Well... this is certainly something.
This report from Eurohoops.net was quickly confirmed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
To be clearer: Bjelica informed the Sixers of his decision this morning. https://t.co/yRLqRVPmAR— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 17, 2018
As you may recall, after the Wolves rescinded their qualifying offer to Belly in order to sign Anthony Tolliver, Belly verbally agreed to a 1-year/$4.4 million dollar deal with Philadelphia. The fit seemed beautiful for both parties, with the 76ers getting a floor-spacing big they could put next to Joel Embiid, and Belly getting the opportunity to play for a contender and increase his value before re-entering the free agent pool next summer.
Alas, on #NationalEmojiDay of all days, it appears Belly has pulled a DeAndre Jordan and changed his mind, choosing the comforts of home rather than the NBA. With a young family to provide for, Belly may have chosen to return to Europe for a longer deal and/or more money (although at the time of this post, no information has been reported about where Belly intends to sign).
At 30-years-old, the door back to the NBA hasn’t completely closed for the Serbian stretch-four, but if his days in the league are truly numbered, we will always have this image to remember him by:
As they say at the end of my favorite movie, “I will see you again, but not yet, not yet.”