Three days after the Timberwolves withdrew his qualifying offer so they could sign Anthony Tolliver, power forward Nemanja Bjelica accepted Philadelphia’s contract offer Thursday.
The Serbian, who averaged 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game last season, agreed to the $4.4 million room exception to play for a 76ers team that, led by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, improved by 24 victories last season and reached the playoffs’ second round.
The Wolves withdrew their qualifying offer worth nearly $5 million and signed Tolliver — like Bjelica, a “stretch” power forward who can spread defenses because of his shooting range — to a one-year contract worth $5.75 million.
Now 30, Bjelica played his first three NBA seasons in Minnesota. In stretches, the 6-10 forward with guard skills showed why he was the 2015 EuroLeague MVP, but he also never found a consistent role and playing time, partly because of injuries.
Drafted 35th overall in 2010, Bjelica was the last remaining player from the Wolves’ David Kahn management era. He played another five seasons in Europe before he signed with the Wolves in July 2015.
• The Wolves announced they signed undrafted 6-3 combo guard Jared Terrell to one of their two-way spots that allows players to shuffle between NBA and G League rosters.
A four-year player at Rhode Island, Terrell is projected as a pro prospect who can defend multiple positions and make three-pointers, too.