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Ne-Gone-Ja Bjelica: Belly Ghosts 76ers, Intends to Return to Europe

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After three short seasons in the NBA, it appears the Serbian forward will return to Europe to continue his career.

Minnesota Timberwolves v New York Knicks Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Well... this is certainly something.

According to reports early Tuesday morning, former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica has changed his mind and will no longer sign a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

This report from Eurohoops.net was quickly confirmed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

As you may recall, after the Wolves rescinded their qualifying offer to Belly in order to sign Anthony Tolliver, Belly verbally agreed to a 1-year/$4.4 million dollar deal with Philadelphia.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.”