Vasilije Micic Reportedly Seeking Move To NBA

EuroLeague star Vasilije Micic appears to be getting serious about finally making the move stateside.

Christos Tsaltas of (Google Translate of Greek report) reports that Micic is “determined” to play in the NBA next season, while Anadolu Efes general manager Alper Yilmaz said that Micic – the star of the Turkish team – “really wants to go to the NBA” (story via Eurohoops).

Micic, 29, was selected by Philadelphia with the 52nd overall pick in the 2014 draft. The Sixers traded his draft rights in 2020 to the Thunder, who have held them for the last three years.

The 6’5″ guard has been playing in Europe since 2010 and has been a member of Anadolu Efes since 2018. He won a pair of EuroLeague championships with the club in 2021 and 2022 and was named the EuroLeague’s Most Valuable Player in 2021. He and Anadolu Efes have also claimed Turkish League titles in 2019, 2021, and 2023, with Micic earning Finals MVP honors this year.

Although Micic has reportedly mulled the idea of making the move to the NBA in the past, he seems more serious this time around, having recently traveled to Oklahoma City to meet with the Thunder.

According to Tsaltas, Micic also seems to have softened on some of his past demands — a year ago, a report suggested he was seeking a salary in the neighborhood of the full mid-level exception and wanted to join a legitimate contender and play a regular rotation role. Tsaltas suggests the Serbian is more flexible on all three of those points now, though he still isn’t expected to settle for a two-way deal or minimum-salary contract.

It remains to be seen whether there will be a spot for Micic on a Thunder roster that is already loaded with young, up-and-coming players and will be adding another lottery pick (Cason Wallace) to that group this summer.

Asked about Micic’s visit to OKC, head of basketball operations Sam Presti said it was good to touch base with the 29-year-old, but was noncommittal about the club’s plans for him (Twitter video link via Clemente Almanza of The Thunder Wire).

The Thunder could trade Micic’s rights in order to get him to an NBA team willing to sign him this offseason, but would presumably be looking to extract an asset or two in any deal.

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