Free Agency Rumors: Bogdanovic, McLaughlin, Baynes, More

The Kings will have to make a decision on Bogdan Bogdanovic‘s offer sheet with the Hawks on Tuesday, and as Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee writes, there are pros and cons the team must consider as it weighs its options.

Matching Bogdanovic’s four-year, $72MM offer sheet would mean not losing him for nothing, and the contract doesn’t look particularly onerous — it’s unlikely that it will become an albatross within the next year. Bogdanovic would have veto power on any trade for the next year if Sacramento matches his offer, and the deal includes a 15% trade kicker, but there’s a good chance the club could eventually move him for positive value.

Still, while the Kings had originally budgeted for a $15-18MM annual salary for Bogdanovic under former GM Vlade Divac, per Anderson, the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the salary cap coming in $6MM lower than anticipated may make the team nervous about a long-term deal at the upper end of that range.

Additionally, sources have suggested to Anderson that Bogdanovic would prefer a change of scenery and that the swingman feels he has been “de-prioritized” by the Kings. Sacramento already may have to deal with one disgruntled wing in Buddy Hield — carrying two of them, and having them eat into each other’s minutes, may not be an ideal situation for the club.

Here are a few more notes and rumors related to free agency:

  • The Timberwolves and restricted free agent guard Jordan McLaughlin are engaged in ongoing talks about a new contract, a source tells Chris Hine of The Star Tribune. McLaughlin was on a two-way deal last season as a rookie, but is due for a promotion to a standard contract after averaging 7.6 PPG and 4.2 APG on .489/.382/.667 shooting in 30 games (19.7 MPG).
  • Before he committed to the Raptors, free agent center Aron Baynes gave serious consideration to joining the Warriors, a league source tells Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
  • Alex Len, another center who agreed to a deal with Toronto, generated interest from the Lakers, Sixers, Bucks, and Kings during free agency, according to Scotto. The Raptors used their mid-level exception to give Len slightly more than his minimum salary.
  • The Hawks and Pistons were among the teams that expressed interest in Damyean Dotson before the free agent guard committed to Cleveland, reports Scotto. Dotson’s two-year, $4MM deal with the Cavaliers is worth more than the minimum and the club is still weighing whether to use its mid-level exception or bi-annual exception to complete the signing, tweets Chris Fedor of
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18 thoughts on “Free Agency Rumors: Bogdanovic, McLaughlin, Baynes, More

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    The Rockets should sign Ilyasova to be the backup PF.

    That would give them a solid veteran group including Harden, Westbrook, Gordon, Tucker, Boogie, Christian Wood, House, Ben McLemore, Sterling Brown, David Nwaba, and possibly Ersan Ilyasova if they sign him next.

      • hiflew

        Really? You don’t have to like the team, but can you really look at that list of players and seriously think Christian Wood is the only player there?

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Already have. Their payroll is going be to more than $170M next season.

      • xxtremecubsguy89

        And yet the Rockets are still going to be one of the bottom 3 in the West. They might actually be THE worst team in the west after they trade your screen names namesake.

      • macdaddy96

        That’s the difference between the warriors and the rockets. Warriors will spend whatever to win, the rockets are penny pinchers

  2. hiflew

    If history is any indicator, if Sacramento matches the deal they will probably trade him to Atlanta before the contract is up. I know Portland did the same thing with the Nets with Allen Crabbe a few years back. And I think someone else did it with the Nets as well. If Sacramento doesn’t match, then Bogdanovic will probably become a trade chip later on anyway, a la Tim Hardaway Jr.

    These RFA signings on average shooting guards usually doesn’t work out well either way.

    • DynamiteAdams

      Allen Crab was signed by Portland and Nets didn’t match. They ended up trading him back to Brooklyn in the last year of that offer sheet.

      • natsfan3437

        Other way around. On Portland they. Brooklyn offered the deal, Portland picked it up, then traded him to the nets a couple years later when they were taking on the bad contracts for picks and they built that fun playoff team with dlo

  3. I'm a starboy not a Dr...

    It would look shady for the kings to match. They tried to trade him without his knowledge…

  4. natsfan3437

    I think I would match if I was the kings. Need to keep talent or get something in return. (I hope they don’t and he can sign where he wants)

  5. siggers84

    Maybe they think Haliburton can step straight into his shoes. Either way their bench is looking bare now Bazemore, Len and Giles walked.

  6. UpUpnHeaHea

    Can somebody explain to me if Sacramento has 48 hours to match or decline Bogdanovich’s contract offer and he signed it at 10:00 am on the 22nd why is the deadline 11.59pm on the 24th ???? That adds up to 60 hours, so they get an extra 12 hours ????

    • Luke Adams

      It’s not actually written in the CBA as “48 hours.” A team always has until 11:59 pm ET on deadline day. So even if the Hawks submitted it at 7:00 am or 6:00 pm on Sunday, the deadline would be the same.

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