Bojan Bogdanovic has been one of the lone bright spots for the Detroit Pistons this season.
Bogdanovic, 33, is currently averaging a career high 21.0 points on 48.4 percent shooting from the field and nearly 42 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
By any objective measure, he would be much better suited to a team trying to contend for a title than the struggling Pistons.
Alas, no one has made a move for him yet.
Over the past few months Bogdanovic has frequently been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers. On paper, him getting dealt to L.A. makes a lot of sense.
So why hasn’t it happened?
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Lakers’ slowness in regards to making a move on Bogdanovic boils down to one thing: the asking price being too high.
“There has been little — yet — to indicate that the Lakers’ approach will change,” Stein wrote.
“They decided in the offseason that packaging both of their available first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 is too steep a price to pay to trade for the Indiana duo of Myles Turner and Buddy Hield.
“And they also decided that trading one of those picks with no draft protections attached (along with the expiring contracts of Patrick Beverley and Kendrick Nunn) was too high a price for Detroit’s Bojan Bogdanović,” Stein continued.
“A case can be made that the Lakers should take the one-pick plunge for a better-than-ever Bogdanović — maybe even if the Pistons refuse to lower their price — given the promising form they’ve displayed in 2023 without the injured Anthony Davis to work their way back into the West’s play-in mix.
“The question, however, remains: How much would Bogdanović, as well as he’s playing, really raise this team’s ceiling?”
The Lakers are currently being linked to 8 potential trades.
None of them involve Bogdanovic, though.
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Los Angeles simply does not want to pay such a hefty price for anyone who isn’t a superstar.
It seems like there is a good chance Detroit will trade Bogdanovic sooner rather than later.
Will it be to the Lakers? At the moment, it doesn’t look like it.