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Nemanja Bjelica | Forward

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 224
College: Yugoslavia
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The Timberwolves are reportedly pursuing a deal to sign former 35th overall pick Nemanja Bjelica this summer.
Bjelica is a 26-year-old power forward who currently plays for Fenerbache Ulker in Turkey, and even though he is under contract with his club until the end of next season, the Wolves may be able to pry him away during the summer and sign him to a multi-year deal. Bjelica is an exciting prospect and is currently averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 boards in 26.4 minutes per game this season while also shooting 38.6 percent from deep. Nothing is imminent right now, but we will conitune to follow this story closely. To be clear, Bjelica is not on the fantasy radar in any league at the moment. Feb 4 - 12:00 PM

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Serbian SF Nemanja Bjelica wants to exhaust the possibility of joining the NBA before signing with a European team this summer.

A rumor out of Russia last week suggested that the Wolves had made an offer to Bjelica, but there is nothing to support that idea. In fact, beat writer Jerry Zgoda has "heard nothing to indicate Flip [Saunders] thinks [Bjelica] or any Euro prospect is NBA ready next season."
Source: Baskonia
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 09:24:00 AM

Wolves GM David Kahn said he is in discussions to bring some of the team's drafted European prospects to Minnesota in June for evaluations.

Kahn said that one of the players might be ready for the NBA. He didn't mention whom it was, but educated guesswork points to 6'10" forward Nemanja Bjelica. Other prospects the Wolves may work out include second-round picks Henk Norel and center Paulao Prestes.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 04:42:00 PM

Timberwolves second-round F Nemanja Bjelica signed a contract with Spanish Club Caja Laboral on Monday.

Bjelica signed for five years, but there is a buyout option to leave for the NBA after two. The athletic and skilled small forward would be 24 if he joins the Wolves in two years. Perhaps they'll also have Ricky Rubio in the flod by that time.
Tue, Aug 3, 2010 09:39:00 AM

Wizards selected Nemanja Bjelica with the 35th pick in the draft, but will send him to the Timberwolves as part of a draft-day trade.

A long small forward out of Serbia, but we aren't likely to see him in the NBA for awhile.
Thu, Jun 24, 2010 10:46:00 PM

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