Finally, a showcase game for Bogdan Bogdanovic. The Kings were just waiting for him to drop another twenty-burger (his first since late December) so that he would be at his maximum value when they decide to pull the trigger on a trade. The trade deadline is sometime within the next week or so, so the Kings organization was probably getting anxious when he kept putting up mediocre statlines. Their visions of getting multiple first-round picks, plus a cache of valuable young players, in exchange for Bogdanovic was dwindling in front of their eyes, but now those visions are rekindled to their fullest, most resplendent glory.
The Kings are in absolute free-fall right now, so there’s no reason to continue squandering the prime of Bogdanovic’s career. Since he was an older than usual rookie, his timeline diverges too much from players like De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley, and he shouldn’t have to waste his time with all this “losing games” and “rebuilding for the future”. It’s sad because the Kings were supposed to be competitive and Bogi was supposed to be a big part of that, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan when you hire a coach like Puke Faulton, whose only claim to fame was leading a group of four hall-of-famers to some wins that they would have gotten if they had been coached by a turnip.
So, to the fans of whichever team ends up with Bogdanovic, I say to you: welcome to the Bogdanovic hype train! Aren’t you impressed with my oracular abilities of future-seeing?