Despite the interest of several franchises (Nuggets, Bucks, Spurs and Bulls), Vasilije Micic has therefore still not crossed the Atlantic this summer, the 28-year-old point guard/back ultimately remaining at Anadolu Efes.
Upstream, the Serb had however explained that he « really wanted » to join the NBA but between his demands and the various fears of the clubs, his situation was not unblocked.
For Heavy.com, Sean Deveney spoke with various NBA executives to understand why a two-time Euroleague champion (2021, 2022), two-time Euroleague Final Four MVP (2021, 2022) and regular season MVP of the Euroleague (2021) could not find a place in the Big League.
It is first that his rights belong to the Thunder, who want one or more Draft choices to let them go.
The previous Milos Teodosic
It is also that Vasilije Micic, scalded by the failures of European stars in the NBA, does not want to cross the Atlantic at all costs, to find himself in a bad situation. The Serb thus wants a salary of around 6 to 7 million dollars per year and the assurance of good playing time in a team at the top of the table.
This therefore necessarily limits the options, while the few teams that meet these criteria do not necessarily have the money or the time to try the Micic bet.
“I think there is some reluctance to waive a midlevel exception (which corresponds to the salary claimed by Vasilije Micic) for a team that pays the “luxury tax” (which is the case of the Nuggets, Bucks and Bulls), for a guy whose suitability we are unsure of”explains an anonymous GM. “Most of the good teams, they pay the luxury tax this year. So you use your best chance to improve (the midlevel exception) for a guy surrounded by a lot of risks, with a lot of unknowns. I think the Clippers’ experience with (Milos) Teodosic fueled all of this, with a lot of teams thinking, ‘We don’t have a lot of money to spend, we can’t afford a mistake like this’. »