European star point guard Milos Teodosic agreed to a two-year, $12.3 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, leagues sources told ESPN. Often referred to as the ‘Serbian White Chocolate’ or ‘Assist Lord,’ Teodosic should offer some help at position that’s all-of-a-sudden a weakness on the roster with the recent departure of Chris Paul.
Teodosic will be an offensive delight in the NBA. As creative of a passer as you’ll find. Fresh off a career-best 10.2 AST per 40 @ age 30. pic.twitter.com/sb54F6wsQ5
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) July 6, 2017
The deal includes a second-year player option, according to sources.
“He might be the best passer in the NBA right now,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said. “His IQ for the game is different than I’ve ever seen. He’s got a different swag about him. That boy can play.”
Given how this offseason has gone for the Clippers with Paul now in Houston, Teodosic offers a high reward-low risk option at the point guard slot. Beverley is far better utilized for his defense, and guard Austin Rivers is more effective attacking the basket than distributing the ball.
Simply put, the Clippers’ roster needs exactly what Teodosic is a master at: ball movement and passing.
“I think we really complement each other,” Beverley added. “I was his backup in Greece (in 2010), and we played against each other in Russia when he was the MVP. We’ve been like two brothers.”
Teodosic, 30, joins the Clippers are a historic career overseas where he was a three-time EuroLeague first-team selection and a 2010 EuroLeague MVP.
For years, Teodosic has been regarded as the best point guard not in the NBA. Well, he’s officially a Clipper.