Utah Jazz: A closer look at the Bojan Bogdanovic trade to Detroit

Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic hits a 3-pointer during Game 6 playoff series against Dallas in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 28, 2022. The Jazz traded Bogdanovic to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday in return for Kelly Olynyk and reserve guard Saben Lee.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

On the first day of fall, another domino fell for the Utah Jazz.

The team has agreed to trade Bojan Bogdanovic to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for veteran big man Kelly Olynyk and reserve guard Saben Lee. Moving Bogdanovic was an expected move, but the return for him and the team the Jazz made a deal with came as quite a surprise.

You’ve probably heard the rumors about deals with the Los Angeles Lakers or Phoenix Suns and the Jazz targeting a first-round pick. So why did the Jazz make a deal with the Pistons and not get any draft capital in return for their best remaining veteran player?

On first glance, not getting a draft asset in a deal for Bogdanovic is definitely a blow. The Jazz have been stockpiling picks with the trades of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, and even got a future first for Royce O’Neale, so the assumption was that Bogdanovic would absolutely be worth at least one future pick.

That’s all true, but ultimately, the contending teams that were interested in Bogdanovic’s services were unwilling to part with high draft compensation while giving the Jazz flexibility moving forward.


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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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