The Utah Jazz point guard situation has been in a state of flux since Deron Williams bounced from Salt Lake City and Trey Burke was incapable of filling the former All-Star’s shoes as the ninth pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
Now that George Hill is entering unrestricted free agency and will undoubtedly receive lucrative offers from other competitive teams outside of Utah, the Jazz might have to look to address the need this offseason.
Instead of looking inside the NBA’s current talent pool, the Jazz will reportedly pursue Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic, according to David Pick of Eurobasket.
In an interview with CSKA Moscow president Andrey Vatutin, Pick noted the Jazz’s impending pursuit of the Euroleague star, saying, “CSKA will soon engage in one the greatest decisions the franchise had in a long time. Milos Teodosic — NBA or Europe? Several NBA GMs and scouts are eye-balling the Serbian wizard floor general.
“With ex-CSKA assistant Quin Snyder leading Utah into the second round of the playoffs with loads of international flavor, sources tell me the Jazz are bound to shoot Teodosic an offer-sheet. The Brooklyn Nets are also in active pursuit. People close to Teodosic estimate that he’ll push for a deal in the 3-years, $25-30 million range.”
The Jazz aren’t strangers to looking for point guard help outside of the NBA.
Two years ago, the Jazz signed Raul Neto to a multiyear deal after the Brazilian point guard showed promise with CB Murcia, a Liga ACB and EuroCup team in Spain. Unable to adjust to the NBA’s pace, Neto fell out of Snyder’s rotation this past season, appearing in just 40 games after playing in 81 the season prior.
But unlike Neto, who was widely considered a surprise signing by the Jazz, Teodosic has earned a worldwide reputation of being one …read more
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