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The scary hang-up to Bucks securing Bogdan Bogdanovic trade from Kings

Bogdan Bogdanovic, Bucks, Kings

The Milwaukee Bucks had formed an intimidating starting lineup after securing both Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans and Bogdan Bogdanovic from the Sacramento Kings.

However, it appears that the Bogdanovic deal with Sacramento has fell, through, with the 28-year-old forward opting to enter free agency as a restricted free agent, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Behind the scenes, the Bucks were evidently working on a sign-and-trade as they brought Bogdanovic aboard, allowing them to retain the Croatian marksman for the long haul. According to reports from The Athletic’s Sam Amick, Bogdanovic never agreed to a sign-and-trade with the Bucks, which therefore voided any deal the Kings had in place.

Now, the 6-foot-6 small forward will enter free agency, where the Kings will be able to match any offers that he fields from other clubs. The Kings could ultimately match those said offers and then proceed to trade Bogdanovic to the Bucks as originally planned. The Bucks may not be willing to wait around for those specific scenarios to take place, however.

Milwaukee is in the midst of going all-in on a supporting cast around Giannis Antetokounmpo. While they were able to secure the services of Holiday, that likely won’t be enough to keep Antetokounmpo around long term if they’re unsuccessful in reaching the NBA Finals once more next season. There are other favorable targets available via trades along with a few high-caliber players that await in free agency.

If the Bucks are looking to make some additional moves, it may start on draft night.