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The meaning of Bojan Bogdanovic


Following up on Josh Newman's report, Tim Bontemps writes Friday of what Bojan Bogdanovic's expected signing would mean for the Nets. Bottom line: he's likely to be the off-season's biggest free agent signing, and typical of what they're hoping to do this summer: smaller more efficient deals.

Because the Nets are so far over the salary cap, they only have the ability to sign one player for more than a minimum salary, which they can do by using the "mini" mid-level exception, which starts at $3.183 million next season.

The signing of the 6'8" Croatian swingman is likely that one big move. It also seems to signal that the Nets are confident they can keep Andray Blatche happy with another vets minimum deal. With his amnesty payments from the Wizards and the vets minimum plus 20 percent, Blatche would make $ 8,876,820 next season, of which the Nets would only pay $1,375,604.

As for his skill set, Bontemps thinks Bogdanovic (who like Mirza Teletovic was born in Mostar, Bosnia) will give the Nets additional depth at two positions.

With another 6-foot-7 or 6-foot-8 swingman in Bogdanovic, he will gives whoever the next coach of the Nets will be a chance to do some more creative things at the forward spots without going "small." And that doesn’t even factor in another European player, Toko Shengelia, who could potentially play a bigger role in his second year

When will we see him in a Nets uniform? Bontemps says he won't play in the summer league because he can't sign until free agent signing begins in mid-July. But last summer, both Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor played in the summer league, then signed . Bogdanovic will play for the Croatian national team at FIBA Eurobasket in September.