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Bogi thanks Kings, fans after offer sheet not matched by team

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The Kings' fan base took another hit Tuesday night when the team decided not to match an offer sheet for restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic.

The news, confirmed by NBC Sports California's James Ham, means that Bogdanovic now is a member of the Atlanta Hawks.

Kings fans watched Bogdanovic leave two days after fan favorite Harry Giles signed with the Portland Trail Blazers and Kent Bazemore agreed to a contract with the Warriors.

Fewer than 90 minutes after news of the Kings declining to match the four-year, $72 million offer sheet, Bogdanovic took to social media to thank the team and fans in Sacramento.

Bogdanovic, a first-round draft pick of the Phoenix Suns in 2014, was acquired by the Kings in 2016 and made his NBA debut for the team a year later.

The 28-year-old Serbian native got progressively better with each passing year. This past season, Bogdanovic averaged a career-high 15.1 points on 44 percent shooting from the field in 61 games.

With the Kings struggling in January, coach Luke Walton inserted Bogdanovic into the starting lineup and he provided the spark the team needed. Over the final 20 games before the coronavirus shutdown, the Kings went 13-7 with Bogdanovic in the starting lineup.

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Bogdanovic very likely would have been a starter for the Kings this upcoming season. Instead, he'll be a member of the Hawks for the next few seasons.

 

While the Kings surely will miss him on the court, the fans might miss him more.