Pistons Appear Committed To Keeping Bojan Bogdanovic

Bojan Bogdanovic is potentially one of the top players on the trade market, but it sounds increasingly likely that the Pistons will hold onto him, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.

Scotto reports that ownership and management have told Bogdanovic he’s considered part of the team’s core, and they outlined a plan to him to become more competitive next season.

“Having conversations with the club, (general manager) Troy (Weaver) and the owners, they assured me that we’re going to be great next year,” Bogdanovic said. “We have a lot of cap space to sign great players. We’re going to have a high pick again, so that’s going to help us a lot.

“We have a great young group of guys. When Cade (Cunningham) went down, that kind of hurt us big time. We were thinking that maybe we’d be fighting for the play-in tournament, but when he went down, he was our main guy. All of our offensive strategies were connected to him. When he went down, our season, we’ve had a lot of ups and downs without him.”

It has mostly been a down season for Detroit, which is last in the Eastern Conference and owns the league’s second-worst record at 13-38. The Pistons will have a 14% chance to land a potential franchise player in Victor Wembanyama if they stay in the bottom three, but they’re positioned for significant draft help regardless.

One bright spot has been Bogdanovic, who has emerged as the team’s leading scorer after being acquired from the Jazz in an offseason trade. He’s averaging a career-high 21.2 points per game while shooting 48.3% from the field and 41.2% from three-point range. Those numbers have increased his trade value, but they also make him more attractive for the Pistons to keep if they’re serious about improving next season.

Bogdanovic signed a two-year extension shortly after arriving in Detroit that gives him team-friendly salaries of $20MM in 2023/24 and $19MM in 2024/25 (the second year features only a small partial guarantee). He hopes his future is with the Pistons, but acknowledges that he won’t know for sure until after February 9.

“I heard the rumors, but I’m trying to stay away from those conversations,” Bogdanovic said. “I don’t even have any social media like Twitter. I don’t read much about that. It’s not in my control. It’s about the franchises. I’m just going to try and stay focused and play as best I can. Then, we’ll see what’s going to happen at the end of the trade deadline.”

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