The Utah Jazz should keep an eye on some of things happening with the New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans are likely to look much different next season and the Utah Jazz may be part of the reason why.
Utah Jazz v New Orleans Pelicans
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The New Orleans Pelicans seem likely to make major moves this offseason. The team is about to lose Jonas Valanciunas to free agency, and it's clear the Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson tandem isn't working. C.J. McCollum is playing well but at 32 and not a natural point guard, the team seems to have found themselves fitting square pegs into round holes to little success.

Now, there is talk about guys like Ingram and McCollum being on the trade block, but this doesn't seem like a completely tear down. The Pelicans seem to want to keep Williamson, believing him to be the key player for the future. That means finding guys who can space the floor for Williamson, and not limit his movement in the paint.

It's fair to say that Ingram is likely gone, but McCollum seems like the perfect fit around Williamson, that is unless they can flip him for a more natural point guard. Now, the Utah Jazz should have an interest in both guys to a degree.

Ingram could be a nice long-term piece alongside star Lauri Markkannen, but the Jazz doesn't really have any guys who can go to New Orleans to help them keep their timeline in place. You certainly don't want to swap Markkanen for Ingram, as Markkanen's the whole point to trade for Ingram. Without him, you're adding a B-tier player for no reason.

McCollum could be in play if the Jazz bring in a third team with a point guard who's on the block. Ingram would help the Jazz out some but McCollum would help the Jazz out a lot, at least in the immediacy. He's older, 32, but he plays solid perimeter defense and can shoot lights out from behind the arc.

He's not the perfect defender but he's so good at shooting the ball that you would be willing to look the other way on whatever issues defensively he may possess. It should also be noted that while he isn't an elite perimeter defender, he is a massive upgrade over any guard the Jazz have currently, save for Kris Dunn.

Dunn is the only player the Jazz have who is out and out better than McCollum on defense.

It should also be noted that Valanciunas would be a nice addition to the roster, as he'd give you better defense down low than John Collins.