Mirza Teletovic Confirms Brooklyn Nets Contract

Mirza Teletovic

Mirza Teletovic has officially agreed to sign with the Nets next season. Although we don’t yet know how much he will be paid or how much he had to pay his Euroleague team to go to the NBA, we do know that the contract with the Nets will be for 3 seasons.

Teletovic says that signing with the Nets was not about money, but instead about playing time and excitement. He said that Brooklyn is “an ambitious club this summer. It will experience many changes. It will also be a big change for me, but now it’s time to go ahead and fulfill my dream…I played many years in Europe, in the [Spanish] National League on stronger and stronger clubs, so I think I am ready also for the NBA.”

I am happy to hear this positive news from Teletovic, who was the Euroleague’s leading scorer last season when he averaged over 21 ppg. I am also happy that he may not command too much money because he wants the Nets to be able to sign other good players. However, I don’t want Mirza to be disappointed if he doesn’t get much playing time. If the Nets were unable to sign Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams or trade for Joe Johnson, Teletovic could have been the Nets’ best player. But now after the big moves by Brooklyn, Teletovic will not even be starting. In fact, he will probably be the 7th or 8th man behind 5 starters, Marshon Brooks, and maybe Gerald Green.

I am glad that Teletovic was unselfish enough to come to the Nets for less money, but now I just hope he is unselfish enough to play less than 20 minutes per game and not complain.

Topics: Brooklyn Nets, Deron Williams, Gerald Green, Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson, Marshon Brooks, Mirza Teletovic

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  • raphaelastrow

    Yeah playing time might be an issue, especially since he’s a below average rebounder and the Nets have a big need for rebounding right now.

  • KevinSagui

    Actually, I’m not sure how much of an issue PT is going to be.  Teletovic is a 3/4 kind of guy, right?  Currently, the Nets only have Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans for the 3 and the 4.  I know they’d love to bring Gerald Green back, but I think the most they can offer him is $1.1 million – it’s likely that gets topped.  Evans isn’t going to give more than 15-20 minutes due to his offensive liabilities and fouling proclivities.  The rest of the Nets’ front court is likely either Humphries/Lopez or Howard/minimum guy.  If the former, Teletovic likely sees the bulk of his minutes in a three-big rotation, plus some time spotting Wallace.  If the latter, he probably plays full starter minutes in the Ryan Anderson role as a stretch four spacing things out for Howard.  Short of the Nets adding Marcus Camby to a Humphries/Lopez front line, I don’t see Teletovic having a minutes issue.

  • raphaelastrow

    Yeah good points.  You’re right but I’m still concerned that if Brook Lopez is our center, who’s gonna get rebounds if Teletovic is our starting 4?  Lopez is reluctant to box people out and get rebounds and I hear that Teletovic is the same way.  I don’t think Coach Avery would like having Tele and Brook on the court at the same time.

  • KevinSagui

     @raphaelastrow Well, I doubt he’s the starting 4 if Lopez is still on the team.  It’ll either be Humphries or somebody they land in a sign-and-trade for Humphries (I’ve been trying to convince myself that Atlanta or Cleveland would TOTALLY do a Josh Smith or Andy Varejao for Hump/MarShon/picks package).  In that case, my guess is that the Nets don’t really have a true backup center for Lopez but use a bunch of small-ball lineups when he’s off the floor.  Wallace, Humphries and Evans are all excellent rebounders for their positions, so combinations involving two of them and one of Lopez/Teletovic should be both acceptable and frequent.  I also think you’d see some Teletovic/Hump/Lopez time when Wallace is off the floor.  Finally, I believe Lopez when he admits that he got lazy rebounding two years ago and is going to re-commit himself to it.  No, he’ll probably never be a great rebounder, but he was acceptable his first two seasons.  If Avery’s careful with his rotations, he can limit the amount of time that Teletovic and Lopez are on the floor together while still giving them both decent minutes, and when they are on the floor together, they represent the best offensive 3/4/5 set the Nets can run out there, making up for their rebounding deficiencies somewhat.

  • raphaelastrow

     @KevinSagui I think Varejao is a more likely target than Smith.  Marcus Camby is also out there.  What you wrote makes sense and I think Billy King has some options this summer to make sure the Nets have solid rebounding while still giving Tele good minutes.

  • KevinSagui

     @raphaelastrow Yeah, I think Varejao is more likely too.  I’d think Smith would command a better return than that; the only reason I really thought of him at all is that Ferry tried to get MarShon in the Joe Johnson deal and as a team that’s clearly blowing it up, Smith is likely to be dealt and Brooks/picks would be attractive to a rebuilding team.  But it’s not like they need to significantly drop long-term salary or get under the tax line this year, so I’m guessing an offer with more talent comes along.  With Varajao, it’s possible Cleveland wants to clear him out of Thompson’s way while he still has trade value.  They certainly seem to be following the OKC model of renting out their cap space to collect assets while their core players develop on their rookie contracts.  If the Nets took on Luke Walton as well, it would give Cleveland even more room to absorb other teams’ bad ink, and they have an even larger window than most since Baron Davis still counts towards their salary floor this season.  A possible variant in either scenario involves sending Humphries to Indiana, with Tyler Hansbrough going to Cleveland/Atlanta and Dahntay Jones’ dead-weight contract heading back to Brooklyn.  Figuring a Humph S&T would be for one guaranteed year at $10 million (anything more and he triggers BYC issues that affect his outgoing value for trade math), Indiana would essentially be paying $4 million to upgrade from Psycho T to Hump for this season while still keeping their long-term books neat, and Hansbrough would give Cleveland/Atlanta an extra youngish piece (possibly one they could flip to a contender for yet another pick at the deadline).  Jones would also serve as salary ballast for the Nets in any kind of deadline trade.

  • KevinSagui

     @raphaelastrow Ergh, hit ‘reply’ too fast.  If no trade arises, I’d give Hump a one-year max deal, which for him is roughly $15 million.  The overpay makes up for the lack of any long-term security, and it gives plenty of salary ballast for the Nets to use him in a trade after January 15.

  • raphaelastrow

     @KevinSagui The Nets have been more linked to Ersan Ilyasova than Varejao.  I don’t have anything to add to what you wrote about trading for Varejao but it seems possible in principle. I still doubt he will be a Net next season.  I predict that if the Nets don’t get Ilyasova or Howard, Kris Humphries will be a Net next season and I would be happy if we signed the Hump to an expensive 1 year contract.

  • KevinSagui

     @raphaelastrow Oh, agreed that there hasn’t been any kind of link to Varejao – that was just me spitballing possibilities.  I know the Nets have been linked to Ilyasova, but I don’t think he’s happening.  Milwaukee didn’t put in that strong an offer just to S&T him to NJ.  I definitely think that Hump returning on the expensive one-year deal is the most likely outcome.  I just tend to go crazy at this time of year looking at various possible outcomes, most of which have no chance of actually happening.

  • raphaelastrow

     @KevinSagui Yep, Ilyasova is officially off the market as of this morning.  I imagine that if Billy King gives up on Dwight Howard, he will go after Marcus Camby before talking with the Hump.

  • KevinSagui

     @raphaelastrow I’m getting the feeling that pursuing Camby, Howard and Hump can be pretty concurrent.  I mean, the Nets clearly have more time to deal with Hump since they hold his rights and can re-sign him after all the other junk becomes official, but Camby fits on this team regardless of what the rest of the front-court rotation looks like.  I wonder if King manages to talk Reggie Evans into the smaller TPE they hold, letting him use the full $3M from Shawne Williams on Camby.  Unlike Teletovic, taking less money probably means less PT for Evans, so I’m not entirely sure how willing he’d be to drop his contract.  Worst-case scenario, I’d rather not sign Reggie Evans if it means landing Camby.  Not quite sure what the Nets offer Houston for Camby if they can’t take him into a $3M exception, and I’m not sure if he comes to Brooklyn if they can’t offer him that much.

  • raphaelastrow

     @KevinSagui I would much rather have Camby than Evans.  I honestly wish the Nets didn’t get Evans because I don’t think he’s worthwhile.  Unfortunately, I doubt that Evans would sacrifice any money.  I’m also not sure that the Nets are allowed to just call off their sign and trade for Evans that has already been agreed upon.  I don’t think the Nets can seriously talk with Hump and Howard at the same time because Humphries has to be a central piece of Howard trade proposals.

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