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The Pistons’ Bold Bojan Bogdanovic Trading Plans

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The 2022-2023 season has not gone as planned for the Detroit Pistons so far. There was some hope within the organization that they could compete for a playoff spot through the NBA Play-In Tournament. Less than 30 games in the season, that no longer seems an attainable goal.

Detroit has the worst record in the NBA at 7-22. Their face of the franchise, 2021 first overall pick Cade Cunningham, will undergo surgery for a shin injury at the end of the season. The losses will continue to pile up as this franchise is likely to focus all of its attention on the future.

Whatever they decide to do with veteran sharpshooting forward Bojan Bogdanovic will be a good indication of where their heads are headed. Bogdanovic was signed from the Utah Jazz for the season in exchange for Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee, but it may not be long for the Motor City.

Bogdanovic signed a team-friendly two-year, $39.1 million extension shortly after the trade, with the second season not fully guaranteed.

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Combine that with how well he plays, as Bogdanovic is knocking on the door of a 50/40/90 season and a career-high 21 points per game average, and the Pistons are in a great place to emerge victorious. get into this situation.

As shared by Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, the Pistons have set a firm asking price for Bogdanovic. If a team is willing to meet that price, a deal can be struck. Pincus has also provided some franchises showing interest in him.

While the team’s front office has downplayed that it will displace Bogdanović, well-placed sources say the Pistons will wait patiently for a bid with an appropriate first-round pick.

Teams believed to be interested include the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers.

It didn’t take the Pistons a first-round pick to bring in Bogdanovic, as the Jazz chose their bid with no long-term money attached. That’s not something Detroit is too concerned about, as they are determined to make a first-round pick with as little protection as possible.

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The Lakers are the team most often linked to Bogdanovic, as they offered a future first-round pick with some degree of protection. Detroit was not interested in such a package as they are determined to pick an unprotected first round.


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