The available pool of starting point guards was reduced Wednesday morning when Nando de Colo, the Euroleague MVP, decided to stay in Russia, signing a three-year deal for less than what he could have earned in the NBA. Both the Nets and Nuggets were reportedly interested in the 6'5" French guard who had played with the Spurs and Raptors.
I'm very happy to stay 3 more years in Moscow! Let's go for more trophies. Увидимся скоро CSKA! ;-) @CSKABasketball pic.twitter.com/9b3egCU0kD— Nando De Colo (@NandoDeColo) June 15, 2016
Nando De Colo is the boss in Russia, earns millions. NBA wasn't on his mind. He signed three-season extension with CSKA.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) June 15, 2016
De Colo was one of three European point guards mentioned as possible Nets targets, the others being Malcolm Delaney, a Virginia Tech product who played for Lokomotiv Kuban in southern Russia, and De Colo's CSKA teammate Milos Teodoric, who unlike De Colo aand Delaney is not a free agent.
And Delaney, who has said he wants to play in the NBA next season, also has a big European offer, according to reports..
.@FCBbasket offers a € 5 million, three-year contract to Malcolm Delaney (via @nikosvarlas): https://t.co/nhnHvP8lVk pic.twitter.com/9VWRFayuB5— Eurohoops.net (@Eurohoopsnet) June 13, 2016
The Nets have been quiet about who they'd like to fill their biggest need, but speculation has focused on free agents Mike Conley of Memphis, who the Knicks have also targeted; Rajon Rondo of Sacramento who some have suggested wants to play in a big market again; and Jeremy Lin of Charlotte, who had a great relationship with Kenny Atkinson when the two were in New York during LinSanity four years ago.