Jazz to Sign Serbian Milos Teodosic?
The Utah Jazz are frontrunners in the chase for CKSA Moscow star point guard Milos Teodosic. According to reports, Teodosic is interested in joining the Jazz if he makes his jump to the NBA from the EuroLeague.
Teodosic will be a free agent on July 1 when his contract with CSKA Moscow expires. After that, he can choose to remain in the EuroLeague or make his anticipated jump to the NBA.
According to Andy Larsen of KSL Broadcasting, Teodosic was familiar with Jazz coach Quin Snyder, who was an assistant at CSKA Moscow in 2012-13. In an earlier interview, Teodosic also mentioned the Jazz, together with the San Antonio Spurs, as his possible destinations in the NBA.
In his report on EuroBasket website, David Pick said the Jazz might throw Teodosic an offer sheet. Pick reported that Teodosic will demand for a three-year deal amounting from $25 to $30 million, according to people close to the point guard.
Andrey Vatutin, CSKA Moscow president, said the team will have a hard time matching an NBA team's offer to Teodosic due to their limited salary space. "If an NBA team makes him an offer, it will be impossible to compete with," he said.
To accommodate Teodosic, the Jazz must trade or waive several players, including Alec Burks or Boris Diaw. Aside from Teodosic, the Jazz are also pushing to keep Gordon Hayward, who will become a free agent this summer.
Aside from the Jazz, the Spurs, Brooklyn Nets and the Denver Nuggets are also interested in Teodosic. Like the Jazz, the Nuggets are also willing to throw in big money to acquire Teodosic.
Nuggets center Nikola Jokic can also help recruit Teodosic. Jokic and Teodosic are teammates in the Serbian national squad, according to Sportando.com.
In 27 games last season for CSKA Moscow, the 6-foot-5 Teodosic averaged 16.2 points and 7.0 assists. In 235 EuroLeague games, Teodosic averaged 11.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He shot 52.1 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.
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