Former potential Utah Jazz targets Otto Porter and Jabari Parker are on the move and the Jazz and Toronto Raptors have no traction on a Kyle Lowry trade.
It’s trade season, ladies and gentleman. And even though we’re not at the February 7th deadline just yet, today has still been as crazy as they come. The Utah Jazz have yet to make a move, but they’ve been at the center of a lot of talk and speculation.
The player they’ve most been associated with is Mike Conley, who my J-Notes colleague Ryan Aston already updated us on expansively. However, there is some other news around the Association that relates to the Jazz as well even though they have yet to make a deal.
First and foremost, two potential Jazz power forward targets appear to be off the table as they were dealt today. The Washington Wizards sent Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker and a second-round pick. Both Porter and Parker were considered Jazz targets, with Otto being a tantalizing stretch-four option and Parker being a high-risk, high-reward player with connections to Utah and a team option on next year’s contract.
Barring an unforeseen player flip, it would appear that both are now in their new destinations and off the table. But that doesn’t mean the Jazz are throwing in the towel. There are still plenty of targets out there, including the originally mentioned Mike Conley, that Utah could be well in pursuit of. Not only that, but with Porter being traded, speculation is now running rampant that the Wizards could be open to dealing Bradley Beal.
There’s been no word of a connection there yet with the Utah Jazz, but if one arises, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Lastly, amidst all of today’s trade chatter, there were some rumors that the Utah Jazz could be pursuing Kyle Lowry. He’s been a target of interest for the Jazz in years past and would be a seemingly great fit under head coach Quin Snyder. The Raptors have expressed interest in moving him, so such talk wasn’t far-fetched either.
However, Tony Jones of The Athletic made it clear that any talks between Utah and Toronto regarding Lowry didn’t go far, if they went anywhere at all. His exact words, as shown in the tweet below, were that there is no traction on such a trade.
We’re at T-minus 19 hours until the trade deadline and things are quickly heating up. Time will tell if the Jazz get in on the action.