Many Miami Heat players will be playing for different teams next season, and whether they left as a free agent or as part of a signing-and-trade deal, nearly everyone on the starting roster has bids a heartfelt farewell to the franchise and its fans.
Kendrick Nunn, Trevor Ariza, Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa all posted on Twitter or Instagram personally thanking Miami for the opportunity to be part of the team. However, Nemanja Bjelica, who agreed to a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors last week, seems rather excited to be leaving South Beach.
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Warriors beat journalist Connor Letourneau tweeted Friday, “Nemanja Bjelica last season:” I wasn’t injured, I just didn’t play… Sometimes it’s hard to accept that this is a deal. Finally, I am in a winning organization. There is no better place than here. There are no excuses.
Bjelica also said he did not lose sleep upon leaving Miami. “It took less than a minute. I just said yes. I didn’t think for a second. Being part of this historic organization is pretty exciting, ”Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman tweeted.
The 6-foot-10 Serbian native has only played 11 games for the Heat after being traded to the Sacramento Kings on March 25. In return, Miami sent Kings Chris Silva and Moe Harkless.
Bjelica’s comment received backlash on Twitter
Many Twitter users balked at the big man’s comment. A man tweeted, “I hope for him that he can get in shape for the Warriors, unlike the Heat. The dude was fat and played terribly, you a professional athlete, you should always stay in great shape.
Another person took offense at Bjelica, saying that he was “finally” going to be part of “a winning organization. It tweeted, “Minnesota (0x championships ever) – Sacramento (0x championships since 2000) – Miami (3x championships since 2000) – Golden State (3x championships since 2000). What does he mean by ‘finally’? Miami’s fault if he was nearly unplayable 99% of the time.
There have also been comments from people wondering why Bjelica thinks he’s suddenly going to have more playing time playing with Steph Curry and the Warriors.
“There’s no way he thinks he’s actually going to have any playtime on the Warriors,” one man tweeted. If you can’t survive here you[‘re] not surviving it either. Which[e] the playing time you take ??? DRAYMOND, WISEMAN? S ***, even Iggy would have more playing time than him.
Bjelica has just completed one of the worst campaigns of her career
Bjelica has agreed to a minimum veteran’s contract with the Warriors. “According to a league source, the Warriors have been interested in adding it for years and were ‘ecstatic’ that it was available at a minimum,” Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
During his brief stint with the Heat, the former second-round pick averaged five points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, while shooting 43.5 percent from the field. So the Warriors’ enthusiasm for the 33-year-old forward is likely based on his production from his campaign with the Sacramento Kings the year before.
During the 2019-20 NBA season, he hit career highs in scoring, averaging 11.5 points per game, rebounds (6.4) and assists (2.8).
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