There was a little bit of everything this summer for the Sacramento Kings. Draft night yielded four blue chip athletes. Free agency took time to fully develop, but beginning on the Fourth of July, the franchise added quality veterans in Zach Randolph, George Hill and Vince Carter. With seven new faces on the roster, there was room for just one more.
For the 15th and final roster spot, the Kings have officially announced the signing of a rare amalgamation of both veteran and rookie. Bogdan Bogdanovic, has played professionally in Europe for the past six seasons, but he’s starting over as a rookie in the NBA.
Taken with the 27th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Suns, the rights to Bogdanovic were acquired by Sacramento, as well as Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere, in the 2016 draft day deal that sent Marquese Chriss to Phoenix.
After spurning advances both by the Suns and Kings last summer, Bogdanovic won a championship earlier this year with Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahçe. He leaves the European game on a high, signing what NBC Sports California has confirmed as a 3-year, $27 million deal with Sacramento.
Bogdanovic, 24, averaged 16.7 points, 3.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game with Fenerbahçe. In his final season in Turkey, he shot 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from behind the arc.
An Olympic silver medalist winner for the Serbian national team, Bogdanovic is a well known international player. He’ll battle for minutes at the crowded shooting guard position with youngsters Buddy Hield and Malachi Richardson, as well as veterans Garrett Temple and Vince Carter.
Officially a KING!!— Bogdan Bogdanovic (@LeaderOfHorde) July 13, 2017
Cant wait for the season to start! ✌️🤗 pic.twitter.com/IAz8zKX4AX