NBA Rumors: Pistons Set Bojan Bogdanović Trade Value at Unprotected 1st-Round Pick

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 16, 2023

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The Detroit Pistons aren't about to ship out Bojan Bogdanović ahead of the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline for cheap.

According to James L. Edwards III of The Athletic, the Pistons "aren't opposed to moving" the veteran forward in a trade, but "the price tag to acquire Bogdanović appears to be, at the very minimum, an unprotected first-round pick."

Bogdanović, 33, is having an excellent season. He's averaging a career-high 21.2 points to go along with 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three.

It's the sort of production and floor-spacing that any contender would love, and it wouldn't be shocking to see one give up a first-rounder to land him.

The Pistons don't seem to be in a rush to make a move, however. According to Edwards, the team loves his leadership on an otherwise young roster.

But with Cade Cunningham out for the season and the Pistons just 12-35 and headed back toward the top of the draft lottery, accumulating more assets for their ongoing rebuild would make sense. The Pistons have an exciting young core of Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart and Killian Hayes, but they should look to keep adding potential star talent via the draft while developing the current players on the roster.

Bogdanović isn't the only Pistons veteran who could ultimately be shipped out for assets. Per Edwards, teams have "often inquired" about the availability of veteran guard Alec Burks, though "the Pistons have shown very little interest in trading Burks before the deadline."

Burks is posting 13.8 points per game off the bench while shooting 45.3 percent from three. He's the sort of instant offense off the bench that playoff teams need. It appears as though Detroit wants to keep him for now, though perhaps a strong offer would soften that stance.