The NBA is launching an investigation into what happened between the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings when they agreed to a reported sign-and-trade involving SG Bogdan Bogdanovic earlier in the week, Marc Stein of The New York Times reported late Thursday night. The two teams had reportedly agreed to a deal that would be carried out after Friday’s free agency period opened at 6:00 p.m. ET. Instead, it was reported the deal was never agreed upon.
Stein says that because there were multiple players involved from the Bucks side, it would have been assumed that Bogdanovic already had a contract in place four days before free agency was set to begin.
Bogdanovic is set to become a restricted free agent and the plan was for him to sign a deal with the Kings before being dealt to the Bucks for multiple pieces. Instead, reports surfaced that Bogdanovic hadn’t agreed to anything and he had planned to test restricted free agency on Friday. Bogdanovic can meet with teams and sign an offer sheet, which Sacramento can then match or decline.
Prior to the play for Bogdanovic, the Bucks had acquired Jrue Holiday in a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. The plan for Milwaukee was to add Holiday and Bogdanovic to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Now, it looks like the League may end up punishing the Bucks for potential tampering. If that is the case, it could hurt the Bucks’ chances of adding another piece before the season begins.
All of these moves by Milwaukee are in an attempt to convince Giannis to sign the super max five-year extension to stay with the team, rather than testing free agency in the Summer of 2021. If Giannis stays, the franchise should remain competitive throughout his prime. If The Greek Freak leaves, the Bucks will likely go back to the basement of the East.