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Bogdan Bogdanovic Joins the Hawks as Kings Decline Contract Offer

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Sacramento loses one of their young guards in an attempt to maintain future flexibility.

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Bogdan Bogdanovic will join the Atlanta Hawks this season as the Sacramento Kings have decided not to match the contract offer tendered by the Hawks. Bogdanovic was a restricted free agent and the Kings had right of first refusal on the deal. The move leaves Sacramento with five open roster spots and not much cap space this off-season, hampering their efforts to catch the Portland Trail Blazers and other contenders in the NBA’s Western Conference.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported the news.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks weighs in on the cap space created by the move, which is less than a mid-level exception.

Bogdanovic will enter his fourth season after having been drafted 27th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. He played in 61 games for the Kings last year, starting 28. He averaged 15.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in 29.0 minutes per game, shooting 44.0% from the floor and 37.2% from the three-point arc.