Fast Breaks: Bogdanovic, Brown, Magic

Bogdan Bogdanovic is expected to add even more firepower to a remade Kings lineup.

Bogdan Bogdanovic is fresh off making the All-EuroBasket Tournament Team, and now the Sacramento Kings finally get to unleash the Serbian star, writes James Ham of CSN Bay Area.

Bogdanovic is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard and was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the No. 27 overall draft pick in 2014. The Suns traded his rights to the Kings two summers later.

There’s also this interesting note from Ham: “After dominating league action overseas, Bogdanovic became the highest paid rookie in NBA history, signing a three-year, $27 million deal with Sacramento. He’ll make close to $9.5 million in his first season in the league, more than double what fifth overall pick, De’Aaron Fox, is scheduled to make.”

But where will Bogdanovic fit on the floor? After all, the Kings already have second-year man Buddy Hield and veteran Garrett Temple at the position. Malachi Richardson, the team’s first-round pick in 2016, is another shooting guard.

Then again, Bogdanovic is skilled enough to handle the ball and run the offense when any of the aforementioned are also on the floor.

“He is not the defender that Temple is and Hield might have an edge on him as a volume scorer, but Bogdanovic has an advantage over both players in versatility,” Ham wrote.

Bottom line: The Kings have become a team to watch with their nice blend of cagey veterans and promising youth. Bogdanovic is just another example of that.

Here’s more from around the NBA:

  • Former Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers head coach and current Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown took part in an in-depth interview with Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News. In it, Brown admitted that filling in for Warriors coach Steve Kerr last season was “probably one of the toughest things I’ve had to walk into.” Read the whole Q&A here.
  • The Orlando Magic have hired David Tenney for the role of high performance director, the team announced of its website. Tenney previously worked for the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer.