The Brooklyn Nets have made a move to bolster their frontcourt, but it’s not the one you’ve been hearing about. Howard Beck of The New York Times reports that the Nets have agreed to a deal with power forward Mirza Teletovic, a 26-year-old Bosnian who has played the last six seasons for Saski Baskonia in the Spanish Liga ACB.
Nets have reached deal in principle with Mirza Teletovic, source says.—
Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) July 03, 2012
Beck also reports in a separate tweet that the Nets will use their full mid-level exception on Teletovic, and that the deal is for three years. Teletovic played 10 games for Saski Baskonia in the 2011-2012 Euroleague, averaging 21 points and six rebounds a game.
The move may be just as significant for its off-the-court implications. By using their full mid-level exception on Telatovic, the Nets limit themselves to $74 million in total payroll for the upcoming season, about $18 million of which will likely go to incoming shooting guard Joe Johnson. Johnson will reportedly be traded from the Hawks to the Nets when the league opens the signing period on July 11.
With so much money committed to one player and the mid-level exception used, it’s looking less and less likely Dwight Howard will spend next year in a Nets uniform.