Nemanja Bjelica joins Minnesota Timberwolves in $11-million deal

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have flown under the radar so far in NBA free agency.

Young Talent

The return of Kevin Garnett was the team's biggest move so far, thanks to a roster stacked full of young and exciting talent that has come to fruition thanks to a solid rebuilding effort and the trade of Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers that saw them net number one overall pick and Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins.

Well the Timberwolves may have just bagged themselves another potential big-time player, by signing the reigning Euroleague MVP.


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Bjelica In

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, after a little negotiating with Turkish team Fenerbahçe Ülker, Nemanja Bjelica will finally be making his move to the NBA.

"Euroleague star forward Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $11.7 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports," Wojanrowski reported.

Immediate Contributor

Bjelica can come in and be an immediate contributor off the bench for the T'Wolves. The 27-year old fits in with the NBA trend of big men who are versatile — he can play inside or out, at the three or the four, plus take on some ball handling responsibilities.

His shooting is pretty decent as well for a power forward, as he shot .500 from the floor with 37 percent from three last season for 12.1 points per game, all whilst pulling down more than eight rebounds a game as well for the Turkish powerhouse.

“I am excited to announce that I intend to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves and fulfill my dream of playing in the NBA,” Bjelica told Yahoo Sports in a statement sent through his agent Arn Tellem on Monday.

T'Wolves Talent

After drafting two 19-year-olds last month in Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones, adding them to a team - to a team already containing the aforementioned Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad and the still-only 24-year-old Ricky Rubio, the Wolves were in need of more experience.

They've got it in Bjelica. The 6"10 forward knows how to win and hopefully for Minnesota fans he can bring that with him.

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