According to sources, Bojan Bogdanovic and the Detroit Pistons have reached an agreement. The contract is worth $39.1 million and is for two years. Due to the fact that the agreement had not yet been made public, the individual talked to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Sunday night.
Bogdanovic was acquired by Detroit from Utah last month. They had seen enough of him so far this season to make an offer that would keep him under contract until the 2024–25 campaign.
Prior to Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors, Bogdanovic was averaging a team-best 23 points per game. He made 24 3-pointers in his first six games, breaking the previous team record of 21 3-pointers. It was made in the first six games of the 1996–97 season by Hall of Famer Joe Dumars.
Bogdanovic, a Bosnia-Herzegovina native, has a career scoring average of 15.1 points. He was selected by Miami as the No. 31 overall choice in the 2011 NBA Draft. After playing professionally in Turkey, he entered the league with the Brooklyn Nets in the 2014–15 season. Prior to joining Utah, he also played for Washington and Indiana.
In his third season with the Jazz, Bogdanovic averaged 18.1 points per game while playing in 69 games. Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee, players with single-digit scoring totals, were sent by Detroit in exchange for Bogdanovic, allowing them to obtain the cost-cutting Jazz.
Pistons Preparing for Play-offs by Signing Bogdanovic?
Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick from last year, Jade Ivey, the fifth pick of this year’s guard, and Jalen Duren, the franchise’s explosive rookie center, are the cornerstones of the team’s foundation.
Bogdanovic is a seasoned scorer, eager to mentor young players, and the Pistons are hoping he can hasten their recovery. They finished bottom of the NBA last season with a 23-59 record, just ahead of Houston and Orlando.
Detroit hasn’t won a postseason series since 2008. The last time they won was when it reached the conference finals for the sixth consecutive year. The same year they won their third NBA championship in the first of two consecutive visits to the NBA Finals.