The NBA Trade Deadline is fast approaching. What NBA trade rumors surround the Utah Jazz leading into the deadline?
After a hot start to the NBA season, the Utah Jazz has considerably cooled off to a record of 27-26. Now the main subject surrounding the Jazz is trade rumors. Danny Ainge worked his magic during the offseason to acquire the Jazz multiple first-round picks from both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers, not to mention Lauri Markkanen, Walker Kessler, and Ochai Agbaji were added to the roster.
I firmly believe that Ainge is not done adding to his draft arsenal. Who should we expect to be moved before this year’s February 9th deadline?
If a move were to be made on Collins, I believe it would take both Vanderbilt and sharpshooter Malik Beasley to be moved to Atlanta. I also believe that the Jazz will wait Atlanta out until the last minute in hopes of their asking price for Collins to lower.
The chances of a Collins trade to Utah are unlikely as it would speed up the rebuild for the Jazz, but I would not rule out any move by Danny Ainge.
Another rumor around the league is that the Jazz is expressing interest in Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith.
This move is the more unlikely of the two. The Mavs rely on Finney-Smith for a large portion of their defense and would ask for a lot in return. Dorian is 29 years old, and giving up possibly both Vanderbilt and Malik Beasley would not make a lot of sense for the Jazz at this point in their rebuild.
Expectations from the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline
I largely expect Utah to stay put at this year’s trade deadline unless a beneficial deal comes their way. If Danny Ainge can find a viable trade partner for Rudy Gay, that would be a move that Jazz fans would rejoice at. Utah has seen incredible development from recent first-round draft pick acquisitions Walker Kessler and Ochai Agbaji and acquiring talent to block their playing time would be a questionable move.
Contending teams could certainly use a facilitating point guard such as Mike Conley or a scoring guard like Jordan Clarkson. The only three players deemed untouchable by Utah are Markkanen, Kessler, and Agbaji.
If Danny Ainge is offered a trade that he believes will benefit the Jazz two years down the road, expect him to pull the trigger. Even if it includes fan favorites Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson.