When the Nets drafted Markel Brown, he got a conference call introduction. Same thing for Jarrett Jack, their big trade pick-up this summer. But Bojan Bogdanovic, who they signed for the mini-MLE, is getting the red carpet treatment across the weekend. On Friday, Billy King gave him a guided tour of Brooklyn, including the Nets locker room at Barclays Center and the site of the HSS Center, where Bogdanovic will presumably train a year from now. They and friends (and agents) had lunch at Peter Lugers.
The Nets tweeted out the various stops in near real time. And on Monday, the media have been invited to an "availability" in East Rutherford with the 6'8" Croatian swingman. That's a press conference with the beat writers, bloggers (like us) and whatever national writers they can attract.
In other words, Bogdanovic was getting a welcome in line with a big acquisition and that's how the Nets see him. Privately, team officials will tell you he would have been a lottery pick, on talent, in the 2014 Draft. Publicly, they are paying him virtually the same amount the Magic are paying Aaron Gordon, picked at No.4. Everyone would like to see him get off to a quick start but most expect a period of transition. How long is the question.
The 25-year-old flew into town this week and will return to Croatia next week for training as his national team gets ready for the FIBA World Cup.