Bojan Bogdanovic Rumors: Jazz Have 'Significant Interest' in Free-Agent Wing

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 30, 2019

Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) shoots over Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 21, 2019. The Celtics defeated the Pacers 110-106 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Indiana Pacers wing Bojan Bogdanovic should land a massive contract on the free-agent market after notching career-highs with 18.0 points on 49.7 percent shooting last year, and the Utah Jazz are reportedly in the mix.

Tony Jones of The Athletic reported the news and also added remarks on what team Bogdanovic may be favoring right now:

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba

The Utah Jazz are expressing significant interest in Indiana Pacers UFA Bojan Bogdanovic, League Sources tell The Athletic. Bogdanovic is thought to be a Pacers lean heading into free agency. Bogdanovic is one of the better forwards on the market

Bogdanovic, 30, would be a great fit on a Jazz team that could use a secondary perimeter scorer alongside Donovan Mitchell.

The wing would also be Utah's most potent three-point threat on a team where no rotation player shot more than 39.1 percent from beyond the arc. Bogdanovic knocked down 42.5 percent of his threes last year.

However, the Pacers will give Utah stiff competition. Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard offered the following postseason comments, per Scott Agness of The Athletic:

"He'll be a priority. I would say this, I think there's going to be some high competition for him. I think the way he ended the year and kind of took the load offensively for us, the league has gone such an offensive league in scoring and shooting, specifically with his size, he's going to have some offers. But we're going to do our best to keep him."

Agness predicted that Bogdanovic will return to Indiana on a two-year contract. However, Jones swooped in with some late Saturday news that gave Jazz fans some hope:

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba

Reporting with @ShamsCharania: The Utah Jazz are emerging as a significant threat to sign Bojan Bogdanovic away from the Indiana Pacers, League Sources tell The Athletic....The Jazz could have a competitive offer on the table as soon as tomorrow, according to sources

Bobby Marks of ESPN (h/t Paul Garcia of Project Spurs) predicted that Bogdanovic will receive an offer between $18 million and $20 million per season.

Bogdanovic was a key piece on a Pacers team that was 40-20 and third in the Eastern Conference after 60 games.

Unfortunately, leading scorer Victor Oladipo suffered a quad injury in January and missed the rest of the season. Bogdanovic performed admirably in his absence, however, and even averaged 21.2 points on 51.3 percent shooting from February 1 through the end of the regular season, per Basketball Reference.

Free agency begins Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.