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Nets’ Bojan Bogdanovic rolls ankle readying for EuroBasket, says he’ll be fine

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The Nets are going to count on Bojan Bogdanovic this season, he likely starts on the wing next to Joe Johnson and will get heavy minutes.

Part of Bogdanovic’s off-season program is to play in EuroBasket with his native Bosnia and Herzegovina (along with fellow NBA players Jusuf Nurkic and Mirza Teletovic). But playing in real games means an increased injury risk and that befell the Nets two guard.

It’s nothing serious, he tweeted.

This is not enough for the Nets to pull an Alexis Ajinca, but Brooklyn will be watching. The injury shouldn’t linger into training camp if he doesn’t aggravate it.

Bosnia and Herzegovina open EuroBasket play Sept. 5 against Poland. Bogdanovic and his teammates are expected to have a tough time advancing out of the round robin play to the knockout tournament, they are in a group with France and Russia but more realistically would need to beat Finland or Israel to advance.

Report: Mirza Teletovic agrees to one-year, $5.5 million deal with Phoenix Suns


Earlier on Thursday, the Nets withdrew their qualifying offer for Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic, making him an unrestricted free agent. Teletovic wasted no time in agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Suns, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge:

It was always a long shot that the Nets would be able to keep Teletovic, given their luxury tax situation. But they’ll miss his size and shooting ability, which will be a nice fit in Phoenix.

Mirza Teletovic says he hopes to stay in Brooklyn, will stay in NBA


If you remember Mirza Teletovic from last season, it’s probably for this disaster during Game 2 of the Nets loss to the Hawks.

But the fact Teletovic was even in that game was a great story — he had been diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs back in January and had gone through a tough regimen and rehab just to get back on the court. And adjust his shoes.

Now the question about Teletovic is where he lands next season, he is a restricted free agent this summer. He’s a 6’8″ forward who shot 39 percent from three a couple seasons ago and looked like a player with promise. That promise got clotted up last season, but there may be teams interested in him if they can land the Bosnian at a fair price.

But he wants to stay in Brooklyn, reports Nets Daily.

“I like Brooklyn, people are great, I know the team and everyone, especially doctors, treated me great when all that happened. I really would like to stay in Brooklyn,” he said referring to the multiple blood clots found in his lungs in January. “I know my team-mates and everything is really great. I do not know what will be, but I’ll know more in June when free agent market starts,” he told reporters, including Igor Marinovic of Sportske Novosti, who translated his answers for NetsDaily.

As always, it will come down to money. Will another team, one that misses out on a couple targets, overpay some for Teletovic on hopes he can return to form? Would the Nets match the offer?

Teletovic said that he will not return to Europe to play for their club teams next season. He also said he does plan to play for the Bosnian national team this summer.

Teletovic said he thinks the Nets will be better next season in their second year under Hollins.

“I think we had a good season, given the fact that they changed the coach and teammates. Deron (Williams), Brook (Lopez), Joe (Johnson) and I are the only players who have not changed. I think it is important for the Nets to stay with the same system. Some changes good and some bad … but it is very difficult when there are a lot of changes.”


Mirza Teletovic throws away pass, fiddles with his shoe while Hawks score (video)

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First of all, it’s awesome Mirza Teletovic returned after “season-ending” blood clots. Let’s not lose sight of that.

But, if you’re going to play, play.

Don’t nonchalantly throw away that pass, and sure as heck don’t fiddle with your shoe while the Hawks are on offense.

Nets list Mirza Teletovic as ‘probable’ for Game 2 vs. Hawks


The Nets ruled Mirza Teletovic out for the season back on Jan. 23, after he was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolus (multiple blood clots in the lungs).

Perhaps they meant the regular season.

Teletovic was back on the court and went through a full practice with his team in advance of the Game 1 loss to the Hawks, but the Nets said at the time that he would continue to be listed as “out” for games, and that his status would be updated as appropriate.

The Nets announced that Teletovic is listed as “probable” now for Wednesday’s Game 2.

From Rod Boone of Newsday:

Hollins adds that doesn’t mean Mirza will get into the game. Just that he’s probable to be on the roster. Whatever that means.

Teletovic has proven to be a capable outside shooter at times, and against a Hawks team that toyed with them for the bulk of Game 1, the Nets will obviously take all the help they can get.

Teletovic appeared in 44 games for Brooklyn this season, and averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per contest.