But his production may not ultimately matter as much if the Hawks can land Sacramento guard Bogdan Bogdanovic. Sources remain confident that Atlanta is in strong position to sign him. I’ve heard Bogdanovic’s deal could be somewhere around four years and $72 million.
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The Milwaukee Bucks are landing Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic in a sign-and-trade deal that sends Donte DiVincenzo, Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson to Sacramento, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Kings will also send Justin James to the Bucks in the deal, sources said.
Kevin O’Connor: Sources: The Bucks will pursue a sign-and-trade for Kings restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic. He’d be another huge addition following the addition of Jrue Holiday. The Hawks will also pursue Bogdanovic, but the Bucks can sell him on competing for a championship with Giannis.
James Ham: According to a league source, Kings will not move Bogdan Bogdanovic before NBA Trade Deadline. Plan to extend/match offer sheet this summer. nbcsports.com/bayarea/kings/… pic.twitter.com/Pz25yXKPmj
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.
Bogdanovic is likely to end up becoming a restricted free agent as well, but for different reasons. The Kings would probably sign him to an extension right now if he would agree to an average salary of $12.85 million, but after a big summer with the Serbian national team he could command more money as one of the best players in a weak free-agent class.
Tony Jones: Reporting with @Shams Charania: The Utah Jazz are emerging as a significant threat to sign Bojan Bogdanovic away from the Indiana Pacers, League Sources tell The Athletic….The Jazz could have a competitive offer on the table as soon as tomorrow, according to sources
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz are expressing significant interest in Indiana Pacers UFA Bojan Bogdanovic, League Sources tell The Athletic. Bogdanovic is thought to be a Pacers lean heading into free agency. Bogdanovic is one of the better forwards on the market
The Pacers hope to bring back Bojan Bogdanovic, sources say, and they will toggle between Sabonis/Turner lineups and smaller groups featuring T.J. Warren at power forward.
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.”
Building an offer is tricky. To make the money work, Indiana can really offer only expiring contracts, and all of the movable ones are linked to primary ball handlers: Darren Collison, Cory Joseph, and Tyreke Evans. (The Pacers want to re-sign Bojan Bogdanovic, also working on an expiring contract, sources say.) They could toss in their 2019 first-round pick, but that might not be of much interest to the Grizzlies.
Scott Agness: Thad Young has two weeks to decide on his Player Option. Stay with the team for one more year (at $13.7M), sign a new deal, or go elsewhere. Also by June 29th: Team Options due on Lance Stephenson, Joe Young. And Bojan Bogdanovic’s contract becomes guaranteed if not waived.
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Washington has now renounced Bojan Bogdanovic, freeing him to join Pacers on the two-year, $21M deal, league source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Bojan Bogdanovic has agreed to a two-year, $21M deal with the Indiana Pacers, league source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The second year of the deal includes a partial guarantee, league sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Indiana has emerged as a frontrunner to sign Bojan Bogdanovic, league sources tell ESPN.
David Aldridge: Wizards have withdrawn qualifying offer to RFA Bojan Bogdanovic, per source; he is now an unrestricted free agent.
The price tag is dropping quickly on Bogdanovic. He entered free agency looking for a deal worth about $50 million for three years, a source said, but that has not materialized, and it’s hard to say exactly where that money would come from. It won’t come from the Wizards
The Wizards haven’t pulled Bogdanovic’s qualifying offer nor will they, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com. Instead, they’ll seek sign-and-trade options with the hopes of acquiring a traded player exception that could be used later.
The signing of Mike Scott on Tuesday makes the departure of Bojan Bogdanovic all but certain for the Wizards, who added a three-point shooting forward at the veteran minimum of $1.7 million. The Wizards, however, haven’t pulled Bogdanovic’s qualifying offer nor will they, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com. Instead, they’ll seek sign-and-trade options with the hopes of acquiring a traded player exception that could be used later.
J. Michael Falgoust: Note: I’m told by league sources Wizards have NOT pulled Bojan Bogdanovic’s QO which would make him UFA. Another move(s) in play #Wizards
J. Michael Falgoust: If #Wizards are able to sign & trade Bogdanovic, league sources tell @CSNMA theyre seeking traded player exception in return. Cap relief
David Aldridge: Hawks the most ardent suitors at present for Wizards RFA Bojan Bogdanovic. Will be hard for WAS to match offer sheet if it has 2 max Porter.
Chris Haynes: Restricted free-agent sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic receiving serious interest from Sacramento, Denver, Atlanta, league sources tell ESPN.
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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“I see why there’s a comparison. Obviously, LeBron is one of the greatest to ever do it and Ben has the potential given the size, ability, and speed, but it’s unfair. It’s unfair to compare anybody to LeBron or compare anybody to Michael Jordan, especially at a young age.”
Attempts to grow closer as a team are confronting a world in which proximity to teammates is both dangerous and prohibited. As a result, NBA players and staffs have been reduced to distant conversations through face masks, and a road life dominated by individual screens rather than collective camaraderie. “The reality is that you can’t do stuff like that anymore,” Haslem said. “Those opportunities don’t exist.” In Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner’s words: “It’s a bubble within a bubble.”
STARTING AN AVERAGE day on the road, an NBA player must now wake up as early as 7:30 a.m. to be tested before a practice or shootaround, depending on the market. He then returns to his room to catch another hour or so of sleep, or to busy himself with a video game, an episode of a series or maybe a FaceTime session with family back home. A couple of hours later, he reports downstairs to board the team bus. The wait in the lobby is traditionally a time when players schmooze and hang out, but with everyone at least 6 feet apart and masked, the vibe has taken on an edgy quality.
Pre-practice strategy sessions at the hotel can no longer last more than 10 minutes. Shootaround or practice offer some normalcy, but breakfast back at the hotel in a ballroom, typically a communal ritual where players and staff yuck it up at tables for eight, now operates as a grab-and-go. Want some fresh air? Forget about taking a walk outside, even though the CDC and other leading medical institutions regard outdoor activities with the appropriate precautions as low risk.
Back in the hotel room, the walls close in for players. More video games and binge watching. Myles Turner has delved into Narcos and has been playing Cyberpunk 2077, while Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph recently watched the Tony Parker documentary on Netflix. “I don’t think locking up in a room for 24 hours just coming out to play basketball is mentally healthy,” Haslem said. “I need to go out and take a walk because there are things that can pile up that have nothing to do with the game of basketball. And you’re saying that I can’t even go take a walk? I don’t think that’s right. Even in the bubble, you can go take a walk and get some fresh air.”
This season, that ground rarely extends much past the door to a hotel room. The Spurs’ custom on the plane has been effectively prohibited. Under the new guidelines, players must sit next to the same guys they sit next to on the bench during games. On an off night, it’s dinners for one in the room — a far cry from the jovial dining out experience in a road city. “I think that’s hard — having options taken away,” Holiday said. “You might go to your favorite city, and have a favorite food spot that people might not know about. And that’s something that you can bring to the table, something you share, and [this season] you can’t really share that.”