Free agent Nemanja Bjelica reportedly reached a deal with Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday for a one-year deal.
Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN said that Minnesota Timberwolves has withdrawn a Serbian veteran’s qualifying offer so they will not have the opportunity to cope with the deal.
The 30-year-old player was second-class in 2010, but by 2015 he did not move into the NBA and spent the last three years with Timberwolves. The Serb immediately became a key part of the rotation when he came to the United States and slowly increased production every season.
Bjelica finished in the last season with an average of 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 67 matches, including 21 starts. He also lost 41.5% of his three-point shot and helped Minnesota get the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.
Bjelica enter the front of Sixers
He barely saw the pitch in the postseason when the team was eliminated in five games. It averaged 9.4 minutes per game and scored only 23 points.
Forward has remained optimistic to discuss the loose agency after the final loss of the play-off team, but there was no certainty.
“I hope to stay here,” he said in April, according to Jerry Zgod of Star Tribune. “We’ll see.”
Wolves have a lot of depth forward, Gorgui Dieng and Taj Gibson lined up next to Karl-Anthony. They are well prepared to enter the battle between 2018-19 when they can stay healthy.
Meanwhile, Bjelica is about to enter the front of Sixers, led by Joel Embid and Dario Saric. He will fight Richaun Holmes and Amir Johnson for playing time from the bench.