Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teletovic heads to Brooklyn

The timing was good for Teletovic.

The Brooklyn Nets, fresh off trading for Joe Johnson, have made another move to upgrade the surrounding roster, signing Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic to a three-year, $15.7 million deal using their mid-level exception, according to Howard Beck of the New York Times. The Nets have been interested in Teletovic for a while, so the signing isn't a surprise.

The 6'9', 26-year-old Teletovic has been a European star for several years. Last season, he averaged 16.3 points per game in 34 games in the Spanish ACB league and 21.7 points in 10 games in the Euroleague. Teletovic is a sweet-shooting big man that shot 43.6 percent from three-point range in those 10 Euroleague games last season. He is not a great rebounder, however, averaging just 6.9 per contest in the Spanish league and six per game in Euroleague competition last year.

The Nets were able to use the mid-level exception to sign Teletovic because they did not use their cap space to acquire Johnson. Instead, they sent out matching salaries, which allowed them to maintain all their cap exceptions to upgrade their roster. This increases the difficulty in finding enough salary to land Dwight Howard, but only slightly.

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