Report: Pistons Trade Olynyk, Lee To Jazz For Bogdanovic
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Detroit Pistons are trading center Kelly Olynyk and guard Saben Lee to the Utah Jazz for forward Bojan Bogdanovic.
The Pistons acquired Olynyk via free agency nearly 14 months ago and signed him to a to a three-year deal worth $37 million. Olynyk averaged 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in 40 games last season with the Pistons. He missed half the season due to a knee injury.
Lee, who was originally drafted by the Jazz in 2020 as a second-round pick, was traded to the Pistons right after that draft concluded. He played in 37 games last season for Detroit and averaged 5.6 points per game. He'll make $1.75 million this coming season and has a $1.9 million team option for the 2023-24 season.
Bogdanovic (pictured above) comes to Detroit entering the final year of his contract. He'll make $19.5 million this season. Bojan averaged 18.1 points in 69 games played last season for the Jazz. He averaged 18 points a game in the Jazz's six-game series loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Round 1 last spring.
With the acquisition of Bogdanovic, this leaves the Pistons with 15 guaranteed contracts with training camp set to begin soon. It does give the team more roster and salary flexibility after this season, as they will have a number of contracts come off the books. The contracts of DeAndre Jordan, Kemba Walker, Hamadou Diallo, Corey Joseph, Zhaire Smith, and Rodney McGruder expire next July 1st. They also hold team options on Isaiah Livers, Alec Burks, and Nerlens Noel.
The Pistons were 23-59 last year, but looking to improve and contend for, at the very least, the Play-In tournament in the Eastern Conference this season.