We're all learning a little something about restricted free agency as the Sacramento Kings work through their decision to either match the Atlanta Hawks' 4-year, $72 million contract offer to Bogdan Bogdanovic, or let him leave the organization for nothing.
It was common assumption that the Kings would have 48 hours to match Bogdanovic's offer sheet with the clock starting the moment they received a copy of the contact. That isn't actually how restricted free agency works, apparently.
According to The New York Times' Marc Stein, the Kings "get two full NBA business days to make the decision" which means the deadline for Monte McNair is actually tonight, November 24, at 11:59 PM ET.
The Kings get two full NBA business days to make the decision, meaning they can take this all the way to the brink of midnight ET tonight ... IF they chose to do so
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 24, 2020
This extra time could be valuable for Monte McNair and the Sacramento Kings if they are working on any additional transactions that would make matching Bogdanovic's contract offer any more or less desirable. We've often speculated about a Buddy Hield trade considering his less-than-favorable views of head coach Luke Walton and his role on the team last season. A potential Hield trade is just one example of something McNair could be working on where having several extra hours on the Bogdanovic clock might be helpful.
It's also entirely possible, if not likely, that the Kings have already made their decision on Bogdanovic, but will use this extra time to make the Atlanta Hawks wait as long as possible as healthy punishment for targeting one of their restricted free agents.
We'll keep you posted on whatever the Kings decide to do with Bogdan Bogdanovic, whenever they decide to do it, but now we know exactly when the deadline is.