As the offseason approaches, the Utah Jazz find themselves in a weird spot. If you rewind to the beginning of the season, one would have expected them to tank, but now, they’re in a complete difference place.
After trading their two franchise stars, they found new stars in Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler. Utah even competed for a Play-In spot, and although they didn’t get in, it was still a successful season.
But now, they have some choices to make.
Do they cut back on winning in an attempt to get back up into the lottery next year? Or do they embrace the triumph they found this season and add contending pieces around Markkanen and Kessler?
Considering how young those two players are, either would make sense, but they have the roster to effectively compete if they add a couple more players, so why not go for it?
3 Utah Jazz free agent targets with ties to Lauri Markkanen
Markkanen was named to his first All-Star team this year and took home the Most Improved Player award. His resounding success story headlined an amazing Jazz season in which they shattered expectations.
As the team searches for potential free agent targets, they should take a look at some people Markkanen would be comfortable playing with.
They already did that this season when they inked Kris Dunn to a two-year deal. The two played together as members of the Chicago Bulls in the early days of Markkanen’s career.
So, as the Jazz poke around in free agency to round out their roster, here are three potential targets with ties to Markkanen that they could go after.