While the trade deadline is in a little less than two months, the rumors will gradually become more and more insistent, especially concerning the Lakers. Among the names often associated with the Los Angeles franchise: Bojan Bogdanovic, author of 38 points against LA recently. The latter still interests the Angelinos, but the Pistons are tough on business.
Since the return to (great) form of Anthony Davis and that of injury to LeBron James, the Lakers have pulled their heads out of the water a bit by winning 9 of their last 14 games. And that could well push general manager Rob Pelinka to make deals in an effort to maximize Los Angeles’ chances this season.
Bring in Bojan Bogdanovic.
At 33, the Pistons winger ticks several boxes: he has experience, he is a confirmed scorer (21 points per game this season), and above all – above all – he knows how to shoot from afar (43.7% at 3-point range this season, almost 40% in career). When we know that Los Angeles is only 21st in offensive efficiency this season and in the Top 3 of the worst NBA teams at outside address (32.2% from 3-pointers), there is no doubt that Bogdanovic could make a difference. But at what cost ?
That’s the big question. The 2027 and 2029 first-round draft picks are now Los Angeles’ main assets in trying to secure a strong enough match to help the LeBron–AD duo, and so they shouldn’t be used just anywhere. How? ‘Or’ What. For weeks and even months, Rob Pelinka has been reluctant to let them go and when he negotiates with other franchises, he tries to put certain conditions in order to back himself. According to the insider Mark Steinthis is once again the case currently on the Bojan Bogdanovic case.
“The Lakers reportedly offered a package to Detroit to get Bogdanovic back against a future protected first-round draft pick (protections not specified).”
Same story on the side of Shams Charania de The Athletic. Pistons response? “We will only discuss if you remove the protection on the draft pick.”
Yes, the Detroit franchise wants to push the Lakers to their limits to get the best possible consideration in a possible deal. The reason these draft picks are so valuable is because they could represent a high pick when the time comes. Five or seven years from now, after the LeBron–AD era, the Los Angeles franchise will potentially be in the midst of a rebuild.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 12, 2022
Now, we must not forget that there are still two months left before the trade deadline and that the Pistons therefore have no interest in giving gifts in the negotiations. According to Shams, franchises other than the Lakers would also be on the Bojan file, which gives room for maneuver to a Detroit team that would really not be against keeping this experienced player within its core. of youngsters.
But between now and February 9, a lot of things can still change.
Text source: The Athletic, Marc Stein
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The Lakers have made an offer to the Pistons for Bojan Bogdanovic