By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19
The Brooklyn Nets announced on Tuesday that they have signed forward Bojan Bogdanović to a multi-year contract.
The Nets did not release terms of the contract, but reports indicate that the contract is for three years at $10.1 million.
Bogdanovic was selected with the 31st overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. His rights were traded from Miami to Minnesota, and then by the Timberwolves to the Nets.
Nets General Manager Billy King said, “Having drafted Bojan in 2011, it is rewarding to finally welcome him to the Nets. We obviously have a high regard for his game, and we are glad he will now bring that talent to Brooklyn.”
Ian Parfrey had this to say about Bogdanovic a year ago when the Nets also signed him:
“He’s an accomplished long-distance shooter who made 40.5% of his three-point attempts last season in the Euro League, and he has a good chance to be a better long-term investment than Kyle Korver, who turned down a similar offer from the Nets to re-sign in Atlanta.
Just from looking over some Euro League stats and scouting reports, I’d say that Bogdanovic is a better offensive player than Mirza Teletovic, for those of you who are worried about the Nets bringing over another European bust. Bogdanovic has a more varied offensive game, with a higher percentage of his attempts coming from inside the arc, and he’s a far superior free throw shooter.
Bogdanovic will mostly be expected to knock down open jump shots off the bench, and he may be slightly over-qualified for that role.”
The 6’8” Bogdanović has played the last three seasons with Fenerbahçe Ülker in the Turkish Basketball League. He was an All-Star in 2013 and won Turkish Basketball League and Turkish Supercup championships in 2014. Bogdanović averaged 14.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 30.6 minutes per game in 24 Euroleague games, 21 of which were starts, during the 2013-14 season.
In 87 career Euroleague games, including 57 starts, which were split between Fenerbahçe Ülker, Cibona Zagreb in Croatia from 2009 to 2011, and Real Madrid in Spain in 2007-08, Bogdanović has posted averages of 13.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 27.9 minutes per game. He also captured an A-1 Liga championship and earned A-1 Liga All-Star honors with Cibona Zagreb in 2010. Bogdanović has played professionally since 2004, when he joined his hometown team, Zrinjski Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bogdanović has appeared in international competition at the U-16, U-18 and U-20 levels for Croatia. He also joined the Croatian national team for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.