Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic will exercise his player option for the 2018-19 season, according to a report from eurohoops.net.
The report was later confirmed by Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania, who tweeted that the 31-year-old informed Clippers officials of his decision Sunday. Teodosic had until the end of Sunday to announce his plans.
The Clippers are expected to waive Teodosic for financial reasons before July 14, according to Eurohoops. The team would owe him $2.1 million and could announce this decision before the month ends.
The fact that Milos Teodosic played only to 45 games last season due to injuries is a factor in the Clippers‘ decision, however, the Serb guard is expected to be waived mainly for financial reasons. DeAndre Jordan ($24.1 m.) and Austin Rivers ($12.7 m.) are also expected to exercise their player option, though Jordan has not indicated anything yet about his intentions. The Clippers are going to stay over the luxury tax and they are in danger of paying also the repeater tax, for staying multiple seasons over the salary cap.
Should he enter free agency, Teodosic would immediately register interest from teams overseas — including EuroLeague club Fenerbahce. A handful of NBA teams may show interest in his services as well.
In 45 games with Los Angeles this season, Teodosic averaged 9.5 points, 4.6 assists and shot 38 percent from 3-point range in 25 minutes.