Suns insider clarifies what Jazz really want in return for Walker Kessler

John Gambadoro revealed what the Jazz are really asking for in return for Kessler when asked what the Suns would have to give up for him.
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It's been on the rumor mill for some time now that the Utah Jazz have made Walker Kessler available in trade talks. It was confusing enough that the Jazz were actually entertaining this after Kessler's second NBA season, but it actually got even more confusing.

SNY's Ian Begley reported on July 8 that the Jazz want one first-rounder for Kessler.

"The Knicks had been in touch with Utah, had had some interest in Walker Kessler, the big man, as a potential solution for, at the backup five," Begley said via Knicks Videos account. "But teams in touch with Utah say the Jazz are looking for at least a first-round pick in return for Kessler in these conversations that have gone on earlier in the offseason."

Okay, trading Kessler is one thing, but at a price like that, it seems like the Jazz are trying to get rid of him no matter what. Even if his sophomore year didn't go great, that seems a little drastic for a team who has time on their side.

Well, Arizona-based radio host John Gombadoro set the record straight on what the Jazz truly are asking for in return for Kessler.

The Jazz want at least two first-round picks for Walker Kessler

When asked about the possibility of the Suns going after Kessler, Gombadoro provided the full details on what the Jazz would want in return from the Suns via his X account.

The Suns are short on assets, and their window is closing, so getting an asset like that would be pretty nice to have. Gombadoro later clarified via his X account that it's more than that.

Okay, so now we have the full picture. The conclusion to draw here is that the Jazz are not trading Kessler for the sake of trading him. If they're serious about this, they will demand quite a bit and it makes all the sense in the world why they would.

Doing so means anyone who's interested should be ready to pay top dollar for a young and excellent rim protector. He may not get the same package the Nets got for Mikal Bridges, but one thing is for sure: either Kessler starts the 2024-25 season with the Jazz, or their arsenal of draft assets just got a lot bigger.