The NBA has opened an investigation into the failed sign-and-trade deal between the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks which will send Bogdan Bogdanovic to Milwaukee, according to Marc Stein from the New York Times.
Unclear, of course, is how all these lands with Giannis Antetokounmpo. There was great optimism late Monday and into Tuesday in Milwaukee that the apparent infusion of Jrue Holiday and Bogdan Bogdanovic would satisfy management’s postseason pledge to Giannis to improve the roster
– Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 20, 2020
On Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN reports that Bogdanovic has agreed to become a limited free agent.
Dan signed a contract with the Bucks after the trade which would also send Justin James to the Bucks in exchange for Donte DiVincenzo, Ersan Ilyasova and DJ Wilson.
However, Bogdan Bogdanovic’s situation with Milwaukee Bucks and the Sacramento Kings are currently complicated.
The Serbian swingman appeared poised to join the Bucks via sign-and-trade at the start of the offseason, but now things are very different.
The deal fell through as reports surfaced that Bogdanovic never agreed to move. According to Jason Anderson from The Sacramento Bee, “never a deal”.
It’s unclear exactly how the communication between Kings, Bucks and Bogdanovic was going, but a source from Milwaukee clearly discussed it a little prematurely.
Either way, the miscommunication has led to a deterioration in relations between Bogdanovic and the Bucks, likely prompting the talented Serbian wing to look elsewhere when he reaches free agent on Saturday.
Sacramento Kings forward Bogdan Bogdanovic plans to enter restricted free agency on Friday at 6 PM ET, sources tell ESPN.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 19, 2020
Bogdanovic turned down a four-year contract extension worth $ 51.4 million from Kings before the 2019-20 season. On this day, Ilysova was waive by the Bucks, possibly indicating something was on the trade.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst also recently discussed the situation, explaining that Bogdan wants to join Giannis and he’s actually been in touch with him over the last few days (1:22 mark).
“I’ve been covering the NBA for 18 years, I’ve never seen a situation like this, and I’ll be honest with you guys, I don’t know what’s going to happen.
“Now the problem is, who filed a harassment suit? Because Sacramento said “(Bogdanović) won’t want to play here again”. But the protests from executives have been insane for the past 48 hours.
“So, there are a lot of people in the league who believe that this could be a ruse, something to prevent the league from canceling this deal, by suddenly saying there is no deal.
“And then on Sunday we might have agreed. “But Bogdan Bogdanović’s representatives are adamant that this is not approved, Bogdan himself has told people himself that I will see what offer I get on Friday.
“He wants to play for the Bucks, okay? He’s in touch with Giannis Antetokounmpo, this is what he wants, we’ll see what happens. “
The deal that fell through was a major blow to the Bucks. Hours after acquiring a Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans for a very large asset package.
The Bucks seem to land Bogdanovic at a very reasonable price. The Bucks hope the addition of another skilled and versatile playmaker will persuade Giannis to sign a contract extension.
The offer is in the form of a five-year supermax contract extension before the December 21 deadline.
Bogdanovic, 28, averaged 15.1 points per game with a 37.2% 3-point shoot for Sacramento last season. Don’t forget to visit SPIN Website for other recent updates, and follow Instagram and Youtube we.