In a press conference at a hotel in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, Mirza Teletovic told local reporters that he would like to stay in Brooklyn next season.
"I like Brooklyn, people are great, I know the team and everyone, especially doctors, treated me great when all that happened. I really would like to stay in Brooklyn," he said referring to the multiple blood clots found in in his lungs in January. "I know my team-mates and everything is really great. I do not know what will be, but I'll know more in June when free agent market starts," he told reporters, including Igor Marinovic of Sportske Novosti, who translated his answers for NetsDaily.
The Nets are fully expected to give him a qualifying offer of $4.2 million by June 30, but as he said, "any team can offer a contract." Brooklyn has the right to match any offer Teletovic receives since he is a restricted free agent.
Teletovic did not express that much disappointment with the Nets season, but he did echo what other players have said about the need for continuity.
"I think we had a good season, given the fact that they changed the coach and teammates. Deron, Brook, Joe and I are the only players who have not changed. I think it is important for the Nets to stay with the same system. Some changes good and some bad ... but it is very difficult when there are a lot of changes. "
The captain of the Bosnian national team said he would like to play in FIBA Eurobasket which starts in late August but said that will depend on how his free agency works out. He added that he has no interest in returning to European basketball.
Teletovic also cleared up one mystery with his blood clots, saying that it was indeed a hip pointer vs. Cleveland that began the process that led to the discovery of the clots in Los Angeles on January 19.
- Mirza Teletovic: "I really would like to stay in Brooklyn... but I'll know more in June" - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Mirza Teletovic says he hopes to stay in Brooklyn, will stay in NBA - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
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