Bojan Bogdanovic will be joining the Detroit Pistons from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee. It was generally assumed that the Jazz will move Bogdanovic before the start of the season since they have entered a full rebuilding mode.
The transaction does not include the exchange of draft picks. If this is the last substantial change the Pistons make this summer, they will have dramatically restructured the rotation. It’s mostly a move to improve the team’s skill level, but it also helps to keep the roster from being too unbalanced.
The acquisition of Bogdanovic by Detroit cost them cap space. As a result of being $5.6 million under the threshold, they had to pay Olynyk and Lee the difference between his $19.55 million salary and the cap limit.
What Bogdanovic trade means for both Pistons from Jazz
They have 16 players under contract and are presently at or near the salary cap, with the mid-level exemption of $5.4 million to work with. Due to Olynyk’s release, the Pistons save $3 million on their 2022 salary cap and are still expected to produce approximately $70 million.
Meanwhile, after dealing away All-Stars like Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz are now in the midst of a fire sale in which they are offering up a slew of future draft selections and potential young players. In addition, Utah are attempting to trade Mike Conley, Malik Beasley, and Jordan Clarkson.