Friday, May 10, 2013
Nets chasing tall Croatian
By Mike Mazzeo
While nothing has been finalized, the Brooklyn Nets are working to bring over European sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic, and Bogdnaovic’s camp is optimistic that a deal will eventually get done, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN NewYork.com.
Bogdanovic, 24, a 6-foot-8 swingman from Croatia, was acquired by the Nets in a draft-night trade in 2011 after being selected by the Miami Heat with the first pick of the second round.
Bogdanovic is currently playing with Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey, but has just one year remaining on his contract with an opt-out. He is ready to come to the NBA, a source said.
Based on various reports, Bogdanovic would owe his former team between $1-2 million as part of a buyout. The Nets could contribute $570,000 of that buyout, per CBA rules.
The Nets could then offer Bogdanovic either the league minimum, or more likely all of -- or part of -- the taxpayer mini mid-level exception, which starts at approximately $3.2 million. The Nets are limited in what they can offer Bogdanovic because they are already well over the salary cap.
According to statistics from euroleague.net, Bogdanovic averaged 15.5 points and made 40.5 percent of his 3-point attempts in 21 games in 2012-13.
General mangaer Billy King had said the Nets were hoping to add Bogdanovic to their 2013-14 roster last Sunday.
The news of Bogdanovic likely joining the Nets had been previously reported by SNY and the New York Post.