As he’ll tell you, he’s only renting in Washington.
In an interview with Brian Lewis, Bojan Bogdanovic is non-committal when asked if he’d be interested in returning to the team that traded his at the deadline for essentially a draft pick. Would he consider it?
“It’s still early. I didn’t think about it. I’m trying to focus about basketball,’’ Bogdanovic told Brian Lewis. “Everybody has started to ask me about the contract now, but I’m not in that mode yet. After the playoffs I will start to think about options, about what’s the best place for me. But right now I’m really happy in Washington with this group of guys. But we’ll see after the season what’s going to happen.”
Bogdanovic, who turns 28 in 10 days, was in New York to play against the Knicks, a tight win. He had eight points on 2-of-9 shooting. After a hot start for Washington, he’s cooled off quite a bit. Over the past 10 games, the 6’8” shooting guard is averaging 10 points but shooting only 26.2 percent from three.
Sean Marks called the decision to trade Bogdanovic a “strategic” move. As the Nets try to get younger and re-stock their draft cupboard, getting an additional pick was seen as smarter than paying out tens of millions of dollars to a solid player, but one who’ll be 32 when his next contract is up.
Lewis thinks there’s a scenario where the Nets might consider bringing back Bogdanovic.
The Nets are expected to hunt for some max salary restricted free-agent wings, such as the Pistons’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (who was arrested last week on a DUI charge) and Washington’s Otto Porter. If the Wizards match any offer for Porter, the Nets could target Bogdanovic for a return.
But is that speculation?
Bogdanovic admits he likes Washington, but won’t commit there either.
“After the playoffs I will start to think about options, about what’s the best place for me,” he said. “But right now I’m really happy in Washington with this group of guys. But we’ll see after the season what’s going to happen.”
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