After reneging on a deal with Philadelphia, Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $20.5 million deal with the Kings, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. Bjelica agreed to terms on a contract with the 76ers earlier in the week, but ultimately backed out. It was reported his decision was based on his wishes to stay close to his family in Europe. Thus, his decision to join the Kings is relatively surprising. The deal may have been too much to turn down, as it matched the length he was reportedly looking for. He averaged 6.8 points 4.1 rebounds, and 1.1 triples across 20.5 minutes for the Timberwolves last season, and figures to see a similar role off the bench as a stretch-four next season.
Bjelica has elected to remain in Europe for the 2018-19 season and will not play with the 76ers, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Bjelica had only agreed to terms with the 76ers, and the team was planning on using its mid-level exception to sign the floor-spacing forward this offseason. However, Bjelica reportedly wishes to stay close to his family in Europe, so Philly is going to miss out on their key offseason acquisition. Bjelica was expected to take on the floor-spacing role that Ersan Ilyasova had for the team last season, but his absence could now open up more minutes in that role for veteran Wilson Chandler, who the 76ers traded for earlier this offseason.
Bjelica agreed to a one-year contract Thursday with the 76ers, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reports. The terms of Bjelica's deal aren't fully known, but it's believed he agreed to a one-year pact for the room mid-level exception. The 6-foot-10 forward spent his first three seasons in the NBA with the Timberwolves and averaged 6.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 three-pointers in 20.5 minutes per game in 2018-19. He'll give the 76ers another big body that can stretch out the defense thanks to his three-point shooting, effectively filling the void left by the departure of Ersan Ilyasova, who inked a three-year deal with Milwaukee earlier in the week.
The Timberwolves rescinded Bjeclia's qualifying offer Monday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Bjelica was initially a restricted free agent, but Monday's decision will eliminate Minnesota's ability to match any offer sheet he signs. The Wolves added Anthony Tolliver just minutes after the qualifying offer was rescinded, which could signal that they're ready to move on from Bjelica, who appeared in 192 games for the franchise over the last three seasons.
Bjelica was extended a qualifying offer by the Timberwolves on Thursday, making him a restricted free agent, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic Minnesota reports. Last year marked Bjelica's third year in the league -- all with Minnesota. He saw more run than usual, starting 21 games in the wake of Jimmy Butler's knee injury. During those starts, Bjelica averaged 10.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists across 34.0 minutes while notably shooting 41.6 percent from beyond the arc. However, unless coach Tom Thibodeau reduces the role of players such as Taj Gibson and Gorgui Dieng, it's not exactly clear that Bjelica will see more run next season if he returns to the Wolves. So, depending on the offer from another team, Minnesota might find it more financially viable to let Bjelica walk.
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