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This time, Bogdan Bogdanovic agreed to the deal.
The free agent guard accepted the Atlanta Hawks’ offer sheet of four years, worth $72 million, a person familiar with the details told USA TODAY Sports. The person was granted anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the offer
The Sacramento Kings have two days to match the offer sheet because Bogdanovic is a restricted free agent. But the Hawks’ move might bring closure to an eventful week for Bogdanovic. On Monday, ESPN reported that a sign-and-trade with the Kings would send Bogdanovic to the Milwaukee Bucks. On Wednesday, The Athletic reported the deal was in jeopardy.
As USA TODAY Sports and other outlets reported, the NBA was investigating whether that trade violated the league’s anti-tampering rules. Though it is widely understood that teams communicate through back channels so they can agree to a deals in principle shortly after free agency begins, this deal raised eyebrows since it was reported four days before free agency began Friday. Because Bogdanovic is a restricted free agent, he couldn’t agree to a sign-and-trade beforehand.
That set back the Bucks, who attempted to send Donte DiVincenzo, D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova to the Kings for Bogdanovic shortly after acquiring Jrue Holiday from New Orleans as part of an attempt to convince two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to stay in Milwaukee beyond the upcoming 2020-21 season.
The Hawks’ move illustrates Atlanta’s aggressiveness toward enhancing a young roster, led by Trae Young, in hopes of making a playoff berth next season. They agreed to deals involving Danillo Gallinari, Kris Dunn and Rajon Rondo. In three seasons, Bogdanovic has averaged 13.5 points while shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point range.