Bucks lose 2022 second-round pick over early Bogdanovic talks

NEW YORK (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks were docked a 2022 second-round pick after the NBA determined the team held discussions with Bogdan Bogdanovic or his agent before it was allowed under free agency rules.

The league said on Monday the Bucks’ rule violation constituted “conduct detrimental to the NBA”.

Reports surfaced in the days leading to the start of last month’s free agency period that the Bucks had agreed on a sign-and-trade that would have brought Bogdanovic and Justin James to Milwaukee while sending Donte DiVincenzo, DJ Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova to the Sacramento Kings.

The trade fizzled as the NBA announced it was investigating whether the move had been agreed upon earlier than league rules allow.

Bogdanovic ended up signing with Atlanta when Sacramento chose to not match the Hawks’ USD72 million offer.

Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic drives against Memphis Grizzlies centre Gorgui Dieng during an NBA pre-season game. PHOTO: AP