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Height: 6'8"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Date of Birth: April 18th, 1989
Years Pro: 0
Before NBA: Fenerbahçe Ülker, Turkey
Drafted: 31st overall, 2011 NBA Draft
Nickname: Bogie
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He's no longer a distant mirage, visible only in grainy YouTube footage. After three years of waiting, the Nets finally pulled the trigger on Bogdanovic, and have hitched their wagon on his success coming sometime in the next three years to justify their investment in a youth movement.

The numbers don't lie: Bogdanovic can flat-out score. In Europe, he was capable of creating an open look for himself anywhere on the court, whether it was in isolation, cutting to the basket, or out of the pick-and-roll. He's a deadeye shooter inside and out, is comfortable posting up other guards or spotting up around the perimeter.

He has the shooter's conscience, which is to say he has no conscience, and on a good night can quickly pile up the points against anyone. Just ask Kevin Durant.

Despite his young age, Bogdanovic has played professional basketball in Europe for a decade, opening his career for hometown youth club Zrinjski Mostar at 15 years old. He eventually joined Euroleague for one game in the 2007-2008 season for Real Madrid, before playing two seasons for Cibona Zagreb and three Fenerbahce Ulker, routinely ranking among the league's best in scoring.

That's not to say he's coming out of the gate like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. I mean, only an idiot would say that.

He'll have some adjustments to make to the NBA game. The basketball is different here, right down to the leather and seams. The three-point line is further -- just ask Mirza Teletovic, who took a full year and a rotation spot from Jason Kidd to get accustomed to the 23'9" NBA line. The stakes are higher in the NBA, and even assimilating to the culture of New York City might take some adjustment for Bogdanovic.

His biggest adjustment won't be on the offensive end. Scoring is his bread-and-butter, but if he wants to stick in a starting lineup featuring three primary scorers, Bogdanovic will have to prove he can bring the energy on the defensive end. Coach Lionel Hollins has said repeatedly that defense will be a priority for Bogdanovic, who wasn't known for his defensive acumen in Euroleague and now faces bigger, stronger, and more athletic challenges each night in the NBA.

Bogdanovic struggled with double-teams in Euroleague, which might actually benefit him in the starting lineup. If he's running with lesser offensive players, he'll see more double-teams, which will lead to turnovers. If he's playing off the ball with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez, no one's going to leave their man to double-team the fourth option.

The Nets want Bogdanovic to develop, if only to prove that re-signing Paul Pierce would've been a luxury and not a necessity. Though Pierce is primarily a power forward in his older age, there are strong similarities between his and Bogdanovic's offensive game, and Bogdanovic has a real chance at taking Pierce's shot in the team's original starting lineup last year. If he can hold onto it, he'll be one of the few crown jewels in Brooklyn that's worth more than the price tag.

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After a wild offseason, it’s hard to believe that we’re just seven days away from opening day. With all the movement in the NBA, one would think that a new contender might be in prime position to dethrone the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.

Nope. In a survey completed by all 30 NBA general managers, the Miami Heat’s chances of repeating have gone up from last year, increasing from 70 to a 75% of becoming back-to-back-to-back winners. Other teams receiving votes to win the NBA Finals included Indiana, Chicago, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and the L.A. Clippers. The Brooklyn Nets? Nowhere to be found.

The Nets, however, were runaway winners for the Atlantic Division, posting 75.9% of the vote -- with the crosstown rival Knicks coming in with the remaining 24.1%.

Here's where else the Nets earned votes:
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We haven't covered too much of Brooklyn's European players here on The Brooklyn Game, but here's one from this morning: Brooklyn Nets Eurostash Bojan Bogdanovic scored 15 points as Croatia eked out a victory over Georgia, 77-76. The win moves Croatia to 1-1 in FIBA's Group C Preliminary Round.

With Croatia down one and 21 seconds remaining, head coach Jasmin Repesa elected to go with Bogdanovic for the win as his first option. Bogdanovic drew a foul trying to get a shot up, but the foul was ruled on the floor. Croatia eventually ran a successful pick-and-roll with Dontaye "Dick Wittman" Draper and Ante Tomic to take the lead.

Bogdanovic finished the game 6-13 from the field and 2-3 from three-point range, with all four of his two-pointers coming inside the restricted area. Bogdanovic also finished with a team-high +7.

The next time you can catch Bogdanovic: September 7th at 11:45 EST against Poland.

Croatia-Georgia box score (h/t @danejh for the find)

 

With the Nets out on Bojan Bogdanovic, Billy King stated that they were looking to move onto Plan B.

The big question: what and who exactly is Plan B?

Well, hopefully Plan B isn't Bojan Bogdanovic next season, as it's appeared he has signed (or at least been offered) a three-year extension to continue playing in Fenerbahce, as reported by Ken Berger. It is unknown whether or not that contains an NBA-out.

Okay, so what's next? Yesterday, Woj reported that the Nets are interested in Alan Anderson, who last played for the Toronto Raptors.

Anderson averaged 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds in 23 minutes, playing in 65 games last season. He was also known for being a solid wing defender.

Plan B could also mean Timofey Mozgov, a former center for the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets. Mozgov averaged 2.6 points, 2.6 rebounds in 8.9 minutes, playing in 41 game last season. Not sure why the Nets would want Mozgov, as they already have a plethora of bigs.

We'll keep you posted on more news on this Plan B.

 

According to a report from NetsDaily.com, it appears that the Nets will be "moving on" from Croatian G/F Bojan Bogdanovic, who they were trying to buy out of his contract with Fenerbahce.

NetsDaily states that with the news, the Nets will move on to "Plan B."

The Nets will likely turn to try to sign Andrei Kirilenko, who has been rumored to the Nets ever since they became all Russian. They would only be able to offer him the mini-MLE, which would be a pretty drastic pay cut for AK-47.

Update (3:28pm):

 

Despite earlier reports that the Nets had brought in Croatian G/F Bojan Bogdanovic, it now appears to be untrue.

Bogdanvic himself was a guest on a Croatian radio station and he explained his side of the contract negotiations with the Nets.

"It is not true that I signed a three-year deal with the Nets. Chances that I will play for Brooklyn next year are about 50 percent, maybe little more, but the only truth is that negotiations are ongoing and that before Monday or Tuesday I will not know anything more. I hope the agreement will be made before the Croatian National Team training camp begins."

He was also said he was in contact with Fenerbahce's new head coach, Zeljko Obradovic, also known as the Phil Jackson of Europe, about possibly staying overseas.

"I spoke to Zeljko Obradovic and he told me he would like me to stay in Fenerbahce, and I would like to work with the winningest European coach. However, until negotiations with the Nets end, I will not know much more."

Finally, Bogdanovic was also asked if he has spoken with Mirza Teletovic, who was also born in Mostar.

"I did not speak with Teletovic cause my negotiations with the Nets are in early stages. If it all becomes more serious I will definitely speak with him. But that there (the NBA) is all the pinnacle of world basketball, I don't need to ask him much. I hope it will all end soon."

Obviously, we're hoping a deal gets done, and we're confident that it will. Be sure to check out our reaction to the supposed deal, which is now a complete hypothetical until a contract is sorted out.

 

From a Brooklyn Nets practice in the future. (AP)

Three of our writers breakdown the most stressful, flip-floppy signing in the history of basketball. Of course, I'm referring to the Bogdanovicdramamare. I mean, seriously, could this signing have been harder to keep up with? Will he? Won't he? Finally, finally, it's over. Bojan Bogdanovic is a Net. We can now move on with our lives.

Let's see what the crew had to say...

1. Okay, so the Nets signed Bojan Bogdanovic. What's your immediate reaction?

  • Chris Hooker: Who knows? I remember the day the Nets signed Mirza Teletovic, I had no opinion whatsoever because I knew nothing about his game. People said he was good, so I guess I was happy. But it was just naive happiness. I feel the same way about this signing. Sure, I suppose it's a decent signing, but I've seen 0.0000 minutes of this guy playing basketball. So how am I really supposed to feel? I hope it works out, but I have no expectations and there is my cop-out of an answer. ... MORE →

 

Bojan Bogdanovic is coming to Brooklyn. (AP)

The man, the myth, the legend. We've been hearing for the last two seasons about the Croatian Eurostash G/F Bojan Bogdanovic, and this season, we will finally see him in action. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Bogdanovic will play for the Brooklyn Nets this season.

It's unknown if this will end the Nets' pursuit of a backup scorer, as they previously targeted Kyle Korver (who re-upped in Atlanta) and Marco Belinelli (who signed in San Antonio).

In 21 games, Bogdanovic averaged 15.9 points on 48.9% shooting in 28.3 minutes per game for Fenerbahçe last season.

The terms of the contract are currently unknown.

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Update (9:25 pm):

Woj states he'll be the immediate back-up to Paul Pierce, though that is likely just speculation.

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Jason Kidd Billy King Brooklyn Nets Head Coach

King, Kidd. (AP)

After the monumental hiring of Jason Kidd as the team's next head coach, Kidd was asked if the Brooklyn Nets needed one more piece to be truly competitive.

"You'd have to ask Billy that," Kidd responded, referring to Nets general manager Billy King. So I did.... MORE →

 

Mikhail Prokhorov

What's next for Mikhail Prokhorov's Brooklyn Nets? (AP)

After a first-round exit to a decimated Chicago Bulls team, the Brooklyn Nets have an eventful offseason ahead of them. Even though they don't have the cap room to sign any major free agents or add any salary in trades, they've got a lot of decisions to make that will significantly alter the future of the franchise.

It's a misconception that Nets general manager Billy King, freshly re-upped with a contract extension, has done his work and just needs to sit on his hands through 45-50 win seasons with the team's core. There's work to do, and I've taken a look at what I feel are the five biggest offseason questions -- and decisions -- the Nets need to make.

(Warning: tangential rant forthcoming)
One you won't see here: whether or not the Brooklyn Nets have some chance at acquiring Dwight Howard, who can be a free agent this season. The Nets would have to cut about $30 million* in salary without taking any salary back to even consider acquiring Howard. No team is taking on Joe Johnson's salary for draft picks. Stop it.

*-It's not entirely clear exactly how much they'd have to cut, since it all depends on what the "tax apron" is set at in July. It's expected to be around $75 million, which is where I've based my estimate.
(End tangential rant)

Anyway, the five biggest questions of the Brooklyn Nets offseason. Start below.
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Marshon Brooks, Jordan Williams, Bojan Bogdanovic

Is Bojan Bogdanovic (right) the wing Brooklyn's been looking for? (AP)


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Bojan Bogdanovic

Bojan Bogdanovic. (AP)

SNY's Josh Newman reports that it is very likely that Bojan Bogdanovic, the 31st pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, will be on the Nets roster next season.

According to Newman, "a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv on Thursday afternoon that there is a ’90-95 percent chance’ that the 6-foot-8 swingman makes his NBA debut in Brooklyn in 2013-14."

The Nets acquired the 24-year-old Croatian in a draft-day trade with the Heat and Timberwolves in 2011. In order to obtain Bogdanovic, the Nets gave up this year's second round pick (52nd overall) and cash.

After playing for Eurobasket clubs Read Madrid and Cibona Zagreb from 2006-2011, Bogdanovic signed a multi-year deal with Turkish club Fenerbahce in the summer of 2011 that runs through 2014. The agile forward showed off depth to his jumper in Turkey, shooting 41.1 percent and 40.5 percent from 3-point range in the last two Euroleague seasons.

In this year's Eurobasket round of 16, Bogdanovic led all players in both scoring and index rating, the European version of PER. According to NetsDaily, Nets insiders say that Bogdanovic would be a top eight pick in this year's draft on talent alone.

Considered by many as NBA-ready, Bogndanovic could break the rotation as Gerald Wallace's backup at small forward in the 2013-14 season. According to Newman's source, Nets GM Billy King is very high on the Eurostash swingman.

Billy loves him,” the source said. “I would call it a 90-95 percent chance he is with the Nets next season. This time last year, it was probably 50-50.”

Bogdanovic still has a year left on his Turkish contract, but has an out clause  that would allow him to come to the NBA if Fenerbahce and the Nets can reach a buyout. The buyout is roughly $1 million, with NBA rules capping the Nets contribution towards the buyout at $525,000. The remainder of the buyout would be the player's responsibility, though NBA teams often pay the import enough to cover the player's liability.

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