The Utah Jazz have already made a bold trade this NBA offseason. Could there be more to come?
Many anticipated the Jazz would spend their summer navigating what appeared to have become a tumultuous relationship between Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. The organization didn’t waste time: Gobert is now on the Timberwolves.
Still, the return they received for the 3x Defensive Player of the Year left us with more questions than answers. They received three quality players in Jarred Vanderbilt, Patrick Beverley, and Malik Beasley. Yet, their combined on-court impact is unlikely to match Gobert’s.
That’s exactly why the Jazz received a whopping four first-round picks in addition to those players. The Jazz got great value for Gobert, but now, they’re at a crossroads.
They could trade Donovan Mitchell to complete the teardown, or, re-tool around him using some of their newfound trade assets.
Here are three deals they could look at if they prefer the latter route:
Phoenix Suns Receive: F Kevin Durant
Brooklyn Nets Receive: C Deandre Ayton, F Mikal Bridges, G Mike Conley, F Rudy Gay, 2023 First-Round Pick (PHO), 2023 First-Round Pick (UTA), 2025 First-Round Pick (PHO), 2027 First-Round Pick (PHO)
Utah Jazz Receive: G/F Ben Simmons
Kevin Durant trades have taken over the internet. If you can imagine it, the article probably already exists.
Even proposals that involve the Jazz aren’t novel. With that said, most of them end up sending Donovan Mitchell to Brooklyn. Could Utah get involved without parting with their star scoring guard?
Here, the Jazz help the Suns and Nets come to a solution. The Nets can’t trade for Deandre Ayton with Ben Simmons on the roster. A CBA rule dictates that you can’t trade for a player on a max rookie extension if you already have one. This deal lands Simmons on a new roster to facilitate a deal.