The Minnesota Timberwolves have interest in Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic, known as the best European professional basketball player.
Add another name to the Minnesota Timberwolves free agency mix. Serbian professional basketball player Milos Teodosic.
The 30-year old point guard, who currently plays for CSKA Moscow, is known as the best European professional basketball player. For his career in Europe, Teodosic averages 10.6 points, 4.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 24.6 minutes played. Yet, Teodosic averages 15.5 points, 6.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per 36 minutes.
Of course, the Wolves have shown interest in adding a Serbian player before. Two years ago, the team signed Serbian Nemanja Bjelica to a three-year deal. Like Teodosic, Bjelica was known as the top European player at the time.
Teodosic and Bjelica are far different players though. Teodosic, standing at 6-foot-5, 196 pounds, is a playmaker at the guard position. His claim to fame is his extraordinary passing ability. Just take a look at this highlight video:
Teodosic may be best known in the states for his outstanding 2016 Olympics performance in which he led Serbia to new heights. Named to the All-Olympic First Team, Teodosic brought the Serbian team to the gold medal game against the U.S. The end result was a silver medal, the nation’s first medal as an independent country. He also got national recognition after putting his flashy passing on display against the USA in a 94-91 loss in pool play. At game’s finish, he had 18 points and 6 assists, higher than his 12.1 point, 5.4 assist 2016 Olympic averages.
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In Minnesota, fans may remember a preseason game in which CSKA Moscow played the Wolves in 2013. In that game, Teodosic went off for 26 points and 9 assists against Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves, helping Moscow win 108-106 in OT.
While Teodosic is an amazing passer, he also has the ability to shoot efficiently. He boasts a 44 percent shot from the field, as well as a 38.5 percent shot from three. In contrast, Rubio, also known as a passing wizard before coming to Minnesota, shot just 38.5 percent from the field in Europe. So, it’s safe to say Teodosic can be more than just a distributor on the court.
While Wolfson is reporting just preliminary interest, Teodosic would be an interesting pickup that could add further depth to the Wolves roster, especially at point guard. Yet, reports have come out suggesting that Teodosic wants a starting role, as well as around 25-30 million on a three-year deal according to David Pick. Given Minnesota signed Jeff Teague and have limited cap space, the Teodosic camp may not have further interest.
That being said, the Wolves need backcourt help and the Serbian point guard would certainly fill that need.
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