The NBA has announced its punishment for the Milwaukee Bucks after their alleged offseason rules violations.
The Bucks will be stripped of a 2022 second-round draft pick for their participation in illegal trade talks with Bogdan Bogdanovic in restricted free agency.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski shared the NBA’s official statement on Twitter Monday afternoon.
NBA announces loss of second-round pick for the Bucks. pic.twitter.com/gHxSRj3lNO
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 21, 2020
The league launched an investigation into the franchise after it was reported that Milwaukee engaged in tampering with Bogdanovic’s free agency decision in late November. As a restricted free agent, Bogdanovic was not allowed to speak with teams until Nov. 20. The Bucks allegedly proposed a potential sign-and-trade agreement with Sacramento earlier that week.
Unfortunately for the Bucks, the franchise didn’t even make the punishment worth its while.
The alleged sign-and-trade deal appears to be off. Milwaukee waived Ersan Ilyasova, who was a big piece in the proposed trade, earlier this offseason.
According to the NBA, the fact that the Bucks didn’t land Bogdanovic was taken into account during the punishment decision. A lack of substantial evidence and the franchise’s cooperation with the investigation also reportedly contributed to the light sanctions.
This offseason hasn’t been all bad though.
The Bucks landed a huge win for small-market teams everywhere, resigning superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo to an NBA record five-year, $228 million extension.
Milwaukee kicks off its 2020-21 campaign against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.