According to Sam Amick, the Utah Jazz are an “open shop” at the deadline. Aside from Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, no one is getting the sense that they are untouchable. Sam Amick on the HoopsHype podcast that almost anyone can be had on Utah’s roster.
Listen, my understanding of Utah’s situation is that they’re as much of an open shop as there is in the league right now. Whether it’s Derrick Favors or Rodney Hood or even Ricky Rubio, they want to turn the page. They want to maximize Rudy Gobert’s prime. ... Utah is going to look at everything right now. They obviously don’t feel like they have their core and they’re trying to figure things out. But yeah, I think Rodney gets moved. I think Derrick will draw decent interest. And the Rubio one ... I didn’t know what to make of it when I heard it. But if they are truly open to parting ways with Ricky, I think he’d have a good market, too.”
Now count me among those that doesn’t think Ricky Rubio has much trade value right now, but it’s interesting to hear that the Jazz are open for business. When giving our trade preview we came to the same conclusion that Utah could be a fire sale.
What Utah Jazz players and assets are available?
The easy answer to this one are those that are on expiring or non-guaranteed contracts: Derrick Favors, Joe Johnson, Thabo Sefolosha, and Jonas Jerebko. Ekpe Udoh has played exceptional enough that Utah would be hard pressed to let go of that contract. But the more nuanced answer to this is almost anyone not named Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert.
The Utah Jazz has found two cornerstones in Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell—thank you, Denver—and it would makes sense that they’d go full speed at a chance to either acquire the third piece to that foundation or an asset like a draft pick that could help them build around that foundation.
One of the interesting things that @Sam_Amick said on The HoopsHype Podcast is that the Utah Jazz are open for business and everyone from Rodney Hood to Derrick Favors to Ricky Rubio is available. FULL PODCAST: https://t.co/7LdWNKyKJQ pic.twitter.com/VInlfE4F1y— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 25, 2018
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