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Kings Pulse: Bogdan Bogdanovic has signed with the Atlanta Hawks

In a baffling decision, the Sacramento Kings elected not the match the offer Atlanta presented to Bogdanovic.

The Sacramento Kings chose to not match the 4yr/$72-million offer sheet put on the table by the Atlanta Hawks.

We discuss why we view this as poor asset management from the new front office. That is a totally reasonable number for a player of Bogdanovic's caliber, and even more so when you peek at some of the other deals being inked in this offseason.

Joe Harris signed a 4yr/$75-million deal and it's not crazy to think that Bogdan is a better player that will be making even less money.

Hopefully, this is not a sign of what is to come from Monte McNair and his new staff that is in place.

Listen in to hear us talk about where Sacramento should go from here, including the free-agent names still on the market that are intriguing. It begins with re-signing DaQuan Jeffries and attempting home run swings while making the roster younger.

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jay14bay
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November 25, 2020 7:49 am

I don’t think baffling is the right word to describe this move. Yes, it was probably a hard decision. But there are reasons to match and reasons to walk.

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November 25, 2020 9:07 am
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Agreed. I think it’s totally reasonable to find this a hard decision and come down slightly on either direction but there was considerable risk in signing him as well. There is no guarantee the Bogi deal can moved next year especially since he probably has decreased production with Haliburton minutes. I don’t know if McNair definitely values Buddy more or if there was just no market, but either way resigning Bogi when you know have a minutes crunch coming, potentially sabotaging value was not a slam dunk decision.

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November 25, 2020 10:15 am
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Even though I’m generally questioning of this decision, it’s not completely baffling. It might show that McNair has a lack of confidence in his ability to turn around and move that asset for something of value.

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November 25, 2020 7:59 am

Quote from Woj’s article on espn…

“For Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk, it was a wise gamble to overpay market value on Bogdanovic. That’s traditionally how teams acquire players in restricted free agency”

Last edited 1 year ago by ScottyPop
BabalooMagoo
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November 25, 2020 8:05 am

WTF is our front office thinking?

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November 25, 2020 8:41 am

I love and will miss Harry and Bogi but I have to trust in Monte right now. Give him the same shot we gave Vlade.

*curls in fetal position waiting for good news in addition to Halliburton*

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November 25, 2020 9:39 am

The difference between Bogdan and Harris is that Harris is an elite 3p shooter, and Bogdan is better at getting assists.

https://stathead.com/basketball/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&player_id1=harrijo01&player_id2=bogdabo01

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November 25, 2020 10:51 am
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Personally, I’d say Bogdan’s playmaking advantage is more valuable than Harris’s shooting advantage, but that definitely depends on team context. A team like the Nets, that has plenty of playmakers and is smack in the middle of their theoretical championship window, Harris may be more valuable. For a team like the Hawks who are desperate for any passable playmaking beyond Young, Bogdan is probably more valuable.

WhiteChocolate
November 25, 2020 9:54 am

TBH I really like the decision not to match. Atlanta overpaid for a role player. That is something you do to get marginally better. The Kings don’t need to get marginally better, We need to get a lot better. I am very appreciative of a GM that sees that.

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November 25, 2020 10:18 am
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Although he’s really not an overpay based on his prior production in the league (and similarly paid players in the league).

WillyTrill
November 25, 2020 12:44 pm

Y’all are standing at the ledge, and I’m not certain why… Bogi’s or no, this is not a playoff team.

If the plan is to build around De’Aaron, we need at least one more star caliber player around his age (probably two). We’re only going to get those players through the draft, or a trade where we take on a bad contract. Let’s get some financial flexibility, collect draft picks, and get star(s).

You can talk “asset management” (a terrible term when talking about real people), all you want, but the fact remains that if we signed Bogi, we’d be a non-playoff team with no financial flexibility. That is the worst possible scenario for NBA “asset management.” Folks are missing the forest for the trees here.

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November 25, 2020 1:37 pm
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Halliburton may never be as good as Bogi ! Hope he is but no evidence yet !

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November 25, 2020 1:51 pm
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You can talk €œasset management€ (a terrible term when talking about real people)

I think you’re smart enough to know that we’re talking about their contracts, in the context of a league salary cap.

but the fact remains that if we signed Bogi, we’d be a non-playoff team with no financial flexibility. 

And “y’all” can keep saying that if you like, but it doesn’t make it true. Well, not the “no financial flexibility” piece.

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November 25, 2020 2:14 pm

I would have preferred to keep Bogi but am still happy because they got Haliburton. I think the answer to €œshould we start Buddy or Bogi€ at SG will be neither. It’s Haliburton. That being said, I think the Kings will misuse Hield next year. I think he’ll share ball handling duties which is not good. I also am waiting for the desenlace about Marvin Bagley. Has he improved? Can he stay healthy? Can he defend at all? If so, where? Is he a 4 on defense and a 5 on offense who needs to play next to a stretch 5? I think the next step for this team is finding out what we have in Bagley. Call it a building year, not a tank.

RKing2
November 26, 2020 12:07 pm

I would have liked to have gotten something in return for Bogi but I understand not matching. No guarantee that deal would have been able to be moved in the future. Plus there’s the matter of 15% trade kicker. Kings are not a playoff team by any stretch. Frankly I hope they are able to move Buddy, Beli and Barnes too for picks and younger talent. Other Franchises like OKC do this all the time .As Kings fans I think some of us get attached to players (I was mad when Skal got traded) but if something isn’t working you got to blow it up. The next Durant, AD or Lebron-level player won’t come in FA to Sac. That level player will only be obtained through the draft. Unfortunately the Bucks deal fell through but at least Bogi’s departure gives the Kings some flexibility moving forward.

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