DBB on 3: Find out Bojan Bogdanovic’s suitability with the Detroit Pistons

Well, that’s out of left field.

With the practice camera approaching, Detroit Pistons hit GM Troy Weaver once again, replacing Kelly Olinick and Sabine Lee at the Utah Jazz with veteran bowler Bojan Bogdanovich. The DBB crew analyzed the trade and discovered the fit:

1. First things first, what are your thoughts on the Detroit Pistons replacing Kelly Olynyk and Sabine Lee with the Utah Jazz for Bojan Bogdanovic?

Sean Corp: This is probably the most patient trade of Troy Weaver’s period, and perhaps not coincidentally, I think it also represents the lopsided “win”, if winning the trade is at all important. Not that he’s been attacked before, but he’s definitely aggressive, and he’s definitely not shy about sending a value to get what he wants. This trade is a little different. It feels like sitting and taking advantage of the position that presented itself. Jazz was motivated by cutting money and tanks, and the Pistons had surplus pieces in positions where minutes were firmly committed elsewhere and a stark lack of depth and firing position for the power forward. Enter Bojan Bogdanovic who solves both of these problems and also has an expired contract (save Detroit at least $3 million off the next year’s cap), and didn’t cost him any draft assets. This is nothing less than a clear win for Weaver’s movement.

Lazarus Jackson: Big fan of the trade. It fixes A: No shooting around Cade (Bojan is a steady shooter 30% of downtown) B: The Big Man Glut (one less big = more minutes for the remaining players) C: Wing deficit (now the pistons can play Isaiah Livers and the like instead of being forced to play Isaiah Livers because they don’t have any other consistent options on the wing).

Ben Golker: Love her! It meets the list’s most obvious need – shooting, gives the Pistons another coveted asset in the trade deadline, frees up more cash for summer 2023, and doesn’t sacrifice future assets.

Brady Frederiksen: I totally understand why Danny Aing would deal with Bogdanovich, but… for Kelly or Sabine’s sake? It’s weird. I nevertheless. It helps the Pistons and Jazz – Detroit get a legit shooter and scorer to use as a start or off the bench, and Utah gets Kelly O’s favorite Ainge and gets worse as they prepare tanks for Victor Wembanyama.

Justin Lambrigts: I think it’s an absolute win. Having a close to 40% depth shooter scoring 18 points per game on a 50-win team would cost you more than a couple of guys who probably wouldn’t play as much. Yes, he’s not very good defensively, but his spacing between decks is a great value.

Chris Daniels: I love it but I wouldn’t get it for Utah even if it wasn’t Danny Aing running the show, the guy who just got a bunch of picks and assets for Joubert and Mitchell. Could this be part of a larger multi-team deal still being settled?

Kyle Metz: I absolutely love this trade! The Pistons just got a winger/attacker who can shoot one guy who’s likely to cut and another who’s not very good and plays in a crowded position. This movement balances the roster, lends more flexibility to the cycles, and adds another vet with playoff experience to help develop the young core. The extra $3 million in potential cover room this summer is just a splash on top. This might be the best deal in terms of Troy Weaver’s tenure net worth.

Stephen Pelletier: Good trade which I think has two main reasons behind it. #1 Spacing so Ivey and Cade don’t have to have one of the primary floor spacers. And #2 this is someone who can be flipped back in the deadline for teams that need more shots in the playoffs with an extra first one.

2. Bogdanovic has been a staple of some of the new contenders for the Utah Jazz as a storied forward. How do you see it fit into the pistons?

Sean Corp: See floor, extended floor. See the ball, hit the ball. Wash, rinse, repeat. Bogdanovic is a capable veteran who represents the biggest combination of high volume and high efficiency 3-Point since… Chauncey Billups? Out of buddy Bay’s rookie year, Piston has no multiple seasons with at least 450 3-point attempts and at least 38% off 3. And no player since Big Shot has had three seasons like Bogdanovic. He would instantly earn Dwane Casey’s trust, rely on him to shoot plenty of shots in the ocean, and really have a chance of opening the floor to Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and Killian Hayes. It could be a surprisingly big move for Detroit, which isn’t usually the case for “micro” trading in September.

Lazarus Jackson: …as a forward floor space? He can do more; He can field smaller players and handle less in PNR/iso situations, but the biggest thing he’s adding to this squad is another option that defenses should honor on the weak side of Cade Cunningham PNR.

Ben Golker: Hand in glove. No need to analyze this. It fits perfectly.

Brady Frederiksen: Fits anywhere. He can start from all four – where he played almost exclusively last season – or come off the bench and give them some pop. I would prefer it to be a fixture so Cade Cunningham has more room to work, but I think he fits into either role. I’ve said for years that this team needs a bucket. This is exactly what Bojan played with shooting and scoring prowess. Honestly, I don’t see a huge drop in basketball production from Bogdanovic and Jeramy Grant. Sure, they sacrifice some defense, but in turn they get high-level shooting and scoring.

Justin Lambrigts: I see him doing the same without the competitor. It probably wasn’t there when the Pistons were rivals, but it’s useful now. I’m not sure if he’ll start or come off the bench, but whatever happens, he’ll help free up space on the floor and deliver a scoring punch.

Chris Daniels: It’s another starting-caliber vet (along with the Pyrex) that has more proven floor spacing than the outgoing Ollynick. It should be great as a starter or off the bench.

Kyle Metz: Bogdanovic can move between wing and forward positions while providing ground clearance and good enough defense to not play on the ground. His presence allows Casey to put up with fewer formations as Bagley, Stewart, Duren and Noel have to play alongside each of them rather than a natural force forward. It also gives him the freedom to move Burks into the starting lineup, if Ivey struggles early, without completely sacrificing distances in the second unit. Finally, as mentioned in the last question, Bogdanovic will provide a watershed experience that this young team can glean as they begin to pursue those opportunities in the near future.

Stephen Pelletier: Stretch 4 with little or no D. Bojan will turn 34 this season.

3. Will trading for Bogdanovic change your ultimate view of the Pistons cap as a team this season?

Sean Corp: The Pistons might win an extra game or two, but the real value lies in the clarity they create within the roster and the expected roles for those expected to get minutes. This means that the Pistons will be less reliant on playing off-center (see Bagley, Marvin or Stewart, Isaiah) and it also means that the team will not be entirely dependent on players like Bay and Isaiah Levers to make a huge leap and hold their own among the league’s attacking forces. He helps young players adapt to their roles, play to their strengths by complementing their weaknesses and adds a trusted maven to help the youth roster through the ups and downs of the season. Can’t you love him?

Lazarus Jackson: no. I still think this team can play, but it’s more to the bottom of the playoff picture in the East than what Detroit has accomplished this season. What I expect Bogdanovic to do is make the wheels spin a little faster when things are going well, to make things easier in Cade Cunningham’s squad.

Ben Golker: I’m not a betting guy, but if I were, I’d have a hard time getting 28.5 higher/lower than Vegas. but now? I think anyone who has bet on that should feel good. It’s still not likely to continue playing without some giant leaps from some youngsters, but the addition of Bogdanovic definitely makes the team even better.

Brady Frederiksen: I’ve been hopeful on the roof of this team all summer. Most of that stems from my expectation that Cade will take a star-type turn, but adding Bojan adds fuel to the fire. I’m not sure they’ve won 43 teams in the Play-In, but I think if all goes well and they stick with these Vets, they can flirt with 35-40 wins. Add good players around your growing core of Cade, Sadiq Bey and Jaden Ivey Not something bad. And if this does not lead to victories, then you can find a competitor who is willing to buy from Bogdanovich. It is a win.

Justin Lambrigts: I don’t think it changes things much. The Pistons will probably play the youngsters with a few veterans and see what happens. They might surprise people and fight to play right away. Or they’re still bad and they flip Bogdanovic on the deadline and get a high prize.

Chris Daniels: He’s instantly a better player than Oleinik, so he seems to indicate a minimum win or two, more if he clicks and that helps speed up youth development. But in general, my main question is how long will it stay piston?

Kyle Metz: I think it should. He is undoubtedly better than the players who have been sent off. He plays in a position of need and has a set of skills that were not only rare in this team, but a set of skills that every team in the league aspires to. I expect at least 3-5 more wins. But even if those extra gains don’t materialize, I think the way they play will look more like a good team than it did before this trade.

Stephen Pelletier: MotorCade still tunes the engine and suspension. It’s all about helping the little ones grow up in IMO. He brought in a vet who didn’t need the ball in his hands to let Cade and Ivey cook. The sophomore and rookie guards still equate to 20-30 wins. Go and find Kuwaiti Dinars and Russians first year together. Their second year It was very good with…

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