While it’s no sure thing the Pistons will trade Bojan Bogdanovic, playoff contenders are keeping an eye on him, anyway.
At any rate, it appears teams such as the Lakers, Heat, Mavericks and Hawks are among those who are expressing an interest, per Edwards. Of course, the Lakers’ interest reportedly dates back to the summer, before Bogdanovic was traded to the Pistons from the Jazz.
While the Pistons aren’t expected to make the playoff, or even the play-in tournament, they are rebuilding with some promising young talent. Every team that fits that description needs a veteran to help lead the way and produce on the floor — and in Detroit, that man is Bogdanovic.
“My guess is the Pistons don’t want to necessarily trade him, but if there’s an offer like an unprotected first and maybe a young player, or multiple firsts, I think that would maybe entice them to do so,” Edwards said. “Or maybe an unprotected first and a good veteran who’s under contract for a little bit longer. I think Detroit looks around at the odds of them getting someone who can score the ball like Bogdanovic for the price they have him, and they didn’t sign him to an extension to trade him. They wanted to get him in here and be a part of this.”
Bogdanovic, 33, is averaging 21.1 points, along with 3.7 rebounds, and shooting career-bests of 50 percent from the field and 43 percent on 3-pointers.
“This is a team operating from a position of strength where they don’t want to move him, so you’re going to have to almost overwhelm them with an offer to get Bogdanovic,” Scotto said. “It’s likely going to take more than just an unprotected first-round pick, as you mentioned.”
We have more on Bogdanovic and the Pistons, as well as some other rumors out of the Eastern Conference right here.