Pistons trade Bojan Bogdanovic to Jazz for Kelly Olynyk, Saben Lee, according to report

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Fire sale continues: Utah Jazz trade Bojan Bogdanovic to Detroit Pistons for big man Kelly Olynyk and guard Saben Lee According to athletics.

For the Pistons, the 33-year-old Bogdanovic solidifies the starting lineup for a rebuilding team trying to take a step forward. With him and Sadiq Bey at the forward spots, guards Kate Cunningham and Jaden Ivy should have plenty of room to operate. Losing Olynyk means no stretch 5 on the roster, but it eases the logjam at the center spot. If Detroit doesn’t make any moves yet, Jalen Duran, Nerlens Noel, Isaiah Stewart and Marvin Bagley III will battle for minutes in the frontcourt.

In Utah, Olynyk, 31, will be reunited with former Celtics president Danny Ainge. Assuming the Jazz don’t trade him elsewhere, he’ll provide some structure to a team that, as currently constructed, has a dearth of high scorers and distributors. Olynyk isn’t the same type of scoring threat as Bogdanovic, but he can leave the high post and force opposing bigs out on the perimeter. If he stays healthy and produces this season, the front office could turn him into a contender.

It’s unclear if Lee, 23, is in Utah’s plans or was included in the trade as salary filler. In his two seasons, he has shown the ability to get into the paint, but has only made a measly 26.5 percent of his 3-point attempts. Jazz cars have more defenders, but that could change in the coming weeks.

If the Pistons aren’t interested in another high lottery pick and don’t send any draft compensation to Utah, this is a steal. All players involved are on expiring contracts; If Detroit decides to bounce back from a bad start, it could move Bogdanovic before the trade deadline.

Why on earth would Utah do this? as HoopsHype’s Yossi Gozlan noted, the trade cuts its luxury tax bill by $5 million, giving the team more flexibility in considering its next move. The Jazz can make a $6.75 million trade exception.

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