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Nets sign Spanish league star Mirza Teletović to deal

Jul 3, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

Mirza Teletovic, Pero Antic AP

You may not know who Mirza Teletović is, but he has been on the radar of NBA teams for a while — the Bosnian power forward has been one of the better offensive players in Europe for a few years.

And he is coming to the Nets, he has inked a three-year deal to play in Brooklyn, confirms Howard Beck of the New York Times.

Nets are using midlevel exception to sign Teletovic to 3-yr deal. Means: 1. they cannot go over $74 mil payroll. 2. Can’t use MLE for Kidd

That’s a pretty big investment. It means they are limited in what they can take back in a Dwight Howard trade. What are the Nets getting for their money? The blog Nets are Scorching talked to someone who has followed his career through Europe, including in the elite Spanish league the last few seasons.

Mirza Teletovic is a stretch four with a mean streak. He’ll walk into the NBA and right away have one of the smoothest long distance strokes. His jumper is his most lethal weapon. No matter how close you think you’re guarding him, Mirza will find space to get off his quick release shot. His confidence is always sky-high.

Teletovic shoots in a wide variety of ways; coming off screens, pulling up, or his specialty, off the pick and pop. Say Deron Williams does stay with the Nets. Williams’ offensive prowess will make teams double him off the pick so much that Teletovic will murder defenses popping off of them….

Defensively he’ll have trouble against stronger post players who want to bang but he should do a better job against more mobile power forwards. Rebounding isn’t one of his strengths because of how much time he spends outside the paint, but if given the assignment, his decent hops and strength can gobble up some boards.

The player comparison used is Ryan Anderson and Channing Frye. If the Nets get that kind of production out of a stretch four it could be of real value (especially if Deron Williams is running the show and Dwight Howard is shoring up the defense and rebounding in the paint. But that’s another issue.

Bottom line, good signing for the Nets. They were far from the only NBA team with their eyes on Teletovic.

  1. fugubeach - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    This player should be used for Howard trade

  2. gmen4life33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Nets would be golden right now if they didnt do that Wallace trade. WHY????? They would of had the 6th pick to trade to ORL, along with other future 1st, Brooks, and Lopez. Plus they wouldnt have had to give Wallace that 4 yr 40 million contract (which they did just to save face).

    As a Knicks fan, I am not too upset they messed up lol. But it would have fun to see the two teams compete for NY had they handled this thing right.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      Like it or not, the two teams will compete for NY anyway and it looks right now that Brooklyn has the upper hand. The Knicks haven’t made any improvements for next year, They are losing Landry and might even lose Lin. The Knicks are sinking fast with only “ball hoggin'” Melo and Injury-prone Amare to count on. They’ll be lucky to get out of the first round again or even make the playoffs period.

      • gmen4life33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        Calm down buddy. Knicks went 19-6 under Woodson leading up to the playoffs, much of it without Lin/Stat due to injury. And if they lose Lin, they gain a player like Felton with the saved $. No matter, “even make the playoffs period” is you just being a hater. Right now Nets only have Joe Johnson (with largest contract in NBA) and Wallace (4 yr 40 million lol) on their roster, so lets not tlk about how you are better than the Knicks, ok?

  3. jolink653 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    not every european player’s game translates to the nba because guys here are bigger and faster than most euro players…if he can do what that blogger said he can do in the nba then this will turn out to be a good signing for the nets

  4. jacktown88 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    The blogger’s source builds up Teletovic as if he were a potential All-Star, then finishes off the article by comparing him to Ryan Anderson and Channing Frye.

    LOL at these Europhile basketball fans.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Ryan Anderson almost was an All-Star last year.

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