The Utah Jazz can still cash in on the Damian Lillard trade situation.
How does the Utah Jazz land Tyler Herro without trading away someone like Lauri Markkanen? Well, you get in on the Damian Lillard trade of course. Since the summer, the Jazz have been linked to the trade for one of two reasons. The first involved the Jazz sizing up Lillard’s interest in playing in Salt Lake City, and the second involved somehow landing Herro via the trade.
Since those summery months, we’ve been looking for different ways to see this through, but one writer for Hoops Habit and Behind The Buck Pass may have solved the puzzle. Jake Weinbach posted on Twitter a four-team trade that saw Herro landing with the Jazz, and Lillard going to Miami as he’s requested. The four teams involved are of course the Jazz, the Portland Trailblazers, the Heat, and the Phoenix Suns of all teams.
And ya know what? Despite the complexities, it works for every team involved. So what does the movement look like?
"Heat – Damian Lillard, Nassir Little, Talen Horton-TuckerTrail Blazers – Deandre Ayton, Kyle Lowry, Jamie Jaquez, Nikola Jovic, Miami’s 2028 and 2030 first-round pick.Suns – Collin Sexton, Jusuf NurkicJazz – Tyler Herro, Ish Wainright, Phoenix’s 2024 2nd-round pick."
For the Heat, they keep some depth with Little and Horton-Tucker, while landing the player they wanted to pair with Jimmy Butler. The Blazers get two first-round picks, a prospect that many teams are high on in Jamie Jaquez and a young building block in Deandre Ayton who moves right into position to pair well with Scoot Henderson.
The Suns get a replacement for Ayton, who wasn’t happy with his time in Phoenix, as well as a genuine sixth man for them to play in Collin Sexton.
And of course, the Jazz, who get the starter at shooting guard they coveted, as well as a second-round pick. Ish Wainright will likely be waived in this scenario. It doesn’t answer the question about who starts at point guard but it should get the team closer to playoff contention.