There were Olympiacos, Benetton Treviso and even the team that drafted him in the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves, but Nemanja Bjelica decided to go elsewhere. Spanish champions Caja Laboral Baskonia will land the Serbia national team power forward for the next four seasons and the contract will have an NBA clause through which the promising youngster can leave after the 2011-2012 season. The deal is worth 7 million Euros and Baskonia could have paid 1 million Euros for the player.
After playing in Austria for Lions Traiskirchen, the 22-year-old moved to Crvena Zvezda for which he played the last three years. In the Eurocup last season he averaged 8.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal over 12 games.
UPDATE: Bjelica signed for five seasons.