Report: Bogdanovic delaying his NBA debut

  • Ian Johnson
(Photo credit: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns had three first round selections in the 2014 NBA Draft picking forward T.J. Warren, guard Tyler Ennis and the 27th overall pick, on Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic. He is the first of the three picks to sign a contract, but not with the Suns.

Bogdanovic, 21, played last season for Partizan Belgrade and averaged almost 15 points per game. According to Mark Deeks, a cap guru at shamsports.com he has now signed with the Turkish club Fenerbahce Ulker on a four-year contract with an out to the NBA in 2016. Keep in mind that a player can be bought of his contract early which is not likely considering the plethora of guards on the Suns already.

This signing is great for the Suns because now they have the ability to focus all of their attention on re-signing restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe. Following a return from knee surgery Bledsoe helped carry the team and certainly deserves and will receive a max contract from the Suns.

Once draft picks Tyler Ennis and T.J. Warren are signed the Suns will be left with around $32 million in cap space to use in trades and free agency before Bledsoe agrees in principle to a contract. The Suns also may re-sign forward P.J. Tucker as long as it comes at the right price as Phoenix would love to put a certain amount of that $32 million toward talented free agents or a big trade.

Since the Suns have fallen out of contention for  LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony they will now turn their attention back to Kevin Love, Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza and many other attractive free agents.

Phoenix Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager Ian Johnson @IanJohnsonSK

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