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Bogdan Bogdanovic may not be buying into Kings long term

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Sacramento Kings small forward Bogdan Bogdanovic becomes a restricted free agent this offseason, meaning he can sign an offer sheet with another team if he chooses to and then the Kings would have 48 hours to match the deal or let him walk.

Sacramento has been a walking disaster for years. The franchise hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006 and Vlade Divac stepped down from his general manager post after the seeding games at Walt Disney World ended.

Sam Amick of The Athletic, who used to cover the Kings on a full-time basis when he was with USA TODAY Sports, is speculating that Bogdanovic may not be looking to return to Sacramento since the organization always seems to be in turmoil.

“Bogdan Bogdanovic is a restricted free agent, and I guarantee you that Bogdan is looking at this situation now and just simply deciding, ‘Am I really buying into this?’ You can’t really blame him if he’s somewhat skeptical just because of all of the turmoil and the change,” Amick told Michael Scotto on the HoopsHype podcast.

Bogdanovic appeared in 61 games for the Kings this season. He averaged 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line.

The Kings have to sign point guard De’Aaron Fox to a rookie-scale extension this offseason before turning their attention to Bogdanovic. Since Bogdan is a prototypical 3-and-D swingman, he’s expected to be pursued by a bevy of teams once the 2020 free agency period opens.