I’m not sure this didn’t work out better for the Bucks in the long run. The entire way Bogdanovic and/or his agent played games during this process and jerked around Sacramento and Milwaukee doesn’t leave you with warm and fuzzy feelings in terms of the relationship. Not to mention them (probably his agent) leaking information that allowed the media to drag the Bucks through the mud and drive up the price.
Two other nuggets that have come to light is the Hawks tried to trade for Holiday and the Bucks tried to trade for Oladipo. Ultimately the Bucks gave up more to New Orleans but got their guy. More importantly, they offloaded Bledsoe and Hill salaries which quite frankly aren’t looking so great at the moment.
The key takeaway is both Sacramento and Indiana insisted on DDV being included in either a Bogs trade or a Oladipo trade. That tells me that several teams are high on DDV so retaining him may have been the right move anyway. Oladipo wouldn’t have been a good fit IMO and you give up DDV and still may keep Bledsoe and don’t get the key guy in Holiday.
Keeping DDV, and adding Augustin and Forbes to replace Bogs offensively was a really nice recovery. They also replaced Ersan with a more athletic version in Portis for less money. Let’s also not forget they kept a great locker room gritty Swiss Army knife guy in Par C and got a sneaky good wing defender in Torrey Craig. Oh, and they also kept B Lopez.
The only blind spot is not having a true backup center on the roster but guess what they wouldn’t have had they made any of those other moves.
If DDV continues to develop offensively like he’s capable of doing then this team could be very, very good. He’s already a plus defender. He just needs to get more consistent in other aspects.