G/F Bojan Bogdanovic, Croatia
Croatian swingman phenom Bojan Bogdanovic (6’7”/1989) had quite an interesting and unpredictable 2011 NBA Draft night as he was involved in a series of Draft day trades.
First he was selected by 2011 NBA finalist Miami Heat with 31st pick overall. This was just too good to be true in Bogdanovic’s ears until Pat Riley decided to deal him just after the Draft.
The Miami Heat have then acquired the draft rights to guard Norris Cole, 28 overall pick, from Minnesota in exchange for Bogdanovic and a second-round selection in 2014.
However that was not the end of Bogdanovic one-night virtual journey. He was again traded, this time from Minnesota Timberwolves to New Jersey Nets for cash considerations.
NBA Draft source close to CroHoops.com has shared his opinion on the matter:
“At the end of the day, Nets have indeed found a “diamond in the rough”. It’s true that he needs to polish his game (in Europe), but his skills and athleticism, combined with extensive Euroleague experience, make Bogdanovic a very interesting player in anyone’s eyes.
Bogdanovic is now projected to stay in Europe for another season, most probably with Turkish champion Fenerbahce Ulker which is coached by Croatian international Neven Spahija.