Bogdan Bogdanovic to enter free agency after Bucks trade rebuffed

The Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings had agreed to a sign-and-trade deal for Bogdan Bogdanovic soon after a blockbuster NBA deal featuring Jrue Holiday. The only issue…it never actually happened.

According to The Sacramento Bee’s Jason Anderson, the sign-and-trade deal involving the Bucks and Kings never occurred. Bogdanovic never agreed to join Milwaukee— providing a real issue considering he’s a restricted free agent.

“A league source told The Sacramento Bee ‘there is no deal’ when the trade was first reported Monday night and reiterated ‘there was never a deal’ on Wednesday”

Instead of being traded to the Bucks, Bogdanovic plans to enter restricted free agency— per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The original plan was for Milwaukee and the Kings to negotiate a sign-and-trade for Bogdanovic to then negotiate a contract on Friday.

Bogdanovic will now enter the open market seeking an offer sheet or a separate sign-and-trade deal with a different team other than the Bucks. It remains to be seen which other suitors will pursue him the most aggressively.

RELATED: Bucks planning to pursue Bogdan Bogdanovic in free agency

The Bucks were a frequently linked team to Bogdanovic earlier in the NBA offseason. Milwaukee would like to add him to provide a perimeter shooting impact alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and now Jrue Holiday on the perimeter.

Last season, Bogdan Bogdanovic provided the Sacramento Kings with averages of 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. He provided a key impact for a team that was in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Western Conference before the suspension of the NBA season.

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