Otto Porter may already be done with the Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz may already be done with Otto Porter Jr.
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The Utah Jazz made two head-scratching trades at the deadline that netted them with two middle-of-the-road draft picks, a late-first rounder and an early second-rounder, essentially guaranteeing the Jazz two players of similar caliber. The first trade, which netted them the second-rounder, saw the Jazz trade Simone Fontecchio to the hapless Detroit Pistons for a second-rounder, while the Toronto Raptors acquired Ochai Agbaji and Kelly Olynyk in exchange for a late-first-round pick, Porter and
Kira Lewis Jr.

For the sake of things, the Pistons sent the Jazz Kevin Knox in the Fontecchio trade, but the Jazz have already waived him. It wasn't surprising, as even though the Jazz got back three players in exchange for three, none of them are viewed as long-term pieces. Lewis isn't likely to get a lot of minutes, and Knox is already gone, but the one guy we thought might get minutes was Porter.

After all, Porter is good on defense and the Jazz desperately need help on that end of the court. Well, it turns out the one player who may have some value for the Jazz isn't likely to ever suit up for the squad. According to the Athletic's Tony Jones, the Jazz have allowed Porter to leave the team.

According to the report, he's evaluating his options, which include a buyout. Considering his age, 30, and the fact that he's in the final year of his contract, it seems likely he'd like to chase a ring, something that is clearly not happening this season in Salt Lake City. Assuming he agrees to a buyout, he has until March 1, 2024, to sign with a new team if he hopes to be on a post-season roster.

While the trade was for the first-rounder that they got back, the fact that they didn't get even one somewhat solid player in return is just a real kick in the gourds.