There was a line of contenders and potential rivals approaching the Jazz about all-around forward Bojan Bogdanovic — the Heat, the Lakers, the Suns, the Mavericks, the Knicks — but the rebuilding team eventually made the deal.
Unexpectedly, the Jazz traded Bogdanovich to the Detroit Pistons for Kelly Olynyk as well as do they know – and no peaks. Shams Charania from The Athletic was the first, but this has been confirmed by others, including Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Rod Bird of Detroit News.
Utah will create a $6.8 million trade exception in the deal.
Now they are $6.9 million less in taxes and have 18 guaranteed contracts. pic.twitter.com/oug5Q3KtUK
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) September 22, 2022
The Pistons have added a versatile two-way player and floor-to-floor shooter along with their young and talented backcourt. Cade Cunningham as well as Jayden Ivey. They also need that center shooting Isaiah Stewart in paint. It also frees up long-term money for the Pistons, with Bogdanovich in the last year of his contract with $19.5 million, Olynyk owes $12.2 million next season, but only $3 million of that is guaranteed.
On the face of it, acquiring Bogdanovich is a strange move for a team that must rely heavily on youth and rebuild, but it follows the Detroit build pattern. In addition, the Pistons could have handed Bogdanovich to the opponent on time.
The Pistons have an impressive young core: Cunningham, Ivey, Stewart, saddik bayas well as Killian Hayes. However, instead of being fully immersed in this rebuild and player development, the roster is being supplemented by veterans such as Corey Joseph, Alec Burks, Nerlens Noeland now Bogdanovich. Then there was a three-year, $37.5 million contract they signed. Marvin Bagley III is the offseason that confused many in the league – he played better for them after he was traded from Sacramento, but who were they betting against?
The Detroit team is gaining momentum, but this season it will be difficult for them to make the play-in because of the deep East. It will be interesting to see how the Pistons adjust minutes and focus as the season progresses, but for now, Bogdanovich is on their flank.
As for jazz, things were not over with them. Jordan Clarkson he’ll likely be next, but the Jazz can’t get him a first-round pick, according to Salt Lake Tribune’s Andy Larsen.
Media Day, arguably the most boring and tiring day on the NBA calendar, took place anywhere but Brooklyn.
after summer Kyrie Irving admitted that it was “very embarrassing” – where he and Kevin Duran pushed for the trade, and Durant issued an ultimatum, saying that it was either him or coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks all back under the same roof and trying to stick to the idea that they just wanted to win.
But the drama will follow this team like a dark cloud until they force the conversation to be about something else. For example, how many games they won.
In the meantime, there will be awkward questions and moments. For example, why Kevin Durant asked for a trade this summer? What did he want to change? He spoke about the instability of the team last season. So it was (for various reasons).
“My whole thing was that I wanted everyone to be responsible for their basketball habits. I think a lot of things got swept under the carpet because we got hurt, or this guy isn’t around, or just the circumstances. I thought we could wrestle with it a little more and focus a little more on the guys that were here.
“You know, when I went out with an injury, we lost 10 in a row. And I think we shouldn’t lose some of these games that we’ve lost, no matter who’s on the court. So I was more concerned about how we get through every day as a basketball team. And I felt like we could handle a lot of things that I thought were holding us back.”
KD says you earn respect for the way you work and “last year we skipped some steps.” #networks
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) September 26, 2022
These are the best non-drama answers he could give. But Durant still loves to chat on Twitter and did so later that day.
It’s because of this shit that I don’t like to talk to dumb people like you. That’s not the question he asked, but you love the engagement on twitter, so you’ll ruin everything. https://t.co/nXOnu2jd9v
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) September 26, 2022
(This was a question asked, but both the question and Durant’s answer had a lot more context, it wasn’t a confrontational answer at the moment.)
Kyrie Irving said he had options this summer, albeit limited, because he’s not vaccinated. He also talked about his reasons for wanting to return to the Nets.
Kyrie Irving on whether other teams have opportunities for him in the offseason: “Yes. Yeah. There were options, but not many because of that stigma or whether I want to play or whether I’m committed or not.”
— Chris Millholen (@CMilholenSB) September 26, 2022
Kairi: There was some level of uncertainty about what it would look like when I got back and I had questions. They were given truthful answers, and that’s all I needed … I turned down 160 million dollars in four years, choosing not to get vaccinated, and there was a solution.
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) September 26, 2022
Marks handled the inevitable “did your star want you fired” questions as best he could, at one point saying “this is a professional sport.”
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I think it’s not from us to be angry at what Kevin said, but to say a little: “Okay, if he thinks so, what’s going on here?” For example, what do we need to change?” Marx said.
In the end, everyone was talking about moving forward and the potential of this lineup. Duran is not disappointed with his return.
“I was not disappointed. I still love to play. I knew it wouldn’t make a difference no matter what happened this summer,” Durant said.
The Nets have the talent to contend for the title, but over the past couple of years they have more questions than any other team of their stature: can Duran stay healthy? Will Irving be focused and dedicated all season long? How Ben Simmons suitable and what is its role? Will their thin front zone withstand them? Will they play enough defensively? Will Steve Nash be up to the task? Does this team have the desire and desire to be rivals?
Going through the drama is the only way to answer all of these questions, but if they do, this team could be a powerful engine.
The Golden State Warriors will enter the season with the era’s fourth banner and hand out championship rings, but this team has more questions than most returning champions.
Otto Porter as well as Gary Payton II gone and their minutes will go to the young core – Jordan Pool, Moses Moody, Jonathan Cuminga, James Wiseman who will be asked to carry the larger load. Especially during the regular season.
Dalton Johnson of NBC Sports Bay Area joins NBC Sports’ Kurt Helin on the Warriors’ upcoming season, what to expect, and whether the young core can take the older veterans into the playoffs rested and ready to defend their title. There’s also talk of what’s next for Golden State as there’s a tough contract choice coming up over the next few years.
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