Brookyln Nets: Nets Eyeing European Studs Bojan Bogdanovic & Mirza Teletovic

Kristian WinfieldCorrespondent IIIMay 28, 2012

via Euroleague.Net
via Euroleague.Net

In an effort to keep their stud point guard, Deron Williams, long-term, the Brooklyn Nets have reached into international waters to add some refined talent to the roster.

According to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick:

"Williams' preference, however, is for the Nets to improve the roster sufficiently enough that he can feel good about staying put rather than fear a repeat of this season, when they finished 22-44."

And there's no better way to improve the roster than by adding smooth European talent to the rotation.

A 6'9" forward, Teletovic leads the Euroleague in scoring, averaging 21.7 points per game and is believed to have significant interest in signing with the Brooklyn Nets.

Spanish hoops writer, Jon de la Presa, tweeted:

@s9rgio @sjacas i'd bet he's [Teletovic] gonna sign with Brooklyn...

— Jon de la Presa(@jondelapresa) May 24, 2012

According to, Teletovic also leads the Euroleague in minutes, made field goals, made three pointers and attempted and was second in drawn fouls. He also had a career three-point average of 40.2 percent, while averaging six rebounds per game.

Teletovic played for Caja Laboral in Spain, but is now a free agent.

The Brooklyn Nets also have their sights set on Euroleague sensation, Bojan Bogdanovic, who they acquired on a draft day trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in last year's draft.

A 6'7" guard/forward, Boganovic averaged 13 points in 24 minutes per game for Fenerbahce Ulker, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from deep.

Unfortunately, his contract situation with the Euroleague is not as simple as Teletovic's.

NetsDaily reports that "The buyout [with Fenerberbahce] could be in the millions and the Nets can only pay $525,000 under league rules."

They also reported that Nets' GM, Billy King's adviser, Danko Cvjetićanin said:

"Nets general manager Billy King does not want to do anything by force, but it is quite clear that Bojan should be a Nets' player,"  adding that he thought it should happen "immediately."

While landing these two euro studs would drastically improve the Nets roster, Deron Williams more than likely wants to be playing alongside another All-Star, ala Dwight Howard.

If Brooklyn can pull together a string of deals to land all three players in Brooklyn, likely sending C Brook Lopez and swingman Gerald Wallace to Orlando, the Nets would make a raucous re-entry into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.