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Doc Rivers addresses report that Milos Teodosic wants out

Doc Rivers, Milos Teodosic

The L.A. Clippers have been rolling to start the season, off to a start no one expected them to at 12-6. While they’re clicking on all cylinders, a bit of a concerning report surfaced on Thanksgiving that guard Milos Teodosic was considering a return to Europe. The report even stated that he was looking at possibly doing so in the middle of this 2018-19 season.

Teodosic apparently made these comments to a Serbian site called Glas Amerike

“I think I definitely won’t stay here because… I came, I saw how it looks and somehow… I enjoy more and it’s nicer for me to play in Europe. So, I will return to Europe for sure, will it be during this season or at the end, we’ll see.”

Before the Clippers took on the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday afternoon, head coach Doc Rivers addressed the report from the Serbian site regarding Teodosic.

“I’ve just heard it too,” Rivers told members of the media. “I doubt if that happens, but we want him to happy too. He’s a great guy, he’s great for this organization. He’s been a great pro here. Obviously, he hasn’t played the minutes or the way he wants to, but we love him around here, so we’ll figure that all out.”

When asked if he’s actively looking for minutes to play Teodosic, Doc Rivers remained noncommittal about the European guard seeing minutes anytime soon.

“We’re trying to play who should play and if that’s Milos, then that’ll be Milos,” responded Rivers. “But if it’s not, then it won’t be. We gotta do what’s best for the team.”

The Clippers went on to defeat the Grizzlies in overtime, 112-107, their eighth win in the last 10 games. Teodosic, again, didn’t see a minute of action for the sixth time in seven games. That will likely only fuel these reports of his unhappiness, whether it may be true or not.

L.A. has a lot of tough, defensive-minded guards, and unfortunately, Teodosic isn’t really one of them. The 14-year pro-basketball veteran is a guy they can rely on to move the ball and create some open looks for other guys when the ball movement gets stagnant.

With the current health of this Clippers team, Teodosic likely doesn’t have a role that could eclipse 10 or 12 minutes of action every few games.