Ergin Ataman: They told us Teodosic wants to play for Efes

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Antonis Stroggylakis

29/Jan/19 21:36

Milos Teodosic was indeed offered to Anadolu Efes, according to the team’s head coach.

By Eurohoops team/

Anadolu Efes coach Ergin Ataman confirmed that his team was looking to potentially acquire Milos Teodosic in December.

According to Ataman, Teodosic would replace Shane Larkin who was attracting NBA interest at that time.

Here’s what Ataman said on the matter to Turkish channel Tivibuspor.

“One and a month ago, Shane Larkin’s agents told us that an NBA team wants him. Larkin couldn’t play the way he wanted here and he is a young player who has a dream to go back to NBA. We told them: “If we are going to let Larkin go, they must offer us a player that fills his spot”. They offered us Teodosic. Larkin wanted to do that in order to chase his NBA dream and they told us Teodosic wants to play for Efes. We’d accept that offer, only if it wouldn’t bring us more financial load. But I think the team that wants Larkin gave up. Also, even though Clippers weren’t using Teodosic, they wanted to use him in trades. This didn’t come from us, it came from agents in order to make the players (Larkin and Teodosic) happy.”

Teodosic had mentioned that he may return to Europe this season. For that to happen though, the Serbian guard would first have to reach a deal with the Clippers for his contract to be terminated.

Ataman added that the roster of Efes will remain as it is. “We are not considering a transfer right now. There is no need to breathe k team’s balance when the team is going well.”

Efes is currently fourth in the EuroLeague standings with a 13 – 7 record.