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Source: Nets considering Bogdanovic

7/2/2014

Indications are that the Brooklyn Nets are leaning toward using their taxpayer mini mid-level exception on European forward Bojan Bogdanovic, a source told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk.

The 6-foot-8 Bogdanovic averaged 14.8 points for Fenerbahce Ulker in the Turkish League last season. But the 25-year-old, known for his ability to stretch the floor, shot just 29.8 percent from 3-point range in 2013-14 after connecting on over 40 percent from beyond the arc in each of the two previous seasons.

The Nets have held Bogdanovic’s rights since selecting him with the first pick of the second round in the 2011 NBA draft.

Brooklyn had hoped to use its mini-MLE (three-years, $10.3 million) on Shaun Livingston, but Livingston opted to sign a three-year, $16 million contract with the Golden State Warriors.

The Nets thought they were going to bring Bogdanovic over last offseason, but the deal hit a snag as the two sides were unable to reach a buyout agreement.

Bogdanovic could potentially play a significant role on next season’s team if he does come over and Paul Pierce departs via free agency. If the Nets don’t sign Bogdanovic, they could use his rights as a bargaining chip in a potential trade.