Back on March 16, Bogdan Bogdanović and the Atlanta Hawks agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension. While that may paint the picture that he is a part of the team’s long-term plans, that’s not necessarily the case.
He served as the team’s sharpshooter on the wing this past season, sure, but the acquisition of Saddiq Bey and the future development of AJ Griffin will almost certainly make him expendable. Bogdanović would prove far more valuable as a shooter on a contender than a potentially retooling team.
Extending Bogdanović allows the Hawks to secure another tradeable asset, and at an average annual value of roughly $17 million, he won’t be difficult to move. Either as an individual asset or as a part of a larger deal, perhaps involving one of the names later down the list.
The Atlanta Hawks have very few free agents this offseason after extending Bogdanović, but one among the remaining few who will almost certainly find a new home will be Aaron Holiday. A versatile guard, Holiday does provide value and deserves an NBA-level role; however, he will likely find more opportunity elsewhere this offseason.
After Quin Snyder took over the team’s head coaching duties from Nate McMillan, Holiday averaged under 10 minutes per game with 10 DNPs (Did Not Play). While nothing is certain yet, it seems a slam dunk that Holiday will not return next season.