Free Agent Rumors: Bogdanovic, VanVleet, Augustin, Thompson

Now that Bogdan Bogdanovic has re-emerged as a free agent option for teams outside of Milwaukee, the RFA swingman and his representatives are expected to take meetings when free agency opens, according to Sam Amick and Eric Nehm of The Athletic, who say that the Hawks and Lakers are known to have interest.

Amick and Nehm suggest it’s “widely known” that Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had been recruiting Bogdanovic to Milwaukee. Since it seems that union won’t happen, teams hoping to eventually lure Giannis away from the Bucks will probably become a little more interested in Bogdanovic, according to The Athletic’s duo, who mention the Mavericks and Heat as a couple of those clubs.

Here’s more on free agency:

  • Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News tweets that he has consistently heard the Raptors‘ goal is to re-sign Fred VanVleet on a Malcolm Brogdon-type contract. Brogdon’s four-year, $85MM deal was cited way back in August as a probable market-setter for VanVleet’s new contract.
  • The Suns have reached out to D.J. Augustin, who is also drawing real interest from the Bucks, according to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 (Twitter link). Gambadoro adds that the veteran point guard is likely to accept the best offer he receives.
  • Even after winning a championship, the Lakers aren’t content to be passive in free agency, says general manager Rob Pelinka. As Dave McMenamin of ESPN relays, Pelinka vows his club will be “aggressive” as it looks to continue making upgrades. “We’re not going to just sit back and not expect others who are in position to try to better their roster or better their teams,” Pelinka said. “So we have to stay aggressive. I think the danger of winning is complacency, and I won’t — we won’t allow that to creep in here. We’re going to try to improve our team and put Coach (Frank) Vogel and his staff in the best possible position to defend.”
  • The Lakers would love to land Tristan Thompson in free agency, according to Chris Mannix of SI.com. Mannix says the Raptors are also expected to express interest in Thompson, though Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca (Twitter link) hears Toronto hasn’t reached out to the Canadian center yet.
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17 thoughts on “Free Agent Rumors: Bogdanovic, VanVleet, Augustin, Thompson

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      So they are going to unnecessarily hard-cap themselves and then offer KCP less money than he would have made by opting in at $8.5M? Makes sense.

  1. Dodgethis

    I’ll correct the error for you. Lakers didn’t win a championship. They won a *championship.

    • noahrnoahr

      * — it was way harder to win this year because COVID made everything crazy

      That’s the asterisk, right? And, just to be clear, I’m not a Lakers fan and was rooting for Miami in the finals.

    • Little_Dunker_45

      Championship is a championship…it’s never easy to win. What is point of putting an asterisk next to it? Every year is inherently different anyway.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      The Astros got one, so why shouldn’t the Lakers get one too?

      • txphi_991

        The Lakers deserved it, whether we agree with the stacked team or not. That said, a championship is not a championship. *Astros and Miami 2006 (the cheating in 2006 was not Miami’s fault but if you know the extent of what was going on with officiating, the Mavs were more robbed than any Team in sports history)

  2. x_burner_X

    LAL can offer Schroeder to Kangz for Bogdanovic, that would be hilarious

    • DVail1979

      Kings would have zero need for Schroder with Haliburton and Fox there

  3. richt

    Giannis won’t go play anywhere with Bogdanovic now. Seems likely that Bogdan completely played him.

    • noahrnoahr

      It seems more like Sac and Milwaukee engineered a sign-and-trade without asking the player first.

  4. Sillivan

    Lakers offer Kuzma and KCP for Bogdanovic today. SNT

    KCP
    real value $8M per
    He wants $16M per

    Will Kings overpay KCP?

  5. giannisandyelich123

    Suns reached out to dj Augustine? They can’t do that til 6! Why are the bucks and kings getting investigated if everyone does it!!!!!!

  6. Simmons>Russ

    Bucks if Bogi isn’t an option anymore should be going hard for Augustine, KCP, Bradley, Dragic and Teague.

    Of those guys I think Teague would be a sneakily good option. He’s played under coach Mike Bud on the Hawks back in the day. He’s got decent size 6’3 and is a capable defender. He was a one time former all star, he’s always been decent from outside the three point line, and can help run an offence. His career averages are 12.6-6-2.5 which is alright as a fifth option and role player.

    He’s also got a bunch of playoff experience and usually steps his game up for the playoffs. For Indy in 2017, he averaged 17-6-3 and shot 53% from deep.

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