Mirza Teletovic’s agent has announced that his client’s choices are down to the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers. Teletovic won the scoring title in the Euroleague last year and would be ready to help contribute to an NBA team as soon as next season. He opted out of his Euroleague contract a few weeks ago when he had to agree to pay $2 million to Caja Laboral of the Euroleague. Last week, Teletovic was considering offers from the Knicks and Suns as well, but he ruled them out because he wanted to go to a rebuilding NBA team. Teletovic still does not know whether he will be in Brooklyn or Cleveland next season.
This was an interesting decision for Teletovic. It is puzzling why he wants to go to a rebuilding team, but maybe he wants this because he doesn’t want the pressure of being on a team expected to win. This decision is good news for the Nets. I thought that the Knicks and Suns, not Cavs, would be the biggest competition for the Nets to get Teletovic, and now both those teams seem to be out of the running. No offense to Cleveland, but what NBA player (or person for that matter) would want to live in Cleveland over New York? And who wouldn’t want to open up the Barclays Center and Brooklyn? I would be surprised to see Teletovic pick the Cavs over the Nets and I expect him to be in a Nets jersey on opening night.