Kings fill final roster spot, officially sign Bogdan Bogdanovic

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Kings fill final roster spot, officially sign Bogdan Bogdanovic

There was a little bit of everything this summer for the Sacramento Kings. Draft night yielded four blue chip athletes. Free agency took time to fully develop, but beginning on the Fourth of July, the franchise added quality veterans in Zach Randolph, George Hill and Vince Carter. With seven new faces on the roster, there was room for just one more.

For the 15th and final roster spot, the Kings have officially announced the signing of a rare amalgamation of both veteran and rookie. Bogdan Bogdanovic, has played professionally in Europe for the past six seasons, but he’s starting over as a rookie in the NBA.

Taken with the 27th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Suns, the rights to Bogdanovic were acquired by Sacramento, as well as Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere, in the 2016 draft day deal that sent Marquese Chriss to Phoenix.

After spurning advances both by the Suns and Kings last summer, Bogdanovic won a championship earlier this year with Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahçe. He leaves the European game on a high, signing what NBC Sports California has confirmed as a 3-year, $27 million deal with Sacramento.

Bogdanovic, 24, averaged 16.7 points, 3.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game with Fenerbahçe. In his final season in Turkey, he shot 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from behind the arc.

An Olympic silver medalist winner for the Serbian national team, Bogdanovic is a well known international player. He’ll battle for minutes at the crowded shooting guard position with youngsters Buddy Hield and Malachi Richardson, as well as veterans Garrett Temple and Vince Carter.

Source: Kings to sign Summer League standout to two-way contract

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Source: Kings to sign Summer League standout to two-way contract

Jack Cooley must have made a good impression on the Kings during the recently completed Las Vegas Summer League.

The former Notre Dame will sign a two-way contract with Sacramento, a league source confirmed to NBCSportsCalifornia.com's James Ham.

Cooley averaged 9.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and shot 64 percent over five games during Summer League action.

Cooley had other offers from teams overseas, but is hoping for another shot in the NBA.

Undrafted in 2013, Cooley's only NBA action came with Utah during the 2014-15 season. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 16 games.

News of a deal was first reported by 2ways10days.com's Chris Reichert.

Report: Kings finally give up hope on long lost prospect

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Report: Kings finally give up hope on long lost prospect

SACRAMENTO -- The one that got away.

News broke Friday afternoon of another player move from the Sacramento Kings. A transaction 22 years in the making was finally completed when according to a published report, the Kings renounced the rights to 6-foot-7 Serbian, Dejan Bodiroga.

The now 44-year-old wing has been retired since 2007. He’s known around the basketball circles as one of the greatest European players to never to come to the NBA.

Drafted by Geoff Petrie with the 51st overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft, Sacramento tried multiple times to get the sharpshooter to come to the states. It was always a longshot, but after selecting Corliss Williamson and Tyus Edney with his first two selections, Petrie took a late-round gamble. 

Bodiroga has a trophy case full of awards, including a Spanish League MVP, a FIBA World Cup MVP and a Greek League MVP. He also won championships in the Italian, Greek and Spanish Leagues, as well as silver medal in the 1996 Olympic games.

He is also on the list of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors along with fellow Serbian and current Sacramento Kings General Manager, Vlade Divac.   

Kings fans reacted on Twitter to the news in standard fashion: