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.
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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