Dragan Bender could be going back overseas to continue his basketball career after agreeing to a deal with CSKA Moscow.
Bender spent the previous three seasons with the Phoenix Suns. The Bosnia and Herzegovina native was their No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
The Suns drafted Bender after a two-year stint in Israel, including one season with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015-16. He played sparingly as an 18-year-old, averaging 4.4 points in 38 games before going to the NBA.
In three seasons with Phoenix, Bender only occasionally showed the promise that made him such a high draft pick. He shot 36.6 percent from three-point range and played all 82 games during the 2017-18 campaign. The team chose not to pick up his fourth-year option for 2019-20 last October.
If Bender signs his deal with CSKA Moscow, he can re-establish some of the value he lost by playing for one of the best international teams in the world that just won the 2018-19 EuroLeague title in May.
Bender is just 21 years old and can take advantage of a situation in Russia that will afford him more consistent playing time than he was getting in three seasons with the Suns.