Bogdan Bogdanovic makes statement regarding future with Kings

Bogdan Bogdanovic makes statement regarding future with Kings

SACRAMENTO -- The key to the 2016 draft day deal that sent eighth overall selection, Marquese Chriss, to the Phoenix Suns, was not just the package that included the 13th and 28th picks in the draft.  Tossed into the trade was a well known European prospect by the name of Bogdan Bogdanovic, who was fresh off a silver medal run with the Serbian National team at the Olympic games in Rio.

According to reports at the time of the trade, the Suns had grown weary of Bogdanovic after he decided to stay in Europe one more season. So they used the former 27th overall selection from the 2014 draft as bait to move up the board. 

Kings general manager, Vlade Divac, has mentioned the potential for Bogdanovic to come over next season on multiple occasions, including during an interview with the Sacramento Bee over the weekend.

"The good thing about our situation now is that we have some very nice assets, a few more shooting guards, and time to take a look at Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Malachi Richardson when he gets healthy, and Georgios Papagiannis," said Divac. "Ty Lawson has been very good for us, and Darren Collison is playing well, and he will be a free agent. Kosta Koufos has been good. We have Bogdan Bogdanovic coming over next season as another asset."

Bogdanovic, 24, turned to twitter to cool some of the rumors on Thursday morning, sending out a long statement regarding his potential departure from his current Turkish team, Fenerbahce.

“I want to comment on a recent media report regarding me and the Sacramento Kings as I am receiving many questions from fans about my future. It is humbling and an honor for Vlade Divac to speak so highly of me as a basketball player. He is a Serbian basketball legend. To be clear though, I will not discuss the NBA or make a decision on my future until after my season with Fenerbahce is finished. I always live in the present day and love playing for Fenerbahce. I am only focused on doing everything I can to help Fenerbahce achieve the goals we set together as a team. Now let’s focus on our game against Zalgiris today!”

The Serbian-born wing is averaging 13.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 28 minutes a game this season. He’s shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from long range, but he’s played in just 11 contests after missing a 23-game stint with an ankle injury. 

Following the draft day trade that brought Bogdanovic’ rights to the Kings, Divac made a bold statement regarding the 6-foot-6 shooting guard.

“He’s definitely number one player in Europe right now,” Divac said.

According to a report overseas, Bogdanovic has a year remaining on his contract and there is a buyout in excess of a million dollars for the 2017-18 season. Per the collective bargaining agreement, Sacramento can pay up to $675,000 of the buyout.

If Bogdanovic signs with Sacramento following the 2017 NBA Draft, he is not bound by a “rookie-scale” contract and is eligible for a much higher starting salary than the $1.2 million 27th overall selection Pascal Siakam signed with the Toronto Raptors this summer.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.

Joerger faces tough decision with Bogdanovic out vs Pistons


Joerger faces tough decision with Bogdanovic out vs Pistons

SACRAMENTO -- It’s time for some home cooking. The Sacramento Kings open a six-game homestand Monday night at Golden 1 Center. They’ll host a struggling Detroit Pistons team that has lost three straight and seven of their last eight.

The Kings battled the Utah Jazz all the way down the wire Saturday evening at Vivint Smart Home Arena, before falling in the final minute. Buddy Hield put up 20-plus points for his third straight game to lead Sacramento.

Detroit looked like a playoff team for much of the season and then the wheels fell off their bus. They have plenty of talent, but so far, they are struggling to find chemistry since acquiring All-Star Blake Griffin at the deadline.

Pistons by 3.5

Skal Labissiere vs. Blake Griffin -- The Kings have struggled to contain Griffin throughout his career. Whether he starts or not, second-year big Skal Labissiere is likely to see plenty of time against the high-scoring power forward. Labissiere is averaging 11.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 27 minutes a game in March. He needs to move his feet and avoid foul trouble against Griffin.

Kings: 23-48, fourth place in Pacific

Pistons: 30-39, fourth place in Central

Kings: SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (left hamstring soreness) out, SG/SF Iman Shumpert (knee rehab/plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

Pistons: PG Reggie Jackson (ankle) out, PF Jon Leuer (ankle) out.

Decisions, Decisions -- With Bogdanovic out for the evening, Dave Joerger has a tough choice to make. Does he elevate Hield into the starting lineup and disrupt his bench unit? Or does he start veteran Garrett Temple alongside De’Aaron Fox. Hield has earned a look with the starters, but he’s on fire with the second team.

Keep Fighting -- Plenty of fans want the Kings to lay down and preserve their spot in the NBA’s Draft Lottery. The Kings are trying to build a winning culture around a group of young players. They are developing an identity as the season heads towards its conclusion and there is no reason to let up.

Shoot the 3-ball -- The Kings trail only the Golden State Warriors in 3-point percentage. They hit 14-of-21 from behind the arc against the Jazz, but that’s not enough. The goal should be 30 threes per game from here on out. The team has the shooters, they just need to hoist it up more often.

The Pistons lead the season series 1-0 and are looking for the sweep. Detroit holds a 134-119 advantage over the Kings all-time and a 37-26 edge during the Sacramento-era.