The Suns were exploring bringing Bogdanovic, their 2014 first-round draft pick, to Phoenix for the 2016-17 season but Bogdanovic opted to remain with his Fenerbahce club in Turkey. The Suns will retain Bogdanovic's rights but he will no longer be subject to the rookie contract scale of 2014 if he signs with the Suns. The Suns would have to pay him at least $957,200 in the first season of a future contact to be equivalent to what the 6-foot-6 guard would have received for being the 28th pick in the 2014 draft. Given his success overseas, Bogdanovic likely can command much more with the NBA salary cap sharply rising and the fact that he is only 23. Bogdanovic won the 2014 and 2015 Euroleague Rising Star trophies, helped Serbia to a 2014 World Cup silver medal and led Fenerbahce to be 2016 Euroleague runner-up, Turkish Cup champions and Turkish League champions this season.
Suns' Bogdanovic will remain overseas next season
Arizona Republic | Jun 23