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As expected, the Brooklyn Nets announced the signings of free agent power forward Mirza Teletovic and free agent shooting guard Jerry Stackhouse on Monday.
Teletovic’s deal is reportedly for the taxpayer mid-level exception of three years and approximately $9.7 million.
At 6-foot-9, 240 pounds, the Yugoslavian-born Teletovic has flourished the last six seasons in Europe with 2012 Spanish ACB League semifinalist Caja Laboral Vitoria. In 34 games last season with Vitoria, Teletovic averaged 16.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game. In 10 Eurocup games last season, he averaged 21.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in 34.4 minutes per game.
Teletovic is expected to fight for minutes at power forward with incumbent starter Kris Humphries, assuming he and the Nets can strike a deal. The reported offer to Humphries by the team is $24 million over three years. The Charlotte Bobcats are also in the mix for Humphries, reportedly having offered $22 million over three years.
The Nets will be Stackhouse’s eighth NBA team in his 18th year in the league after he was the No. 3 overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1995 NBA Draft. His deal is reportedly one year for $1.3 million.
Last season with the Atlanta Hawks, he appeared in 30 games, averaging 3.6 points in 9.1 minutes per contest. He did not appear in any of their six playoff games.
For his career, Stackhouse is averaging 17.4 points, 3.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 31.8 minutes per game.
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