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Report: Nets using taxpayer mid-level exception on Bojan Bogdanovic

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The Nets bought the No. 31 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, selecting Bojan Bogdanovic.

Bogdanovic – not to be confused with Bogdan Bogdanović, who was choked by his coach and then drafted by the Suns at No. 27 this year – has played in Turkey since.

Now, the Croatian will join the NBA.

To sign him, like any second rounder, Brooklyn must use cap space or an exception. Cap space is off the table for the Nets, who are headed toward another year deep in the luxury tax, and the minimum-salary exception is not enough to lure Bogdanovic.

That means Bogdanovic will take the Nets’ primary tool for upgrading their roster.

ESPN New York:

A league source told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk on Monday that European sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic will sign a three-year contract with the Nets for the taxpayer’s mini mid-level exception. The deal includes a third-year player option, the source said, that could make it worth $10.3 million.

The full taxpayer mid-level exception (taxpayers’ and mini are redundant in that except) is worth $3,278,000 starting and $10,550,175 over three years. I’m not sure whether Bogdanovic got the full amount and Youngmisuk just rounded or whether Bogdanovic accepted slightly less.

Bogdanovic taking $10.3 million rather than $10,550,175 won’t give the Nets any more flexibility to sign free agents. They’ll still have only minimum-salary contracts to offer free agents.

Looking for more downside for Brooklyn? There’s no guarantee the 25-year-old Bogdanovic will even help the Nets. Though he shot 41 percent on 3-pointers each of the previous two years, Bogdanovic hit just 29 percent of his shots from beyond the arc last season. That’s a glaringly low mark for a supposedly strong shooter.

Bogdanovic has expanded his game, but with Brooklyn facing limited means to upgrade beyond him, he faces pressure to translate his other skills to the NBA. That might be an uphill battle.

If Bogdanovic is the best the Nets could do with their MLE, it’s probably time to pay Paul Pierce.

Report: Bulls’ Cristiano Felicio ‘strong favorite’ to replace Anderson Varejao on Brazilian Olympic team

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Cristiano Felicio #6 of the Chicago Bulls looks to pass against the Toronto Raptors at the United Center on February 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Raptors 116-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Warriors center Anderson Varejao will miss the Rio Olympics due to a back injury.

Where will Team Brazil turn now?

Likely to Bulls center Cristiano Felicio.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Felicio came on strong late last season. He puts his 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame to good use protecting the paint and rebounding. He showed potential as passer and mid-range shooter, too.

At age 24, he’s a candidate to break out in the Olympics.

If he’s not ready, Brazil can turn to a steady veteran at center, Nene.

Report: Equipment staffer punched by Blake Griffin no longer works for Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin stands on the court as equipment manager Matias Testi, left, stands behind the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. Griffin broke his hand last month when he punched Testi in the face. The Clippers won 105-86. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.

Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.

TMZ:

The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”

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Writer recants report of Kevin Durant telling Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with Thunder

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 03:  Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder talk to head coach Billy Donovan during their game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on March 3, 2016 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?

Never mind.

Royce Young of ESPN:

I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.

Warriors/Brazil center Anderson Varejao to miss Olympics with back injury

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Dan Clark #13 of Great Britain shoots over Anderson Varejao #11 of Brazil in the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match between Great Britain and Brazil on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.

The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.

Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.