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Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $20.5 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
After an agreement with the Philadelphia 76ers fell through, Kings general manager Vlade Divac reached out to Bjelica to explain his high value in the NBA versus leaving for Europe.
Forward Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $20.5M deal with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell Yahoo. Third year will be non-guaranteed.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 21, 2018
“I spent a lot of time talking with Vlade and as an icon in our country, he has a unique perspective on what it takes to put yourself in a successful NBA situation and what it takes as a player to perform in that situation,” Bjelica told Yahoo Sports. “The organization’s belief in and commitment to me overwhelmed me and my family. I am ready to do everything I can to help the Kings and be a part of the Sacramento community.”
Bjelica originally agreed to a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the 76ers, but reconsidered because of family, professional and personal concerns.
In Sacramento, both sides were able to find a longer-term deal for more money.
In 67 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, Bjelica averaged 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds, shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three.