The Atltanta Hawks are open for business, with every player outside of Trae Young and Jalen Johnson reportedly available. Our own Bryan Toporek gave us the run down on Dejounte Murray, but Bogdan Bogdanovic might be the most intriguing Hawk of them all.
Bogdanovic isn’t a big name most fans recognize, but he’s been a well-rounded, good player for many seasons now. He’s a capable scorer in bunches, and features a versatile game where he can get his own shots or play make for others. He’d fit like a glove on most teams — and that includes the Sixers.
Bogdanovic is quietly one of the better volume shooters in the league. This season he leads the league in both points and threes made off the bench — shooting 36.9 percent from deep on nearly nine attempts per game. Bogdanovic isn’t just a shooter, however. He’s developed into a true three-level scorer and is capable of making some pretty tough baskets. He demonstrated that in Atlanta’s win over the Sixers Wednesday, going just 1-of-8 from three, but still scoring 15 points, dishing out four assists and impacting the game positively overall (+12).
Bogdanovic is also on a fair contract for the foreseeable future. He’ll make just under $19 million this year, with a decreasing salary for the next two years. The final year of the deal is a team option worth $16 million for 2026-27. Matching salary in a potential Bogdanovic trade would be easily doable, as he makes roughly the same as Marcus Morris, Sr. They could also cobble together other expiring salaries to get to said total.
Bogdanovic would help in a lot of areas, but would most notably help take the load off Tyrese Maxey. Scoring aside, you can delegate limited playmaking duties to Bogdanovic. He’s also big enough and solid enough defensively to hang with most players at 6-foot-5.
In a theoretical deal, the Sixers could either bring Bogdanovic off the bench or start him alongside Tyrese Maxey. Factor in a friendly, long-term contract, and it’s easy to see why Daryl Morey might be interested.
Bogdanovic is a proven producer when healthy, with the main concern being a spotty injury history. This past summer, he underwent surgery on his right knee — the same knee Bogdanovic suffered an avulsion fracture in the year before. Thankfully, there hasn’t been any major issues with health yet, but it’s definitely something to think about if you’re trading for him.
While Bogdanovic’s contract is friendly, it’s also lengthy — which would affect the Sixers’ free agency plans this summer. If they’re angling for flexibility or for cap space, they might want to look elsewhere.
Assuming the Sixers don’t have big plans in free agency this offseason, you’d have a hard time finding a realistic trade target that makes more sense than Atlanta’s Bogdan Bogdanovic. He checks a lot of needs, and would be a great fit next to Tyrese Maxey, Joel Embiid and company.