When the Nets power forward was forced to sit out the rest of the regular season after doctors found blood clots in his lungs at the end of January, basketball became secondary. Athletes get injuries all the time. Conditions, though, are far scarier.
But Teletovic persevered and made an unexpectedly miraculous return to the lineup for the Nets’ first-round series against the Hawks. He may have barely played, but the fact that he was able to step onto the court was meaningful enough.
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Now, Teletovic, who is a free agent this summer, says his time sitting out actually swayed him to want to stay in Brooklyn.
"I like Brooklyn, people are great, I know the team and everyone, especially doctors, treated me great when all that happened. I really would like to stay in Brooklyn," he said in reference to the blood clots. "I know my teammates and everything is really great. I do not know what will be, but I’ll know more in June when free agent market starts," he told reporters (h/t to NetsDaily).
Teletovic isn’t exactly a priority for Brooklyn, who has loads of players’ statuses up in the air, including those of Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Alan Anderson. General manager Billy King said such last week:
“Right now, no disrespect to Mirza, my main focus right now is Brook and Thaddeus because I think they’re two key pieces for us,” King said Wednesday.
Teletovic made a career-low 32 percent of his threes this season, though he started to get hot right before he found himself done for the year. If the Nets are looking for a 4-man to give them some spread, they might not have to look very far.