The Milwaukee Bucks will lose a 2022 second-round pick after violating NBA rules with the timing of the Bogdan Bogdanovic attempted trade before free agency opened, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Monday afternoon. The Bucks reportedly struck a deal to acquire Bogdanovic from the Sacramento Kings. Here’s a look at the full statement from the NBA, via Marc Stein.
Full NBA statement enclosed on its investigation of the Bucks’ pursuit of Bogdanovic and what it termed “conduct detrimental to the NBA.” pic.twitter.com/hrRTpXSqrs— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 21, 2020
Because Bogdanovic was set to become a restricted free agent, he hadn’t agreed to any type of deal and the trade fell through. Bogdanovic had always planned on testing free agency and eventually signed an offer sheet with the Atlanta Hawks, which wasn’t matched by the Kings. The Bucks had just struck a deal to acquire Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans prior to the Bogdanovic trade being reported late that night.
With the Bucks losing their 2022 second-round pick, it appears they don’t have any picks heading into that draft. Milwaukee has its first-round pick in 2021, but no second-round picks in next year’s draft. Not like it matters much, the Bucks are pretty much locked into the core they currently have competing for a championship. Holiday was acquired with multiple future first-round picks going back to NOLA.