Timberwolves in 'serious discussions' with Nemanja Bjelica, report says

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The NBA Draft may be over, but Minnesota isn't done making roster moves.

The Timberwolves are in serious discussions with Euroleague star Nemanja Bjelica, RealGM reported Saturday.

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According to the report, Minnesota is negotiating a three-year contract worth at least $12 million with the Serbian forward while both sides continue to explore other options. Though an agreement has not yet been reach

ed, a finalized deal could come as early as next week.

“I do believe that if he was a player who was in the [2015] draft, he would have been a top-10 pick,” Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said Friday, via the Star Tribune. “And so we’ll see what happens. But I’m optimistic. From what I hear from people is he does want to come over. We can always make room”

Bjelica, 27, was selected 35th overall by the Wizards in the 2010 NBA Draft and went on to really hit his stride in Europe. He averaged 11.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game with Fenerbahçe Ülker last season, shooting 54 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from behind the three-point line. His performance earned him Euroleague MVP honors.

The Timberwolves selected Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft Thursday.