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The reported NBA in investigate what happened between the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings as they tried to work out a deal involving Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Marc Stein from the New York Times reported the news on Thursday.
It was widely reported that the Kings were going to send Bogdanovic to the Bucks in a trade, but Sam Amick The Athletic said such an action was “at stake” because it did not agree to the deal.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski then reported Bogdanovic’s plans on entering a restricted free agency Friday even though Milwaukee and Sacramento wanted to work with him to create a signing and trading agreement.
Per Amick, Milwaukee was going to send Donte DiVincenzo, Ersan Ilyasova and DJ Wilson to the Kings for Bogdanovic and Justin James after he acquired Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans for Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, three first-round picks in the future and multiple choice swaps.
Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case, which is a blow to the championship contender who may have gone with a crunch time lineup of Holiday, Bogdanovic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez.
Stein also dropped the Bucks waiver Ilyasova on Thursday which “increased alliance belief that Bogdanovic will be led elsewhere in free agency. “
Bogdanovic averaged 15.1 points per game last season for the Kings and is someone who could take advantage of the extra space created by the defensive coverage that Giannis attracts as a 37.4 percent career three-point shooter.
Having someone like that could also have helped convince Antetokounmpo to sign his supermax deal and stay with the Bucks instead of going to free agency following the 2020-21 season.
Bogdanovic and Holiday’s moves seemed to signal that the Bucks were all integral to building a contender, but instead there is an NBA investigation and questions about where Bogdanovic will be in the upcoming season.