Pacific Notes: Chriss, Bogdanovic, Kings Draft, Lue

Warriors big man Marquese Chriss could see his role expand offensively as a passer, Anthony Slater of The Athletic speculates. Chriss showed off his versatility and vision during a recent intrasquad scrimmage. Alen Smailagić doesn’t seem ready to break into the team’s rotation and he’s destined to spend another season in the G League, Slater adds.

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • The Hawks, Bucks, Suns and Heat are among the teams that could be interested in Kings free agent swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic, in the view of James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area. All but Milwaukee have the cap space to hand Bodganovic an attractive offer sheet. With the recent changes in the front office, it’s more uncertain whether Sacramento will match an offer sheet or whether it would rather pursue a sign-and-trade.
  • While the Kings have a quality young point guard in De’Aaron Fox, it’s not out of the question they’ll draft another one with their lottery pick, Jason Jones of The Athletic writes. RJ Hampton, Kira Lewis and Cole Anthony are some of the point guard prospects Sacramento might consider with the No. 12 overall pick.
  • Tyronn Lue has the right track record for a championship contender like the Clippers, Mirjam Swanson of the Orange County Register opines. After winning a title in Cleveland, the new Clippers head coach has already established a track record of cultivating chemistry by holding stars accountable, maximizing role players and making smart strategic moves, Swanson adds.
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16 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Chriss, Bogdanovic, Kings Draft, Lue

  1. Sillivan

    Bogdan Bogdanovic 15, 3, 3, 37% 3pt
    Alex Burks 15, 3, 4, 39% 3pt
    Alex Burks Vets Min
    Last year Bogdan got an offer for a contract extension of four years, $51.4 million and he passed on.

    • SheltonMatthews

      He passed because he knew he could get much more than that. Probably still will, but would’ve crushed that number if COVID doesn’t mess up the cap.

    • hiflew

      Poor wording dude. You make it sound like Bogdan died after he got the offer.

  2. The Howler

    ATL 57 mil cap space
    PHX 21.2 mil
    MIA 33 mil
    MIL -15.5
    It seems doubtful that MIL is truly interested unless they are making other moves.

    • Sillivan

      You misunderstood it. It’s about sign and trade.
      The Bucks currently have some young assets they could entice the Kings between the 24th overall pick as well as second-year guard Donte DiVincenzo.
      Bucks add players the Kings like.

  3. The Human Rain Delay

    If Heilds the guy they are sticking with a sign and trade makes a lot of sense –

    Nothing will matter as long as Luke is at the helm anyway for SAC

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    If they trade Buddy. Then they will have to keep Bogdanovic. He fits better with Fox. Kings with good trade and healthy. Can be a playoff team. Young and heading upwards. I like Bagley could be another AD. Was hurt last yr.

  5. hiflew

    Bogdanovic is as good as gone. He was a Divac guy. Now that Vlade is gone, as well as the other Serb they had in the front office, Bogdan has lost his two biggest supporters. Everyone is just assuming that Hield is the guy that will get moved, but the more I think about it the more I believe it will be Bogdan.

  6. I doubt that Kings do a S&T with BB unless he wants out (or can get a ridiculous offer sheet). I also doubt they draft a PG at #12 (maybe Hampton, but not the smaller one position guys like Anthony). Those would be moves of a rudder-less organization.

    • hiflew

      The only franchise with less of a rudder in the NBA is the Hornets. And you could maybe argue the Cavs who were only saved because LeBron was born near them. But there aren’t many with a worse history of team building than the Kings.

        • hiflew

          I have no idea how I forgot them. I guess it could be a case of being in a room with a bad smell. Eventually you get used to it even though it hasn’t really improved.

        • hiflew

          Plus, the Knicks do make attempts at building teams, they are just incredibly bad at it. So they aren’t as much rudder-less as they are having a blind captain.

  7. hiflew

    It would be such a Kings move to draft a PG with their top pick when their best player is a PG. Drafting BPA is one thing, but the Kings really only have one guy that can really be assured to be part of a future winning team in Sacramento. I’m sure they hope Bagley is as well, but Fox is already proven in the league and Bagley is not yet.

    The ONLY way it makes sense to draft a PG is if you are 100% sure that Fox won’t sign an extension and will need to be traded. Which is possible I guess because no one ever really wants to re-sign with the Kings.

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