Bojan Bogdanovic, playing against admittedly weak competition had his best game this year Sunday in the Turkish League, scoring 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep. He added five assists and five rebounds in Fenerbahce's 80-55 win over Torku Konya.
It was the first time Bogdanovic had scored that many points or hit that many three's in a game since December 29 in the TBL or December 19 in the Euroleague. While Fener won again in Turkey, the season has been a disappointment for free spending owners. They've already lost the Turkish Cup, the mid-season classic that's a big deal in every European country, and their chances of advancing to the Final Four in the Euroleague are dimming. That leaves only the Turkish League playoffs, not what they were hoping for.
Does any of it matter for the Nets chances with Bogdanovic? Billy King made it clear last week that re-signing Shaun Livingston is the team's top priority and the most likely way would be for the Nets to give Livingston the mini-MLE of $10 million over three years. As Tim Bontemps wrote...
If the Nets do that, it would all but end their chances of signing Euro-stash Bojan Bogdanovic this summer, as his contract with Turkish power Fenerbahce Ulker expires this summer. The only way to bring Bogdanovic over here, realistically, would be to pay him that same mini mid-level exception. The Nets are high on Bogdanovic, and have been for some time, but it’s hard to deny how big of an impact Livingston has had at both ends of the floor this season.
In other words, the Nets don't have enough flexibility to play both the market rate. There is one other option: give Livingston the vets minimum plus 20 percent -- $1.73 million -- next year with the promise of a bigger, longer contract in 2015 when he would have his Early Bird Rights. That didn't work with Gerald Green and probably wouldn't work with a player who's quite familiar with how a career can turn with a false step.
That all assumes that Bogdanovic wants to come over. He recently changed agents in Europe and the USA. In Europe, he's now repped by the same agent as his coach at Fener. That's given Fener fans hope he'll be back. But as part of the same representation deal, he's also hooked up with Arn Tellen, the NBA's biggest agent, for NBA negotiations. He could also wind up with another European team. Nothing can really happen until July 1 ... unless of course Bogdanovic's rights go on the market draft night.
- Boxscore: Fenerbahce Ulker vs. Torku Konya - Turkish Basketball League