We are still a couple of weeks away from the beginning of the NBA season and there's already a team who has shown they are candidates to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
Following a disastrous season which concluded on not being invited to the 'seeding games' in Orlando, the Atlanta Hawks are back with a chip on their shoulders and are ready to make a statement in the association.
The Hawks offseason has been remarkable, being able to sign multiple free agents to improve their starting line-up and rotation. Now, they have added yet another importance piece.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Hawks have signed Bogdan Bogdanovic to a four-year, $72 million deal. The Sacramento Kings declined to match the offer sheet by Atlanta so therefore, the Serbian is East Coast bound.
The Sacramento Kings have declined to match the Atlanta Hawks’ four-year, $72 million offer sheet for restricted free agent guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 25, 2020
Bogdanovic, who got his first NBA opportunity with Sacramento in 2018, took over social media to thank the Kings fans' for their support over the last couple of years.
I’m going to miss all my friends, teammates and one of the best fan bases in NBA!!!— Bogdan Bogdanovic (@LeaderOfHorde) November 25, 2020
your guy Bogi. 🙏💜 (2/2) pic.twitter.com/m98D0e0D9k
Bogdanovic joins Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn and Solomon Hill as the Hawks additions during the free agency.
Led by Trae Young and having already a great young core which features John Collins, Clint Cappella, Cam Reddish and DeAndre Hunter, there's no doubt the Hawks are favorites to make the postseason in the East.
Bogdanovic will also get his first real chance to play in the postseason after being three years in Sacramento. Throughout the 209 regular season games he's played in, the Serbian averages 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest, shooting 44% from the field and 37% from three.