Bogdan Bogdanovic’s complicated situation
While Bogdan Bogdanovic was not on the list of untouchable players, the Hawks might be hard-pressed to part with him for various reasons. His four-year, $68 million contract extension would seem like something they’d like to move just as with Capela and Hunter.
Unlike Capela and Hunter, however, it was this iteration of the front office that extended Bogdanovic in March of last year. He’s also been productive this season.
That could make him an attractive target for a team like the Golden State Warriors.
This trade would add more than $9 million to the Hawks’ books this season, hardly in line with their typical MO. But it also gives the Hawks an out after this season, with Paul’s contract non-guaranteed for 2024-25 until late June.
They would essentially take the hit this season to free up north of at least $33 million over the next seasons combined. Bogdanovic has a $16 million club option for the 2025-26 season.
Paul would be a high-level replacement for Mills at the least, if he even remained on the roster.
Being able to snag Moody would admittedly be a boon for the Hawks. The Warriors want to hold onto him, though, so the Hawks could be left trying to trade Bogdanovic and Paul, who is close with Young from the former’s time with the Oklahoma City Thunder, one-for-one.
Bogdanovic has dealt with knee injuries in recent seasons, which could be even more motivation for the Hawks to find something sooner rather than later.
They might not mind holding on to him through the deadline either, though.
The Phoenix Suns showed interest in Bogdanovic. But they don’t have the assets to make a deal. The Lakers also registered interest, so perhaps Bogdanovic is included in some package along with Murray. At any rate, he figures to be an attractive trade target.