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Bojan Bogdanovic: "I will play in the NBA, I do not know when"

Bojan Bogdanovic via Facebook

Bojan Bogdanovic is a hot commodity. He was just voted to the first team all-Eurobasket, the youngest player and only player without NBA experience named. Also, his contract with Fenerbahce of Istanbul is up next summer and the Turkish team, which has assembled a European all-Star team, wants to cap off its off-season by signing the 6'8" swingman to an extension in the next few weeks. At the same time, the Nets would like to know if he will be arriving next summer. His agent is juggling multiple balls.

So it's no surprise he was being cagey when approached by a leading Spanish sports site. As he has told other reporters since opting out of joining the Nets, he wants to play in the NBA but doesn't know when. He was also non-committal about his contract with Fener.

"I want to play in the NBA and I will, I have the certainty of it: but still do not know when," he told "Fener has been very good to me and I can sign a new contract, although perhaps with a buyout clause to go to the NBA. I could leave at the end of the current contract, but I can also wait (more) years."

Bogdanovic's agent has said he'd like to get the buyout reduced. This summer it was a hefty $2 million. He wanted Fener to reduce it, but the team refused. Bogdanovic said he was disappointed in not joining the Nets, but has refuted suggestions he doesn't want to compete with Paul Pierce. The Nets, who continue to be very interested and offered him $10 million over three years, moved on after Bogdanovic's decision and signed Andrei Kirilenko and Alan Anderson.