To say that Jordan Clarkson's 2023-2024 season has been underwhelming would be an understatement. While averaging 17.5 points per game, he's shooting career lows from the field and from three, while playing his worst defense ever. He's a shell of his former self and has quickly become a guy who is largely unplayable for an entire game. And it looks like he isn't happy about some things in Salt Lake City, and may be looking for an out.
Despite signing a new deal this offseason, the Jazz and Clarkson could be heading toward a divorce of sorts, as a trade could happen anytime between Utah and the New York Knicks. The Knicks have long been rumored to want Clarkson and the Jazz could improve their team simply by subtracting Clarkson's minutes from the rotation and giving them to someone else.
And it appears as though Clarkson would be just fine with this. Utah Jazz beat writer, Tony Jones recently spoke to Spence Checketts on Salt Lake City's ESPN 700 (via Sports Illustrated) and revealed that Clarkson would be far more willing to go to New York than you'd think, saying;
"I can tell you just from my conversations with people around the situation, I think that Jordan [Clarkson] would welcome a trade [to the Knicks] if that’s how it would go down."
Jones credits a potential trade for why Clarkson is struggling as late, but that's not the real issue. Clarkson isn't playing well as of late because he hasn't really played well all season. Pending trade or not, Clarkson has been highly inefficient on offense and downright lazy on defense. If it weren't for the fact that the team is trying to get the most value for him as possible, it's likely he'd be sitting next to Talen Horton-Tucker on the bench.
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