NBA news: Mirza Teletovic retires, will become president of Bosnian Basketball Federation
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Mirza Teletovic retires, will become president of Bosnian Basketball Federation

Mirza Teletovic

Sweet-shooting big man Mirza Teletovic is calling it quits in basketball – but only as a player. According to a report by Albert De Roa of HoopsHype, Teletovic has officially retired, as he intends to exchange his basketball jersey for a suit to work as an executive of his home country’s national basketball program.

“Mirza Teletovic is officially retiring as a player and has accepted an offer to become the new president of the Bosnian Basketball Federation.”

Teletovic last played in the NBA in 2017 as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, but only suited up for a total of 10 games for the team in the 2017-18 season. Teletovic was saddled with injuries during his final season with the Bucks, as he dealt with a left knee issue that needed surgery to fix and pulmonary emboli in both of his lungs. It was the second time in his NBA stint that a blood clot was found in his respiratory organs, earlier going through the same condition in his Brooklyn Nets days.

Mirza Teletovic spent most of his basketball career in Europe before bringing his talents to the United States by signing a three-year deal with the Nets in 2012. When he became a free agent in 2015, he hooked up with the Phoenix Suns via a one-year contract. The following year, he went to Milwaukee, where he spent the final years of his career in basketball.

The 33-year-old Teletovic walks away from the NBA with career averages of 8.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 0.8 assists across 324 games. He shot 43.9 percent from the field. Known mostly for his smooth touch from deep, he sank 46.7 percent of his three-point shots in the NBA.