Nemanja Bjelica Will Not Be Playing for the Sixers

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I believe this was first reported at RealGM, then confirmed by Keith Pompey and Woj:

Interesting. He could have been looking for a better deal and simply changed his mind.

There’s a short write-up by Nikos Varlas at EuroHoops.net that gets into this a little bit:

It’s obvious that Bjelica’s priority is the NBA, however, he expected a better and especially a longer deal than the mid-level exception of the Sixers for one year.

That’s why the 2015 EuroLeague MVP remains puzzled and Europe can be an option for him. Of course, very few teams can afford him, but on the other hand, the chance of signing Bjelica could be intriguing for every EuroLeague powerhouse.

And this is a blurb from the RealGM story:

Nemanja Bjelica has yet to finalize his contract with the Philadelphia 76ers and he could end up moving back to Europe this season.

Bjelica and the 76ers agreed to a one-year, $4.4 million deal on July 5th. Bjelica was expecting a better multi-year contract when he entered free agency.

That’s not exactly what’s coming out of the Sixers’ camp, though. Sounds like Bjelica had a verbal agreement with the team but ran into visa issues getting to Camden to take his physical. Bjelica, a Serbia native, has been playing in the NBA since 2015.

The crumbling of this deal does allow the Sixers to go in a different direction with the mid-level exception, but it hurts from a depth perspective. Bjelica was a good fit for this team, that Euro stretch-four that Brett Brown seems to love. Bjelica was a pretty good shooter who would have been a natural replacement for Ersan Ilyasova.

Next up on the power forward depth chart behind Dario Saric would be, well, I guess Richaun Holmes or Jonah Bolden, unless the Sixers want to bump Wilson Chandler down and use him as a four, where he did play a bit in Denver, mostly when Danilo Gallinari was on the roster. Robert Covington and Ben Simmons played the four at times last year to varying degrees of success. Brown does have options here.

The Sixers could use the MLE on a free agent reclamation product or just save it for the buyout market instead. And I know his name evokes exasperation among Sixers Twitter, but this would also open the door for 38 year old Jamal Crawford to sign on a veteran minimum deal. Personally, with the roster already being tight, I think you just stand pat and navigate the buyout market.

Anybody on this list jump out, or nah? –

 

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15 Responses

  1. It’s hysterical to read how many liberal snowflakes are suddenly experts in what constitutes treason. Where were all these scholars when Hillary Clinton was selling uranium?

    1. Nobody cares about her emails. But you Trump maniacs are ok with any idiot off the street buying a fully semi automatic rifle…. but you lose your shit of a Mexican votes ?

        1. I’m sorry I’m not some hick from Alabama. I don’t know all the gun brands. But I do know that it is insane for an ordinary citizen to say that they need a gun. What are you so afraid of?

          1. Right…. the south is not really known for making guns. All the major companies are based in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire. Read a book lefty. That’s why we won the civil war. Idiot

  2. Quite the offseason for the Sixers. Apparently “stah hunting” is chowderhead speak for signing JJ Redick and Amir Johnson. Can’t wait.

  3. I beat a Mexican ground hog with my MAGA hat today. I think the combo of fleas and the smell cigarettes from said hat did him in. Then he got the RKO. THAT’LL TEACH ‘EM.

  4. From that list, in order of preference: Rodney Hood, Jamal Crawford, Nick Young, Joe Johnson, Vince Carter – maybe split the mid-level between 2 of those and roster spots will work themselves out through possible injury or training camp/preseason play

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