Jazz sign Indiana forward Bojan Bogdanovic to four-year, $73 million deal

The Salt Lake Tribune has confirmed that the Utah Jazz have agreed to a four-year, $73 million deal with Bojan Bogdanovic, a 30-year-old scoring forward who played for the Indiana Pacers. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the deal.

Bogdanovic averaged 18 points per game last season, including 20.9 points per game after the All-Star break as he carried the Pacers’ scoring load after Victor Oladipo’s injury. After starting his career as an effective shooter — Bogdanovic shot 42.5% from beyond the 3-point arc last year — the forward has expanded his game to be able to score efficiently inside, getting to the rim and the midrange against defenses who were focused on him at the end of last season.

In order to fit Bogdanovic’s salary, the move requires the Jazz to waive forward/center Derrick Favors, the longest-tenured player on the team. Favors, who arrived to Utah in the Deron Williams trade in 2011, scored 11.8 points per game last year, spending most of the year in the Jazz’s starting lineup while also playing backup center minutes behind Rudy Gobert.

But the Bogdanovic deal completely changes what the Jazz’s offense looks like: instead of a scrunched floor that put pressure on Donovan Mitchell to create despite a lack of room, the Jazz are now all of a sudden one of the best shooting teams in the NBA. With Conley’s solid outside shooting, Bogdanovic’s contribution, and Joe Ingles’ sharpshooting from …

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