Bojan Bogdanovic traded to Detroit Pistons for Kelly Olynyk

Bojan Bogdanovic traded to Detroit Pistons for Kelly Olynyk

Detroit Pistons third-year general manager Troy Weaver celebrates the first day of fall the best way he knows how: with a trade, of course.

The Pistons are trading for Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic in exchange for center Kelly Olynyk and guard Saben Lee, the Free Press confirmed Thursday morning.

Bogdanovic, 33, has spent the past three seasons with the Jazz, averaging 18.4 points and shooting 39.7 percent on 6.8 3-point attempts per game as Utah made the playoffs every year. He immediately became the Pistons’ most accomplished 3-point shooter, hitting two 3s per game during his eight-season NBA career with Brooklyn, Washington, Indiana and Utah. The Pistons finished 29th in the NBA last season with 32.6% 3-point percentage.

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Bogdanovic, who represents the Croatian national team and was its top scorer at the 2016 Olympics, signed a four-year, $73.1 million contract with the Jazz in 2019. He has one year left at 19, $6 million and will be an unrestricted free agent after that. season.

The Pistons will take more pay this season, as Olynyk is on the books for $12.8 million and Lee will earn $1.8 million. But it will save Detroit money in 2023-24, as Olynyk had a partial $3 million guarantee that season, giving the Pistons even more cap space as they potentially look to strike to stimulate reconstruction.


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