The Cleveland Cavaliers really shouldn’t have to give up much more than Caris LeVert to get Bojan Bogdanovic. The Pistons are not close to competing, they’re now on the hook for two more years of a guy who is only getting older and is depreciating in value with each passing month simply due to him being 34 (in April).
The Pistons can save themselves the indignity of being the Pistons and trading for a veteran they had no business trading for in the first place and getting out of his contract. Getting out of the Kelly Olynyk contract made sense, as Bogdanovic was in the last year of his deal, so it made sense for the Pistons to ship Olynyk knowing full well that they’d be getting cap relief for the summer of 2023.
But then they had to give Bogdanovic a contract extension, locking them into two more years beyond ’23 for a guy who is not anywhere close to the team’s timeline.
The Pistons are two years away from being good, and so any move involving Bogdanovic should only be about shedding money. I’m a magnanimous man, however. I’ll throw in a second-rounder in the deal just so the Pistons don’t feel like fools for trading for a guy old enough to be Cade Cunningham’s uncle.