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.
The Sacramento Kings look to pick up their first win of Las Vegas Summer League Wednesday night, but they’ll have to do it without one of their young stars. Rookie De’Aaron Fox will miss the game with a stiff ankle, NBC Sports California has confirmed.
Fox sat in the fourth quarter of the Kings’ loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. The injury is not considered serious.
The 19-year-old out of the University of Kentucky is averaging 15.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals while shooting 47.1 percent from the field for Sacramento.
Buddy Hield will sit as well. The second-year guard is officially done for the Summer League session. Hield has struggled from the field during Sacramento’s three losses, but he finishes with 16.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 26 minutes a night.
The Kings plan coming into the tournament was to play Hield the first three games and then turn to other players to finish the week. veteran Luis Montero started in his place against the Bucks.
As the Kings were without Fox, another rookie point guard went down. Frank Mason III only lasted four minutes before spraining his left ankle. He will not return to the game, NBC Sports California has learned.
Bogdan Bogdanovic sighting
Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic is in Las Vegas supporting his soon-to-be teammates on Wednesday night. The Serbian-born sharpshooter is in line for a three-year, $27 million contract with the Kings which should be announced soon.
Bogdanovic has been playing on tournaments overseas all summer and will not play for the Kings in Las Vegas.
The Sacramento Kings continue to add young talent to their growing roster.
Serbian star Bogdan Bogdanovic is primed to join the Kings this summer on a three-year deal, league sources confirmed to NBC Sports California.
The deal will reportedly be worth between $30 and $36 million.
Bogdanovic, 24, is fresh of a European championship with Fenerbahçe of the Turkish super league and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
The team is restricted from confirming the reports until July 6, when the NBA’s free agent moratorium ends, but there has been a growing optimism over Bogdanovic joining the Kings for some time.
Sacramento acquired the rights to Bogdanovic as part of a 2016 draft night trade that sent the eighth overall selection (Marquese Chriss) to the Phoenix Suns for picks No. 13 (Georgios Papagiannis) and No. 28 (Skal Labissiere). The Suns selected Bogdanovic with the 27th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, but had failed in their attempts to lure the young shooting guard to the US.
Bogdanovic is expected to compete with Buddy Hield, Garrett Temple and Malachi Richardson for minutes at the shooting guard position this season. The 6-foot-6, 194-pound guard averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 27.9 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from behind the arc this season for Fenerbahçe.