Kelly Olynyk of the Utah Jazz was picked as the player that should be traded.
The Utah Jazz could make some serious moves this season. It’d actually be surprising to see the team, led by Boston Celtics exec Danny Ainge, not make a major trade at some point this season. Whether it’s trading away Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson and truly tanking, or whether it’s taking a few of the expiring contracts and draft picks and getting a major addition.
One of the two is going to happen. The team has too many expiring contracts on very tradeable guys not to make the most of this situation. Kelly Olynyk and Talen Horton-Tucker are the big ones, with Ochai Agbaji having a team-controlled option for next year also looking interesting. Those three alone could give you $25 million to ship out in exchange for a big deal or to eat a bad contract coming back, that’s attached to some draft capital as well.
So it’s not surprising that the YouTube channel And One Hoops is picking Olynyk as the player most likely to be dealt by the Jazz.
It’s not just his contract situation either, it’s the arrival of Tayler Hendricks that has people wondering if Olynyk will make it through the trade deadline with the Jazz. It’s unlikely they just release him and eat part of his partially guaranteed deal, as Olynyk proved he’s very useful for a team in the FIBA World Cup.
He’s a good scorer and a very good passer for his position. He’s not a scrub and could fetch the Jazz something of value. Even if it’s just a few second-round draft picks.
So it does make sense that Olynyk would be the guy that would get traded if anyone gets traded. Keep an eye out for the Jazz this season, as it seems very possible that they make some major moves at some point, either to build towards a winner or further tear down for a better crop of draft picks.
But it’s very likely that one of these things will happen this season.