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Bogdan Bogdanovic spoke for the first time about the failed sign-and-trade deal between the Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks, saying he was quite stunned when he saw the news about his move on social media.
“When the news (of the alleged Bucks–Kings deal) came out, we were like, ‘What the f–k?,” Bogdanovic said to Sam Amick of The Athletic. “I didn’t know what was going on. I wasn’t sure. I wasn’t sure what was going on.”
Three days before the official beginning (November 20) of the 2020 NBA free agency, it was reported that the Bucks will be acquiring Bogdanovic in a sign-and-trade deal. It looked like quite the fitting arrangement for Milwaukee that was looking to pair Giannis Antetokounmpo with a player of Bogdanovic’s profile.
The move didn’t happen with the NBA opening an investigation on the matter regarding the possibility that the Bucks violated the league’s anti-tampering rules. The club was eventually punished with a loss of a second-round pick. Bogdanovic himself signed a four-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
Bogdanovic’s feelings through the whole thing ranged from confusion and surprise to eventually fear since the whole saga got him “scared”. Per The Athletic:
“Everyone was congratulating me like it was done, and I didn’t know what was going on, really. 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.”