Bojan Bogdanovic thinks he can help Nets ‘immediately’

By on July 29, 2014

The Nets pick Bojan Bogdanovic in the second round of the 2011 draft, but the forward spends the last three seasons playing in Europe.Jennifer Brown/for New York Daily News The Nets pick Bojan Bogdanovic in the second round of the 2011 draft, but the forward spends the last three seasons playing in Europe.

Last year around this time, the Nets held an extravagant press conference to introduce Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, issuing grand boasts of title contention with a surprise appearance from Mikhail Prokhorov.

The year before that, the Nets held a pep rally in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall — another elaborate setup that served as introductions for Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.

This year? The lone press event of post-free agency was Monday in the small media workroom of the practice facility, a four-minute Q&A with the biggest signing of Brooklyn’s offseason, Bojan Bogdanovic.

“Of course, I cannot wait until the season starts,” he said, without taking the interview beyond the surface.

The Croatian swingman, 25, who signed a three-year, $ 10 million deal, is well-known in Europe after a professional career in Spain and Turkey. He was picked by the Nets in the second round of the 2011 draft, but had been stashed in Turkey while awaiting his chance in the NBA. The Nets nearly signed him last year, but instead used their midlevel exception on Andrei Kirilenko.

Bojan Bogdanovic has a reputation as a player who can create space on the floor with his shooting. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images Bojan Bogdanovic has a reputation as a player who can create space on the floor with his shooting. Enlarge Bojan Bogdanovic comes to the Nets on a three-year, $  10 million deal. Jennifer Brown/for New York Daily News Bojan Bogdanovic comes to the Nets on a three-year, $ 10 million deal. Enlarge

Bojan Bogdanovic has a reputation as a player who can create space on the floor with his shooting. He’s coming to the Nets ona  three-year, $ 10 million contract.

Bogdanovic is a 6-8 sharpshooter who, according to various scouting reports, can help spread the floor offensively but needs to work on his game on the other end. He is expected to ease the blow from the loss of Paul Pierce, whom the Nets decided against re-signing.

The Nets still have not commented on that decision, and GM Billy King did not speak to the media Monday. Pierce’s departure marked a rare time when Prokhorov prioritized fiscal responsibility. In the end, the Nets declined to match the two-year, $ 10 million offer because of the hefty luxury-tax implications, and Pierce signed with the Wizards.

Bogdanovic is one of 13 players on Brooklyn’s roster on fully guaranteed contracts. He averaged 14.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24 Euroleague games last season. 

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