Bojan Bogdanovic traded to Detroit Pistons for Kelly Olynyk

Detroit Pistons third-year general manager Troy Weaver is celebrating the first day of fall the best way he knows how: with a trade, of course.

The Pistons are trading for Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic in exchange for center Kelly Olynyk and guard Saben Lee, the Free Press confirmed Thursday morning.

Bogdanovic, 33, has spent the past three seasons with the Jazz, averaging 18.4 points and shooting 39.7% on 6.8 3-point attempts per game as Utah made the playoffs each year. He immediately becomes the Pistons’ most accomplished 3-point shooter, making two 3s per game over his eight-season career in the NBA with Brooklyn, Washington, Indiana and Utah. The Pistons finished 29th in the NBA last season in 3-point make percentage at 32.6%.

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Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) passes the ball away from Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) during the first quarter at Vivint Arena on Jan.  21, 2022.

Bogdanovic, who represents the Croatian national team and was its leading scorer during the 2016 Olympics, signed a four-year, $73.1 million deal with the Jazz in 2019. He has one year remaining at $19.6 million and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The Pistons will take on more salary this season, as Olynyk is on the books for $12.8 million and Lee will make $1.8 million. But it’ll save Detroit money in 2023-24, because Olynyk had a partial guarantee for $3 million that season, gifting the Pistons even more cap space as they look to potentially strike to boost the rebuild.

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