Prospective Jazz trade targets for rehabilitation

Prospective Jazz trade targets for rehabilitation

Former Atlanta Hawks Reporter Details Kevin Huerter Trade - Sports  Illustrated Atlanta Hawks News, Analysis and More

The Utah Jazz are at Salt Lake City for their 2024 home opening on this late October night. Inside the Delta Center, the crowd is lively. There’s an actual buzz. Basketball in the NBA is back.

The player introductions then start.

Who leads the Jazz in dribbling that evening? Will Lauri Markkanen hear the call of his name? Keyonte George—what about him? Hendricks, Taylor? Kessler Walker? Jordan Clarkson? Collins, John?

Or is it Andrew Wiggins, perhaps? What about Hunter De’Andre? Herro Tyler? Huerter Kevin?

That is correct, really. Now is the time to discuss possible Jazz trade targets.

Since few All-Star or All-NBA targets are available at this stage of the offseason cycle and those that are will only be had for astronomical prices, this article will not examine those types of players.

Ultimately, the Brooklyn Nets were only able to acquire Mikal Bridges for Bojan Bogdanovic and FIVE first-round selections by the New York Knicks.

Could a strong trade offer from the Jazz overwhelm a team? Indeed, but that doesn’t seem all that likely considering Danny Ainge’s history in Boston and, more recently, Utah.

No, the Jazz will probably look to acquire distressed assets this offseason. These players may be those who have shown good-to-great potential but were unable to capitalize or sustain their momentum, or they may be players who haven’t shown much more than potential but the Jazz believe they can bring them to the next level.

Why are these the targets? Theoretically, they will be less expensive to acquire, and if they work out, those guys would be excellent candidates for a future All-Star deal. Imagine Isaiah Thomas for Boston as Kyrie Irving.

In fact, Utah attempted a similar trade last season when it obtained John Collins from Atlanta in exchange for Rudy Gay and a potential second-round selection.

Although Collins’ trade did not help the Jazz in any way and did not increase his worth in the league, it was precisely the kind of deal that a rebuilding team without a real No. 1 star should have made.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *