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Giannis Antetokounmpo Didn't Actively Recruit Bogdan Bogdanovic To Bucks

Jan 5, 2021 1:17 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic denied a previous report from The Athletic indicated Giannis Antetokounmpo was active in recruiting Bogdanovic to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bogdanovic indicated he is actually closer to Thanasis Antetokounmpo than to Giannis.

"We (Thanasis and Bogdanovic) are friends. We are friends, you know? I talked with him once monthly, once every two months. So we talk about it — we talked maybe in the bubble, not about me coming there, nothing like that. But we were like, ‘Ah, you guys are good,’ — bla, bla, bla, you know? Normal things. How is your family? Basketball things, we didn’t even talk about it because I know that they are professionals and they respect my professionalism and we never talked about it. We really never talked about it. When the news came out, we were like, ‘What the [expletive]?’ I didn’t know what was going on. I wasn’t sure. I wasn’t sure what was going on."

Bogdanovic was asked if he reached out to Giannis to indicate he wouldn't join the Bucks.

"No, we didn’t (laughs), we couldn’t even — so I don’t talk with him like that. I’m not — I’m friends with Thanasis more. I didn’t even have to talk with him about it. He found it out probably the same way I did."

Antetokounmpo's involvement may have been more internally with the Bucks.

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Bogdan Bogdanovic Explains His Side Of Botched Sign-And-Trade With Bucks

Jan 5, 2021 11:43 AM

Bogdan Bogdanovic explained his side of his controversial restricted free agency in an interview with Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Reports surfaced before the start of free agency that the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings had a sign-and-trade deal in place involving Bogdanovic. 

The confusion over how that happened remains to this day for Bogdanovic. 

The sign-and-trade was reported while Bogdanovic was asleep in Serbia.

"Everyone was congratulating me like it was done, and I didn’t know what was going on, really," said Bogdanovic. "And then, the NBA investigation — again, I’m reading it off the Twitter again, what was going on. My agent was obviously telling me, but what was unprofessional out of everything was not letting the player know, not letting him know what was going on. It was 1 a.m., 2 a.m. in (Belgrade) and I was sleeping. And I was sleeping the whole night. I wake up in the morning, I’m getting ready for my workout, and I see that on the Twitter. That was my experience of my free agency. After that, I was scared."

The sign-and-trade couldn't actually be agreed upon without the approval of Bogdanovic. 

"Yeah, but they couldn’t do that before free agency starts, so the next day the NBA investigation got in. My agent called me, and he told me, ‘This cannot be done. They screwed up. They cannot trade a restricted free agent before free agency starts.’ I really don’t know. I really don’t know what happened. But that was, at the end, what I heard from my agent. The NBA investigation is on this deal, so even if we agree, they can say this doesn’t count, that this is tampering."

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marvin Bagley's Father Tweets Trade Request

Jan 4, 2021 8:09 AM

The father of Marvin Begley III wrote a post on Twitter asking the Sacramento Kings to trade his son following the Sacramento Kings' 102-94 loss at the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Bagley remained on the bench to close out Saturday's game.

“My message is always the same: We don’t listen to any of that,” Luke Walton said in response. “It’s us within these walls, us within this locker room. We’re in this together. Good or bad, whatever people are saying, we’ve got to do everything we can to not let that affect what we’re trying to get done here.”

Bagley's father also did not like the coaching of Dave Joerger during his rookie season with the Kings.

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Tags: Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tyrese Haliburton Suffers Left Wrist Bone Bruise, To Be Re-Evaluated Next Week

Jan 2, 2021 1:25 PM

An MRI confirmed that Tyrese Haliburton has a bone bruise on his left wrist.

Haliburton will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Sacramento next week.

Haliburton is averaging 10.6 points and 4.4 assists in his first five games for the Kings. 

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DaQuan Jeffries Out Indefinitely With Grade 3 Left Ankle Sprain

Dec 30, 2020 3:39 PM

DaQuan Jeffries will miss an extended period of time with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.

Jeffries was slated to key rotation role with the Sacramento Kings entering this season.

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Kings Sign Chimezie Metu To Two-Way Deal

Dec 24, 2020 1:10 AM

The Sacramento Kings signed Chimezie Metu to a two-way contract, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The 23-year-old Metu was waived by the Spurs in November. 

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over/Unders

Dec 21, 2020 12:29 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award lines for the Thunder (3:12), Kings (9:53), Timberwolves (16:43), Spurs (25:44), Grizzlies (32:48), Pelicans (38:36), Rockets (43:43), Suns (51:17), Warriors (57:16), Trail Blazers (1:11:11), Jazz (1:19:53), Mavericks (1:27:25), Nuggets (1:32:47), Clippers (1:45:05) and Lakers (1:54:52).

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Frank Kaminsky Released By Kings

Dec 19, 2020 6:15 PM

The Sacramento Kings released Frank Kaminsky on Saturday.

Luke Walton added that he expects this current roster to be the one they will enter the season with.

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Kings Looking For Draft Compensation In Potential Buddy Hield Trade

Dec 5, 2020 11:45 AM

The Sacramento Kings are looking to receive draft compensation in any trade involving Buddy Hield, sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

No trade involving Hield was imminent as of earlier this week.

The Kings recently said they felt they were on the same page as Hield after Bogdan Bogdanovic signed with the Hawks. 

Begley adds that it is unknown whether the Knicks would be interested in a trade for Hield, or would be willing to give up draft picks in a deal. 

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Tags: Buddy Hield, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Kings Pick Up Option On Marvin Bagley III, Sign Jahmi'us Ramsey To Three-Year Deal

Dec 5, 2020 1:18 AM

The Sacramento Kings have picked up the fourth-year option on Marvin Bagley III, sources told Jason Jones of The Athletic.

Bagley, who played 13 games last year due to injuries, will earn $11.3 million next season.

The Kings also signed second-round pick Jahmi'us Ramsey to a three-year contract. 

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Hawks Offered 2022 First Round Pick From Thunder To Kings For Bogdan Bogdanovic

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At Least One Rival Team Filed Formal Complaint On Bogdan Bogdanovic Deal

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