The sign-and-trade that the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks agreed to on Monday is off, or at least that’s what all of the latest reports suggest. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Bogdan Bogdanovic — the centerpiece of that trade — will enter restricted free agency on Friday and entertain other offers.
The Kings and Milwaukee Bucks had hoped to bring Bogdanovic the framework of a sign-and-trade to negotiate a Bodanovic contract with Milwaukee on Friday, but he will move into the marketplace to find an offer sheet or seek out other sign-and-trade scenarios, sources said. https://t.co/KDlBiLcaBs— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 19, 2020
If that wasn’t convincing enough, Sam Amick, who first reported that the deal was “in peril” has gone so far as to say the deal is “off the table.”
As it stands, source says the Bogdan-to-Milwaukee scenario is off the table from his vantage point. The Bucks have been hopeful that it could be saved, but all signs point to him heading elsewhere ultimately. https://t.co/HrFzxKuywW— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) November 19, 2020
Now, it’s still entirely possible that this is still some elaborate scheme to avoid a tampering fine, but it’s becoming increasingly likely that the Kings simply just didn’t do a good job of communicating with Bogdanovic and his camp during their talks with the Bucks. If that’s the case, Monte McNair will go into his first season as the Kings general manager with a blemish on his record. For a team that dealt with plenty of that from Vlade Divac, the team’s former vice president of basketball operations and general manager, that’s not ideal.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.