REPORT: San Antonio gearing up for a run at Bojan Bogdanovic in free agency
As NBA free agency begins to get closer, more and more reports from teams reportedly targeting certain free agents will emerge. The latest? A report that the San Antonio Spurs have their eyes set on Bojan Bogdanović of the Indiana Pacers.
On the latest episode of The Russillo Show, ESPN’s Bobby Marks (via KENS5) noted that the Spurs have targeted Bogdanović as “their guy” in free agency. According to Marks, the Spurs would have to trade DeMar DeRozan in an effort to free up cap space to sign Bogdanović, and it’s unlikely at the moment that the Spurs will try to extend DeRozan, who is under contract through the upcoming 2019-2020 season and has a player option for 2020-21.
The biggest reason for going after Bogdanović, says Marks, is that he might be a bit cheaper to get, while potentially providing more value. The 30-year old is a six-year NBA veteran, and posted career highs in points (18.0), rebounding (4.1), and assists (2.0) per game with the Pacers last year, stepping up in the absence of franchise player Victor Oladipo.
While DeRozan is seen by many around the league as a strong secondary player, he’s objectively limited on both ends of the floor, and paid like a superstar. When looking at them side-by-side, the stats show a slight advantage to DeRozan, but if the Spurs can get Bogdanović to join the team for less than what they’ll be paying DeRozan, it might be beneficial for them to make an effort to do so.
The NBA’s free agency period kicks off on June 30 at 6:00 p.m. EST, and will undoubtedly be an incredibly hectic time for fans, media, and the NBA players themselves.