Skip to content

Suns first-round pick Bogdan Bogdanovic agrees to delay joining NBA

Jul 10, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

First-round picks count against a team’s cap at the rookie-scale amount, a prescribed salary based on pick number, until one of three things happens:

  • They sign a contract. Then they count at their actual salary, which is usually 120 percent of scale.
  • They get renounced. This has happened just once – the Bulls with Travis Knight in 1996.
  • They sign a letter pledging not to join the NBA for a year. Then, they come off the cap completely for that year.

The Suns have convinced Bogdan Bogdanovic, whom they drafted No. 27, to take the third option.

Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com:

Likely, the Suns knew Bogdanovic would sign this letter when they drafted him. They might have even chosen him over prospects they rated higher in a vacuum because he signed this letter.

Even if they can’t lure LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony – though that is still technically possible, I suppose – the Suns want to maximize cap room for free agents.

They also just drafted T.J. Warren and Tyler Ennis, adding two rookies to an already young roster. Players need minutes to grow, and playing time is already tight in the desert. By adding Bogdanovic later, Phoenix can stager its developmental burden.

The Suns couldn’t trade the No. 27 for a future first rounder as they desired, but this essentially gets them the same result.

Latest Posts
  1. Hawks CEO induces certain gesture from T.I., redeems himself with a “for shizzle” (video)

    Oct 20, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks Getty Images

    Steve Koonin promoting Hawks’ season opener, which includes T.I. performances

  2. Lance Stephenson already flopping like it’s a playoff game (VINE)

    Oct 20, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

    Charlotte Hornets v Chicago Bulls Getty Images

    When Stephenson brought his game to Charlotte this season, he clearly brought the flopping with him.

  3. Pistons waive Hasheem Thabeet

    Oct 20, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons Media Day Detroit Pistons Media Day

    Detroit also cuts Brian Cook, Josh Bostic and Lorenzo Brown

  4. Lakers waive Jeremy Tyler, who’s China-bound

    Oct 20, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Media Day Los Angeles Lakers Media Day

    Door even more open for Ronnie Price and Wayne Ellington to make roster

  5. LeBron James reveals (?) his recruiting pitch

    Oct 20, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day Getty Images

    How did LeBron get Kevin Love, Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones to join the Cavaliers?

  6. Five favorites to win NBA 2014-15 MVP

    Oct 20, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 1 Getty Images

    Smart money should go on LeBron James, but there will be serious challengers.

  7. ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Oct 20, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    2014 NBA Finals - Game Five Getty Images

    If they can stay a step ahead of father time the Spurs are the bar to clear to win an NBA title.

  8. 67RIEFNS No. 22: Disappointing second-year players looking for redemption

    Oct 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft Lottery 2013 NBA Draft Lottery

    Anthony Bennett, Otto Porter, Alex Len, Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, C.J. McCollum among those looking to bounce back after underwhelming rookie years

  9. Joakim Noah wants Tom Thibodeau to do yoga with him

    Oct 19, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

    cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznptq2njewnzjmmgrhmwvjyjm2mtnjzju3ymqwzgm4zmmy AP

    Tom Thibodeau is not the yoga type.

  10. Cavs coach David Blatt will treat Monday’s preseason minutes like the regular season

    Oct 19, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

    LeBron James LeBron James

    LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will take the floor together for the first time since the preseason opener.

Featured video

What are impacts of NBA's new TV deal?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. B. Beal (3826)
  2. D. Rose (3678)
  3. L. James (3678)
  4. N. Noel (3542)
  5. J. Lin (3527)