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Jazz not planning to trade Lauri Markkanen or Jordan Clarkson, set high price on Jarred Vanderbilt, according to report

Jazz not planning to trade Lauri Markkanen or Jordan Clarkson, set high price on Jarred Vanderbilt, according to report

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The Utah Jazz he traded almost everyone who wasn’t nailed down last offseason. Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert i Bojan Bogdanovic all were dealt in an apparent rebuilding effort, and as such, the Jazz were widely expected to continue offloading veterans during the season to set the stage for a long tank. Instead, they have been the surprise success story of the season. They are 12-7 through 19 games and are currently the second seed in the Western Conference. As such, it seems their plans are changing.

Seconds Jake Fischer of Yahoothe Jazz are signaling to other teams that they plan to move on Lauri Markkanen as well as on duty Jordan Clarkson. Markkanen was acquired in the Mitchell trade and is a strong candidate for Most Improved Player this season, averaging 22.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Clarkson was in place last season but has thrived with Mitchell out as it has allowed him to handle the ball more often for one of N.B.Athe best offenses In addition to Markkanen and Clarkson, the Jazz have put a very high price Jared Vanderbilta forward acquired in Gobert’s trade that stands out defensively.

All three players are in their 20s and figure to be possible long-term pieces of a Jazz reboot if Utah doesn’t ultimately decide to tank. The Jazz have a number of older veterans like Mike Conley Jr. i Kelly Olynyk who they could deal if they so choose, but given the success of this season, they’re probably in no rush to give away talent. Fischer notes that the Jazz are interested John Collins from Atlanta Hawks, but the team quickly rejected an offer from him for Markkanen. Collins, in the midst of a hefty five-year contract, would require a significant salary to come to Utah in a deal.

Whatever Utah does, its early season success has bought it valuable flexibility. The rest of the league knows the Jazz don’t have to give away their best players for a tank. If Utah gives someone away, it will be for a fair return value.





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