Bojan Bodanovic – highly coveted name around the league
The Brooklyn Nets famously surrendered a plethora of draft picks to the Boston Celtics in order to acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. With the two former Celtics close to retirement, the Nets will be left without much talent and with few draft picks over the coming years. Possibly the team’s best bet to reload on some picks could be moving the rights for a highly coveted player in Bojan Bogdanovic.
“I would say 20 out of 30 teams have interest in him,” a league source said of sharp-shooting forward Bojan Bogdanović, whose rights are currently owned by the Nets.
The 24-year-old Croatian nearly came over to the Nets last summer, but was ultimately prevented from moving to the NBA because of an expensive buyout in his contract with Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahçe Ülker. (NBA teams are limited in what they can spend on foreign buyouts.) Next summer, however, Bogdanović will be a free agent and the Nets could offer him as much as the taxpayer’s mid-level exception, which is slated to start at $3.278 million for the 2014-2015 season.
Bogdanovic has a very unique skill set, so it’s only natural that a lot of teams are interested in his services. Moving his rights are probably not a priority for the Nets at this point in time, but the team’s direction will be a lot clearer this summer, which is when they will likely make a decision on whether or not he will be part of their future.