It turns out that Nemanja Bjelica's sudden determination to play in Europe this season was only good for a few days. Bjelica retired from a one-year contract with the Sixers on Tuesday, then spent three days thinking about stopping his career at the NBA and decided to join all the Sacramento Kings on Friday night:
This is another example from this summer by Vlade Divac, who convinces a decent rotation player to change his mind about a free agency decision and join the Kings. Yogi Ferrell has signed a $ 5.3 million two-year contract with the Mavericks this week to join the Kings in a $ 6.2 million two-year deal. In both cases it sounds like extra money – in Bjelica's case, a lot more money and over two guaranteed seasons, with a third, non-guaranteed season dangling at the end – and a strong pitch from Vlade Hat's Made a trick. Per Shams Charania:
"I've spent a lot of time with Vlade and as an icon in our country, he has a unique perspective on what it takes to be in a successful NBA situation and what it takes as a player in this Situation, "Bjelica told Yahoo Sports. "The faith and commitment of the organization to me overwhelmed me and my family, and I am ready to do whatever I can to help the kings and be part of the Sacramento community."
Even if one does Expressing this point in words will pay too much tribute to the kings, but Bjelica will not be able to play spin minutes in this team as constructed without one or more of their hundred tall men being pushed out of position small forward to play. Whatever the Kings do, it does not look like what the rest of the league does, better or [almost certainly] worse. But the real joke of this story is that Bjelica tells the Sixers that he'd rather get out of the NBA than move to Philadelphia, and then add an insult by joining the ridiculous Kings "super" team. What a strange summer it has been