When Victor Oladipo suffered a season-ending ruptured quadriceps tendon Jan. 23, many believed the Pacers' hopes of making the playoffs were dashed. But Indiana, which was third in the East when Oladipo went down, remained competitive even without the star guard, and Bogdanovic was largely to thank.
The sharpshooting small forward thrived as the team's go-to scorer, averaging 23.1 points in February and 21.8 points in March as the Pacers finished the regular season 48-34 to earn the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. They eventually were swept by the Boston Celtics in the opening round.
Bogdanovic shot a career-best 42.5% from 3-point range this past season, which ranked 12th in the league. His adjusted field goal percentage was 57.5, which ranked 19th.
Speaking after the season, Pacers president Kevin Pritchard said the team would like to talk contract with the unrestricted free agent but acknowledged Indiana wouldn't be alone.
"We would like to have extensive talks with Bojan," Pritchard told reporters. "He is going to have interest and we can feel that already. On July 1, I feel I am going to have a very long talk with Bojan."
Bogdanovic, 30, made his NBA debut in 2014, playing the first of three seasons with the Nets. Brooklyn traded him to Washington in 2017. He then signed a two-year contract with the Pacers the following offseason.
For his career, Bogdanovic is averaging 13.3 points while shooting 46.3% from the field, 38.9% from 3-point range and 84.6% from the free throw line.
The Jazz also agreed Sunday to a two-year, $10 million with forward Ed Davis, CAA agent Aaron Mintz told Wojnarowski. Davis brings the Jazz a big, physical presence who can defend and play with, or behind, center Rudy Gobert.
Davis, 30, came off the bench for Brooklyn last season and averaged 5.8 points and 8.6 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game.