Utah has added a quality wing to its roster.
The Jazz are signing Bojan Bogdanovic to a four-year, $73 million deal, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources.
The 6-8 Croatian is 30 years old and coming off a career year in which he averaged 18.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 49.7 percent from the field. Bogdanovic averaged 20.9 points and shot 42.2 percent from behind the arc after the All-Star break and was essential to the Pacers’ success after star Victor Oladipo went down with a season-ending quad injury in the first half of the year.
Indiana finished fifth in the Eastern Conference in 2018-19 despite the absence of its star and Bogdanovic was a big part of that.
The Jazz tied for 10th in 3-point shooting percentage last year, converting 35.6% of their attempts from behind the arc, and adding Bogdanovic’s touch will likely improve Utah’s efficiency from deep.
The Jazz were eliminated by the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs in 2019, but upgraded their backcourt by acquiring Mike Conley from the Grizzlies in a trade.
Utah has continued to improve its personnel, and could become a dark horse in the Western Conference if its newest pieces work well together.