By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Milwaukee Bucks are doing everything they can to improve their team. This is an attempt to hope that Giannis Antetokounmpo will re-sign with the team next summer.
Bucks GM Jon Horst has changed his roster in a matter of hours. First, he acquired Jrue Holiday in a trade that sent Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, and three first-round draft picks sent to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Next, he did a sign-and-trade with Bogdan Bogdanović in a sign-and-trade. Financial terms of his new deal were not disclosed yet.
In exchange for Bogdanović, the Sacramento Kings acquired Donte DiVincenzo, Ersan İlyasova, and DJ Wilson.
Both teams cannot be made official until Friday when the new NBA league year starts.
This will be Bogdanović’s second NBA team. He spent three seasons with the Kings, before this proposed deal.
He was a first-round draft pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2014 NBA Draft. Then, two-years later, the Suns traded his draft rights with Skal Labissière, Georgios Papagiannis and a 2020 2nd round draft pick to the Sacramento Kings for Marquese Chriss.
During the 2019-20 season, Bogdanović averaged a career-high 15.1 points per game. In addition, he averaged 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 29.0 minutes per game.
He has appeared in 209 games, including 98 starts. He has averaged 13.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 28.2 minutes per game.
This will be DiVincenzo’s second team. He spent the past two seasons with the Bucks after being their first-round draft pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
This past season, DiVincenzo appeared in 66 games, including 24 starts. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 23 minutes per game.
He is the best player of those that the Kings acquired in this deal.
In his career, he has made 93 appearances, including 24 starts. He has averaged 8.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 20.8 minutes per game.
Journeyman İlyasova will be joining his seventh NBA team. He spent the past two seasons with the Bucks before this deal.
During the 2019-20 season, he appeared in 63 games, including 8 starts. He averaged 6.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 15.7 minutes per game.
In his career, the Turkish national appeared in 808 games, including 423 games. He has a 10.3 points per game average with 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 23.3 minutes per game.
Like DiVincenzo, Wilson will be joining his second NBA team. He was a first-round draft pick by the Bucks in the 2017 NBA Draft.
This past season, he appeared in 37 games, including one start. He averaged 3.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.1 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 9.8 minutes per game.
In his young career, Wilson has appeared in 107 games, including four starts. He has averaged 4.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 12.3 minutes per game.
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