Trade ratings: Pistons steal Bojan Bogdanovic, home run hit with deal; A lesser move for jazz

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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. There are no draft picks that change hands in the contract.

If this is the Pistons’ last major move, they’ve changed the rotation significantly. It’s a talent grab, first and foremost, but it balances out the roster. (However, Detroit still has to make two cuts before the season begins; in related news, Kemba Walker is still technically on the team.)

For jazz, it’s much less exciting. Bogdanovic is the type of player that a contender could see as the missing piece. His $19.3 million salary could be a stumbling block in trade talks, but it’s surprising that they agreed to a trade with no draft compensation. (Utah, on the other hand, is short on draft picks after trading Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Royce O’Neal this offseason.)

Can trade.

Piston Trade Grade: A+

Detroit gets:

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The 33-year-old Bogdanovic cements the starting lineup for a rebuilding team trying to take a step forward. If I were Kate Cunningham, I’d be happy. Bogdanovic doesn’t need the ball effectively, but he gives the Pistons another offense when they need it. Cunningham gives them more room to operate when they’re on the court together and helps the team operate when Cunningham is on the bench.

The veteran can act as a role model for Sadiq Bey and the two forwards will complement each other. It’s unclear if Jaden Ivy will start right away, but a Cunningham-Ivy-Bae-Bogdanovic foursome would give Dwane Casey’s coaching staff an interesting look: dynamic on offense, flexible on defense.

Bogdanovic averaged 18.1 points in 30.1 minutes on 59.9 percent true shooting last season. He’s efficient from all over the court and made 40.7 percent of his wide-open 3s per NBA.com. He’s not a lockdown defender, especially against quick perimeter players, but he’s strong, smart, and in Utah, he often found himself defending stars.

Losing Olynyk means no stretch 5 on the roster, but it eases the logjam in the front court. If Detroit doesn’t make any moves, Jalen Duran, Nerlens Noel, Isaiah Stewart and Marvin Bagley III will battle for minutes. Counting two players as a win, given the roster crunch.

Unless the Pistons are interested in another high lottery pick, this is a clear steal. All players involved are on expiring contracts; If Detroit decides to bounce back from a bad start, it could trade Bogdanovic before the trade deadline.

Jazz Trade Grade: D+

Utah receives:

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In Utah, Olynyk, 31, will be reunited with former Celtics president Danny Ainge. He will also provide some structure to a team that, as currently constructed, lacks high scorers and distributors. Olynyk isn’t the same type of 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.

Why on earth would Utah do this? as HoopsHype’s Yossi Gozlan noted, the trade cuts $5 million from its luxury tax bill, giving the front office more flexibility in considering its next move, and it creates a $6.75 million trade exception. Also, as Salt Lake TribuneAndriy Larson The Jazz had an entirely different roster problem than Detroit did. If Olynyk isn’t the opening-night starter, I’ll be surprised.

Utah may have gotten a late first in the Bogdanovic deal The Salt Lake Tribune, but doing so would cost the team a salary. The Jazz opted for a little more flexibility over the chance to get something better around the deadline. It is not one will damage Make the move, but the first time they’ve done it this season doesn’t seem like good value.

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