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  • #1257472
    NorrinRaddNorrinRadd
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    Bojan for Olynyk and Saben Lee. Pistons are going to be entertaining this year. Jazz have more incentive to tank.

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  • #1257473
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    Nice move for both sides – The Pistons will have a very young line up and Bojan gives them a very experienced starter or top rotation man from the bench. Also he is an expiring deal so they have the potential to flip him for a first rounder to a contender before deadline day.

    Utah have taken on a bit more salary but if they are determined to increase their chances in the Wemby and Scoot stakes moving one of their top players to a rival rebuilding team makes sense. Olynyk gives them extra experience in the frontcourt for next couple of seasons and Lee might have upside as a rotational guard and can help fill Mitchell’s minutes as his playing time in motorcity would have been limited with Ivey’s arrival.

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    • #1257475
      NorrinRaddNorrinRadd
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      It could be a nice move for both sides, but imo Pistons won this deal because they aren’t moving any true assets. Marvin Bagley III isn’t cutting it in the league and Pistons will be in the playoff hunt perhaps. Jazz could have got more for Bojan imo. Utah is in the WembyScootstakes for sure.

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  • #1257474
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    Love this trade for both teams from a player development perspective. Olynyk won’t play a lick of defense, but playing a floor spacing 5 will allow the Jazz to evaluate their youth movement in an optimal floor-spacing environment where players who can’t shoot can still get an opportunity. The Pistons grabbing Bojan gives them enough enough spacing from the forward spots to really focus on the Cade/Duren pick and roll and will give Ivey lots of chances to attack closeouts from the weak side with defenders sticking to Bey and Bojan.

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  • #1257476
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    I’ll be interested to see how the Pistons frontcourt pans out as Cade, Jaden and Bey look the long term 1 to 3. They have extended Bagley and have Stewart as an enforcer and also Duren to fit in but those 3 are more C’s in my view so Bojan being a shooter at PF really spreads the floor as they look to find the right long term fit at 4.

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  • #1257491
    r377r377
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    Surprised.
    I was sure Bojan would go to a contender for a first round pick.
    A 18-20ppg scorer @ 40% from 3 don’t grow on trees !

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    • #1257492
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      Yes I was surprised that none of the contenders came in for Bojan unless they were wary of Ainge and co trying to extract extra assets for them. But with one year on his deal it was always only going to be a future first rounder and that would have stll been asking price going towards deadline day.

      But for a team looking to push deep into the play offs giving up a none lottery pick likely in 20 to 30 range for a player like Bojan would have been a none brainer.

      The Pistons have the benefit of his experience and will still have the option to flip him for a pick into the new year so a win win for them.

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  • #1257493
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    Ainge had Olynyk before in Boston. He knows he can get him to produce at a high level and flip him for what he was looking for out of Bogdanovic at the deadline.

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  • #1257496
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    Olynyk has a couple of years on his deal so Ainge and co would have a window to move him on but I still feel Bojan could have been flipped for a straight pick. Ainge is probably canny enough to try and extract picks for certain years so he always has options.

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