The Brooklyn Nets have finally completed a deal to bring big man Bojan Bogdanovic over from Turkey, the team announced Tuesday. Bogdanovic was drafted by the Nets in the first round (31st overall) in the 2011 draft, then spent the past three years with Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey.
The contract will be worth $10.1 million over three years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, so it appears to be using Brooklyn’s full mid-level exception. The two sides agreed to a deal one year ago before complications with the player’s buyout prevented him from leaving Fenerbahce, but that won’t be an issue this time around.
A 6’8 forward, Bogdanovic helped Fenerbahce to the Turkish Basketball League championship in 2013-14, a year after earning All-Star honors for the first time. In 24 Euroleague games last season, he averaged 14.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
Bogdanovic fits the mold of many other European forwards as a player who brings length and shooting to the table. He could be an option to replace some of Paul Pierce’s minutes, occasionally switching between the three and four spots in the lineup as needed.
The NBA will only be getting one Bogdanovic this year, but the Phoenix Suns also drafted Bojan’s brother, Bogdan Bogdanovic, with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2014 draft. The younger Bogdanovic already signed Fenerbahce Ulker, and seems to be taking a similar path to the NBA as his older brother. The backcourt is crowded in Phoenix now with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and (most likely) Eric Bledsoe, but Bogdan should get a shot eventually.