So much for the excuse about spurning the 76ers because he wanted to play in Europe.
Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday afternoon that Nemanja Bjelica plans to discuss a potential free-agent deal with the Sacramento Kings. This comes one day after the 6-foot-10 Serbian forward informed the Sixers that he wanted to remain in Europe this coming season.
Bjelica, who played for the Minnesota Timberwolves the past three seasons, had reached an agreement July 5 with the Sixers on a one-year, midlevel exception for $4.45 million.
Bjelica flew to Europe when the Timberwolves' season ended and was scheduled to have a physical with the Sixers last week. The team said that visa complications prevented Bjelica from taking the physical.
The 30-year-old was looking for a better deal with more years than the one he agreed on with the Sixers, EuroHoops reported. Bjelica also said he thought staying in Europe would be best for the family.
"It's not about the coach [Brett Brown] of the Philly organization," he told The Athletic on Tuesday. "Brett Brown, he's a great guy and a great coach. The most important thing for me is family and some kind of stability."
Bjelica was supposed to take Ilyasova's place as a sharpshooting big off the bench. The Sixers were also impressed that he was versatile enough to play small forward.
He averaged 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds during his three seasons in Minnesota. Bjelica averaged a career-best 6.8 points this past season while shooting a career-best 41.5 percent on three-pointers. He became an unrestricted free agent after the Timberwolves rescinded their qualifying offer to sign Anthony Tolliver.