The Detroit Pistons hope to finally compete in the 2023-24 season, but if that doesn’t happen, we could see some of their veterans shipped out before the NBA trade deadline.
That could include Bojan Bogdanovic, as the 34-year-old sharpshooter is on a semi-expiring deal that is not fully guaranteed past this season.
Plenty of teams have come calling about Bogdanovic, but so far the Pistons have resisted their overtures, holding out for more in the hopes that Bojan can either help them turn a corner or net a substantial haul in a trade.
Troy Weaver has a difficult decision to make, as if he holds onto Bogdanovic for too long, the veteran could end up leaving for nothing but a couple of second-round picks or nothing at all.
But if Weaver really wants to get that first rounder, he may have to get creative and take back a risky player to do it.
Detroit Pistons: Bojan Bogdanovic and a first-round pick
The recent news that Buddy Hield is on the trade market may complicate things, as he is a similar player to Bogdanovic and nearly four years younger. Some NBA executives think Indiana will be hard-pressed to get a first-round pick for Hield, and if that’s the case, the Pistons may be in the same boat with Bogdanovic.
The Pistons still owe the Knicks a first-round pick and until that is conveyed, they are somewhat limited when it comes to making trades, especially if they want to land a star.
So getting an extra first-round pick will be a priority for Troy Weaver, but would he be willing to take on a big risk to get it?