As the Utah Jazz figure to be major players leading up to the trade deadline, here are eight guys that may very well be on their radar for a potential deal.
Despite some promising moments during the 2017-18 season, and Donovan Mitchell’s exhilarating break-out notwithstanding, this season is slowly but surely appearing to take a turn for the worst for the Utah Jazz. Losers of 12 of their last 15 games and now sitting seven games below .500, there’s little doubt that the organization’s focus now has to turn more towards success down the road rather than prosperity in this single season.
And a major portion of that future success will likely start at and leading up to this season’s trade deadline which falls on February 8th. With several players that don’t figure to be part of Utah’s long-term plan and the need to fill some voids and make some internal improvements, the Jazz figure to be key players once trade season really heats up.
But the question is, who exactly could the Jazz target and ultimately land in a trade? As painful as it is to say it, the Jazz don’t have a ton of overwhelmingly glorious pieces to trade away save for some expiring contracts and players on team options. Therefore, they might be hard-pressed to strike any sort of deal that makes them significantly better this season.
Even so, there are plenty of names floating around as being on the trade block, being on Jazz fan wish lists or that perhaps the Jazz ought to look at if they aren’t already. With that being the case, I’ve decided to dive into eight players that fall into at least one of those three categories and observe why the Jazz should (or shouldn’t) pursue them and what the chances are of actually striking such a deal.
So without further ado, let’s roll out the candidates.