Bojan Bogdanovic traded to Detroit Pistons for Kelly Olynyk

Detroit Pistons third year CEO Troy Weaver celebrates the first day of autumn in the best way he knows: with a trade, of course.

The Pistons trade for Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic in exchange for center Kelly Olynyk and security guard Saben Lee, the Free Press confirmed Thursday morning.

Bogdanovic, 33, has spent the past three seasons with the Jazz, averaging 18.4 points and 39.7% on 6.8 attempts at 3 points per game as Utah made the playoffs every year. He instantly becomes the Pistons’ most accomplished 3-point shooter, make two 3s per game over his eight-season NBA career with Brooklyn, Washington, Indiana and Utah. The pistons ready 29th in the NBA last season in 3-point make rate at 32.6%.

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Bogdanovic, who represents the Croatian national team and was his top scorer During the 2016 Olympics, he signed a $73.1 million four-year contract with the Jazz in 2019. He has one year left for $19.6 million and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The Pistons will get more pay this season as Olynyk has $12.8 million on the books and Lee will make $1.8 million. But it will save Detroit money in 2023-24, because Olynyk had a partial warranty of $3 million that season, give the Pistons even more giftsp space as they look to potentially strike to encourage reconstruction.

The Pistons have drafted Lee, 23, with the 38th overall pick in 2020, Weaver’s first draft as GM. Lee played in 85 games in two seasons, including seven as a rookie, and last season took All-NBA G League Second Team honors for the Motor City Cruise. He has a club option for 2023-24.

Olynyk, 31, signed a three-year contract worth $37 million in 2021. During his lone season with the Pistons, he averaged 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists, but injuries limited him to 40 games.

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Bogdanovic started all 204 games he played with Utah, making the Jazz one of the league’s most efficient offenses while playing power forward. But the Jazz suffered against disappointing playoff performances every year. Danny Ainge, in his first full season as chief of basketball operations, has led a complete demolition of Utah’s coretrading All-Stars Rudy Gobert to Minnesota and Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland in blockbuster trades earlier this off-season.

The Pistons now have 16 players on the roster, one over the limit, but are expected to buy out Kemba Walker to get to 15.

This is the most recent trade of the Pistons during a busy summer. they treated Jerami Grant to Portlandwielded a design night asset van Jalen Duren with the no. 13 choice in 2022 NBA draft and completed a salary dump deal with the Knicks.

The Pistons have also re-signed power forward/center Marvin Bagley III to a three-year contract of $37.5 millionand agreed on a two-year contract with striker Kevin Knox II.

Training camp starts next week and the Pistons hold the first of four preseason games October 4 at the New York Knicks. the pistons open regular season October 19 vs. Orlando.

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The athletic wash first to report news of the Pistons-Jazz deal.

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