NBA Rumor: Bojan Bogdanovic Free Agency

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A source with knowledge of the Kings’ plans said this move was made, in part, with Bogdan Bogdanovic’s future in mind. The 27-year-old wing is a restricted agent this summer, and the Kings could now pay him a starting salary of $20 million or more without having fears of the luxury tax. Barring a can’t-say-no offer before the Thursday deadline or a ridiculous offer sheet this summer, this is a strong indication that Bogdanovic is likely to stay put in Sacramento.

Will we have to max Bojan Bogdanovic to keep him do you think? If not how much might it take? Scott Agness: He turns 30 this month. That’s notable. I don’t expect him to get a max, but it wouldn’t be surprising for him to double his salary and get $18-20M. Teams have money and this is his time to really cash in on a three-, four-year deal. And to make it crystal clear: The Pacers want Bogey back.

“I’m just praying we don’t lose him,” Bayno added. Ah, yes, the future. Bogdanovic is going to be a free agent at season’s end. Already, Bayno is politicking for his return to the Pacers. “He sees how important he is to us and that’s not the same with every team,’’ he said. “He may end up going to another team and taking more money and being miserable. All we can do is hope he wants to be here and know how much we love him. And I’m speaking for the entire coaching staff when I say that.”

The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have signed free agent forward Bojan Bogdanovic to a contract. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Bogdanovic recorded career highs during the 2016-17 regular season with 13.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 81 total games with the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards. After being traded to Washington in February, he averaged 12.7 points and shot 39.1 percent from 3-point range and 93.4 percent from the free throw line over the Wizards’ final 26 regular season games. Bogdanovic also appeared in all 13 of Washington’s playoff games last season while averaging 8.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

If the Wizards match any offer for Porter, the Nets could target Bogdanovic for a return. Would he consider it? “It’s still early. I didn’t think about it. I’m trying to focus about basketball,’’ Bogdanovic said. “Everybody has started to ask me about the contract now, but I’m not in that mode yet. After the playoffs I will start to think about options, about what’s the best place for me. But right now I’m really happy in Washington with this group of guys. But we’ll see after the season what’s going to happen.”

He also was asked about his expiring contract. He makes $3.5 million this season and if he does well, he’s likely to make a lot more in the TV rights-infused salary cap summer of 2017. “I don’t think about that,” he told Puljic “I know this is my last season in contract and I’m aware I should play best so far if I want to sign better deal, but for now I don’t think about that. All I care for now is to play good for Croatian team, to work hard so I could be better in Brooklyn.”
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