The Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks have been linked to one another since the beginning of the offseason. Before the draft, mock trades began to surface involving Detroit forward Bojan Bogdanovic.
Originally, Dallas was expected to trade their draft choice in last month's draft. The rumored trade involved the 10th overall pick and Tim Hardaway Jr. for Bogdanovic.
However, the Mavs stood pat and selected Duke big man Dereck Lively II with the 12th overall selection after trading down from the ten spot. The Mavs added their center of the future with this pick and doubled down by acquiring center Richaun Holmes from the Sacramento Kings later in the draft.
Mock trade sees Mavericks finally land Bojan Bogdanovic
After Dallas selected Lively II and traded for Holmes, their center rotation seemed to be set, as Javale McGee still remains under contract, too. But alas, the Mavs re-signed longtime contributor Dwight Powell on the fourth day of free agency, further solidifying their rotation.
Although the Mavs have been continuously linked to centers, such as DeAndre Ayton and Clint Capela, the sweet-shooting Bogdanovic, who will be entering the first year of his two-way, $30 million extension, still seems to be on the Dallas radar.
As for the Pistons, a trade involving the 34-year-old Bogdanovic makes sense. Detroit fields the youngest roster in the league. However, it's believed that the Pistons have too high of an asking price for the Croatian wing.
The Pistons asking price of a first-round draft choice for Bogdanovic is a little steep, and it may be the reason a trade involving Bogdanovic hasn't yet come to fruition.
Here, we will take a look at a trade that will benefit both parties. The Pistons are rumored to be looking to trade guard Killian Hayes, while the Mavs are interested in Bogdanovic and looking to deal both Hardaway Jr. and McGee.
The trade will be graded for both parties and it will be discussed as to why or why not the Mavs should pull the trigger on this proposed trade.