The Utah Jazz may make a major move after all. Despite the team only trading away one piece in Simone Fontecchio, the Jazz may have their eyes on a huge addition. That addition comes in the way of former Denver Nuggets standout and current Toronto Raptors rotation guy Brent Brown.
Brown stood out as a member of the 2023 NBA Champions Denver Nuggets, getting work done on both sides of the court. He was a solid shot from deep but his defense was really what drove his recognition. He was a key piece in the Nuggets championship win in 2023, and after that postseason run, he got a big deal from the Indiana Pacers, a team he played quite well for.
The Pacers had the chance to land Pascal Siakam, however, and to make the money work, they included Brown in the deal, and off he went to the Raptors. Toronto is rebuilding, however, and Brown is 27, not exactly young for a rebuild. But he is young enough to be a core piece on a Jazz squad that has their eyes on big things; namely an eventual championship run.
Brown is the kind of guy the Jazz need in their starting five. While Fontecchio did well, Brown is just a better player all-around and would provide a serious defensive edge alongside the likes of Kris Dunn and Walker Kessler, so much so that the Jazz may actually become a team resembling the ones under Quinn Snyder.
According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports, however, it would cost the Jazz Ochai Agbaji and Kelly Olynyk, plus picks. There's a rumor floating about that the Raptors got an offer for Brown that included a first-round pick attached, so the price for him is reportedly going up and up. It's possible the Jazz includes the Detroit Pistons' second-round pick that they got in the Fontecchio deal to land Brown, but we'll see if that's the case.
Getting Brown doesn't fix all of the Jazz's issues, but he'd be a heck of an addition.