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Bogdan Bogdanovic: I left the Kings because they didn't bolster the roster

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 12/3/2020 Darryn Albert, Larry Brown Sports
Bogdan Bogdanovic holding a basketball: Bogdan Bogdanovic is now with the Atlanta Hawks. © Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports Bogdan Bogdanovic is now with the Atlanta Hawks.

No longer a member of the Sacramento Kings, Bogdan Bogdanovic now appears to be getting in a parting shot.

Speaking on Wednesday for the first time as an Atlanta Hawk, Bogdanovic seemed critical of the Kings’ inability to improve their roster this offseason.

“Since Sacramento didn’t do any moves in the offseason, I was like, ‘OK, I’m ready to leave,'” he said, per Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. “I was excited about Atlanta.”

Bogdanovic, 28, was a restricted free agent but asked the Kings not to match his offer sheet from Atlanta. He previously had a deal with another Eastern Conference team that fell through amid significant drama.

The Kings indeed did little to bolster their roster this offseason other than drafting rookie guard Tyrese Haliburton. They signed Hassan Whiteside and Chimezie Metu to fill their frontcourt, but both those moves took place after Bogdanovic had already left.

Even the Kings who did stay sound unhappy with the direction of the team. One of the NBA’s most dysfunctional franchises over the last decade clearly remains that way.

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