Apr 19, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams reacts during the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans during game two of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Phoenix Suns may be bringing things full circle with one player.
Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported on Tuesday that Atlanta Hawks swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic is on Phoenix’s radar. Bogdanovic, 30, has yet to play at all this year as he continues to recover from right knee surgery.
Interestingly enough, Bogdanovic was originally a Suns’ draft pick, going to them No. 27 overall in 2014. But he remained overseas with Fenerbahçe of Turkey, and the Suns eventually traded his rights to the Sacramento Kings in 2016. Bogdanovic made his NBA debut for the Kings the next year.
When healthy, Bogdanovic is a dynamic off-the-dribble wing who shoots well above-average from deep (38.4 percent career). That is something the Suns have sorely lacked beyond Devin Booker, who has been overextended lately with the injury absences of Chris Paul, Cameron Johnson, and others. In any case, we can probably expect Phoenix to make some sort of move soon since they were also recently linked to another notable trade target.
The Atlanta Hawks are struggling through a poor season, and even their own players recognize their issues.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 25 points in Atlanta’s 107-98 loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. His Hawks blew a 17-point lead and lost to Boston. The Celtics were without Jaylen Brown most of the game, as he exited with a sprained ankle after just three minutes of play.
Bogdanovic combined all the factors to conclude that his Hawks are just “not a good team.”
“When you’re up 15 and they lose one of the top two guys on the team and if you’re not able to win that game, you’re not a good team,” Bogdanovic said after the game.
The Hawks went 41-31 last year and eliminated the 76ers from the playoffs to reach the conference finals. Last season was a great run for them, but they have just not been the same this season.
Amazingly, the Hawks can still have a chance to make a playoff series this year despite their 29-32 record.
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Trae Young’s Atlanta Hawks are closing in on the first playoff berth of his NBA career. Now Young is shouting out the Sacramento Kings for helping make it happen.
Atlanta swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic came up big in a crucial win Friday over the Miami Heat. The first-year Hawk had 21 points and eight assists as the team’s primary playmaker with Young out due to an ankle injury.
After the game, Hawks forward Solomon Hill expressed his gratitude to the Kings for allowing Bogdanovic to sign with them last offseason. Young then proceeded to co-sign on Hill’s tweet, writing “This Facts.”
Bogdanovic, 28, was a restricted free agent this past summer. Sacramento chose not to match Atlanta’s four-year, $72 million offer sheet for him, and Bogdanovic became a Hawk. There was also a good amount of drama with the Milwaukee Bucks that paved the way for Bogdanovic to come to Atlanta.
At a solid 33-27, the Hawks are now fifth in the Eastern Conference. They had not won more than 29 games in any of their previous three seasons, so it seems like they have a lot to thank Sacramento for on the Bogdanovic front.
Bogdan Bogdanovic is no longer a member of the Sacramento Kings, and now he appears to be getting in a parting shot.
Speaking on Wednesday for the first time as an Atlanta Hawk, Bogdanovic seemed critical of the Kings’ inability to improve their roster this offseason.
“Since Sacramento didn’t do any moves in the offseason, I was like, ‘OK, I’m ready to leave,'” he said, per Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. “I was excited about Atlanta.”
Bogdanovic, 28, was a restricted free agent but asked the Kings not to match his offer sheet from Atlanta. He previously had a deal with another Eastern Conference team that fell through amid significant drama.
Sacramento indeed did little to bolster their team this offseason other than drafting rookie guard Tyrese Haliburton. They signed Hassan Whiteside and Chimezie Metu to fill their frontcourt, but both those moves took place after Bogdanovic had already left.
Even the Kings who did stay sound unhappy with the direction of the team. One of the NBA’s most dysfunctional franchises over the last decade clearly still remains so.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ trade for Bogdan Bogdanovic appears to be in significant danger of falling through, according to a report.
The Bucks had agreed to acquire Bogdanovic from the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday in exchange for three players. That deal is now “in peril,” according to Sam Amick of The Athletic. The key reason is that Bogdanovic has not agreed to join the Bucks at any point.
Bogdanovic is a restricted free agent, so this is essentially a sign-and-trade scenario. The Bucks would have to agree to a contract with him. If Bogdanovic doesn’t want to play there, that would obviously throw the deal into serious question. It also raises the question how this was agreed to and leaked to the media with Bogdanovic apparently never having a say in any of it. With NBA teams not permitted to contact pending free agents until Friday, that would have likely fallen on the Kings to sort out.
The Bucks are also adding Jrue Holiday, and that deal does not appear to be in danger of falling through. Still, this is a bad look considering this other big piece of business the Bucks are trying to sort out.
The Sacramento Kings are making a change to their starting lineup as they look to shake things up amid a losing streak.
Losers of six straight, the Kings will start Bogdan Bogdanovic in Friday night’s game in Chicago. Buddy Hield will come off the bench.
What’s interesting to note is that The Athletic’s Jason Jones reports former Kings coach Dave Joerger believed that Hield should be a sixth man rather than a starter.
It’s unclear who was behind the move of Hield to a sixth man off the bench, but the team now is at least willing to try out what Joerger believed was the wisest move for the team.
Hield is the Kings’ leading scorer at 20.0 points per game. He’s only making 41.6 percent of his shots this season and shooting 36 percent on threes.
Don’t sleep on the Sacramento Kings this season. Bogdan Bogdanovic will make sure of that.
Bogdanovic made a buzzer-beater on Thursday night to help the Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 117-116. He got the ball on an inbound pass with 4.3 seconds left and made a three over Tyson Chandler:
The win was huge for Sacramento. Not only does it make them 19-16, but the way they won the game was so impressive. Down by 15 with 6:30 to go, the Kings didn’t quit and instead closed on a 28-12 run to win the game. The Lakers have lost their first game since LeBron suffered a groin injury on Christmas.
With the NBA Draft eight months in the rearview mirror, some teams are likely already wishing for a do-over.
Consider the Philadelphia 76ers, who selected Washington’s Markelle Fultz No. 1 – to unanimous applause from analysts. Though Fultz’s shoulder injury, which has kept him off the court since Oct. 23, was certainly not his fault, his shot looks broken, and that pick now looks questionable. The Sixers would certainly much rather have Donovan Mitchell or Jayson Tatum.
Meanwhile, other teams are thrilled with the results they’ve seen from their 2017 draft class. Consider the Los Angeles Lakers, who, while they’ve gotten mixed results from No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball, snagged Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart with late first-round picks. If we had a redraft, all three would likely be lottery picks.
Other teams still don’t know how to evaluate their 2017 draft. Did the Suns make a good or bad pick in taking Josh Jackson at No. 4? Did the Kings make a good or bad pick in taking De’Aaron Fox at No. 5? At this point, no one really knows.
We do know, however, that a handful of rookies have far outperformed expectations. Here are 10 who have stood out – and made a bunch of teams regret passing on them.