Milwaukee Bucks docked 2022 draft pick over Bogdan Bogdanovic talks

The NBA has docked the Milwaukee Bucks their 2022 second-round pick for holding free agency discussions ahead of the permitted time period, the league announced on Monday.

The league found the Bucks began discussions with Bogdan Bogdanovic and/or his agent “prior to the date when such discussions were permitted.”

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

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

Bogdanovic, a restricted free agent, ended up signing with Atlanta when Sacramento chose to not match the Hawks’ four-year, $72m offer sheet. Ilyasova was waived, but DiVincenzo and Wilson remain with the Bucks.

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“The penalty took into account the Bucks’ cooperation with the investigation, the absence of evidence of any impermissible early agreement on the terms of a contract between the Bucks and Bogdanovic, and the fact that the team ultimately did not sign Bogdanovic,” the league said in a statement.

Bogdanovic, 28, averaged 15.1 points per game last season for the Kings.

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