The 2020-21 NBA season is coming very fast. The tournament is on track to kick off December 22, which means the franchise doesn’t have a lot of time to complete their roster in a shortened season.
The biggest decision of the new Sacramento Kings Monte McNair general manager is what to do with restricted free player Bogdan Bogdanovic. The sharp goalscorer was included in the starting lineup in January, leading to Sacramento taking a 13-7 lead before pandemic struck. Bogdanovic averaged 15.1 points and 3.4 assists, while successfully shooting from 37.2%.
The 28-year-old turned down a $ 51.4 million four-year contract last year and is preparing for a bigger deal. One team that has expressed interest in Bogi is the Milwaukee Bucks. ESPN’s Zach Lowe said the Bucks could also be ready to take on Harrison Barnes if it means they can land Bogdanovic.
In any case, the Bucks will work. They fell in love with Bogdan Bogdanovic, a limited freelance officer with the Kings of Sacramento, who would ask for signature and transaction; Sources told ESPN, the Bucks have started around scenarios where they are also absorbing Harrison Barnes. It is not clear if they will participate in the real discussions of the Kings; early. (Getting any player in a login transaction triggers hard cap.)
Barnes, 28, makes more than $ 60 million over the next three seasons. He averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting a deep 38.1% against Kings last season.
Barnes’s versatility allows head coach Luke Walton to stay unaffected by this sort of veteran in the lead striker position. Losing Barnes and Bogdanovic would leave a huge void in the squad when it comes to winger, so depending on a return, it’s hard to see Sacramento ready to switch the pair over to Milwaukee.
A fascinating thing about moving Barnes and Bogdanovic is the financial flexibility it will give the Kings. McNair hinted that he has the freedom to make moves during his introductory press conference, so if he wants to blow up and rebuild everything around De’Aaron Fox, the deal with the Bucks would be a step in that direction.
We have just over six weeks left until the season is over, so we’ll have an answer soon.