-all star for the future. Not smart for Turks to allow rival clubs to snatch him long term.
The more he thought about uprooting them from Minnesota, a place the family had found comfort in over three seasons with the Timberwolves, to move to Philadelphia for about eight months, the more he started to second guess his decision. That led to his decision on Monday to inform the Sixers that he would not be signing their offer and instead has turned his attention toward a return to European basketball. He was the Euroleague MVP for Fenerbahce in 2015. “It’s not about coach or the Philly organization,” Bjelica told The Athletic in a phone conversation on Tuesday. “Brett Brown, he’s a great guy and a great coach. The most important thing for me is family and some kind of stability.”
With a school-age daughter and an infant son, Bjelica did not want to move his family to a new city for such a short time with the prospects of another move coming the following season. “I’m thankful for Philly for the opportunity, but I will always do what is the best for my family,” Bjelica said. “At that point, I was considering European life.”
After reaching the verbal agreement with Bjelica, the Sixers were waiting for him to travel to Philadelphia to take a physical and sign the contract, The Athletic’s Derek Bodner reported. They have already added Wilson Chandler this summer and also have Dario Saric, Robert Covington and Ben Simmons to give them plenty of versatility in the frontcourt. “I made a decision too quickly,” Bjelica said. “It’s not about Coach Brown and the Philly organization. It’s just about me and my family.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent forward Nemanja Bjelica — who had agreed to a one-year deal with the 76ers — informed the team on Monday that he will stay in Europe this season, league sources tell ESPN. He never signed his contract with Philadelphia.
Adrian Wojnarowski: To be clearer: Bjelica informed the Sixers of his decision this morning.
Keith Pompey: Nemanja Bjelica wants to remain in Europe with his family.
Jake Fischer: The Sixers are signing forward Nemanja Bjelica to the room mid-level exception, per source.
Bjelica will test the free-agent waters, and his shooting and size have several teams interested in him, including his buddy Ricky Rubio and the Utah Jazz, according to sources. If a team extends him an offer sheet of $6 million or more that would push Minnesota into the tax, the Wolves might have a hard time matching it.
The Timberwolves extended a qualifying offer to forward Nemanja Bjelica on Thursday, league sources told The Athletic, backing up Tom Thibodeau’s stated desire to keep the sweet-shooting Serbian on the roster next season. The move ensures that Bjelica will be a restricted free agent starting Sunday, which gives the Wolves the opportunity to match any offer he receives on the open market. But Bjelica’s future in Minnesota remains very much up in the air.
The Timberwolves extended a qualifying offer to forward Nemanja Bjelica on Thursday, league sources told The Athletic, backing up Tom Thibodeau’s stated desire to keep the sweet-shooting Serbian on the roster next season.
Bjelica has two options now. He can sign his qualifying offer, which is essentially a one-year contract for just over $4.9 million, or explore free agency to see if he can get more money, a longer-term deal or both from another team. He is expected to have discussions with other teams starting very early in the process, but a return to Minnesota has yet to be fully ruled out, sources said.
Jon Krawczynski: Thibs on a qualifying offer for Bjelica: “Obviously you know how we feel about him. We haven’t done it yet, but we feel very strongly about him.”
“I don’t know what I can say right now,” Bjelica said after Wednesday’s Game 5 loss. “I hope I will stay here. We will see. We had bad luck to play against Houston in the first round, but we have a great group of people here. First time in playoffs in 14 years is very important for us. I like it here.”
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.
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.”
Euroleague star forward Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $11.7 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
EuroLeague MVP Nemanja Bjelica on Wednesday exercised an option in his contract with his Turkish team that allows him to leave for the NBA and clears the way for the Timberwolves to sign a player they drafted in the second round five years ago.
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.
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Lakers legend Pau Gasol, Marc’s older brother, recently sat down with Spanish newspaper Marca as he discussed the future of his sibling. Pau’s response was cryptic, but it is clear that he is hoping that Marc returns to Spain: “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides,” Pau said (h/t Sam Yip of Fan Nation). “I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.”
“I’ve been on him about things I need from him,” Billups said. “I said, ‘Nurk, I know you are going to be a free agent, and I understand you have to have a great year. You need me for you to have a great year, and I need you for us to have a good year. We need each other, right?’ “I’m going to give him every opportunity to have a great year. Because if he has a great year, that means we are a pretty damn good team. Because he is a good player. But that means he has to be focused and be in shape. Because you are only going to play as many minutes as you are physically able. If you are out there tired, uh-uh, come on, gotta get you out. There are good players behind you.”
It is unclear exactly what Nurkic and his role will look like under Billups, but to hear Nurkic talk, Billups has given him a vision of being more involved on both ends. Billups has been careful not to publicly define roles, but in general, he has preached that the offense will include more ball movement. “I just want to feel wanted, and I think I just need more support, and what I mean by that is different playing style, more inside-out game, more chance,” Nurkic said. “More chance to be successful and the position where they put you in. It’s all about the coach and where they put you, and I think Chauncey has figured out that certain people are going to have one to three points less, but the team is going to be way more successful with ball movement and playing together and be more fun. Even at the defensive end.”
Virtus Bologna’s win over LBA newcomer Tortona in SuperCup Quarterfinal game yesterday night was overshadowed by a serious injury occurred to Nigerian center Ekpe Udoh, who appears to have injured his patellar tendon in a no-contact situation. Former Fenerbahce center was taken out of the court in a stretcher and after the game coach Sergio Scariolo confirmed the seriousness of the injury, adding that the team will look for a replacement in the market: “He’s our cornerstone, both on attack and on defense. It’s dramatic, I hope that it serves to understand that you need to respect the players. Here there are stickers on the court everywhere, in the NBA it’s not the case. We will look for a replacement”.
“We are in shock and worried,” Scariolo said after the game on Udoh’s injury. The Italian coach spoke against the use of slippery stickers on basketball floors which have often caused players to hurt themselves.