Teodosic won't sign with an NBA or foreign team for the remainder of the 2018-19 season and will instead play two games for the Serbian national team before getting an early start on his offseason, Nikola Stojkovic of MozzartSport.com reports.
Teodosic previously suggested months ago that he planned to return to Europe after his NBA obligations were fulfilled. The Clippers granted him an early release from his contract by cutting him in the aftermath of the Feb. 7 trade deadline, so it's not surprising that he doesn't intend to pursue any further opportunities at the NBA level. Instead, he'll return to his home country for international competition before likely looking to land a deal somewhere in Europe ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
The Clippers intend to waive Teodosic (personal) on Thursday, league sources tell Eurohoops.net.
Teodosic hasn't appeared in a game for the Clippers since Dec. 15 and had stated his desire to return to Europe when his contract expires this offseason, so it's not surprising that Los Angeles has elected to part ways with the veteran point guard. Though his foray into the NBA didn't go according to plan, Teodosic is expected to garner significant interest if he chooses to return overseas as anticipated.
Teodosic will not play in Thursday's game against the Pacers due to personal reasons, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
The circumstances surrounding Teodosic's absence aren't clear, but given that the point guard has been out of the team's rotation for most of the season, his absence won't have an impact on Thursday night's game plan.
Teodosic (coach's decision) was a healthy inactive for Sunday's 103-95 win over the Spurs.
Even with the Clippers down three rotation players (Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams and Luc Mbah a Moute) for the start of their four-game road trip, there wasn't room in the rotation for Teodosic, who didn't even dress for the contest. Teodosic hasn't played since Dec. 15 and has already expressed an interest in returning to Europe after the season concludes. He'll continue to collect paychecks for the amount remaining on his $6.3 million salary for 2018-19, but the Clippers won't have any incentive to hand minutes to a 31-year-old who isn't part of their future beyond this season.
Teodosic revealed in a recent interview that he plans to return to Europe after the Clippers' season concludes, if not sooner, Antonis Stroggylakis of EuroHoops.net reports. "I think I definitely won't stay [in the NBA] because...I came, I saw how it looks and somehow...I enjoy more and it's nicer for me to play in Europe," Teodosic said. "So, I will return to Europe for sure, will it be during this season or at the end, we'll see."
Teodosic left behind a storied European career last summer to sign a two-year, $12.3 million contract with the Clippers, who were expected to give the 31-year-old the opportunity to vie for the starting point guard gig. The Serbian didn't meet expectations during an injury plagued rookie season, however, playing just 45 games and averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 25.2 minutes per contest. After Los Angeles bolstered its backcourt ranks with the offseason additions of Patrick Beverley and first-round pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Teodosic has found himself out of the rotation in his second year with the team, so it's no surprise he's already eyeing a return overseas. Teodosic's comments suggest he may not make it through the entire season with Los Angeles, though there haven't been any reports thus far suggesting a parting of ways is imminent.
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