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Analysis of Bojan Bogdanović’s performances for the Pistons ahead of the NBA trade deadline

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With the 9th of February NBA Trade deadline is getting closer and closer, Detroit Pistons Arguably the most important commercial goal in the league.

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maven Bojan Bogdanovic He’s been the subject of many phone conversations in recent weeks for Pistons general manager Troy Weaver & Co., and understandably so. The 33-year-old averaged a career-high 21.6 points while maintaining one of the most efficient shooting seasons (highest 57.7 effective field goal percentage, per NBA.com) in his nine-year NBA career. Detroit currently has the second-worst record in the league, so it’s easy to see why teams are looking to the Pistons as deadline sellers. While that direction is usually the path many league cellar dwellers take at this time of year, I understand that Detroit, at this time, isn’t eager to get out of Bogdanovic.

According to league sources, as of late January, the Pistons, who have aspirations to turn the corner next season, will need a significant value in return to consider transferring Bogdanović over the next two weeks, with the minimum starting spot being an unprotected first-round pick. . Detroit values ​​Bogdanovic highly and doesn’t want to move him unless the crushing bid makes a lot of sense.

Rival teams will continue to call, and the Pistons will continue to listen, but all indications so far are that the teams aren’t yet ready to go so far as to keep Bogdanovic out of the Motor City.

to me the athleteThe Sharanian Sun Cleveland CavaliersAnd Dallas MavericksAnd Milwaukee BucksAnd New Orleans PelicansAnd Los Angeles Lakers And Toronto Raptors It’s a bunch of teams that have it Registered interest in Bogdanovic in recent weeks. So, what might some business proposals look like? I had my co-workers and fellow writers who cover these bands send me business proposals for Bogdanovic. After that, I put on my general manager’s hat to analyze each show.

These trade offers can be read below.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavaliers receive: Bogdanovic

Pistons receive: Caris Levert

Kelsey Russo, Cavaliers beat the writer: This is a good deal for both sides, swapping one player for another. Caris LeVert averages 12.8 points per game while shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from 3. Donovan MitchellLeVert’s role has been a bit different this season, but he has the potential to be both a scoring option and a starter. He would give the Pistons a guy who could score and create for himself. LeVert and Bogdanović’s salaries are similar, allowing this trade to be a success while keeping the Cavs under the luxury tax line. The Cavs will then have another veteran who can bring in ground runs and perimeter shooting, as he shoots 41.2 percent from 3.

analysisI believe the Pistons will target LeVert, who will be a free agent next summer. However, I don’t think they got him before the deadline at the expense of Bogdanovic. I’ll do the deal if Cleveland can get a 2024 first-round pick, but the Cavaliers can’t move that pick until draft night, and LeVert will be off their books by then. LeVert is a few years younger than Bogdanovic, as well as a bucket man in his own right, but he doesn’t currently carry the outside value that Bogdanovic does. If the Pistons are desperate to transfer Bogdanovic or overcharged for his money (Detroit signed him to an extension early in the season), I could see a deal like this. However, this does not seem to be the case yet. Detroit could have waited until the summer and tried to get LeVert on the open market.

This got a “no thanks” from me.

Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks receive: Bogdanovic

Pistons receive: Tim Hardaway JrAnd 2025 and 2027 in the second round

Tim Kato, Mavericks beat the writer: This offer is the most, I think, the Mavericks will be willing to make, and I don’t think Detroit will be on the phone for long after hearing it. Dallas is really hesitant to give up first-round picks right now — they want to save them all after this year’s pick moves to New York — and I don’t think they feel Bogdanovic is enough of an improvement for the Mavericks to consider. attach one. He would no doubt help them, but the 33-year-old wasn’t the crucial move they sought to secure a deal that would include a first-rounder. If Detroit can’t find a suitor offering a first-round pick in return, Dallas will be happy to send them a few seconds with Hardaway, whose contract is down somewhat better with the same number of years as Bogdanovic. But, again, that doesn’t seem like a realistic option for either side.

analysis: Mr. Kato is right. I’d be happy to take his call, but I’ll try to find a way to quickly hang up after hearing him. I love Hardaway Jr. Don’t get me wrong, but I’d prefer it to be Bogdanovic – or at least to have him go into the off-season when I can again accept other proposals. This is not enough to return for me. Hardaway, 30, isn’t the same as a spring chicken, and if I were the Pistons, I’d rather keep Bogdanovic and try Levert this summer, than trade Bogdanovic to get Hardaway and then not need Levert.

I appreciate the call, sir, but I’ll see who’s on the other line…

Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers receive: Bogdanovic

Pistons receive: Patrick BeverlyAnd Looney Walker IV and a 2027 first-round selection protected by the lottery

Jovan Buha, Lakers beat the writerThe Lakers have long admired Bogdanovic and tried to trade him last season before Detroit did. Bogdanovic would instantly become the Lakers’ MVP and third MVP, bolstering an offense in desperate need of a signature groundbreaker. It’s perfect beside LeBron James And Anthony DavisAs he moves well off the ball, he is a good size for his position and is a solid defender within the confines of a solid team scheme. As for the Pistons, they’re cutting long-term salary from their cap sheet and adding one of the most valuable draft picks in the trade market. The Lakers would prefer to make that pick protected by the lottery, but I think they’ll consider including Bogdanovic’s first unprotected pick when they face the deadline.

analysis: Finally, someone offers a first-round pick! However, the problem is, as the GM of the rebuilding team, do I really want to trade four years from now that I might not be able to do? Despite how this season went with the Pistons, Weaver came in and added young talent and pleased his bosses, who gave him a two-year extension last summer. I do believe Weaver and his crew are going to turn things around in Detroit, but, man, four years is a long time from now. Lots of things can happen. With that said, though, having an extra first-round option to use to pull off a bigger deal sooner rather than later is never a bad thing.

Let me think about how to replace Bogdanovic’s punch, how I want to use this pick in the first round and hear about other offers. I will get back to you on February 9th.

New Orleans Pelicans

Pelicans receive: Bogdanovich and Rodney McGruder

Pistons receive: Devont GrahamAnd Keira Lewis Jr And Jackson Hayes

Will Guillory, Pelicans beat writer: The Pistons would probably prefer to have a first-round pick in any potential Bogdanovic trade, but I’m not sure the Bills are in a rush to give up one of their picks to a guy who might not be able to share the floor with Zion Williamson And Brandon Ingram consistently. Instead, the Pels give Detroit shooter who has proven to be a knockout a reasonable contract (Graham) and two former lottery picks who could develop if given more playing time (Lewis and Hayes). Perhaps there is a middle ground to be found with some second round draft picks heading in the direction of Detroit. Given the financial condition of the Pels going forward, with three players earning $30+ million next season, it doesn’t make sense to give away the cost-controlled young asset unless it’s a guarantee of the piece they’ll get later. to Williamson and Ingram. Offensively, these three will look amazing. It’s the other end of the floor that worries me.

analysiskisa: If this was a year ago, I would have thought of something like this. Taking a flyer on Lewis and Hayes makes more sense in 2022 than it does in 2023 for the Pistons. between Kid CunninghamAnd Jaden Ivey And Killian HayesDetroit already has too many small tackle players to prioritize. I’m not sure where Lewis would fit. Hayes is an odd, talented athlete, but the Pistons really have them Galen DoreenAnd Isaiah Stewart And Marvin Bagley IIIas well as the best odds of landing Victor Wimpanyama.

If Detroit continues to be a tough seller by deadline, a deal like this makes more sense. But as I said before, with aspirations to turn a corner next season, I’d rather have Bogdanovic than just the names above. You can only have so many young players when you’re trying to be good.

Toronto Raptors

Birds of Prey receive: Bogdanovich

Pistons receive: Chris BoucherAnd Thaddeus YoungProtected 2023 Lottery First Round Pick (Lottery still protected in 2024, rolls over to 2025 and 2026 Second Round Picks if not transferred), 2023 Second Round Pick

Eric Koren, Raptors writer won: The Raptors should focus on the sellers end of the market at the trade deadline, but Bogdanovic is logical with a competitive team built around him Pascal I’m sorry And Scotty Barnes. It can also be part of the replacement Gary Trent Jr, who would likely hit free agency that inappropriate and sign a richer deal. The Raptors have yet to limit their downside risk, due to the position they are in now and to prioritize keeping their options open down the line. Young could be bought for $1 million this season, giving the Pistons more cover space.

analysis: On the surface, I like the idea of ​​adding more volume and height, but I’m not a huge fan of either Boucher or Young because it’s about moving on from Bogdanovich. Young’s only appeal is if Detroit wants to get more money on the open market. The 34-year-old vet has a partially guaranteed deal for next season. I don’t think the pistons will hold it. So, that leaves you with Boucher, extra cover space and, most likely, a bunch of second-round picks. This just doesn’t do it for me. I’d rather take Bogdanovich out to the summer and, if nothing better, happily bring him back next year with a healthy Cunningham and another, probably, top-five pick.

Thanks but no thanks.

(Bojan Bogdanovic top photo: Tom Horak/USA TODAY Sports)

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