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Smart to set high price for Bojan Bogdanovic

The Detroit Pistons have two prime trade candidates in Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks. Both veterans have been among the NBA’s best scorers in their respective roles.

In some eyes, they’re luxuries on a rebuilding Pistons team that may be better served bottoming out for Victor Wembanyama, rather than hanging onto two players who could be flipped for assets while the market is hot.

However, the Pistons’ front office has set a high asking price for both players, sources say. It appears likely both players will still be in Detroit after the Feb. 9 trade deadline passes, unless a team ponies up a big offer. The Pistons want to compete next season. If no one meets their asking price, they can simply bring Bogdanovic and Burks into the offseason and reevaluate from there.

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Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic takes a shot over Bucks center Brook Lopez during the first half of the Pistons’ 150-130 loss on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at Little Caesars Arena.

NBA cap, trade and free agency guru and spotrac.com contributor Keith Smith joined “The Pistons Pulse” podcast this week to discuss Bogdanovic and Burks’ trade value and how the Pistons should proceed. Smith is a fan of Bogdanovic, 33, who is averaging 21.5 points on 49.1% overall shooting and 42.3% shooting from 3-point range, and believes he has been undervalued across the league.

The Pistons want significant draft capital for Bogdanovic, and Smith agrees with the high price.

“He’s awesome, and I don’t think he gets enough appreciation for what he is almost his entire career,” Smith said. “He can be really good. He can be your offensive engine, he can be your fourth guy. There are not very many players in the NBA who can fill both of those roles. A lot of those guys, you put them into that third, fourth player role and they disappear and they’re not happy and all that. He’s a good spot up guy, he’s good at playing away from the guy and he’s good with the ball in his hands as the primary offensive creator.”

Bogdanovic has been their best offensive player this season and is a major…


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Publish date : 2023-01-25 11:06:48

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