Bogdan Bogdanovic should fit well in new coach Quin Snyder’s system in Atlanta — he can space the floor (40.1% from 3), and is a microwave scorer who can do some secondary playmaking.
Which is why the Hawks decided to keep him around with a four-year, $68 million contract extension, a story broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and later officially announced by the team.
Bogdanovic had a player option for next season at $18 million, one he was expected to decline to hit free agency. Now the Hawks avoid that mess. Bogdanovic will still decline his option and take a little less in the short term (probably $15.2 million next season, although that is not official) for the security of three more seasons beyond that one (probably all fully guaranteed).
After missing the first 22 games of this season recovering from knee surgery, Bogdanovic averaged 14.1 points per game with a 57.1 true shooting percentage (right around the league average). That level of production made him a trade target at the deadline with the Cavaliers leading a host of teams who called about his services. The Hawks wanted to keep Bogdanovic — as evidenced by the extension — and made it clear they had to be blown away by an offer to talk trade. No offer to their liking came in.
While he turned 30 this season and has had knee issues, Bogdanovic should be able to maintain close to that level of production throughout the life of the contract.
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