Pistons Finalizing Trade For Bojan Bogdanovic

The Pistons and Jazz are finalizing a commerce that can ship ahead Bojan Bogdanovic to Detroit, sources inform Shams Charania and James L. Edwards III of The Athletic (Twitter hyperlinks). According to Charania and Edwards, Utah will obtain a giant man Kelly Olynyk and guard Saben Lee within the deal.

Bogdanovic is ready to earn $19.55MM within the ultimate 12 months of his contract after averaging 18.1 factors, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per recreation in 69 appearances (30.9 MPG) for the Jazz in 2021/22. A powerful frontcourt scorer and shooter, Bogdanovic has made 39.2% of his profession three-point makes an attempt, together with 40.3% during the last 5 seasons.

With the Jazz within the technique of tearing down their roster, Bogdanovic was broadly considered as a powerful candidate to be moved earlier than the beginning of the season. On Wednesday, Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune cited a supply near Bogdanovic who mentioned the ahead is anticipated to be traded quickly.

Still, whereas a commerce had been anticipated, Bogdanovic’s vacation spot comes as a shock. Teams just like the Suns, Lakers, Mavericks, and Knicks had been cited as doable suitors for the 33-year-old, however it will likely be the retooling Pistons who land him. Bogdanovic’s capacity to stretch the ground and hit exterior pictures ought to assist create extra room within the paint and play-making alternatives for Detroit’s dynamic younger guards, Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey.

The Pistons will benefit from their remaining cap room in buying Bogdanovic, sending out solely Olynyk ($12.8MM) and Lee ($1.75MM) within the deal. The transfer may even assist clear a roster logjam in Detroit — the membership had 17 gamers on absolutely assured salaries, however could have simply 16 after finishing the commerce for Bogdanovic. Buyout candidate Kemba Walker is anticipated to be the odd man out.

As for the Jazz, they’re buying and selling one more productive veteran after having already discovered takers this offseason Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchelland Royce O’Neale. It seems they will not proceed so as to add to their assortment of future draft property within the Bogdanovic swap, however they will add a much-needed heart in Olynyk to their roster, will take a shot on the 23-year-old Lee, and can create some extra respiration room under the posh tax line.

As Yossi Gozlan of HoopsHype observes (by way of Twitter), the commerce ought to transfer Utah from about $2MM under the posh tax threshold to $7MM under the tax line. The staff also needs to create a commerce exception value about $6.75MM within the deal.

While they will scale back this 12 months’s staff wage, the Jazz will now be on the hook for Olynyk’s $3MM partial assure in 2023/24. They’d owe the massive man that $3MM, as a substitute of his full $12.2MM wage, in the event that they waive him earlier than subsequent 12 months’s free agent interval. Lee, in the meantime, has a $1.9MM staff possibility for ’23/24.

The Jazz will now have 18 gamers on assured contracts, in order that they’ll should commerce or launch three gamers earlier than opening evening to get their roster down to fifteen.

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