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Bojan Bogdanovic traded to Detroit: What it means for Pistons, Jazz


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Bogdanovic may have been the most sought-after player of Utah’s available veterans because of his three-point shooting and length. He is a great spot-up shooter and does well moving off the ball to create open looks for himself. He averaged 18 points per game last year while averaging 2.6 threes per game on 39 percent shooting. He plays hard on defense and was often given tough defensive assignments, and perhaps a diminished role on a new team could help him stay sharp on both ends of the floor as he enters his age 34 season.

There are a handful of teams that need to improve their three-point shooting like the Wizards, Bulls, and Raptors, but acquiring Bogdanovic would likely have put them over the luxury tax. The Sixers are another team who could’ve used him but would need to trade one of their five highest-paid players to match salaries for him while staying under the hard cap. The Lakers and Suns were other teams that were reportedly interested in Bogdanovic.

The Pistons were among the worst teams in the league last season in both three-pointers made and three-point percentage. While Olynyk can shoot, his percentage has fluctuated over the years, and attempts less than Bogdanovic. This deal improves their three-point shooting and gives them more wing depth. They also clear up their logjam at center a bit, which opens up minutes for their other big men.

Detroit used cap space to acquire Bogdanovic. They were $5.6 million below the cap and sent out the difference between that amount and his $19.55 million salary with Olynyk’s and Lee’s cap hits. They are now right at the salary cap with 16 players on guaranteed contracts and have the $5.4 million room mid-level exception available to them. The Pistons get off Olynyk’s $3 million partial guarantee for next season and are still projected to generate around $70 million in 2023 cap space.



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