Milos Teodosic Talks About Leaving Clippers

Frustrated over a lack of playing time, Clippers guard Milos Teodosic is thinking about returning to the EuroLeague, possibly before the season ends. In an interview with GlasAmerike (hat tip to Antonis Stroggylakis of EuroHoops), Teodosic sounds ready to end his NBA experiment.

“I think I definitely won’t stay here because … I came, I saw how it looks and somehow … I enjoy more and it’s nicer for me to play in Europe,” he said. “So, I will return to Europe for sure, will it be during this season or at the end, we’ll see.”

To make a move before the end of the season, Teodosic would have to negotiate a release from his $6.3MM contact in Los Angeles. He and the Clippers made a mutual decision this summer that enabled him to return for this season. Teodosic exercised his player option in June, but it was only guaranteed for $2.1MM. L.A. could have saved the rest by waiving him before July 15, but opted to bring him back.
The 31-year-old was a longtime star in Europe before deciding to give the NBA a try last season. However, his brief career in the U.S. has been marked by injuries. He was limited to 45 games last year, then suffered a tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot near the end of the season. He has gotten into just eight games this year and is averaging about 10 minutes per night in a crowded Clippers backcourt.

If he does get out of his NBA contract, Teodosic would be in great demand in Europe, Stroggylakis adds. When he came to the Clippers in the summer of 2017, the Serbian star passed on a three-year, $12MM offer from CSKA Moscow that would have made him the highest-paid player in the EuroLeague.

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