NBA Trade Rumors: Could the Utah Jazz flip Collin Sexton this offseason?
Heading into the NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz will be one of the teams with the most flexibility. On top of the numerous future assets they have (from young players on their roster to the future picks they acquired in the trades of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert), they will enter this year’s NBA Draft with three first-round picks (No. 9, 16, 28).
It’s not common for teams to make that many selections in the first round and it would be extremely surprising if the Jazz didn’t make a move on draft night. Whether it’s using the picks to trade up, down, or for an established or young player already in the league, the expectation is that the Jazz is going to not stand pat.
In the early stages of a rebuild, the possibilities are endless for the Jazz heading into NBA Draft night. Adding to that intrigue is the recent report that suggested that Utah could be open to trading Collin Sexton.
Sexton was acquired as part of the Mitchell trade package last offseason with the Cleveland Cavaliers but could now be used to either acquire more assets or find a player that fits the team’s build better.
The Utah Jazz’s willingness to trade Collin Sexton could tip their NBA Draft plans
If this report is in fact true and that the Jazz are at least open to the option of trading Sexton, I believe that tells us the team is likely eyeing a guard prospect with one of their first-round picks. And probably with the No. 9 pick if I had to make a guess.
Or perhaps the Jazz would be trying to package Sexton and the No. 9 pick to move up a few spots, perhaps with the Orlando Magic who could be looking for a veteran guard on NBA Draft night.
Orlando also has the No. 11 pick, so trading back a few spots wouldn’t be the end of the world for them. And maybe the Jazz would emerge as a viable trade partner.
Sexton is still just 24 years old and is coming off a season in which he averaged 14 points and three assists per game on 51 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent shooting from 3-point range.
The market for Sexton should be pretty healthy if, in fact, he’s available. The big question revolves around what the Jazz’s asking price would be.