Trade Grade: Pistons steal Bojan Bogdanovic, go home with the deal; Great move for Jazz

The fire sale continues: The Utah Jazoo Will trade Bojan Bogdanovic further Detroit Pistons For big man Kelly Olinik and guard Saban Lee, according to athletic, There are no draft picks to change hands in the deal.

If this is the Pistons’ last big move off-season, they’ve changed the rotation significantly. It’s talent grab, first and foremost, but it also balances the roster. (However, Detroit still needs to make some cuts before the start of the season; in related news, Kemba Walker is still technically on the team.)

For jazz, it’s far less exciting. Bogdanovic is the type of player that a competitor might see as a missing piece. His $19.3 million salary was a hindrance in trade negotiations, but it is surprising that he accepted a trade that involved no draft compensation. (On the other hand, after the trades of Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Royce O’Neill before this offseason, Utah is hardly short on draft picks.)

Let’s grade the business.

Piston Business Grade: A+

Detroit receives:

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Bogdanovic, 33, solidifies the starting lineup for a rebuilding team that is looking to take a step forward. If I were Cade Cunningham, I would be happy. Bogdanovic doesn’t need the ball to be effective, but he gives the Pistons another source of offense if needed. He will give Cunningham more room to work when they are on the court together and help the team stay functional when Cunningham is on the bench.

Experienced Saddiq can serve as a kind of model for Bey, and the two will further complement each other. It’s unclear whether Jaden Ivey will start immediately, but the Cunningham-Ive-Bay-Bogdanovic four will give Dwayne Casey’s coaching staff an interesting look: dynamic on offense, switchable on defense.

Bogdanovic averaged 18.1 in 30.1 minutes on 59.9 percent true shooting last season. He was efficient everywhere on the court and made 40.7 percent of his wide-open 3s, according to He’s not a lockdown defender, especially against players with sharper perimeters, but he’s strong, smart and, in Utah, he often finds himself the defending star.

Losing Olinik means there is no longer a stretch 5 on the roster, but it eases the stalemate on the frontcourt. If Detroit makes no more moves, Jalen Duren, Nerlens Noel, Isaiah Stewart and Marvin Bagley III will fight for the minutes. Looking at roster crunch, just traded two players as a win.

If the Pistons aren’t interested in taking another higher lottery, that’s an obvious steal. All players involved are on contract termination; If Detroit has a bad start and a decision to bottom out is made, it could trade Bogdanovic before the trade deadline.

Jazz Trade Grade: D+

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In Utah, 31-year-old Olinic will reunite with ex Celtics Chairman Danny Enge. He would also provide some structure for a team, as currently built, that lacks many scorers and distributors. Olinik is not the same threat as Bogdanovi, but he can sneak out of high positions and oppose the big guys on the periphery. If he remains healthy and productive this season, the front office may be able to replace him as a contender.

It’s not clear whether Lee, 23, is in Utah’s plans or whether he was involved in the business as a wage filler. In his two seasons, he has shown the ability to get into the paint, but has made only 26.5 percent of his 3-point attempts in small amounts. Jazz is full of guards, but that may change in the coming weeks.

So why on earth would Utah do this? as Yossi Gozlan of HoopShype noted, the business cuts its luxury tax bill by $5 million, giving the front office more flexibility as it considers its next move, and this $6.75 million business makes an exception. In addition, as Salt Lake Tribuneandrey larsson Note, the Jazz had an entirely different roster problem than Detroit: hardly any big, many players who could play the 3rd and 4th spots. I’d be surprised if Olenik isn’t an opening-night starter.

Utah could be late in Bogdanovic deal, Peru Salt Lake Tribune, but to do so the team would have needed to take a salary. The Jazz chose a little extra flexibility over the prospect of doing something better around the deadline. it’s not a harmful Let’s go, but it’s the first time they’ve made one this offseason that doesn’t sound like good value.

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