Bucks lose 2nd round pick for botched Bogdanovic deal


As if Milwaukee's pursuit to acquire sharpshooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic at the start of the free agency moratorium in mid-November could get any worse, the NBA has now taken a 2022 second-round draft pick away from the Bucks for engaging with Bogdanovic and his agent before the Nov. 20 start of free agency. 

The Bucks reportedly struck up a deal with the Kings on Nov. 17 for a sign-and-trade deal that would send Bogdanovic and forward Justin James to Milwaukee and Donte Divincenzo, DJ Wilson, and Ersan Ilyasova to the Kings, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

Then, the deal was nixed, though it was unclear at the time whether or not it was the league or Bogdanovic to make the sign-and-trade fall through. Now, it appears it was a combination of both. 

Bogdanovic was reportedly reluctant to join the Bucks as the fourth option in the offense, behind the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, all-star Khris Middleton, and newly acquired combo guard Jrue Holiday. Initially seeming like a successful offseason retooling the team's weapons to convince Antetokounmpo to sign a long-term extension, the Bucks ended up keeping Divincenzo and Bogdanovic ultimately signed with the Hawks. 

Now in his fourth NBA season, Bogdanovic averaged 15.1 ppg, 3.4 apg, and 3.4 rpg last season and figures to be a key addition to a young Atlanta team that looks like they can compete with the Wizards for one of final playoff spots this season.