Bojan Bogdanovic turns 34 years outdated in April, and he is averaging a career-high 21.5 factors on a career-high 63.4 % true taking pictures for a younger workforce that has the second-worst file within the league. It will not be exhausting to determine why he is a candidate to be moved earlier than the Feb. 9 commerce deadline.
The 12-37 Detroit Pistons, nevertheless, proceed to broadcast that they aren’t essentially going to commerce Bogdanovic. In different phrases, suitors should not waste time lowballing them.
The newest report on this topic comes from James Edwards III of The Athletic:
Per league sources, as of late January, the Pistons, who’ve aspirations of turning a nook subsequent season, would wish vital worth in return to think about shifting Bogdanovic throughout the subsequent two weeks, with the minimal start line being an unprotected first-round choose. Detroit values Bogdanovic extremely and does not wish to transfer him except an awesome provide makes an excessive amount of sense.
This scenario is much like the one which the Pistons had been in with Jerami Grant earlier than final season’s commerce deadline. They ended up retaining Grant for the remainder of the season, then sending him to the Portland Trail Blazers for a top-four-protected 2025 Milwaukee Bucks first-round choose and two seconds. But there are variations:
Bogdanovic is 5 years older than Grant, so buying him is extra of a short-term play. Any workforce buying and selling for Grant wanted to be ready to supply him a profitable contract extension or danger shedding him in free company on the finish of the 2022-23 season. Bogdanovic, alternatively, signed a two-year, $39 million extension in late October, 5 weeks after Detroit acquired him from the Utah Jazz. This is a team-friendly deal, notably as a result of solely $2 million of his $19 million 2024-25 wage is assured. If he is nonetheless this productive on the finish of subsequent season, his workforce can maintain him round at an inexpensive value; if he declines, he could be waived for a small penalty. The Pistons are one other yr into their rebuild, so their priorities may very well be completely different now.
That final level is probably the most attention-grabbing one. If Detroit has “aspirations of turning a nook subsequent season,” how a lot strain will there be on the entrance workplace and training employees? How a lot will the outcomes of the draft lottery need to do with that? Cade Cunningham’shas compelled the Pistons to be extra affected person than they deliberate to be, but when there is a playoff (or play-in) mandate in 2023-24, then Troy Weaver’s entrance workplace should strategy the Bogdanovic scenario — and this commerce deadline, and 2023 free company — in another way than if there is not one.
This is to not say that Detroit needs to be seen as a win-now workforce. It simply should not be seen as a lose-now workforce. Bogdanovic will not be on Detroit’s timeline, actually, however he is a 6-foot-7 veteran who can rating in a wide range of methods, house the ground and defend competently. For a franchise making an attempt to take a step ahead and set up some construction, this has worth.
Bogdanovic may not, nevertheless, be price fairly as a lot to the Pistons as he’s to a different workforce. If they’re supplied a high-value first-round choose in change for him, they might doubtlessly use that choose in a commerce just a few months later to improve the roster. Ideally, they’d flip it into somebody type of like Bogdanovic, solely youthful.
Last week, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors have all expressed curiosity in Bogdanovic. On Monday, The Athletic’s Jovan Buha reported that the Lakers are prepared to half with solely a lottery-protected first-rounder however may change their stance nearer to the deadline.