Unless you are a follower of European basketball, and CSKA Moscow in particular, the last time you saw Milos Teodosic play was the Rio Olympics. There he torched Kyrie Irving for 18 points and six assists in group play and led Serbia to the silver medal. Mike Krzyzewski called Teodosic “one of the all-time great players internationally” and the USA game planned for him in the Gold Medal game.
He’s expected to sign in the NBA this fall. Brooklyn has had its eyes on him, but they are going to have competition, reports Brian Lewis at the New York Post.
The Nets long have been linked to Teodosic, as have the Kings and Nuggets. But Friday, Andrey Kartashov, the lead basketball writer for the Russian news agency TASS, reported Miami had joined the pursuit of the CSKA Moscow star who NBA general managers voted the best player outside the league. Kartashov didn’t mention the Nuggets, but the Heat are problem enough…
The Nets are third in the NBA in available cap space at $33 million, but the Heat have $38 million despite matching Brooklyn’s four-year, $50 million offer sheet to guard Tyler Johnson last summer. Miami also has a competitive team, which was at the top of Teodosic’s wish list.
“In order for me to go to the USA, a team has to meet both my competitive ambitions — which is the most important thing — and everything that has to do with the financial aspect,’’ Teod0sic blogged on Eurohoop.net. “I need a team with a plan and high goals. … I want to win, to be motivated.”
Teodosic would be a quality rotation point guard in the NBA, maybe a sixth man. As we saw in that gold medal game, he doesn’t have the athleticism to hang with the elite guards of the NBA.
Of course, it will come down to money. Regarding playing time, Teodosic would backup Jeremy Lin in Brooklyn and Goran Dragic in Miami. Denver is also a team poised to take a step forward, but they are trying to figure out their point guard rotation amongst Jamal Murray, Jameer Nelson, and Emmanuel Mudiay. Sacramento has been mentioned but denied interest.