How this trade helps the Detroit Pistons
The Pistons would be getting both Doug McDermott and Cedi Osman in the deal, two forwards they can insert into the rotation right away. While neither of them is as good as Bogdanovic, they are playable forwards whose shooting would replace some of what they would lose with Bojan.
Could it get worse? It's not like the Pistons are winning with Bogdanovic anyway. His return has helped Cade Cunningham but it hasn't helped Detroit win a game. Both of these players are also on expiring deals, so the Pistons wouldn't be making any long-term investment and will still have a ton of cap space in the offseason.
But the big part of this deal would be the two first-round picks the Pistons would get for Bogdanovic. The first would be their own pick back from the Knicks and the second a 2024 first-rounder from Dallas that is likely to be near the end of the first round.
The Pistons absolutely do not need to add two more rookie picks to their roster, but they could use those picks to make a bigger deal.
Right now, Detroit is hampered from making a big trade because they only have one pick to deal. If they made this trade, they would suddenly have two 2024 picks they could trade, including their own, which will likely be in the top five. Since they would still have one in this draft, it would also allow them to trade their 2026 pick.
One of their young players and three potential lottery picks is not a bad trade package and may be able to net the Pistons the talent they need.
Because that owed pick is holding them back, the Pistons would be smart to try and deal Bojan to the Knicks to get it back. If they could pick up an extra one in the process, even better, as it would make Detroit players on the trade market.