The stage of Bojan Bogdanovic (33 years old) in the Jazz is over. It was an open secret that has finally become effective. The news, advanced by Shams Charania (The Athletic), reports the Croatian’s transfer to the Pistons in exchange for Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee. Danny Ainge, an executive in Utah, thus ends a project that was already sentenced after the departures of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. And the Pistons continue their reconstruction after a very long drought, but optimism for the future in the medium term. Everyone wins in a movement that displaces one of the last important pieces that is going to move within the NBA. A mutually beneficial transfer.
With Donvan Mitchell on the Cavaliers, Rudy Gobert on the Timberwolves and the transfer of Bogdanovic, the Jazz definitively initiate an eternally postponed reconstruction and that it has come when, finally, everyone has realized that shooting guard and center did not get along either sportingly or personally. Bogdanovic was the missing piece to come out and says goodbye to four years in the Jazz in which he has averaged more than 18 points per game, touching 40% in triplesthe best individual stage of his sports career, which in the NBA has lasted since 2014.
For the Pistons, the trade is good to look to the future. They get rid of two pieces that didn’t interest them (Olynyk and Lee) and continue to build a roster around Cade Cunningham, the future of Detroit, city that hosts a franchise that tries to resurface and that has only stepped in the playoffs twice in the last 14 years. Bogdanovic, a member of the Croatian team eliminated in the second round of the last Eurobasket (by Lauri Markkanen’s Finland), has 19.5 million dollars pending for next year… but he is a good piece for the Pistons: they can transfer him in February to some team with championship pretensions or wait until the end of the season and let him go free, but without spending more money on him. And, if he does the entire course, he is an experienced player who can act as a mentor and take advantage of spaces to hammer the opponent with the outside shot.. Again: everybody wins.