“I felt doubt from the NBA”

“I felt doubt from the NBA”

MVP of the last two Euroleague Final Fours, Vasilije Micic (28 years old, 1.96 m) would have seen himself well in the NBA next season, but will ultimately remain at the Anadolu Efes in 2022-23.

Nuggets, Spurs, Bucks or Bulls would have been interested, but several major obstacles blocked his departure. First, his rights belong to OKC. But the Serb didn’t want to play for the Thunder, and so we have to set up a trade, except that Sam Presti had no intention of selling off his rights given his level. In addition, the 52nd pick in the 2014 Draft also reportedly wants a contract worth around $10 million per season. The addition began to be salty and no team was visibly ready to bet as much.

“The deadline was set for July 20 and I haven’t changed teams. I stayed at the Efes. But even before the deadline, I was at peace with this possibility. Everything is fine with me and I wouldn’t like to say anything that could damage my relationship with the team. The next step would be the NBA. It didn’t happen, but I remain very calm about all that. I felt doubt from the NBA. This doubt extends to all who find themselves in a similar situation. Unless your name is Nikola Jokic or Luka Doncic. I really don’t think I need to prove myself there. My current situation is good. Maybe I’ll go to the NBA one day, maybe not. » Vasilije Micic

In 2021-22, Micic averaged 18.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game in the Euroleague. He will take part in EuroBasket – and before that in the last qualifying round for the World Cup) with Serbia in September.


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