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Bojan Bogdanovic shows up on Barclays big board, stays with Brooklyn Nets


As the Phoenix Suns selected Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic with the No. 27 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, NBA TV played what it thought were his highlights. They weren't. Instead, the producers made a common mistake: confusing Bojan Bogdanovic, the Croatian swingman and Nets' Euro-Stash, with his Serbian counterpart, Bogdan.

The NBA later apologized, but maybe it was an omen as Bojan's best moves were shown on the center hung scoreboard at Barclays Center, where of course, the Nets would still like to see him play.  Billy King called him an off-season "option" earlier this month and at the end of the night. they retained his rights.   That's not to say they will sign him.  King has told people that the front office sees a bit of Peja Stojakovic in the 6'8" forward but there is an issue of money. He'd like something on the order of the mini-MLE and that is earmarked for Shaun Livingston. Otherwise, all the Nets can offer him is the rookie minimum, which is about $500,000 a fraction of what he's likely to get in Europe.

Moreover, Bogdanovic has all but said "where do I sign?" regarding a future contract with Fenerbache.  He is expected to sign a new deal, with annual NBA player options and reasonable buyouts. But so far, he hasn't signed and he does have a new agent, Arm Tellem, who represents a number of Nets ... and whose son works for King in the Nets front office.

But even if there's no indication that the 25-year-old is ready to test his skills in the NBA at least as of now, he still has trade value going forward. A number of NBA teams scouted him this season.  We don't know if the Nets offered him around or if teams asked for him on Thursday.

The Nets in fact gave up only money --aka "financial considerations"-- in acquiring three picks and retained all their other assets, including Marcus Thornton, Jorge Gutierrez' lightly guaranteed contract. And starting Tuesday, they will have $3.3 million to sweeten any deals they make.