Bogdan Bogdanovic Plans To Enter Restricted Free Agency

A sign-and-trade deal that would send Kings swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic to the Bucks appears to be dead, at least for now, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter).

According to Wojnarowski, the Kings and Bucks had hoped to bring Bogdanovic the framework of their sign-and-trade agreement and negotiate his contract with Milwaukee on Friday. Instead, he’ll enter restricted free agency in search of an offer sheet or other sign-and-trade scenarios, per Woj (Twitter link).

Wojnarowski initially reported late on Monday night that the Kings and Bucks had agreed to a deal sending Bogdanovic and Justin James to Milwaukee in exchange for Ersan Ilyasova, D.J. Wilson, and Donte DiVincenzo. However, Sam Amick of The Athetic reported earlier today that the deal was in peril, since Bogdanovic apparently never agreed to it.

As I wrote in our earlier story, it’s hard to believe that the Kings and Bucks wouldn’t have confirmed that Bogdanovic was on board with the move before it was reported. But it was also unusual that a deal involving a free agent contract was being reported four days before free agency actually began. At this point, it’s unclear whether the deal fell apart as a result of a major communication breakdown or if the NBA got involved due to perceived tampering.

Either way, it’s a major setback for the Bucks. They’re still hoping that a Bogdanovic deal can be saved, but it sounds like he’s ready to move onto other options, according to Amick (Twitter link). Milwaukee is still on track to land Jrue Holiday from the Pelicans, but will have to look elsewhere if they want to try to turn a DiVincenzo package into an impact player.

As for the Kings, if they’re not intent on re-signing Bogdanovic themselves or matching an offer sheet, they’ll likely look to negotiate a sign-and-trade with another club.

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16 thoughts on “Bogdan Bogdanovic Plans To Enter Restricted Free Agency

  1. Hawk2916

    So this means the Kings can still match whatever another team offers and then sign him and they can trade him wherever right

    • RenoChris

      I believe they have to wait a while after the sign him to trade him

  2. Tatsumaki

    It was a terrible trade for kings so this is good for them. Probably leaked it after agreeing knowing they made a mistake. Bucks are hosed.

  3. DeathbyDeathwest

    So the Kings need to match the offer be pulls out of RFA before he gets traded to the Bucks.

    I could see how the NBAPA would be upset by this pre-agreement just as much as the league itself for potential tampering.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    He’s a FA Bucks don’t need Kings. Bucks are close to tax line. Not sure if they have the 9.7 mill. Or he could take a one yr MLE ( 5 or 9)and next yr get a new deal. I’m just guessing here.

    • DeathbyDeathwest

      My guess is that one of the teams with cap room would offer like $12-$15mil over 3-4 years, so the Bucks couldn’t sign him outright.

      He may want to play with Giannis, but he’s due a nice little payday.

  5. Jason Lancaster

    Sucks for Milwaukee – they were all set to get a great young player for a decent price.

    If a deal was going to blow up, you wanted it to be the other one .

  6. Josip Tomic

    Can you fix the spelling error, Luke?

    “‘A’ this point, it’s unclear whether the deal fell apart as a result of a major communication breakdown or if the NBA got involved due to perceived tampering”.

  7. stubby66

    Either way they obviously had the framework put in place and it looks like someone is getting a little greedy so personally I hope the Bucks move on and find someone like Harden. Then I hope they go on win a championship while Bog goes to a team that doesn’t go anywhere. Yes its petty but I didn’t wish an injury or anything. I don’t like people who don’t go through on commitments might as well leave the bride at the alter.

    • HailRodgers12$

      There’s no way on earth Milwaukee is going after, much less getting Harden. They have already given up basically the next decade of draft picks. Nevermind that harden and Giannis can’t share the court (pretty sure G refused to pick harden for his all star team because he wanted ‘someone who would pass the ball’).

  8. giannisandyelich123

    I think we want to pay him 14 mil a year and he thinks he can get more. ‍♂️

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