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Monday, July 01, 2019 1:00 am

Pacers make move for Brogdon

Bogdanovic, Young leaving team through free agency

TIM REYNOLDS | Associated Press

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Malcolm Brogdon is going from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Indiana Pacers and will wind up signing a four-year, $85 million contract.

Brogdon will be traded to Indiana in exchange for a 2020 first-round draft pick and consideration for two other future second-round picks, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade cannot be finalized until Saturday at the earliest.

It's a blow to the Bucks, who had Brogdon for his first three pro seasons. He was the rookie of the year in 2017, and averaged a career-best 15.6 points this past season. Brogdon is a career 90% foul shooter, 41% 3-point shooter and 48% overall from the field. He's also an outstanding defender.

The Pacers also struck Sunday, the opening day of NBA free agency, by signing former Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lamb, reportedly for three years and $31 million. 

Meanwhile former Pacer Bojan Bogdanovic is reportedly signing a four-year deal with the Utah Jazz that will be worth $73.1 million. Bogdanovic is coming off a year where he averaged a career-best 18 points per game for the Pacers.

Utah becomes Bogdanovic's fourth team, followoing stints with Brooklyn and Washington preceded his two years with the Pacers.

Bogdanovic had only missed three games over his two Indiana seasons.

On Sunday evening, forward Thad Young thanked Indianapolis for his three-year stint with the team in a tweet, saying that the organization will “always be family.” He's off to Chicago, having agreed to a three-year, $41 million contract with the Bulls

Across the league, veteran players who weren't necessarily at the top of their draft class got paid as if they were. 

More than $2 billion in deals getting struck in the opening hours – and that's even without Kyrie Irving officially joining Brooklyn, as has been expected, or any word from Kawhi Leonard about his future plans to either stay with NBA champion Toronto or move elsewhere.

Damian Lillard agreed to a $196 million, four-year extension with Portland that will kick in for the 2021-22 season. Tobias Harris is staying in Philadelphia for $180 million over the next five years.

“From the trade to the Sixers in February, through the regular season and playoffs and now on to free agency, this contract is a culmination of so much in my life and basketball career,” Harris wrote in an essay published on ESPN.com. “It's also a new beginning.”

Khris Middleton gave Milwaukee a bit of a discount in agreeing to a $178 million, five-year deal – $12 million shy of what he could have commanded.

Even injuries couldn't derail the spending.

Kevin Durant announced that he's leaving Golden State and joining Brooklyn on a $164 million, four-year deal – even though he'll miss next season with an Achilles injury and could have gotten $221 million for five years from the Warriors. And Kristaps Porzingis, who hasn't appeared in an NBA game since Feb. 6, 2018, because of a knee injury, will sign a $158 million, five-year contract to stay in Dallas.

All deals were confirmed to The Associated Press by people with knowledge of the agreements, all speaking on condition of anonymity because the NBA moratorium prevents new contracts from being signed until noon Saturday.


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