July 18, 2018, 4:21 pm
The Kings and free agent forward Nemanja Bjelica will engage in contract talks, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
Forward Nemanja Bjelica and the Kings plan to begin discussing potential deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Bjelica represents a shooter on the wing/frontcourt, and a long-term fit makes sense.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 18, 2018
Bjelica, who averaged 6.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 20.5 minutes per game for the Timberwolves, had reportedly agreed to a deal with the 76ers before backing out and deciding to play in Europe.
Free agent forward Nemanja Bjelica — who had agreed to a one-year deal with the 76ers — informed the team on Monday that he will stay in Europe this season, league sources tell ESPN. He never signed his contract with Philadelphia.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 17, 2018
According to Shams, Kings’ GM Vlade Divac, who like Bjelica is from Serbia, changed his mind and began swaying the third-year man into staying in the States.
The contract Bjelica had agreed to was for $4.4 million per year, according to Woj.
For the Kings, signing Bjelica would be an interesting deal because of the amount of forwards the team already possesses. However, the Kings don’t have much in terms of a stretch-fours so Bjelica could strengthen a weak point.
For Bjelica, the Kings could be an option because of the familiarity he has with not only Divac, but also Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanovic who is also from Serbia.
The Kings and free agent forward Nemanja Bjelica are in “deep discussions” on a two-year deal, according to James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Per Ham, Sacramento has intentions to use Bjelica at the three.
“According to a source, Sacramento likes Bjelica’s versatility and believes he can eat minutes at small forward this season, as well as shifting over to play the four.”