Former Wisconsin Badger forward, and insta-flame thrower, Duje Dukan, is headed back home to Croatia. It was announced a few days ago that Dukan has signed a three year deal with the Croatian team, KK Cedevita of the Adriatic League and the EuroLeague.
Welcome @dujedukan to @KKCedevita signed 3 years deal @EuroCup @ABA_League @CbfHks #samojako pic.twitter.com/oTJ6Gz66Ev— Matej Mamic (@matejm13) August 3, 2016
This is great news for Dukan, who was waived by the Sacramento Kings early in July after signing a two year free agent after graduating from Wisconsin in 2015. While he was a part of the Kings D- League affiliate, he averaged 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in 27 starts for the Reno Bighorns.
He also appeared in one game with the Kings last season and scored six points and pulled down four rebounds in 24-minutes of play.
Duje's first bucket in his NBA career! pic.twitter.com/CFo38lGoDU— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) April 14, 2016
With Cedevita, Dukan should be able to hone in on the other skills that were preventing him from finding stable NBA minutes and there weren’t many other teams knocking on his door after the Kings waived him. His offense and rebounding ability is always going to be there. He should be able to find a role on an NBA team as small ball four man, but for that to happen, he will need to figure out how to bang in the post defensively with some of the behemoths around the NBA and D-League, or stick with the faster, more athletic wing players.
Either way, the move to Croatia is a timely one. Dukan is still only 24 years old and seemingly has his best/prime years ahead of him still. Keep an eye out for Dukan, who could easily wind up back in the states soon.