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NBA trade rumours: Why does a rebuilding Pistons suggest they want to keep Bojan Bogdanovic in place?

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Bojan Bogdanovic turned 34 in April and was averaging a career-high 21.5 points on 63.4 percent true shooting for a young team with the second-worst record in the league. It’s not hard to see why he’d be nominated for a transfer before the February 9 trading deadline.

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12-37 Detroit PistonsHowever, they continued to post that they would not necessarily be trading Bogdanović. In other words, suitors should not waste time deceiving them.

the Latest report on this topic It comes from James Edwards III of The Athletic:

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 exchange to consider moving Bogdanović over the next two weeks, with the lowest 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.

This situation is similar to the one the Pistons were in with Jeremy Grant before last season’s trade deadline. They ended up keeping Grant for the rest of the season, then sent him to the Portland Trail Blazers for 2025 among the top four protected spots Milwaukee Bucks Pick the first round and two seconds. But there are differences:

  • Bogdanovic is five years older than Grant, so his acquisition is a bit of a short game.
  • Any team trading Grant should be willing to offer him a lucrative contract extension or risk losing him to free agency at the end of the 2022-23 season. Bogdanovic, on the other hand, signed a two-year, $39 million extension in late October, five weeks after Detroit acquired him from Utah Jazz. This is a friendly deal for the team, especially since only $2 million of his $19 million 2024-25 salary is guaranteed. If he’s still productive at the end of next season, his team can keep him at an affordable price; If he refuses, he can be waived for a small penalty.
  • The Pistons are in another year of rebuilding, so their priorities may be different now.

This last point is the most interesting. If Detroit has “aspirations to turn the corner next season,” how much stress will be on the front office and coaching staff? How do the results of the draft lottery relate to that? Kid Cunningham Season-ending shin injury He forced the Pistons to be more patient than they’d planned, but if there’s a mandate (or play) in 2023-24, Troy Weaver’s front office will have to handle Bogdanovic’s situation — that trade deadline, and 2023 free agency — differently than if There was no agency.

This is not to say that Detroit should be seen as a winning team now. It should not be seen as a losing team now. Bogdanovic isn’t on the Detroit schedule, really, but he’s a 6-foot-7 veteran who can score in a variety of ways, floor space and defend efficiently. For a franchise trying to take it a step further and create some structure, this has value.

However, Bogdanovic may not be as valuable to the Pistons as he is to another team. If they are offered a high-value first-round pick in exchange for him, they will likely use that pick in a trade a few months later for roster promotion. Ideally, they would have turned it into someone like Bogdanovich, only younger.

last week, Shams Al-Shaaraniyyah reported from the athletes that Cleveland CavaliersAnd Dallas MavericksAnd Los Angeles LakersMilwaukee Bucks New Orleans Pelicans And Toronto Raptors They all expressed interest in Bogdanović. on Monday, Jovan Boha reported from The Athletic That the Lakers are willing to give up their first lottery-protected player but could change their stance closer to the deadline.

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