Why Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic will get traded to the Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks, Bojan Bogdanovic
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Bojan Bogdanovic has the perfect contract to fit with the Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs are reportedly interested in a two-year contract extension with Christian Wood in part so they can preserve cap space for the summer of 2025. They may need to take a massive swing at that point to ensure that Luka Doncic stays long-term. Dallas wants to have flexibility in two years, but even more importantly, they want to win between now and then.

Bogdanovic signed a two-year contract extension worth $39 million after being acquired by the Pistons. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2025 when the Mavericks want to have cap room.

Dallas could take multiple avenues to acquire Bogey’s contract. The most desirable for the Mavs would be sending Davis Bertans and the necessary draft capital to Detroit for the veteran forward. It would likely take a protected first-round draft pick, which the Mavericks are reluctant to give up. They want to have the draft capital to swing for the fences on a star player, but what is the difference between having three or four first-rounders to trade this summer?

The Detroit Pistons have zero reasons to keep Bojan Bogdanovic. Expect them to take the best offer before the Feb. 9 trade deadline, and that plays right into the Mavericks' hands.