Nikola Jokic and Bogdan Bogdanovic are working together in more ways than one this offseason

Nikola Jokic’s offseason fun has been well documented, including on this blog. After being eliminated by the Timberwolves in the second round of the playoffs, videos and images of the Joker began popping up around Europe, enjoying life. He attended horse races with his horses in Sweden, then went rafting with friends in Bosnia and finally partying and dancing in Serbia.

Somewhere along the way, Jokic was confirmed to be part of Team Serbia’s initial roster ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, which start in July. Jokic will of course headline the Serbian team that took home a silver medal in 2016, but another big NBA name on the roster is Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Bogey has become a very talented player for the Atlanta Hawks, a great scorer and ballhandler who attempted to win the NBA’s 6th Man of the Year award this season. The Serbian connection between Bogey and Jokic cannot be understated, they have been friends for years and have played together for their country many times.

Nuggets fans have often fantasized about the team finding a way to bring Bogdanovic to the Nuggets, where the two compatriots could create magic together. Bogey would be a great fit in Denver and he’s still 31 and playing on a solid contract with three years left on his contract.

This offseason we’ve already seen trade speculation and hypotheticals that involve bringing the Hawks shooting guard to the Nuggets. Those deals would give the Nuggets Michael Porter Jr. almost certainly cost, but that may be a price the team is ultimately willing to pay.

The Joker and Bogey rumors will only increase if the pair plays well in the Olympics this summer, especially if the Hawks start blowing up the team and decide to rebuild the team – which seems like a fairly realistic option. But those rumors are already getting louder, because on Sunday the two were spotted together during a horse race in Serbia.

In fact, that’s Bogey holding up the trophy after Jokic’s horse wins. The two clearly have a close bond and we already know they have a strong bond on the field. If the Nuggets want to trade MPJ for depth, the Hawks and Bogdanovic seem like a great place to start.