Breaking: The Phoenix Suns assets in order to acquire Utah Jazz center star player

Breaking: The Phoenix Suns assets in order to acquire Utah Jazz center star player

 

Phoenix — The Phoenix Suns don’t seem to be willing to part with the necessary assets in order to acquire Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler over the offseason.

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After SNY’s Ian Begley revealed that the Jazz were seeking at least one first-round pick for Kessler, many fans were optimistic.

There is currently only one 2031 tradeable first-round pick for Phoenix. On social media, supporters have suggested that Kessler be acquired in exchange for this first-round pick and starting center Jusuf Nurkić for the most of the offseason.

John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports refuted these Kessler reports today on X:

“I would say this is not an option since the Suns would NEVER give up 2031 for him and the Jazz want a first-round selection for him. Bol is a 4/5, and they have Nurk and Mason Plumlee as well as Oso Ighodaro as a third string big.

Later on, Gambadoro said:

“I’m going to modify this to say that they will receive at least two first-round picks for him IF they deal him. They have already turned down two firsts from at least two other teams, and he is a legitimate shot blocker and rim protector who is 22 years old. He will not be visiting Phoenix.

at his two seasons at Utah, Kessler—the 22nd pick in the 2022 NBA Draft—has averaged 8.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks. Nurkić will get $18.125 million next season, while he will only make $2.966 million.

The Suns can only send out one player in a trade because they are subject to the NBA’s second tier luxury tax, but they are still able to attach draft picks in the future. The Suns possess Denver’s 2026 and 2031 second-round selections in addition to their own 2031 second-round pick, both of which are tradeable.

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