Utah Jazz: Ranking Two Decades Worth of Trade Deadline Deals

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The best and worst NBA Trade Deadline deals completed by the Utah Jazz over the course of the last two decades-plus.

If there’s one thing that the Utah Jazz franchise isn’t, it’s probably a renegade group of hotshot, deadline day wheeler-dealers. In fact, going back to the acquisition of Jeff Hornacek from the Philadelphia 76ers in 1994, the team has only completed seven major deals in the days and hours leading up to the league’s deadline for deal-making.

As you’ll discover, “major” is a real stretch in some of these cases. Still, some of the moves that altered the course of the franchise forever were done on the eve of the trade deadline. Here’s how they measure up in the eyes of yours truly.

One qualifier here is that I’ve only counted deals completed in the final 48 hours before the deadline. So, for example, the February 3, 1995 trade to re-acquire Blue Edwards from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Jay Humphries wouldn’t make the list as the deal was completed three weeks before the deadline.

Now, without further ado…

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