Bogdanovic is resting Saturday against the Grizzlies.
Coach Nate McMillan is resting is starters Saturday. With Bogdanovic out, Doug McDermott and T.J Leaf should see extra run.
Bogdanovic didn't participate in Wednesday's practice for rest purposes, J. Michael of IndyStar Sports reports.
Bogdanovic represented his home country of Croatia during FIBA play over the summer and participated in two-a-days prior to training camp. So, the coaching staff feels comfortable giving him some time off to open camp. While it's not clear when Bogdanovic will practice, it seems likely he'll see time during the preseason.
Bogdanovic had his $10.5 million contract guaranteed for the 2018-19 season, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
Bogdanovic had the highest-scoring season of his professional career last year with the Pacers, scoring 14.3 points per game while also shooting a career-best 40.2 percent from behind the arc. Bogdanovic proved to be a crucial part of the Pacers' surprising success last season, especially considering they didn't have much depth on the wing following Paul George trade. Bogdanovic is expected to step in once again as the team's starting small forward and continue to be one of the most effective three-point shooters in the NBA.
Bogdanovic mustered only three points (1-9 FG, 1-7 3Pt), two assists and one steal across 37 minutes during Indiana's 105-101 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Bogdanovic came up small at the worst possible time, turning in series-worst totals almost entirely across the stat sheet. The 29-year-old topped out with a 30-point performance in Game 3, but a modest 15-point effort in Game 1 served as a distant second in terms of his scoring totals during the series. Despite his inconsistent postseason performance, Bogdanovic undeniably made strides in his first Pacers season, posting a career-high 14.3 points a game on a career-best 47.4 percent success rate from the field, including 40.2 percent from three-point range.
Bogdanovic delivered just 10 points (4-13 FG, 2-8 3Pt), six rebounds and two assists across 34 minutes during Indiana's 104-100 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
After exploding for 30 points in Friday's rousing Game 3 win, Bogdanovic endured some significant shooting struggles Sunday. The 29-year-old wing's 30.8 percent success rate from the field was his second lowest of the series, and he just managed to notch his third double-digit scoring effort over the first four games against the Cavaliers. Given his ability to pile up points in a hurry when he's on, the Pacers will hope to get the sharpshooting version of Bogdanovic when they try to secure a win in Wednesday's critical Game 5.
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