Bogdan Bogdanovic trashes Kings for how they ‘be-traded’ him during Bucks trade debacle
Milwaukee believed it was gaining another sidekick to Giannis Antetokounmpo, just hours after acquiring Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans. The Kings, meanwhile, were getting a pair of youngsters in Donte DiVincenzo and D.J. Wilson and an expiring contract in Ersan Ilyasova.
But the move never happened.
Bogdanovic was in the dark on the deal and apparently never agreed to anything. He wound up signing with the Atlanta Hawks in restricted free agency, and the Kings refused to match. As for the Bucks, they were docked a draft pick.
For his part, Bogdanovic was stunned by the developments, telling Sam Amick of The Athletic he felt the Kings blindsided him:
“When the news (of the alleged Bucks-Kings deal) came out, we were like, ‘What the fuck?’” Bogdanovic said, via Amick. “I didn’t know what was going on. I wasn’t sure. I wasn’t sure what was going on.”
Bogdanovic also said he felt the Kings negotiated in bad faith by failing to tell him the details of the sign-and-trade:
“It’s not the part that you were traded (that bothered him),” Bogdanovic said, via Amick. “But it’s more like you feel a little be-traded. No one let you know about it.”
The 28-year-old said there was little clarity or transparency with respect to his future and how best to communicate with Kings reps.
Bogdanovic also revealed to Amick he desperately hoped the Kings would not match Atlanta’s four-year, $72 million offer sheet, which might partly inform why Sacramento allowed him to walk.
In any case, Bogdanovic is on to a new chapter with the Hawks. Still, he remains hurt and confused by the sign-and-trade saga.