The Sacramento Kings had a busy offseason with general manager Monte McNair making some changes to the roster he inherited from the previous regime. The Kings let Alex Len, Kent Bazemore and Harry Giles go in free agency, while signing Hassan Whiteside, Glenn Robinson III and Frank Kaminsky.
One of the big decisions McNair faced was what to do with restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic. Sacramento ultimately decided not to match the four-year deal worth $72 million the Atlanta Hawks offered Bogi, letting him walk for nothing in return.
The Athletic’s Sam Amick wrote an interesting piece and says the Hawks actually offered the Kings a protected 2022 first-round pick for Bogdanovic. The pick would have been conveyed from the Oklahoma City Thunder and if it wound up in the top-14, Sacramento would have received a second-round selection in 2024 and 2025.
Amick says there were a couple of factors at play, including Atlanta wanting to include Tony Snell and his expiring $12.1 million contract in the deal.
“One final note on this front: During those two days where the Kings pondered the decision of whether to match Bogdanovic’s deal, the Hawks were concerned they might not land him, in large part, because of what had taken place before the offer sheet had been signed. Sources say Atlanta offered Sacramento its 2022 first-round pick (via Oklahoma City) in a previous sign-and-trade scenario and was rebuffed. And while that pick wasn’t an asset to write home about — it’s protected top 14 in 2022 and becomes two second-rounders (2024 and 2025) if it’s not conveyed — it was better than nothing.”
McNair has repeatedly alluded to wanting future financial flexibility, so maybe that was a part of his thinking in declining the deal. Snell is mediocre player who wouldn’t have moved the needle much in terms of wins and losses and he would been fighting for minutes in a crowded rotation of wings.
It looks like McNair is doubling-down on his vision and won’t stray from it.
Do you agree with McNair’s decision to decline the protected first-round pick from the Hawks?
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