With his team's playoff fate resting on his shoulders, Bojan Bogdanovic had another huge Euroleague game, scoring 26 points in 32 minutes, leading Fenerbahce to a huge win over Khimki of Russia. Fener won by three, 88-85, in the Euroleague Round of 16, the league's intermediate playoff level. The Turkish team survived a 25-point performance by former Net, Zoran Planinic, who had 25 points.
In an interview with NetsDaily at the Turkish League All-Star game, Bogdanovic revealed his buyout this summer is $2 million (1.5 million euros), a big consideration. The Nets are permitted to pay $570,000 year towards a buyout, meaning the 23-year-old Croatian would have to pay the remaining $1.4 million out of his pocket to take out a loan to pay it. Moreover, unless the Nets were willing to give him most of the $3.1 million mini-MLE, he'd wind up taking a pay cut.
That doesn't mean the Nets have given up on him. They are very high on him, as is Mike Fratello, who coached Team Ukraine against Bogdanovic's Team Croatia in the FIBA Europe Qualifying Tournament last year. Bogdanovic's three at the buzzer beat Ukraine.
Against Khimki, Bogdanovic shot 7-of-13, including 2-of-6 from three. He went to the line ten times and made all of them, two of them to help ice the game. Fener's other Euro-Net, Ilkan Karaman, played less than 10 minutes and scored only two points.
Game Report: Fenerbahce vs. BC Khimki - Euroleague.