Pistons Not Planning Immediate Trade of Bojan Bogdanovic

‣ The Detroit Pistons have no immediate plans to trade veteran forward Bojan Bogdanovic, despite previous talks with other teams such as the Knicks.
‣ Bogdanovic, who missed the first six weeks of the season due to a calf strain, is hoped to help the Pistons win some games and break their 17-game losing streak.
‣ Last season, Bogdanovic averaged career highs in points, assists, and minutes per game, and the Pistons are hoping his return will boost their performance.

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Well, it seems like the Detroit Pistons are holding onto their veteran forward, Bojan Bogdanovic. That’s according to Ian Begley from SportsNet New York. Bogdanovic, now 34, kicked off his 2023-24 season with a 110-101 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It happened on a Saturday.

The guy’s a 10-year veteran, but he missed the first six weeks of the season. Why? A right calf strain. Ouch.

So, what about Detroit and Bojan Bogdanovic? The Knicks had a chat with Detroit about potential Bogdanovic trades in the past. But, according to Begley, nothing’s cooking there.

Apparently, Detroit isn’t planning to trade Bogdanovic anytime soon. That’s what people familiar with the organization’s thinking are saying. Their hope? A healthy Bogdanovic might help Detroit win some games. But, with a 2-18 record and 17 straight losses, they could use some help.

Now, if you’re into NBA betting, here’s a tidbit for you. The Detroit Pistons are ranked 27th in odds to win this season’s championship, according to some NBA betting sites. The Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets, on the other hand, are looking a bit more promising.

In his 59 starts last season, Bogdanovic was on fire. He averaged career highs of 21.6 points, 2.6 assists, and 32.1 minutes per game. He also managed to grab 3.8 rebounds per game and shot 48.8% from the field. That’s his best since the 2018-19 season with the Indiana Pacers.

During Detroit’s 124-117 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 11, 2022, Bogdanovic recorded a season-high 38 points. He also had four boards, two assists, one steal, and one block in 35 minutes of action.

Bogdanovic was one of 11 players in the NBA to average 20 points on 40% shooting on 3-pointers last season. That’s according to ESPN Stats & Information. He’s owed $20 million this season and $19.1 million in 2024-25, as part of a two-year, $39.03 million contract he signed with Detroit last October.

In back-to-back games this season against the Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies, Bogdanovic scored 22 points. He shot 8-of-15 (53.3%) from the floor and 4-of-8 (50%) beyond the arc against Memphis.

The Pistons, however, are in a rough patch. They suffered a franchise-record 18th straight loss in Wednesday night’s 116-102 defeat to the Grizzlies. Detroit lost 14 straight games in the 1979-80 season. This skid was matched in the 1993-94 and 2021-22 seasons.

Since the Pistons improved to 2-1 on Oct. 28 after defeating the Chicago Bulls, they haven’t won a game. Last season, Detroit finished with an NBA-low 17 games and two 11-game losing streaks.

James Shotwell
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