So after weeks of believing they could get a buyout done with Bojan Bogdanovic's Turkish club, the Nets on Wednesday decided to "move on" without him and will pursue "Plan B," a league source tells NetsDaily. The decision is final and definite, said the source. The word came not long after Billy King told beat writers that he hoped to get a deal done, but had "concern" that the 6'8" Croatian's buyout would prevent him from making it to Brooklyn. Still, King said he was “pretty confident” the buyout would happen. King did tell the beat writers that there's one player worth the mini-MLE if the Bogdanovic deal fell through. Less than a half hour later, the Nets decided to pull the plug and "move on," as the source put it. The Nets and Fenerbahce of Istanbul appeared to be locked in a battle for Bogdanovic. His contract, he told NetsDaily in February, has a $2 million buyout. Marc Cornstein, his agent, has described the buyout as "manageable." Fener also just hired Europe's top coach, Zeljko Obradovic, who has been pushing the 6'8" swingman to stay in Turkey. If Bogdanovic does stay, he might demand a contract extension or simply wait till next July when he could get offers from other European clubs as well as the Nets. The Nets will retain his rights, but their interest in him has to be reduced. Just this morning, one of the big Bosnian papers reported that Fener plans on offering Mirza Teletovic a big contract, even though Teletovic is under contract with the Nets until 2015 and has said repeatedly that he has no intention of returning. It appeared to be nothing more than a shot across the Nets bow.
Nets "moving on" without Bogdanovic
Nets Daily | Jul 10