Teodosic says Final Four outcome won’t affect NBA decision

2017-05-08T22:31:49+00:00 2017-05-09T04:02:57+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

08/May/17 22:31


While CSKA Moscow and Milos Teodosic are preparing for the EuroLeague Final Four, there’s a lingering question looming over both sides of the Atlantic ocean regarding the player’s future career.

By Antonis Stroggylakis/ info@eurohoops.net

“Will Milos Teodosic make the jump to the NBA next season?”. The answer is currently uncertain and there are many factors at play regarding the ultimate choice of the free agent-to-be Serbian guard.

Apparently, how CSKA Moscow will fare in the EuroLeague Final Four is not counted among the criteria that might influence Teodosic’s thoughts on whether he’ll stay in Europe or join a team from the best league in the planet.

“No, it doesn’t,” Teodosic answered when asked if the Final Four result will affect his decision, in an interview with Russian website “Championat”. “It’s not a matter of what is going now, today. There’s still time until the end of the season and the most important matches are yet to come.”

Voted as the best player not in the NBA by league GMs back on October, Teodosic is savoring the most productive season of his career, averaging 16.2 points (on 55.8$ two-pointers, 37.5% from beyond the arc), 7 assists and 2 rebounds per game in EuroLeague.

While teams like the Denver Nuggets are already rumored to include the Serbian player high on their summer agenda, Teodosic himself have said time and again that he truly wishes to enter the NBA world only as long as some specific conditions are met.

Apart from the economical aspect, an attractive offer would include a team plan that made him sufficiently stimulated and a system that would involve him carrying an important role in the squad’s floor strategies.

To put it simply, he wouldn’t care to sign with an NBA team in order to simply be a… bench-warmer.

Speaking of the NBA, the CSKA play-maker also revealed that he’s in frequent contact with fellow Serb Nemanja Bjelica. “We’ve been friends for a long time. He called me up just yesterday”.

Teodosic can call Bjelica regularly but apparently somewhere during the season became unable to do that with Nikola Jokic. “I lost his number back in December! But I’m happy for him… he plays great. I am sure that in the next season he’ll only get better.”