Detroit Pistons take over Bojan Bogdanovic from Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - APRIL 28: Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Utah Jazz in action during the second half of Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 28, 2022 in Salt Lake City , Utah.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photo, user agrees to the terms of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – APRIL 28: Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Utah Jazz in action during the second half of Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 28, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photo, user agrees to the terms of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

The Detroit Pistons completing a trade for Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic, according to multiple reports.

The Jazz is reportedly getting stretch forward Kelly Olynyk and point guard they know Lee in return.

Bogdanovic, 33, averaged 18.4 points (on 45/40/88 shooting splits), 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31.5 minutes per game over three seasons with the Jazz. He will provide scoring and veteran stewardship to a Pistons team that could draft a talented starting line-up of players under 25.

Bogdanovic has started with the Indiana Pacers in 2017-18 and has since played 94% of his team’s matches. He was the mark of consistency as a floor distance forward, shooting no worse than 39% from a 3-point range over the past five seasons. In six matches with the Croatian national team at FIBA ​​EuroBasket this summer, Bogdanovic averaged 19.2 points on 48/39/87 shootings.

The Pistons, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2019, have recent lottery picks Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Marvin Bagley III and Killian Hayesalong with highly regarded mid-round selections Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart. Detroit general manager Troy Weaver, who took up the position in 2020, has made a concerted effort to surround his youthful roster with veteran talent. Kemba Walker, Alec Burks and Nerlens Noël in trade with the New York Knicks this summer, in addition to the Bogdanovic acquisition.

The Pistons are doing everything they can to make it through the postseason in a crowded Eastern Conference field that boasts the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn nets, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks as teams compete for six guaranteed play-off spots and four berths in the play-in tournament. Detroit finished last season with a 23-59 record, finishing 14th in the East.

Olynyk, 31, reunited with former Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, now the chief Jazz executive, who drafted the 6-foot-11 Canadian 13th overall in 2013. Olynyk averaged 9.1 points (45/34/78 splits), 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 19.1 minutes per game off the bench for the Pistons last season.

The 23-year-old Lee scored an average of 5.6 points (43/27/73), 3.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 16.3 minutes in two years as a reserve for the Pistons. He was stuck behind Cunningham and Hayes on the Detroit depth map.

The trade further dismantles the Jazz, which completed blockbuster trades of All-Star pillars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert this summer. After six consecutive playoff appearances and an average of 49 wins per season during that season, Utah is expected to be among the leading contenders for the league’s worst record in the 2023 NBA Draft Sweepstakes for projected No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama.

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