The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies have a short but heated rivalry in the Western Conference. They are also rivals for the acquisition of Euroleague star Milos Teodosic, according to the latest NBA rumors.
Teodosic, who hails from Serbia, wrote on his blog about his plans to move from the Euroleague to the NBA in 2017.
“I want to feel that an NBA team knows my game, has a plan for me and can use me in a unit with real chemistry, while having high goals and being competitive. I want to win, to be motivated and to feel that the coaches and the organization trust me. It’s important when you play to have high goals. That’s what I’ve been doing since I was a kid, I was chasing championship titles,” the 29-year-old combo guard wrote recently on his blog.
“I want to go to the NBA and I know that I can establish myself there and really contribute. I will not sign anywhere just to be able to say that I played in the NBA. I need the whole package that will excite me. So it depends on what offers I get as a free agent and the way the teams approach and talk to me.”
According to NBA rumors earlier in the 2016 offseason, the teams which Teodosic preferred were the Spurs or the Jazz and with the Grizzlies offering him a contract of more than $5 million per season three years ago. The Serbian stayed with CSKA Moscow, one of the powerhouse teams in the Euroleague and helped the team to two Final Four appearances in 2013 and 2014 and the European Championship in 2015.
More than his performance at the Euros, Teodosic’s play at the recent 2016 Rio Olympics has turned heads and convinced analysts that he is ready for the big league, the NBA.
Teodosic led the Serbian national team to the gold medal match, where they lost to Team USA. Teodesic averaged 12.1 points and 5.4 assists in the tournament with a 22-point explosion against Australia in the semifinal round.
Teodesic will be staying in the Euroleague for another year. But when he joins the free agency class next offseason, he will be one of the hottest names mentioned in NBA rumors.
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