Bojan Bogdanovic trade grades: Who won the deal between the Pistons and the Jazz?
Well, folks. We have a trade. It is absolutely not the trade you were looking for today, but it is a trade nonetheless.
The Utah Jazz are continuing their complete makeover in tearing their team down to the studs to get ready for their campaign in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes.
They’ve reportedly traded Bojan Bogdanovic to the Detroit Pistons for Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Again, this isn’t the Kevin Durant or Donovan Mitchell-sized move people had been looking for this offseason.
But it might shake up the bottom of the Eastern Conference quite a bit.
My initial reaction to this trade was “what do the Pistons want with Bojan Bogdanovic?”
He’s a player who is very clearly in the midst of his prime years and may be heading to his twilight soon at 33 years old.
But on the court he’s a perfect fit. He’s an excellent shooter who basically took 7 3-pointers per game last season and shot 38% on them,
which is just a smidge under his career mark at 39%. He’s got size at 6’7 and can swing between that stretch-4 and big wing role for the Pistons.
The problem is he very clearly doesn’t fit in with the timeline of the rest of the Pistons group.
He’s 33. Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey are 20. Saddiq Bey is 23.
He’s got a decade on the Pistons’ core pieces, so he may be speeding their timeline up quite a bit here.
With that being said, he’s a definite upgrade to their wing rotation for, really, what amounts to nothing.
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