Warriors’ Dejan Milojević won’t replace Jarron Collins

Report: Milojević not replacing Collins on Warriors’ bench originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Jarron Collins will not be returning to the Warriors next season.

That news came out last week.

And on Tuesday morning, we learned that Golden State reportedly will be adding Dejan Milojević to Steve Kerr’s coaching staff.

So is the Serbian native replacing Collins on the front of the bench?

“Milojević, sources indicate, isn’t expected to move into that seat,” The Athletic’s Anthony Slater writes. “His hiring is on the player development side, with an obvious focus on big men.”

The 44-year-old coached Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic in Serbia for a couple years before the 2020-21 NBA MVP came over to the United States.

“Like Jokic, Milojević was once a Serbian center, a rugged, undersized big man whose deft skills and tenacity on the glass earned him the nickname ‘The Serbian [Charles] Barkley,’ ” ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan wrote in September 2020. “He was a sturdy player who lifted weights in his kitchen. He was not averse to mixing it up on the court should a physical presence be required.

“Milojević was known for his exceptional footwork, a skill that he passed along to Jokic. ‘I showed him some things and after a week, he had already passed me in ability.’ “

The addition of Milojević apparently has been in the works for awhile now.

“The Warriors had conversations with Milojević before last season, but the timing wasn’t yet right,” Slater writes. “It is now.”

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