Not long after the Nets beat the Celtics, the team waived Marko Jaric, who celebrated his 35th birthday this weekend. Jaric, who was one of Serbia's most decorated basketball players, was a late camp invite. But after getting extended minutes due to injuries to Deron Williams, Tyshawn Taylor and Jorge Gutierrez, it became obvious that Jaric had lost more than a step. In two games, Jaric scored three points in 32 minutes.
He admitted in a tweet after being cut that he was out of shape.
@markojaric: Thanks to the Brooklyn Nets organization for everything but I am just to much out of shape. Good luck!!!— Marko Jaric (@markojaric) October 16, 2013
Jaric first gained attention in the late 1990's in Italy, where he combined with Manu Ginobili to win an Italian League title. In fact, back then, scouts were divided on which player would have a better NBA career. As a member of the Yugoslavian national team, Jarić won gold medals at both the EuroBasket 2001 and the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indiana, beating his former teammate's Argentine team.
In seven years in the NBA with the Clippers, Timberwolves and Grizzlies, Jaric averaged 7.1 points and 3.6 assists. After being bought out by the Grizzlies, he returned to Europe for two years before apparently retiring in 2011. Other than a stint in the Bulls training camp last season, he hadn't played since then. He earned more than $40 million in the NBA alone.
The Nets now have 18 players in camp, the 15 with guaranteed deals plus Jorge Gutierrez, Chris Johnson and Gary Forbes.
Nets waive Marko Jaric - SNY Nets