Detroit Pistons third-year general manager Troy Weaver is celebrating the first day of fall the best way he knows how: with a trade, of course.
The Pistons will trade Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic for center Kelly Olynyk and guard Saben Lee, the Free Press confirmed Thursday morning.
Bogdanovic, 33, spent the past three seasons with the Jazz, averaging 18.4 points and shooting 39.7% on 6.8 3-point attempts as Utah made the Finals each year. He instantly became the Pistons’ most prolific 3-point shooter, making two 3s per game during his eight-season NBA career in Brooklyn, Washington, Indiana and Utah. The Pistons finished 29th in the NBA last season in 3-point percentage at 32.6 percent.
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Bogdanovic, who represents the Croatian national team and was the leading scorer at the 2016 Olympics, signed a four-year, $73.1 million deal with the Jazz in 2019. He has one year of $19.6 million left and will then become an unrestricted free agent. Season.
With Olynyk on the books at $12.8 million and Lee making $1.8 million, the Pistons will take on more salary this season. But in the year It would save Detroit money in 2023-24, as Olynyk is partially guaranteed for $3 million that season, giving the Pistons more cap space when they need to hit to boost their rebuild.
The Pistons drafted Lee, 23, with the 38th overall pick in 2020, Weaver’s first draft as GM. Lee appeared in 85 games over two seasons, seven as a starter, and earned All-NBA G League second-team honors last season for the Motor City Cruisers. He has a club option for 2023-24.
Olynyk, 31, signed a three-year, $37 million contract in free agency in 2021. In his only season with the Pistons, he averaged 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists, but injuries limited him to 40 games.
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Bogdanovic started all 204 games with Utah, helping the Jazz become one of the league’s most efficient offenses at power forward. But the Jazz had a disappointing playoff showing every year. Danny Ainge, in his first full season as head of basketball operations, completely disrupted Utah’s front office earlier this offseason with blockbuster trades that linked stars Rudy Gobert to Minnesota and Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland.
The Pistons now have 16 players on their roster, with one over the limit, but are expected to sign Kemba Walker to get to 15.
The deal is the latest trade for the Pistons in a busy summer. Jeremy Grant talked to Portland, drafted night acquisition Jalen Duren with the No. 13 pick in the 2022 NBA draft and finalized a salary-dump deal with the Knicks.
The Pistons also re-signed power forward/center Marvin Bagley III to a three-year, $37.5 million contract and agreed to a two-year deal with forward Kevin Knox II.
Training camp begins next week and the Pistons play the first of four preseason games at the New York Knicks on Oct. 4. The Pistons open the regular season Oct. 19 against Orlando.
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The Athletic first reported news of the Pistons-Jazz deal.
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