The Kings officially agreed to sign and trade with Bucks last night, which will send Bogdan Bogdanovic to the team that finished with the best NBA record in each of the last two regular seasons. Here are the terms of the deal:
Sacramento receives: Donte DiVincenzo, DJ Wilson, Ersan Ilyasova
Milwaukee receives: Bogdan Bogdanovich, Justin James
After we had some time to process the first deal from the Monte McNair era, here’s how our staff will rank it for the Kings perspective.
Sabreena Dealer: Last night, when rumors surfaced that Bucks was still interested in acquiring Bogdanovic after making a deal with Jrue Holiday, I was quite against the idea. Milwaukee had just sent three future first-round picks to New Orleans, along with two very helpful players (at least during the regular season) at Eric Bledsoe and George Hill. The relegation from Holiday to Bogdanovic in terms of player quality did not seem as dramatic as the difference in assets in the two deals.
Perhaps it is more instructive to compare Bogdanovic’s deal to that of Denis Schroeder when Oklahoma City collected a late first-round pick (№ 28 in the 2020 draft) for the sixth man in the final year of his contract. Bogdanovic and Schroeder are more comparable in their skill set as secondary playmakers with an extra shot. In this respect, the Kings received a very similar value to the Thunderbolts. Donte DiVinzenzo was the 18th pick in the 2018 draft, he still has two years left from the rookie deal and was an extremely productive player for the Bucks last season. Milwaukee was 12.2 points per 100 possessions better with DiVincenzo on the floor to clean the glass.
There is also the question of Bogdanovich’s forthcoming contract. The terms have not yet been released, but based on the salary Bucks sends, it will be about $ 15 million a year. Bogdanovic probably costs so much, but the kings can do more with that money now that they seem to be heading for recovery. The other two parts of this deal could also be useful: they could turn Ersan Ilyasova to a team that wants to win, and perhaps even hand out Richaun Holmes to a contender as they try to rehabilitate DJ Wilson’s value. It’s not a domestic deal, but it clarifies Sacramento’s priorities, and it’s worth it. Class: B
Cannes costume: Trading is difficult to rank because it all depends on how you look at it. On the one hand, it looks like McNair will restore the list around De’Aaron Fox, which should be significantly extended this season. McNair has repeatedly cited the desire for financial flexibility going forward, and this deal will help the kings achieve this. Bogdanovic could receive between $ 16 million and $ 18 million a year, and when Sacramento faces the hat, it would be difficult to take steps for future figures. If Bogi signed a four-year deal with the Kings, he would have turned 32 in the final year of his contract, so keeping the space to acquire a younger piece in the coming seasons potentially makes more sense for McNair’s long-term vision. DiVincenzo gives the team a strong defender on the wing, who is still improving his overall game and is on a cheap contract.
On the other hand, how patient are the kings of their followers? The franchise has one of the most loyal fan bases in the league, and with a 14-year drought in the playoffs, it’s hard to see Sacramento move one of its best players to an incredible draw. The Kings had to score at least a first-round pick in the deal to give McNair another trading chip going forward. If Marvin Bagley III does not start producing at the level the organization hoped for when he was elected No. 2, Sacramento will be two years away from being two years old. Class: C +
Christian Rivas: Two seasons ago, it seemed that the kings were finally on the brink of something with their young core. They won 39 games under Dave Yorger with Buddy Heald as their leading scorer and De’Aaron Fox as their leader in several other categories, including assists and match thefts. Everything was coming together.
Everything that has happened since then has led to Kings Bogdan Bogdanovic’s trade, and he is hardly the only victim of Monte McNair’s vision, which seems to be a full-fledged restoration. Given the circumstances, they could do much worse than Donte DiVinzenzo, who is one of the best young defenders on the perimeter of the NBA, but trade really has long-term value only if the kings continue to go full speed with their disintegration. This means trading almost everyone outside Fox for drafts and building a team from scratch.
Divac couldn’t do it. Let’s see if McNair can. Degree: I for incomplete