Report: Bojan Bogdanovic and Pistons agree to 2-year, $39.1m deal
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons and Bojan Bogdanovic have agreed to a two-year, $39.1 million contract, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Sunday evening because the agreement had not been announced.
Detroit acquired Bogdanovic from Utah last month and saw enough at the start of this season to offer him a deal that keeps him under contract through the 2024-25 season.
Bogdanovic was averaging a team-high 23 points heading into Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. He made 24 3-pointers in his first six games, a team record Hall of Famer Joe Dumars set by making 21 shots from beyond the arc in the first six games of the 1996-season. 97.
Bogdanovic, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, has an average of 15.1 points in his career. Miami drafted him the 31st overall pick in 2011 and he played professionally in Turkey before making his NBA debut with the Brooklyn Nets in the 2014-15 season. He also played for Washington and Indiana before heading to Utah.
Bogdanovic averaged 18.1 points for the Jazz last season in 69 games, all starts, in his third year with the team.
Detroit didn’t have to give up much to get the Jazz at a discount, sending single-digit players Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee in exchange for Bogdanovic.
The franchise is built around savvy guard Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick last year, dynamic guard Jade Ivey, the fifth pick this year, and explosive rookie center Jalen Duren.
The Pistons are hoping Bogdanovic, a veteran scorer who is ready to coach young players, can help speed up their rebuild. They were 23-59 last season, finishing just ahead of Houston and Orlando at the bottom of the NBA.
Detroit hasn’t won a playoff since 2008, when it advanced to the Conference Finals for the sixth straight year during a streak that included its third NBA championship on the first of two straight trips to the Finals. NBA.