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With the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline approaching, the Detroit Pistons have arguably the hottest trade target in the league.

Veteran Bojan Bogdanovic has been the subject of numerous phone calls from Pistons general manager Troy Weaver and Co. in recent weeks, and understandably so. The 33-year-old is averaging a career-high 21.6 points while coming off one of the most efficient shooting seasons (career-high 57.7 effective field goal percentage, per of his nine-year NBA career. Detroit currently has the second-worst record in the league, so it’s easy to see why teams would look to the Pistons as a trade at the deadline. While that direction is usually the route most of the league’s basement dwellers take this time of year, I understand that Detroit, at this point in time, doesn’t want to part with Bogdanovic.

As of late January, the Pistons, who are looking to turn the corner next season, will need significant value in return for moving Bogdanovic in the next two weeks, with the minimum starting point being an unprotected first-round pick, according to league sources. . Detroit values ​​Bogdanovic highly and doesn’t want to move him unless an overwhelming offer makes a lot of sense.

Rival teams will continue to call and the Pistons will continue to listen, but so far all indications are that teams aren’t ready to pry Bogdanovic away from the Motor City just yet.

Agreed The AthleticShams Charania, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors are a few teams that have shown interest in Bogdanovic in recent weeks. So what might some of the trade offers look like? I asked my colleagues and beat writers who cover these teams to send me trade offers for Bogdanovic. I then put on my CEO hat to analyze each offer.

Those trade offers can be read below.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavaliers get: Bogdanovich

Pistons get: Caris LeVert

Kelsey Russo, Cavaliers beat writerIt’s a pretty clean trade for both sides, trading a player for another player. Caris LeVert is averaging 12.8 points per game on 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 37.7 percent from 3. LeVert’s role has been a little different this season thanks to the presence of Donovan Mitchell, but he can be a scoring and scoring opportunity. starter. He would give the Pistons a guy who can score and create for himself. LeVert and Bogdanovich’s salaries are similar, allowing this trade to be successful and still keep the Cavs under the luxury tax line. The Cavs would then get another veteran who can make floor and perimeter shots, as he is shooting 41.2 percent from 3.

Analysis:I’m sure the Pistons will target Levert, who will be a free agent this coming summer. However, I don’t think that they bought him ahead of schedule at Bogdanovich’s expense. I’ll trade if Cleveland could throw away their 2024 first-round pick, but the Cavaliers can’t move that pick until draft night, and LeVert will be off their books by then. LeVert is a few years younger than Bogdanovic and is also a bucket picker in his own right, but he doesn’t currently have the outside value that Bogdanovic does. If the Pistons were desperate to move Bogdanovic or were desperate to get out of his money (Detroit signed him to an extension earlier in the season), I could see a deal like this. However, this is not the case at the moment. Detroit could simply wait until the summer and try to acquire Levert on the open market.

This gets a “no thanks” from me.

Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks get Bogdanovich

Pistons get: Tim Hardaway Jr., 2025 and 2027 second-round picks

Tim Cato, Mavericks beat writerThis offer is the most I think the Mavericks will be willing to offer, and I don’t think Detroit is talking long after hearing it. Dallas is really reluctant to part with a first-round pick right now; they want to make everyone available after dealing this year’s pick to New York, and I don’t believe they think Bogdanovic is enough of an upgrade for the Mavericks to consider. attaching one. He’d help them, no doubt, but the 33-year-old isn’t the crucial move they’re looking for in a deal that includes first-rounders. If Detroit can’t find a suitor to offer a first-round pick instead, Dallas will be happy to send them a few seconds along with Hardaway, whose contract is coming down slightly more favorably with the same number of years as Bogdanovic. But, again, this doesn’t seem like a realistic option for either side.

Analysis:– Mr. Kato is right. I would happily take his call, but I would try to find a way to quickly hang up after listening. I like Hardaway Jr., don’t get me wrong, but I’d much rather have Bogdanovich, or at least have him in the offseason when I can take other offers again. This is just not enough of a comeback for me. Hardaway, 30, is no spring chicken himself, and if I were the Pistons, I’d rather keep Bogdanovich and try for LeVert this summer than trade Bogdanovich to get Hardaway and then not need LeVert.

Appreciate the call sir, but I’m going to see who’s on the other line…

Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers welcome: Bogdanovich

Pistons get: Patrick Beverley, Lonnie Walker IV and a lottery-protected 2027 first-round pick

Jovan Buhan, Lakers beat writerThe Lakers have long admired Bogdanovic’s play and tried to trade him last season before Detroit. Bogdanovich would instantly become the Lakers’ best shooter and third-best player, fueling the offense’s desperate need for an elite floor lane. He’s an ideal fit alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis as he moves well off the ball, has good size for his position and is a solid defender on the perimeter of a strong team scheme. As for the Pistons, they clear long-term salary from their cap and add one of the more valuable draft picks on the trade market. The Lakers would prefer to make this pick lottery-protected, but I think they’ll consider including an unprotected first for Bogdanovic when the deadline rolls around.

Analysis:Finally, someone offers a first-round pick. The problem is, though, as the general manager of a rebuilding team, I really want to trade a pick four years from now that I might not be able to make. Even though this season has gone down for the Pistons, Weaver has come in and added some young talent and pleased his bosses, who signed him to a two-year extension last summer. I’m sure Weaver and his staff will turn things around in Detroit, but man, four years is a long time. A lot can happen. However, having an extra first round pick used to make a bigger trade sooner rather than later is never a bad thing.

Let me think about how I can replace Bogdanovic’s scoring punch, how I want to use that first round pick and listen to other suggestions. I will get back to you on February 9th.

New Orleans Pelicans

Pelicans get. Bogdanovich and Rodney McGruder

Pistons get: Devonte Graham, Kyra Lewis Jr. and Jackson Hayes

Will Guillory, Pelicans beat writer. The Pistons would likely prefer a first-round pick in any potential Bogdanovic deal, but I’m not sure the Pels are in a rush to give up their pick on a guy who might not be able to share the floor. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram consistently. Instead, the Pels give Detroit a proven knockdown shooter (Graham) on a reasonable contract and two former lottery picks that could be developed if given more playing time (Lewis and Hayes). It’s possible there could be some secondary with a couple of second-round picks heading Detroit’s way. Given the Pels’ financial situation going forward, with three players making $30+ million next season, it just doesn’t make sense to give up young, cost-controlled assets unless it’s a guarantee their returning piece will fit next season. Williamson and Ingram. Offensively, those three would look amazing. It’s the other end of the floor that will concern me.

Analysis:If this was a year ago, I would have thought the same thing. Taking a flier on Lewis and Hayes makes a lot more sense in 2022 than in 2023 for the Pistons. Between Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and Killian Hayes, Detroit already has too many young ballplayers to prioritize. Not sure where Lewis fits in. Hayes is raw and a freak of an athlete, but the Pistons already have the best chances to land Jaylen Duren, Isaiah Stewart and Marvin Bagley III, along with Victor Wembanyama.

Had Detroit continued to be a tough seller at the deadline, such a deal would have made more sense. But as I’ve said before, with ambitions to turn the corner next season, I’d rather have just Bogdanovic than the names above. You can only have so many young players when you’re trying to be good.

Toronto Raptors

Raptors get: Bogdanovich

Pistons get: Chris Boucher, Thaddeus Young, 2023 lottery-protected first-round pick (lottery-protected in 2024, converts to 2025 and 2026 second-round picks if not transferred), 2023 second-round pick

Eric Correa, Raptors beat writer. The Raptors will have to focus on the sellers end of the market at the trade deadline, but Bogdanovic makes sense with a contending team built around Pascal Siakam and Scotty Barnes. He could also be part of the replacement for Gary Trent Jr., who is likely to hit free agency this offseason and sign a richer deal. Still, the Raptors need to limit downside risk, both because of the position they’re in now and by prioritizing keeping their options open. Young is available for $1 million this offseason, which would give the Pistons even more cap space.

Analysis: On the surface, I like the idea of ​​adding more size and length, but I’m not a huge fan of either Butcher or Young as it pertains to moving forward from Bogdanovic. Young’s only appeal is if Detroit wants more money on the open market. The 34-year-old vet has a partially guaranteed deal for next season. I don’t think the Pistons will keep him. So that leaves you with Boucher, added cap space and possibly a bunch of second-round picks. It just doesn’t do it for me. I’d rather take Bogdanovic in the summer and, unless something better comes along then, happily trade him back next year with a healthy Cunningham and another, likely top-five pick.

Thanks, but no thanks.

(Best photo of Bojan Bogdanovic: Tom Horak/USA TODAY Sports)



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