Teams with interest in Bojan Bogdanovic have suggested to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (Twitter link) that they’re ramping up their offers. According to Wojnarowski, signs are pointing to the Nets soon choosing the best available deal for Bogdanovic.
Bogdanovic, who will turn 28 in April, was the 31st overall pick in the 2011 draft and eventually joined the Nets in 2014. The 6’8″ forward is is enjoying a career year this season, with 14.2 PPG and a .357 3PT% in 55 games so far.
Although Bogdanovic is on an expiring deal, he’ll be eligible for restricted – rather than unrestricted – free agency this summer. That has some value, since the team that ends up with him at season’s end will also have the opportunity to match any offer he receives in the offseason. The Nets know first-hand that it can be difficult to steal an RFA away from another team — the club had offer sheets for Allen Crabbe, Tyler Johnson, and Donatas Motiejunas matched in 2016.
Wojnarowski’s report doesn’t name possible trade partners for Brooklyn, but there is no shortage of teams in the market for a scorer off the bench. When I previewed the trade deadline for the Atlantic teams last week, I identified Bogdanovic as a potentially intriguing under-the-radar trade candidate, given his shooting prowess and his affordable salary ($3.573MM).