Teletovic Will Surprise Nets Fans

B. Petrinovic, Crobasket

Wendell Maxey used to cover the Nets for HoopsWorld then went to Europe. On Sunday, he writes about Mirza Teletovic for Ridiculous Upside. Maxey suggets that Nets fans put aside conventional wisdom and not dismiss the 6'9" Bosnian "one of those European guys" or someone who took a pay cut to help the team go after Dwight Howard.

He's more than that, writes Maxey...

In Teletovic -- who went undrafted in 2007 -- the Nets get a big man who can step out and fill it up from outside and also possesses a strong build (240 pounds) to hold his own against guys on the block. Don't think spot-up shooter. Think Deron Williams hitting Teletovic coming off screens or working the floor to get off his high release jumper. And if defenders are thinking about crowding Teletovic and playing him close, they'd better think twice. He won't hesitate to rise up or even put the ball on the floor with a quick step off the dribble.

Right now, say team insiders, he's penciled in as the starting power forward, calling him "really good," "intriguing," and in one's eyes, "a bargain even at the MLE" He'll sign a three-year deal on Thursday after paperwork on his buyout gets done.

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