Utah Jazz ‘sends Bojan Bogdanovic to Detroit Pistons for Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee’ as summer eviction continues with FIFTH trade this offseason
- Bojan Bogdanovic is reportedly set to join a budding Detroit Pistons team
- The move continues a summer of rebuilding for the Utah Jazz with the fifth trade
- Franchise cornerstones Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert have been postponed
Utah Jazz swingman Bojan Bogdanovic reportedly traded Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee to the Detroit Pistons as the team continues to rebuild following the departures of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert earlier this offseason.
Bogdanovic played three seasons in Utah and provided crucial distance for the team, shooting at least 38.7 percent from three-point range in each of his years with Jazz.
The 33-year-old averaged 18.1 points per game last season and will bring experience and a substantial shot in goal to a young Pistons side.
Bojan Bogdanovic played three seasons with the Utah Jazz and averaged 18.4 points for the team
Kelly Olynyk will begin his 10th year in the NBA as he plays for Jazz this season
The message was first reported by ESPNand spokespeople for Jazz and Pistons did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for confirmation.
Bogdanovic will join forces with Cade Cunningham, first overall pick from the 2021 draft, Jaden Ivey, fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, and Jalen Duren, 13th overall pick in 2022.
The trade is the fifth Utah has made this offseason as it enters a new phase without former longtime head coach Quin Snyder.
The Jazz traded Mitchell and Gobert for massive draft hauls earlier this offseason when Mitchell was sent to Cleveland for three unprotected first-round picks and Gobert hit four first-rounders (two of them protected) in a deal with Minnesota.
Collin Sexton, Lauri Markannen, Patrick Beverley and Malik Beasley were also among those leading the return of Utah players in those two deals.
The pairing of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert was broken up by Utah this offseason
Additionally, the Jazz earned a first-round pick by selling Royce O’Neale to the Nets in June, and later Beverley to the Lakers in exchange for Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson.
The cleanup follows five seasons of the Gobert-Mitchell pairing in which the Jazz were consistently a strong regular-season team but didn’t have a deep run in the playoffs, never making it past the second round.
They have now removed Bogdanovic’s $19.3 million salary for this season and added Olynyk, who will make $12.8 million this year.
The big man will enter his 10th season in the league after averaging 9.1 points per game for Detroit last season.
Lee, a 2020 second-round pick against Vanderbilt, has averaged 5.6 points per game in his career.