Pistons coach wants ex-Jazz veteran Bogdanovic to stay

2022-10-08 11:41

Pistons coach wants ex-Jazz veteran Bogdanovic to stay

After the Utah Jazz experienced a bad season, the head coach Quinn Snyder, who had coached for 8 years in the offseason this year, took the initiative to resign, and the Jazz lineup also faced huge changes. Not only the two main players The departures, including 33-year-old forward veteran Bojan Bogdanovic, were also traded to the Detroit Pistons.

It is reported that after the Jazz were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the third time in four consecutive seasons and missed the NBA semifinals, the top management believed that the low level of trust between the lineups affected the morale of the team, so they began to dismantle the main offensive team Donovan Mitchell and defensive star Rudy Gobert's core lineup, while veteran Bogdanovic has also been excluded from the rebuilding list.

However, multiple teams are interested in negotiating with the Jazz in exchange for a Bogdanovic trade, including the Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks.

Ultimately, the Pistons and Jazz reached an agreement last month to send 31-year-old forward Kelly Olynyk and 23-year-old rookie guard Saben Lee to the Jazz in exchange for Bogdanovic.

However, with the Pistons acquiring the veteran from the Jazz, Bogdanovic's $19.6 million contract is about to enter the final year, which means the veteran will leave the team after the NBA's 2022-2023 season. Officially a free agent.

Bogdanovic available for Pistons

Bogdanovic has averaged a high of 20.2 points per game since his three seasons with the Jazz in 2019. He played in 69 games last season and averaged 18.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.5 steals. With his rich field experience and strength, he took a place in the Jazz's rotation.

At the same time, the veteran shot 38.7% from three-point range and 45.5% from the field, which is an NBA career average three-point shooting percentage of 39.2%. The addition of Bogdanovic will not only give the Pistons, who ranked the lowest overall three-point percentage at 32.6% last season, more room to develop as a perimeter shooter, but he can also play a role on the defensive end.

However, Pistons head coach Dwayne Casey has no intention of bringing in the veteran, who he sees as a mentor-like leader who can foster the development of a young core and be part of the Pistons' long-term future.

It is worth mentioning that Bogdanovic is quite popular in the free agency market. It is understood that many teams are interested in signing him in the free agency market. Whether the Pistons can stand out in the new season to attract Bogge It remains to be seen whether Danovic will stay with the team or hand him over.

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