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San Antonio Spurs: Nikola Milutinov to Join the Team This Summer

By Rob Wolkenbrod
Jan 7, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reacts during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 7, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reacts during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs waited two years for Nikola Milutinov and will get a look at him this summer, but maybe for a short time.

In the 2015 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected center Nikola Milutinov, with the 29th overall pick. At just 20-years-old, along with a budding career in Europe, it seemed unlikely that Milutinov would join the organization immediately.

Two years later, it looks like Milutinov is inching closer to becoming a Spur. That’s according to EuroHoops.net, who cited a report from MozzartSport.com. Milutinov and Nemanja Dangubic will spend part of this summer with San Antonio and practice with them. The former has an NBA buyout of $1 million, which the Spurs have until July 15 to decide if they want to invoke it or not.

If this decision is made, then Milutinov would leave his Euroleague club, Olympiacos. He’s played the past two seasons with them, featuring stats of 5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 60 games in the 2016-17 season.

With Dewayne Dedmon opting out of his 2017-18 deal and Pau Gasol yet to make his decision, Milutinov may be needed more than ever. He can potentially be a low-cost option for the Spurs, while the salary cap and annual contracts for free agents rise. Money will potentially be saved in the offseason, with the ability to be used on someone like Chris Paul or spreading out on a variety of free agents.

First, Spurs fans will see if they select a big man in the 2017 NBA Draft. The franchise has the No. 29 overall pick, which could be used on a player out of college or someone like Milutinov, who’s drafted and stashed overseas. If a big man is taken, then it might lessen the need for this Serbian player to arrive for next season.

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Will Milutinov stick this summer? Or should he spend another year in the Euroleague?

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