Sean Marks will be in Moscow next Wednesday to scout CSKA Moscow’s Euroleague game vs. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul, a game that will feature the best player outside the NBA, CSKA’s point guard Miloš Teodosić.
David Pick, the European hoops writer, first broke the news, which NetsDaily has since confirmed.
Source: Nets GM Sean Marks bound for CSKA vs Dacka on March 22. Lots of NBA talent: MILOS TEODOSIC, Will Clyburn, Brad Wanamaker.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) March 16, 2017
The prize of course is Teodosić. He is consistently rated the best basketball player outside the NBA, a 6’5” playmaker. Not just a point guard but a playmaker. He’s hinted that he will head to the NBA next season.
Last month, one of his native Serbia’s biggest newspapers, reported that the Nets are interested in him. Teodosić, who turns 30 this Sunday, plays for CSKA Moscow, the team Mikhail Prohorov owned in the Euroleague.
In short, Teodosić in Europe’s Jason Kidd, at least on offense. He has gotten CSKA to the Euroleague Final Four seven straight years, winning the Euroleague title and leading Serbia to an Olympic silver medal in Rio de Janiero.
Here’s a sample of his passing skills.
The other two players mentioned by Pick play for Darusssafaka and are U.S. citizens who played college ball in the U.S. Wanamaker, 27, is a 6’4” point guard from Pitt who was almost signed by the 76ers last summer. Clyburn, 26, is a 6’7” small forward who played for Marshalltown Community College.
Also on the CSKA roster is Nando de Colo, also a guard. However, de Colo signed a long term deal with CSKA last summer. Teodosić will be a free agent.
The Nets have a few obvious links with Teodosić, including the Prokhorov connection to CSKA and assistant GM Trajan Langdon, another CSKA alumni who is reportedly close to Teodosić.
Marks told WFAN Wednesday afternoon that he was headed to Europe, but the Nets will not provide his itinerary. The Nets bulked up its international scouting last summer with the hire of Gianluca Pascucci, who had been Daryl Morey’s No. 2 in Houston.