The Detroit Pistons A deal for Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic is being finalized, according to multiple reports.
The 33-year-old Bogdanovic averaged 18.4 points (45/40/88 split shots), 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31.5 minutes per game over his three seasons with the Jazz. Veteran scoring and mentoring will provide the Pistons with a talented starting lineup of players under the age of 25.
Bogdanovic started from the start of the season with the Indiana Pacers in 2017-18 and has played 94% of his team’s games since then. He’s been a sign of consistency as a ground-forward divergence, shooting no worse than 39% from a 3-point range over the past five seasons. In six games for Croatia at the FIBA EuroBasket this summer, Bogdanovic averaged 19.2 points in 48/39/87 shooting splits.
The Pistons, who haven’t played in the playoffs since 2019, feature recent lottery picks Kid CunninghamAnd the Jaden IvyAnd the Marvin Bagley III And the Kilian Hayesalong with the highly-promoted first-round mid picks be honest with you And the Isaiah Stewart. Detroit General Manager Troy Weaver, who took over the role in 2020, has made a concerted effort to surround his young roster with veteran talent, adding Kimba WalkerAnd the Alec Burks And the Nerlence Noel in trades with New York Knicks This summer, in addition to the acquisition of Bogdanovic.
The pistons are making a push to make postseason in the busy Eastern Conference field that houses Boston CelticsAnd the Milwaukee BucksAnd the Miami HeatAnd the Philadelphia 76ersAnd the Cleveland CavaliersAnd the Brooklyn NetworksAnd the Toronto RaptorsAnd the Chicago Bulls And the Atlanta Hawks Teams compete for six guaranteed playoffs and four berths in the tournament. Detroit finished last season with a record 23-59, 14th in the East.
Olynyk, 31, meets with former Celtics chief of basketball operations Danny Aing and now CEO of Jazz, who drafted the 6-foot-11 Canadian Center 13 in 2013. Olinick averaged 9.1 points (45 /34/78 splits), and 4.4 rebounds. and 2.8 assists in 19.1 minutes per game off the bench at the Pistons last season.
The 23-year-old Lee averaged 5.6 points (43/27/73), 3.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 16.3 minutes in two years as a reserve on the Pistons. He was stuck behind Cunningham and Hayes on the Detroit depth chart.
The trade also dismantled Jazz, which completed blockbuster deals on All-Star mainstays. Donovan Mitchell And the Rudy Gobert this summer. After six straight playoff games and averaging 49 wins per season during that season, Utah is expected to be among the main contenders for the league’s worst record in the 2023 NBA Lottery Contest For the overall expected No. 1 pick Victor Wimpanyama.
– – – – – – – –